Where can you find performances by The Blind Boys of Alabama, alternative rock band duo, The BOTS, as well, a handful of awesome Australian talent?
Only at last week's CMJ Music Marathon 2013, which held over 1400 events through out New York City and panels including influential taste makers in the music industry. This year did not disappoint with so many worth while events to attend, it was hard to decide who to see, where to go and what to do!
CMJ along with its partners hosted an array of events that had something for everyone to partake in, including, live music events open to the public hosted at New York University. The numerous panels left attendees with food for thought on a variety of topics, such as, the nitty gritty on "making it" and staying relevant as a musician in this day of age, to the ever changing state of the digital age of music journalism to even the current booming music scene in Taiwan. CMJ also provided a variety of helpful tools for the participating lineup acts and aspiring musicians, such as the Kaotica Eyeball, also known as, The Eyeball, a device that channels sound directly into your microphone, or Music Glue, which offers musicians a user friendly platform to host their own site, tour information, tickets sales, band apparel and more.
On another note, let's not forget about free burgers given out by the Reeperbahn Festival truck and a chance to actually win a trip to Germany to attend the upcoming festival by snapping a quick instagram picture, and last, but certainly not least, the music.
This year's CMJ music lineup included an unforgettable lineup by CMJ partner, Sounds Australia, which featured a host of Australian bands and acts (performing in New York for the first time), such as, Hermitude, the beat-making duo, similar to the UK duo, Disclosure or the indie band, Cub Sport, who's sound has upbeat, catchy vibe with song topics about a dog named Evie to even breaking into public pools. CMJ Taiwan, highlighted three of Taiwan's most promising on the rise talent, Joanna Wang, DJ Noodles and Miss Ko.
Amongst the lineup of "on the rise" talents, CMJ featured established talents, such as five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group from Alabama, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Brooklyn hip-hop group, Black Moon, who returned to the Music Hall of Williamsburg stage for a 20 year celbratory performance for the anniversary of their most notable debut 1993 album "Enta da Stage" backed by members of the Brooklyn-soul collective, Phony PPL. This showcase also included performances by Talib Kweli, Res, T'nah Apex, F. Stokes and more.
Although, this is not even half of the events that took place at this year's CMJ, above is a video compilation giving you a taste of some of the best talent from this year's highly successful CMJ music marathon.
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