This week thousands of young people from all over the country, many of them badly in need of a shave and a shower, have taken to the streets of lower Manhattan en masse. No I'm not talking about Occupy Wall Street. It's the annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival and it's going on right now!
Every October the College Music Journal (better known as CMJ) hosts a week-long event largely focused around new and independent music. Most come for the marathon of live shows but stay for the panels, lectures, parties and film screenings. Music biz types from all over the country make their way to Manhattan to discover new music and maybe, just maybe, to sign new bands.
This is one of the bigger events of the year for folks who work for record labels, radio stations and music media outlets, not to mention all the independent and up and coming musicians out there.
There are literally hundreds of shows and other happenings to chose from but some of this year's highlights are: Altered Zones a collaboration between Pitchfork.com and The New Museum, showcases from record labels like: Sub Pop, 4AD and Merge, and panels like today's Be Your Own Label discussion.
If your pesky day job is making it hard for you to get to the festival, you can still follow the action from home. Follow CMJ's official Twitter page at @CMJnetwork and search for the hashtag #CMJ. You can also check out New York City music blogs like BrooklynVegan and The Village Voice's Sound of the City.
For the ultimate guide of what music to see where and when...check out NPR's Guide to CMJ.
Ever been to CMJ? Wish you were there now or are you happy to stay home and avoid the crowds? Leave us a comment and let us know!