CMJ Music Marathon

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All good things must come to an end, but CMJ Music Marathon isn’t going out without a fight. Or at least an array of sounds for you to witness on this final day of the event. We have 10 final recommendations for you to see from the huge list of artists closing out the festival this year, including Estonian avant-pop, Brooklyn rap, steely indie rock and thoughtful techno. So it’s time to put that badge on, nurse that hangover and head out onto the New York City streets for one last time. Until, of course, we do it all again next year.

01. Com Truise @ The Gramercy Theater

That name hasn’t stopped new Jersey-based musician Seth Haley from reaching a huge audience with his electronic sound. Expect to hear plenty of tracks from the recent In Decay at this show.

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Com Truise CMJ profile page.



02. The Stepkids @ Webster Hall

Expect punk, jazz, soul and a whole lot more from this three-piece band of singer-songwriters, who open up for Kimbra at Webster Hall tonight.

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The Stepkids CMJ profile page.


03. Electric Guest @ Irving Plaza

Mondo by the multifaceted Los Angeles group Electric Guest has gained plenty of momentum this year, landing them a prime spot at CMJ for this show at Irving Plaza.

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Electric Guest CMJ profile page.


04. Emma Louise @ The Delancey

The electro-infused folk pop of Australian singer Emma Louise is sure to make a splash at the multiple shows she is playing at CMJ, with this one set to close out the festival.

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Emma Louise CMJ profile page.


05. Maria Minerva @ 92Y Tribeca

Maria Minerva just dodged a robbery when we spoke to her ahead of this CMJ appearance. Let’s hope her set of quietly infectious art pop doesn’t incur such difficulties tonight at 92Y Tribeca.

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Maria Minerva CMJ profile page.


06. Theophilus London @ The Gramercy Theater

Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London is famed for his Morrissey worship, although his music is so eclectic that he could spin off on multiple tangents at any moment. Expect the unexpected from him at this Windish Agency showcase.

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07. Doldrums @ Glasslands Gallery

Doldrums’ electronic sounds are self-described as “music for staying up all night, just thinking,” which tired minds at CMJ will adapt to at this Ratking/PopGun showcase.

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Doldrums CMJ profile page.


08. RüFüS @ The Delancey

Those umlauts help differentiate RüFüS from other bands of the same name, but their mix of folk, deep house and math rock should leave no one in any doubt about what they sound like here.

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RüFüS CMJ profile page.



09. High Highs @ Cameo Gallery

Jack Milas & Oli Chang fuse electronic and acoustic instruments as High Highs, making them beguiling openers at this second Windish showcase of the night at the Cameo Gallery.

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High Highs CMJ profile page.


10. Mr. Dream @ The Paper Box

Brooklyn rock writers turned musicians Mr. Dream dance to the metallic grind of ’90s underground rock. Think Shellac meets God Bullies with a suitcase full of uppers.

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Mr. Dream CMJ profile page.


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