Portugal. The Man at KEXP Live Broadcast @ CMJ 2011 (Photo: Jack Jeffries)

CMJ has just announced its very own showcase venue and social hub, CMJ Union. New for CMJ Music Marathon 2012, the venue will be located at Union Square Ballroom in the heart of downtown Manhattan.

Seattle radio giants KEXP will partner with CMJ at the venue, where an exclusive set of live performances will take place. That schedule for CMJ you’ve carefully worked on may need some revising at this point, as artists scheduled to appear include Poor Moon, the Antlers, DIIV, Wild Nothing and more. KEXP DJs John Richards and Cheryl Waters will spin in between sets. Check out the full schedule here.

The event is free and open to the public, 18 years of age and older. Non-CMJ badgeholders are required to RSVP at this link. Please note, RSVP does not guarantee entry. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

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CMJ Music Marathon takes place October 16-20. To register, please click here.