Every autumn, more than 1,000 new artists, from rappers to indie rockers, metalheads to psychedelic folk singers and beyond, head to New York City to showcase during the annual CMJ Music Marathon, and every year SPIN digs through EPs, LPs, singles, remixes, and MySpace pages, seeking the festival's must-hear new acts.
This year's crop are all vying to be the next Surfer Blood, or Best Coast, or Bear in Heaven, or Neon Indian -- all bands that appeared in SPIN's 2009 CMJ preview. Whether you'll be in NYC from October 19-23, or you just love to discover exciting new acts, our must-hear list is a must-read.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »