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.
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »