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Running the Marathon

Between October 22 and 25, fifty venues played host to nearly 900 bands that infiltrated New York City for CMJ's annual music marathon. With the convergence of industry representatives, rock journalists, eager college students, and even guest-speaker Yoko Ono, the festival seemed like one big adult playground of club gigs and open bars. The films and educational panels also helped shine light on worthy underground artists, like Brooklyn’s Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Of the countless festivities, two concerts in particular embodied the lively spirit of the overwhelming event, bringing new music to the attention of the masses—and showing what can happen to a band that gets its big break.

SPIN Staff |November 6, 2003 - 8:00 am

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