CMJ kicks off this morning with thousands of showcases, panels and films happening all week long, officially through CMJ and also hosted by bars and clubs throughout the city. It’s impossible to do everything. But the options are endless.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights this year:
Pitbull (yes he is performing), The Golden Filter, The Antlers, Takka Takka, The Love Language, Japanther, DJ A-Trak, The Temper Trap, The xx, The Zac Brown Band, Holly Miranda, Crystal Antlers, Mum, Au Revoir Simone, VV Brown, Midnight Juggernauts, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Andrew W.K. who will speak at a panel, and Margaret Cho who will DJ plus more. Much more.

It will be madness. It will be memorable. It will put some artists on the mainstream map (remember MGMT, Passion Pit, Lykke Li). Hold on to your hats everyone, it’s going to be one wild week.

If you can’t make it to NYC, or just can’t afford to dish out big money for a festival badge, here’s a little something so you can feel a part of it, or at least in the know of who’s making waves this year: Download a CMJ sampler here:

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