The Broke College Kid’s Guide To The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon


Let’s say you’re in school and don’t have all that much to spare on an all-access CMJ badge this year. Let us also say that you’ve been dying to go out and see some killer breakthrough / up-and-coming acts between the 21st and the 25th of October. You, my friend, are in luck because Under The Gun has you covered.

We’re here to provide you with one of our guides to attending one of New York City’s biggest and finest musical showcases without having to spend half of this month’s rent. We’ve put together a list of a few free or relatively cheap official CMJ showcases you can attend whenever you feel like you’re in need of good live music and happen to be around the city.

You’re welcome.

Big Picture Media – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location: 10/22 @ The Living Room, BK
Look Out For: Have Mercy, Emily Wolfe, Vinyl Thief
Cost: $8 / free with a badge
Age Limit: 21+

No Sleep Records / BrooklynVegan – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location: 10/21 @ The Paper Box, BK
Look Out For: John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), XERXES, ’68
Cost: Free for all! (No, that’s not a typo.)
Age Limit: 18+

Oh My Rockness – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location:10/21 @ Cameo Gallery, BK
Look Out For: PINS, September Girls, Mannequin Pussy
Cost: $10 / free with a badge
Age Limit: 21+

Rough Trade NYC – CMJ Day Party

Date/Location: 10/23 @ Rough Trade, BK
Look Out For: Nai Harvest, Twin Peaks
Cost: Free for all!
Age Limit: All ages!

Trouble In Mind Records – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location: 10/23 @ Cake Shop, BK and 10/25 @ Rough Trade, BK
Look Out For: The Paperhead, Ultimate Painting
Cost: Free for all!
Age Limit: 21+

Paradigm – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location: 10/24 @ The Mercury Lounge, NY
Look Out For: DMA’s, Bear’s Den
Cost: $12
Age Limit: 21+

Topshelf Records / Washed Up Emo – CMJ Showcase

Date/Location: 10/24 @ Cameo Gallery, BK
Look Out For: Sorority Noise, The World Is A Beautiful Place
Cost: Free for all!
Age Limit: 18+

Brooklyn Vegan – CMJ Showcase
Date/Location: 10/25 @ Baby’s All Right, BK
Look Out For: Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana
Cost: Free for all!
Age Limit: 21+

Stay tuned for an update of this list and more CMJ-related news from us!

Dana Reandelar

If not hunched over her desk writing about music, Dana can be found binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or condensing long rants to 140 characters. She also writes for Idobi Radio, and is an Off The Record podcast contributor.
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