Austin might have the South By Southwest festival but New York has the mighty CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. The five day event includes performances by over 700 different artists, diverse panel discussions, screenings of documentary and feature films (with killer soundtracks) and countless opportunities for industry networking.
CMJ is known for being the place to play if you are an emerging artist with hopes of catching the attention of so many record label executives.
A few bigger name bands are also performing this year including 90s alternative-rockers Nada Surf, french pop stars Phoenix (you've probably heard their single "1901" on the 2010 Cadillac SRX commercial) and dance party duo LMFAO ("I'm In Miami B****").
We've sorted through the showcases and picked out performances from up-and-coming artists and indie-favorites you won't want to miss.