Lucius – With infectious beats accompanied by 60’s inspired pop harmonies and clever lyrics the Brooklyn-bred band, whose LP Wilderwoman is out Oct. 15 is sure to make a splash at this year’s marathon. There is a reason why Rolling Stone and the New York Times have applauded the quintet, whose two female front-women harmonize perfectly and manage to bring pop music to the next dimension.
NONONO – The Scandinavian electro-pop trio’s music can be compared to the likes of Icona Pop, but with a little more depth provided by the fact that the band consists of two producers.
Cakes da Killa – Jersey rapper Cakes da Killa will be bringing “cunt rap” to CMJ. Cakes music is nothing short of honest, glitzy and his constant sharp wordplay makes him one of the best MC’s in the New York scene.
Carte Blanche – the 6-piece jazz ensemble lists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Edith Pilaf among its influences and is sure to put on a great show filled with what they like to call “vintage Jazz.”
Fuck Buttons – Fuck Buttons aren’t your typical DJ’s as their sound is more sound art than anything, and remnants of sound pioneers like John Cage can be heard in their productions. However, unlike Cage, the duo creates tracks that you can simultaneously reflect and jam to.