Our 2014 presenting sponsor Champion helped us kick off the CMJ Music Marathon 2014 season last month at Manhattan’s Bowery Electric. It was a night for the books, with music from CMJ 2014 artists Porches. and Juan Wauters. The latter provides the soundtrack for this video, which happens to be the first installation of this year’s CMJ TV series, sponsored by Champion.

Check out the video for a quick taste of what we have in store for 2014, and stay tuned to CMJ’s Music Marathon page for further announcements.

Directed by Ted Maroney.

Chart History: 10 Years Of Arcade Fire’s Funeral

Can you believe it? Check out our latest Chart History for the full story and to celebrate this wildest of occasions.

HELP US HELP SOME DOGS!

Hang with us at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue's Fall Festival in Gowanus on Sept. 19 - you could even win yourself a pair of CMJ 2014 badges.

Head here for more info.

OUR NMR DON’T LIE: AVI BUFFALO IS BETTER THAN THE BEST

Avi Buffalo is most added this week.  Check it, and while you do, groove to our Radio 200 Top 20 playlist…

MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2014 // PHILADELPHIA // AUG. 30-31

Kings of Leon

J. Cole

Grimes

Glassjaw

Danny Brown

City and Colour

Bleachers

Awolnation

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia has recently become synonymous with music lovers and thrill seekers alike, playing host to Jay-Z’s brainchild, the Made In America festival. The franchise, which started in 2012, now holds the title of the first festival to have two legs running simultaneously in the U.S. (2014 marked the first year the event went bi-coastal, reaching audiences in L.A. over the holiday weekend, too). Playing for the benefit of the local United Way and backed by major sponsors (including Budweiser, Live Nation, Roc Nation and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway), roughly 50 musical acts who were said to “embody the diverse American musical spirit” came to support the cause.

Full gallery + review here.

OUR 50-TRACK END OF SUMMER PLAYLIST HAS ARRIVED

It’s time to admit that summer is, for all intents and purposes, over. Sure, your calendar says you have a few more weeks, but the days are getting shorter and cooler, and soon you’ll go back to classes and books (if you haven’t already). But it’s not all bad news! The coming of fall also means the coming of CMJ Music Marathon and the end of the summer album release slump.
 
But we understand that the dusk of summer is a delicate time, and so we’ve created a soundtrack to reflect that. In the 50-track playlist below, you’ll hear everything from raucous summer bangers to wide-eyed electro-pop to dawning folk nostalgia. The tracks are even ordered so that the playlist moves in a descending order of happiness: start out jumping in your leg warmers with Charli XCX and end with a somber musing on the ungraspable passage of time with Mas Ysa.

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Felipe Puperi of psychedelic space-groovers Wannabe Jalva, clue us to the sitch in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Their new album, Collecture, will be out October 15.

FALTYDL IS NO. 1 RPM THIS WEEK

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FaltyDL was no. 1 RPM this week. Check it out in our latest NMR, and listen to our Radio 200 Top 20 below:

Juan Waters hipping us off to something at CMJ 2014 artist announcement party #cmj2014 (at The Bowery Electric)