The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon is coming, you guys. Did you download the app? Did you make a schedule? Did you decide which of the 1,300 artists you simply must see this year?

New York City’s week-long event spanning from October 21st-25th can seem pretty overwhelming, so we’ll make it easy on you. From The Kills to Reigning Sound to Cold War Kids, our 2014 CMJ picks would never steer you wrong.

Here’s who you should see and why…

The Bright Light Social Hour The Bright Light Social Hour

This Austin brotherhood knows good facial hair – and how to party. Get ready to groove with one of the most fun live acts around.

The Kills by Nicole MagoThe Kills

The Bonnie & Clyde of rock n roll will leave you lusting for more. Don’t take ‘sold-out’ for an answer at the door.

DSC_4801-600x399Reigning Sound

They may have recorded their latest LP, Shattered, at Daptone’s studio in Brooklyn, but these vintage rock vibes sound straight outta the garage.

Nicole Mago PhotoCold War Kids

This is a no-brainer, right? How many chances do you get to see these guys perform at a bowling alley, anyway?

Not satisfied? We’ve also got our ears on these CMJ artists:

Gerard Way

Chris Farren

Purling Hiss

Sleepy HaHas

Courtney Barnett


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