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2010 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival

New York City's largest music event, CMJ 2010, continues in the tradition of pioneering the best new music and films from all over the world. With an annual audience of over 12,000 professionals from all sectors of the music business and more than 120,000 music fans, the CMJ audience converges on New York City from all over the world to discover the best in new music, movies and technology.

The annual festival, celebrating its 30th year, will once again be headquartered in downtown Manhattan with daytime events including panel sessions, exhibitors' loft and registrant lounge, seminars and other special events. The festival takes place from October 19 to 23, 2010.

CMJ Network connects music fans and music industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media, live events and print. offers a digital music discovery service, information resources and community to new music fans, professionals and artists. 

CMJ Events produces the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind, in addition to live events and tours across the US.  The weekly music-business trade magazine CMJ New Music Report is the primary source for exclusive charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay, and independent and trend-forward retail sales. 

At night CMJ Music Marathon takes over more than 75 of New York City's premier clubs and music venues, featuring performances from over 1,300 of the world's best new artists, featuring genres including alternative, rock, dance, hip-hop, metal, country, world, jazz and much more.

CMJ Film Festival enters its 16th year with cutting-edge film releases from both independent and major motion picture studios, as well as CMJ's signature post-screening Q&As with film directors and stars.

Over 1,300 artists will rock CMJ 2010 including sets from headliners such as:

  • Phoenix
  • Ghostface Killah
  • DeVotchKa
  • Four Tet
  • Surfer Blood
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Nada Surf
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

In addition there ill be performance from such breakout acts as DOM, Dominique Young Unique, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Oh Land, Braids, Lower Dens, and Diamond Rings.

CMJ Film Festival 2010 features independent and major movie selections including:

  • Love & Other Drugs and a post-screening Q&A with star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Edward Zwick
  • Bruce Springsteen's The Promise: Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Imogen Heap's self-titled documentary

2010 also marked the first ever CMJ International Film Festival, featuring films from territories including Taiwan, France, Germany and Canada.

Highlights from music, technology, media, film and pop culture panels included

  • Curmudgeons of Rock
  • From Crowd Surfing To Crowd Funding
  • How To Sell 500 Tickets In 5 Markets
  • How to Start a Movement
  • The Mindset of the Venue Booker
  • American Hardcore and the Rise of Modern Rock

There will also be Sonic Scoop's Studio Time, a two-part seminar focusing on the creation, mixing and mastering of recordings. 2010 also featured the inaugural CMJ Play event, a one-day seminar focusing on the intersection of music and video games.

For info and to find the many New York music venues, go to:

CMJ Music Marathon
October 19 - 23, 2010
New York University's Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South

The Ponderosa Stomp 2010

When a group of music fans banded together to bring the true heroes of rock and roll back to the stage, it was called The Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau. The Knights later founded the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation as a cultural organization to preserve and present the rich history of American roots music. As a result their primary event, The Ponderosa Stomp, was founded nine years ago.
Poster for Ponderrosa Stomp 9
Through festivals, special events, concerts and outreach activities featuring musical living legends, we honor influential artists and educate audiences about their massive contributions to American culture.

The Ponderosa Stomp started in New Orleans, Louisiana, a place whose overwhelming musical heritage and influence remains a focal point of the festival. The Stomp traditionally takes place between the two weekends of the city's world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival but the 9th annual Stomp takes place at the New Orleans House of Blues on September 24th and 25th, 2010.


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Pygmalion Music Festival 2010

Now in its sixth year, the Pygmalion Music Festival has firmly established itself as a major and innovative presence in the universe of North American music festivals.
Since its inception in 2005, Pygmalion has set itself apart from behemoth conferences like SXSW and CMJ as well as from large-scale fairground-based events such as Coachella and Austin City Limits by presenting both established and emerging artists in venues no bigger than a small theater. The festival -- boutique in spirit and visionary in scope -- thrives in the unique niche of its Champaign-Urbana setting, and is honored to continue growing within that intimate context.

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Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival's Strong Second Week

Paavo Järvi

The second week of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival was a strong one. The concerts reached a high-point on Monday,  with the arrival of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi. The orchestra's playing was characterized by freshness, dynamism, and an especial sensitivity to rhythm.

The performances brought out superbly the enormous debt Schumann owed to Beethoven in his overture to Manfred and his "Spring" Symphony, a relation remarked upon by Professor Bryan Gilliam in his informative pre-concert lecture. Another plus here was the superior acoustics of Alice Tully Hall, where the Manfred overture sounded riveting even from the back of the auditorium.

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