As summer winds down, it's time to start thinking ahead to fall and, thankfully, the CMJ Music Marathon has released its initial wave of artists. Scheduled to take place in New York City Oct. 19-23, on board this year are DeVotchKa, Surfer Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, School of Seven Bells, the Drums, Lissie, Four Tet, Ghostface Killah and Bad Books, the Kevin Devine/Manchester Orchestra collaboration.
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But it's not just about what's hot and young at the moment, either. Indie rock luminaries such as ex-Galaxie 500/Luna frontman Dean Wareham's Dean and Britta project, Afghan Whigs/Gutter Twins alum Greg Dulli, Helmet and Jason Isbell are all scheduled to appear.
Comedian Kristen Schaal ('Flight of the Conchords,' 'The Daily Show') is also on the bill, hinting that a comedic element will be in play this year, too.
Started in 1980, the CMJ Music Marathon serves to highlight the best of what's to come in music that dominates college radio. In the past, the festival has served as starting grounds for iconic acts such as U2, R.E.M. and Nirvana. Over the course of five days, the festival mainly takes place in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn.
For more coverage of CMJ 2010, stay tuned to Spinner as more artists are announced.