An Aussie Guide to the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon

by on October 15, 2012 · 3 comments

This week brings the triumphant return of the College Music Journal (CMJ) Music Marathon to New York City. The festival features five days of performances at venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn from acts ranging from The English Beat to up and coming rap group Flatbush Zombies. And, of course, many Australian bands and performers will make the long trek to show the Americans what they’ve got. Here are just a few of the artists that you should catch.

Singer Emma Louise from Brisbane, who we caught at SXSW in Austin this past March, comes to CMJ to play songs from her upcoming debut album and her Full Hearts & Empty Rooms EP. She plays on Wednesday at 6pm at the Apple Store in SOHO and at 9:40pm at Pianos on the Lower East Side. She also hits the Rosenthal Pavilion at New York University on Thursday, Mercury Lounge on Friday and Union Pool and The Aussie BBQ at The Delancey on Saturday. Here’s her video for the song “Jungle”.

Gold Fields, a dancey, electro-pop 5-piece from Ballarat, play The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn Friday afternoon and The Trash Bar in the same borough later Friday night before before closing The Aussie BBQ in Manhattan late Saturday. Check out their clip for “Treehouse” below.

Speaking of electronic artists, the increasingly popular Sydney duo The Presets play to a huge crowd at Terminal 5 on Friday. Listen and watch “Ghosts”.

Though she hails from New Zealand, we still love Kimbra. She has her biggest headlining New York City shows to date, at Webster Hall on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the amazing “Cameo Lover” below.

Brisbanites Slug Guts, who have an amazing album out on Sacred Bones Records, hit Home Sweet Home on Wednesday, The Acheron on Friday and 92Y Tribeca on Saturday. Here is the eery video for “Scum”.

Power-poppers The Stanleys play The Aussie BBQ on Saturday. Enjoy the catchy “Always” below.

High Highs, who live in New York now play six CMJ showcases. The first is a KEXP radio performance on Wednesday afternoon followed by a nighttime show at Mercury Lounge, Bar Matchless and Kilmat Lounge on Thursday and The Aussie BBQ and Cameo Gallery on Saturday. Check out the dreamy NYC-centric video for “Open Season”.

Sydney’s The Jezabels headline Webster Hall on Wednesday. Here’s their video for “Easy To Love”.

Melbourne’s Twerps headline a massive showcase at Public Assembly in Brooklyn on Friday. Enjoy the “Through the Day” video below.

We recently profiled The Universal Thump. They play The Living Room on Thursday evening. Their video for “Flora” can be watched here.

Melbourne duo Big Scary play Fat Baby on Tuesday and The Aussie BBQ on Saturday. Here’s their video for “The Apple Song”.

Young Magic, a New York based dreamy-pysch band with Aussie members, plays two showcases at Pianos, on Tuesday and Friday with a gig at Cameo Gallery in the middle on Thursday. Sit back and enjoy “Sparkly”.

Other Aussie bands playing CMJ this year include Big Scary, Rufus, The Kin, Dune Rats, The Trouble With Templeton, Winter People, Teeth & Tongue, The Oyster Muders, Dancing Heals, San Cisco, Goodbye Motel, Outerwaves, Satellite Sky, Jinja Safari, The Hiding, Flume, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Lowlakes and Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders. You can view an entire schedule of all the Australian bands playing at venues near you at the Sounds Australia Website.

There will also be a late night lounge in the East Village dedicated to Aussie bands. Appropriately named ‘Jetlag’, they will be showcasing various labels on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. On Thursday at NYU, the Australian CMJ college showcase will also take place.

For more information about the CMJ music marathon, head to