Talib Kweli, Washington's US Royalty, Neon Indian and the Dum Dum Girls are among the first acts announced to perform at this year's CMJ, it was announced today.
Unlike last year, when several bands from the region played unofficial and official CMJ showcases, US Royalty seems to be the only band with an area connection on the initial line-up.
That line-up also includes
The festival takes place in New York City October 18 - 22, and is considered a launching pad for new bands. Last year, Lower Dens played some 11 shows. The festival attracts about 120,000 people, according to organizers.
Hundreds more acts will be announced in the coming weeks.