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CMJ Music Marathon 2014: See these 10 bands this week

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To help you navigate the week of CMJ Music Marathon 2014, we picked out 10 bands you have to see this week in New York.



10 reasons Pearl Jam is a live act like no other

Pearl Jam performs at the "Made In America" music festival on Sunday Sept. 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

Ahead of Pearl Jam’s show at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday, we outline 10 characteristics of the band’s concerts that set it apart from any other act touring the world’s largest arenas.



Why production makes all the difference in the Preatures’ debut, “Blue Planet Eyes”

Why production makes all the difference in the Preatures' debut, "Blue Planet Eyes"

Why production makes all the difference in the Preatures’ debut, “Blue Planet Eyes.”



Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado talks “career suicide” and the new album

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado talks "career suicide" and the importance of taking risks with the band's new double LP, "...And Star Power." Photo provided by Pitch Perfect PR.

Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado talks “career suicide” and the importance of taking risks with the band’s new double LP, “…And Star Power.”



New Pornographers’ Carl Newman had one “soul crushing” task before making “Brill Bruisers”

New Pornographers didn't have much room for elaborate stage production at the Gothic Theatre with a set that included 26 songs and eight band members to juggle.

New Pornographers band leader Carl Newman was faced with the “soul crushing” task of pulling his successful bandmates from their successful solo projects to make their best album in a decade, “Brill Bruisers.”



Album review: Flying Lotus, “You’re Dead!”

With his fifth LP, "You're Dead!," Flying Lotus addresses the specter of death with equal parts grim meditation and "no hard feelings" humor.

With his fifth LP, “You’re Dead!,” Flying Lotus addresses the specter of death with equal parts grim meditation and “no hard feelings” humor.



The 2014 Colorado music festival season analysis: What worked and what didn’t

The 2014 Colorado music festival season analysis: What worked and what didn't

Were they all warranted and worth the price? What was it like to be on the ground? Read our analysis of Colorado’s 2014 festival season with Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Riot Fest, The UMS, Warped Tour and more.



Here’s what Lorde should do next: Nothing

Lorde

Lorde is entering a crossroads of her career that could lead to success or failure. She has a few options, but what she should do next is easy: Nothing.



Colorado fall concert guide 2014: The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac and more

Colorado fall concert guide 2014: The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac and more

With concerts piling up on the same weekend or day this fall, use our Colorado fall concert guide to navigate the next few months of live music.



Are front-to-back album concerts sucking the fun out of live music?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?