This past week, New York City swarmed with bands, bloggers, and industry folks looking to discover the next big thing at the 23rd annual CMJ Music Marathon. Over 1,200 artists played parties and showcases, often two or three in a day. We ran around the Lower East Side and Brooklyn like everyone else, trying to catch as much hot new music as possible and hoping for that left-field cover to blow a show wide open. Like we did for SXSW (here and here), we’re going to round up our favorite CMJ discoveries in a series of posts. These artists have never appeared on Cover Me before, but you can count on hearing from them again.
On April 1, cover fans missed something incredible – or, at least, those of us who couldn’t be in Dublin did. Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy) covered Vampire Weekend‘s self-titled debut album in its entirety, with the help of Cathy Davey, Romeo Stodart (of The Magic Numbers), and the band Jape. The show was organized by The JD Set, a Jack Daniels venture into the music scene of the British Isles.