US Royalty, Talib Kweli, Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls among CMJ Music Festival's initial line-up

  • Neon Indian performing at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010
Neon Indian performing at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 (Josh Sisk )
August 23, 2011|By Erik Maza | The Baltimore Sun

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 Portugal. The Man, CSS, The Wombats, Wild Flag, Metronomy, Givers, Zola Jesus, Class Actress, Art vs. Science, Viva Brother, Davila 666, Eleanor Friedberger, EMA, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Datarock, Kermit Ruffins, The Parlotones, Kvelertak, Sea of Bees, Handsome Furs and Memoryhouse.

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.

US Royalty last performed in the area at the Sweetlife Music Festival; we interviewed them on Midnight Sun. Neon Indian performed at the Ottobar recently, and last year at Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Kweli headlined the Roots Festival in June.

There are several ticket packages for the marathon, including a the $455 CMJ full badge.

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