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How to Put on Your Best Show: 5 Things We Learned From the Performances at This Year's CMJ Music Marathon

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This year's CMJ Music Marathon held countless standout performances, from indie rock to punk to EDM. Spread across New York City's most artistic and creative neighborhoods, musicians from around the world played their hearts out for us, but not every performance stopped us dead in our tracks. At the end of the weekend, we asked ourselves: What was it about the absolute best shows we saw that made them so impactful? Were they all perfect, flawlessly executed performances? Of course not! But they shared a few things in common that made them feel perfect.

Whether you're a festival veteran or looking to break your band into the scene, take a page from this year's CMJ performers on how to create memorable experiences worth talking about even after the fest ends.

2015 CMJ Music Marathon Must-Sees: Don't Miss These 8 Showcases and Panels This Week!

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Well, folks, it's that time of year again! Get your earplugs, tickets, and Instagram filters ready for New York City's best week of independent music, CMJ Music Marathon.

By now you've probably already recieved a few billion Facebook invites to events across the city, and you may be wondering, "Where do I start?" Don't worry, we've got you. While there's no limit on good music to fall in love with and informative panels to learn from, we've managed to narrow down our top picks for this year's CMJ. Feel free to leave a comment below with your CMJ must-sees, and you just might see some of the Sonicbids team there!

The Realities of Making an International Move for Your Music Career: Advice From goodbyemotel

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Have you ever felt like your music would go so much further if you just lived in a city better suited for your sound? Maybe you're from a small town in the South, but all of your influences are from the UK, and you can bank on the fact that so many more doors will open up once you get your music over there. Well, goodbyemotel felt similarly, and after scoring a spot at CMJ through Sonicbids, they decided to pick up and move from their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, all the way to New York City.

Even though it can seem like music is most commonly spread online in the 21st century, there's no denying the countless opportunities that come along with physically being in big music cities like New York, and that's why goodbyemotel now calls it their new home. But as you can imagine, making the international move wasn't easy, nor was it cheap. Through perseverance, hard work, and lots and lots of planning, they've managed to make their way to big stages across the country, as well as landing impressive TV sync deals. Below, the band gives an honest account of the challenges of moving to NYC, and their best advice for other bands looking to do the same. 

Last Chance to Get on the Bill for CMJ 2015! Apply by June 25

The Head and the Heart performs at CMJ 2014. (Image via cmj.com)

One of the largest indie music festivals in the nation, the CMJ Music Marathon in New York is the perfect opportunity for musicians to show off their musical chops to over 120,000 music lovers from all around the world. This is your chance to not only be part of one of New York's coolest musical experiences, but it could also be the performance that launches your music career! CMJ alumni include Arcade Fire, Feist, Justice, M.I.A., Spoon, Gotye, MGMT, Daft Punk, Eminem, R.E.M., The Killers, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Green Day, HAIM, Icona Pop, Foo Fighters, and so many more. Now it's your turn.

10 Thoughts Every Musician Has During the CMJ Music Marathon

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If you've ever performed during the CMJ Music Marathon, you hold these 10 truths to be self evident. Sure, it's four days of insanity, but that's the best part, right? If 2015 is your year to rock NYC, be sure to submit your CMJ application by June 25 and use this list as a crash course in what to expect when you arrive!