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CMJ Festival 2008: What's Hot In '09?

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Annual music marathons like SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York have long served as industry-only gatherings. But now, like never before, they have become regarded as a necessity for those enthusiasts on the cusp of music. They've evolved into a breeding ground for next year's latest and greatest—a musical pageantry of epic proportions.

This year's festival certainly unearthed the up and comers. LA bands like garage rockers the Muslims and the bluesy duo Rumspringa were represented quite well with a number of performances.