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Carroll, Enemy Planes, and the Ocean Blue heading to CMJ Music Marathon

Carroll at SXSW last year, just after recording their debut album. Photo by Geoff Leung for MPR.

Local bands Carroll, Enemy Planes, and the Ocean Blue will play at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York in October. They will be joined by Strange Names, a recently-local group now based in NYC.

Now in its 34th year, the CMJ Music Marathon is the world’s largest festival for emerging music. About 120,000 musicians, fans and industry folks are expected to attend more than 1,400 live performances in the event’s five-day span from Oct. 21-25. The festival is housed in nightclubs and theaters throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and hosts special music business-themes events, like a music industry law seminar and a mixer for people who work at college and non-profit radio shows.

The steadily rising Carroll were conceived in the basement of a house on St. Paul’s Carroll Ave. by a quartet of Macalester graduates. The band recently started a national tour to celebrate the release of their first full-length album, and they will cap off their tour at CMJ. You can listen to Carroll performing live last year in The Current studios here and read more of our coverage on the band here.

Enemy Planes, who performed in The Current studios last year, will add their moody, atmospheric sounds to the festival lineup. So will veteran alternative rockers the Ocean Blue and quickly ascending Strange Names, who you can watch played in the Current’s studios in 2012 and performed at our birthday party this January.

Hailey Colwell is a journalism major at the University of Minnesota and a co-director of Theatre Corrobora.