More than 1,000 bands will take over scores of New York City's rock clubs during this massive annual celebration of indie music. Also on tap: the usual assortment of seminars, parties, meet-and-greets and panels. The event is famously cutting-edge, having showcased Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and R.E.M. before they were stars. The 2014 edition featured Cold War Kids and up-and-coming artists like Young Buffalo, Odessa and Saint Pepsi. Check cmj.com as the festival approaches for updates on the schedule.