Right now in New York City it’s the calm before the storm. Next week the CMJ Music Marathon will blow through with its hundreds of bands, industry panels & presentations, and nightly showcases, and it will be nothing short of pure intensity. Aside from the cheap booze and sometimes free events, the music is the festival’s main focus and best part because for nearly one week seemingly all the best new and established acts from various genres will descend upon this city and show us their stuff. I’ll be covering it for The Music Ninja so expect reviews in the coming weeks. Until then though, here are 20 CMJ 2012 Must See Acts (in no particular order). We’ve got a scattering of indie rock, electronica, hip-hop, electro, synth pop and more. Some are popular, some rising; some you’ve seen on this site, and some you haven’t, so keep a lookout:

Doe Paoro
Born Whole

The Stepkids
Shadows On Behalf

Hook N Sling feat Evermore
Surrender


Pilgrim

Flosstradamus
Rollup (Baauer Remix)

Cities Aviv
G A L L E R Y G U R L Z (prod. by Star Slinger)

Chad Valley
Tell All Your Friends

Daughter
Home (Taken from The Wild Youth EP)

You Wont
Three Car Garage

Cruiser
Souvenir

Foxygen
Make It Known

Blonds
Time

Flume
Holdin On

Indians
Magic Kids

She Keeps Bees
See Me

Goldroom
Angeles

MS MR
Hurricane

Santah
Indigo

Conner Youngblood
A Summer Song

Indian Rebound
Bowery Brats

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