The CMJ Music Marathon is coming... and with the annual event comes plenty of burgeoning bands you're not gonna want to miss. And amongst this year's crop of must-see bands is SoCal-based newcomers Young the Giant. If your skepticism is telling you that, sure, we have to say that, then don't take our word for it -- listen to our friends at MTV instead, who were "..thoroughly impressed with the type of melodic pop/rock they were playing, considering their age (all band members are between the years 20-22)."

Consider that "they have been playing music together since they were in high school (which may account for the degree of polish their music has). Songs like "My Body" are anthemic in their own right, with a hook you'll be singing for the rest of night after their set."

Sold yet? Grab a free MP3 of "My Body" at now and start practicing the words so you can sing along at the shows listed below. All are free and open to the public.

YTG CMJ schedule

Tues 19th:

The Music Slut Party – 5PM

Pianos (Downstairs) 

158 Ludlow Street



Wed 20th:

SESAC Party – 10 PM

The Studio at Webster Hall

125 East 11th Street



Thur 21st:

I Guess I'm Floating Party – 12:30PM

Pianos (Downstairs)

158 Ludlow Street



Sat 23rd:

I Rock I Roll Party – Aprx. 3PM

Delancy Downstairs

168 Delancy


...And one more special show on the 23rd to be announced soon!