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The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Band Names at CMJ

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The CMJ Music Marathon kicks off today in New York, as throngs of badge-carrying, beer-soaked concertgoers descend upon hundreds of venues across the city in a collective quest to discover the next Vampire Weekend. More than 1,300 mostly unknown, unsigned bands are slated to perform at the five-day festival.

Below, some of the best, worst and weirdest band names on the schedule.

Nature Bands:

Scattered Trees
Secret Mountains
Our Mountain
Forest Fire
Islands
Golden Bloom
Tiger Flowers
Big Tree
Great Lakes
Cold Fronts
Slow Mountain
Madison Square Gardeners
The Lonely Forest
Cloud Nothings
Yellow Red Sky
Deep River
Bird Call
Strand of Oaks
Settings
Setting Sun
The Sanctuaries
Waters
We Are the Woods

Blood Bands:

Arteries
Bleeding Knees Club
Close the Wounds
Cold Blood Club
Not Blood Paint
Wise Blood
Conner Youngblood

Taxidermy Bands:

Hunters
Ski Lodge
Shonen Knife
A House for Lions
Young Buffalo
Elks
Japanther
Sky White Tiger
Handsome Furs
Phantom Tails
Great Elk
Minus The Bear
Rifle Recoil
Freshkills
Endangered Species
Skull

Young Bands:

The Young Things
Young Magic
Band of Young Saints
Young Evils
Young Live
MillionYoung
Young Prisms

Black Bands:

Black Cards
Black Taxi
Black Box Revelation
Blackbells
Small Black
Black Vampires
The Black Shades
Red Wire Black Wire

Wild Bands:

The Wildbirds
Wild Flag
Wild Palms
Wild Moccasins
Wild International

White Bands:

White Fence
White Birds
The White House Band
Sky White Tiger

Vampire Weekend Bands:

Black Vampires
Tan Vampires
Weekend

Copyeditor-Torturing Bands:

What Cheer? Brigade
Shark?
Dad Rocks!
Hurrah! A Bolt of Light
Pow Wow!
Moonmen on the Moon, Man
1,2,3
Goodbyemotel
Smif-N-Wessun
J.R. Junior
The ReMINDers
Oh-OK
Portugal. The Man

Occupy Wall Street Sympathizer Bands:

Monster Rally
Free Energy
Givers
French Horn Rebellion
Shout Out Out Out Out
Hollerado
Street Chant
DWNTWN
Tiny Victories
Touchy Mob
Riot in Paris
Cairo Knife Fight
Game Rebellion
Communist Daughter
Cuckoo Chaos
Ex Cops
The Milkman's Union
Mexicans With Guns

Wall Street Sympathizer Bands:

U.S. Royalty
States
Guards
The Dirty Grand
Fresh Millions
The Downtown Fiction
McDonalds
Mace (DJ Set)
Cuffs
Washington
The Upperclass Men
Villains

Best Name Bands:

Bikini
Bleached
Class Actress
Coasting
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
Deathrow Tull
The Golden Awesome
Neon Indian
Netherfriends
Wim

Worst Name Bands:

Beat Connection
Damndogs
Gangstagrass
Funk Face
Hoop Dreams
Gross Magic
Xray Eyeballs
Cerebral Ballzy

[Neon Indian Photo: 
Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com]

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