The Black Keys, Deerhoof, Joseph Arthur, Blue Cheer, Portastatic, Suzanne Vega, Keren Ann, Hot Chip, the Slits and Madlib are among the first batch of artists confirmed for the annual CMJ Music Marath

The Black Keys, Deerhoof, Joseph Arthur, Blue Cheer, Portastatic, Suzanne Vega, Keren Ann, Hot Chip, the Slits and Madlib are among the first batch of artists confirmed for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, to be held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at venues throughout New York.

The festival has also nabbed a host of buzzed-about acts, including Cold War Kids, Silversun Pickups, the Knife, Professor Murder, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and the Boy Least Likely To.

Rounding out the initial lineup are Been Lee, Erase Errata, Holly Golightly, White Whale, Dr. Dog, Cloud Clut, Strike Anywhere, Mute Math, hellogoodbye, Extra Golden and These Arms Are Snakes.

For more information on the festival, including registration details, visit its Web site.