CMJ 2014 Photos: The Kills, Willow Smith, Cam’ron, Courtney Barnett

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Alison Mosshart of The Kills. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Last week, CMJ Music Marathon took over Manhattan (below 14th Street, at least) and Brooklyn for showcase upon showcase. As usual, some of the best parties — like the three-day Fader Fort at Converse Rubber Tracks and Brooklyn Vegan’s day parties — were unofficial and free to the public. But even if you couldn’t get in, there was plenty of go around if you knew where to look. Our photographer, Leila Morrissey, did.

She shot The Kills’ big return at Webster Hall, rising star (and Flavorwire favorite) Courtney Barnett (also at Webster), Willow Smith *not* whipping her hair back and forth at the Fader Fort (plus Cam’ron’s surprise performance), the Austin Psych Fest showcase at Rough Trade on Saturday, and much more. Click through for her photos.

The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Courtney Barnett at Webster Hall. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Willow Smith at the Fader Fort. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Willow Smith at the Fader Fort. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Cam’ron’s suprise Fader Fort performance. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

George Maple at the Fader Fort. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Sir Michael Rocks at the Fader Fort. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

TOPS at the Fader Fort. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Wampire. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at the Austin Psych Fest showcase at Rough Trade. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at the Austin Psych Fest showcase at Rough Trade. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Little Racer at Niagra Bar. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Prince Rama at Cameo Gallery. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Prince Rama at Cameo Gallery. Photo by Leila Morrissey.

Young Magic at Cameo Gallery. Photo by Leila Morrissey.