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  • Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, a former CMJ staple. (AP)

    The CMJ Music Marathon, an annual festival of mostly unknown indie rock bands, kicks off on Tuesday in New York. More than 1,300 acts are scheduled to perform at this year's fest, which takes place at dozens of venues across the city for the next five days.

    The New York Times is crowdsourcing some of its coverage of CMJ, inviting readers to review select shows on Twitter while using a #mycmjreview hashtag. The paper plans to publish some of them on its ArtsBeat blog.

    Jon Caramanica, the Times pop music critic, posted his coverage plan and today's crowd assignment:

    Before and after Wild Flag, I'll attempt to see Psychobuildings at the Delancey and Hunters at Cake Shop, both shows within spitting distance of the Bowery, and then I'll be heading over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn for Friends at 285 Kent (hopefully) and Light Asylum at Public Assembly.

    But that's just me, one man taxed to his limits. I can use some help: you should also rush to see Cerebral Ballzy at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Radical Dads at Rock Shop in Williamsburg; Titus Andronicus at the Stereogum party at Glasslands, also in Williamsburg; and the blues revivalist Gary Clark Jr. at the Highline Ballroom on West 16th Street in Chelsea.

    After the shows--or during--send your 140-character reviews via Twitter with #mycmjreview. If you're at one of the shows I'm at, also send your impressions and we'll see where we agree or disagree. Thanks for the assist.

    For the Times--whose leaders have been critical of the kind of unpaid journalism and aggregation practiced by the Huffington Post and others--the CMJ initiative is a step away from its commitment to traditional reporting and criticism, and perhaps a small glimpse of its future.

    Of course, this isn't the first time that the Times has crowdsourced coverage of a large event, news or otherwise.

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  • Kloeffler (ABC News)

    Dan Kloeffler, a co-anchor for ABC News' very, very early "World News Now" show, revealed on the air that he is gay.

    While delivering a report on Zach Quinto, the "Star Trek" actor who recently came out in an interview with New York magazine, Kloeffler said he would consider dropping his rule against dating actors for Quinto.

    "Kind of a big moment for me while filling in on World News Now," Kloeffler wrote in a blog post, "which is by far the most fun you can legally have at 3:00 in the morning!" (Kloeffler's co-host Yunji de Nies, perhaps not realizing how a big a moment it was, laughed through that part of the segment.)

    Kloeffler, a former NBC News staffer and MSNBC host, said he had never disclosed his sexual orientation on the air "even though I've been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years."

    "In fact, an old boyfriend--now best friend--has always given me a hard time about not doing so," Kloeffler wrote. "But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.

    "There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance," he continued. "As a kid I wanted someone to look up to, someone that could relate to the feelings I was having. Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better."

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  • Bachmann, Perry, Cain debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11, 2011. (AP/Pool)

    Yet another Republican debate was added to the 2012 campaign slate on Monday. This one, however, has a small twist: ABC News is billing it as the only debate to air in primetime on network television before the New Hampshire primary. The debate, scheduled for the Saturday before the state's yet-to-be finalized Tuesday primary, will air at 9 p.m. and re-air on "This Week" the next day. It will also stream live on, part of its ongoing partnership with the network.

    The ABC debate will be moderated by Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh McElveen, anchor of ABC's local WMUR affiliate, in front of a live audience at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. ABC News will announce criteria for participation later this week.

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