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Rye Rye plays free CMJ Music Marathon show tonight

Rye Rye will perform a free show Thursday night in New York City as part of the CMJ Music Marathon.

CMJ is five-day music festival, the East coast's SXSW basically, that features some 500 different bands.

Thursday's show makes the rapper the seventh Maryland musician to play at the event.

Baltimore's Lower Dens and Cumberland's Cotton Jones are among the other area bands that will perform. Lower Dens actually performed Wednesday the first of their 11 scheduled shows.

Rye Rye is a last minute addition. She made the announcement earlier this week on Facebook, natch.

She'll perform at the Hyper Machine showcase at Backstage Bar on the Lower East Side, where Moby's band Diamondsnake, VHS or Beta, among others, will also perform. 

It's been a big month for the rapper. She's coming off a tour with M.I.A., for whom she opened at CMJ three years ago.

And the video for her single, "Sunshine" is nearing a million page views.

Tickets for the Backstage Bar show are free with an RSVP, available here.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Backstage Bar is at 152 Orchard Street. 

Photo: Rye Rye in 2008/Josh Sisk 

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