This duo of guitar — fiber patch cord — and drums was winning live in a way that they weren't in my blindfolded pre-Marathon listening (their tunes got single star ratings). But I chose to see them after too many people said, "Have you seen You Won't?" I was seduced by their friendly sound. At one point during their late-night happening at the Bowery Ballroom, the band came off the stage and stood on chairs in the midst of the audience to perform, with a great deal of charm, on accordion and wind chimes. The last band I saw, one whose record I'll spend more time with, was Hundred Waters.

Reker and the other guitarists played while dancing or lying on the floor, and the singers were dragged across the huge floor by the very microphone cords that were connected to the sound system.

Santos was filled to capacity and from back to front, people were singing every word. The few that didn't may have been busy stage diving to the punk-ish folk he was strumming and speak-singing. Communal and joyous. Other notable moments in the day came from Savages, a dark, poetic London band of women that sometimes traveled the ether that Joy Division pioneered, and from Montreal's The Luyas, who made elegant and complex music with an orchestral and electronic feel at WNYC's Greene Space. You Won't is another one of those bands with dedicated fans who hang on their every lyric.

The music from the Brooklyn band was original but not far from the sound we've heard over the past few years from say or (drummer Luke Fassano played with Yeasayer). People Get Ready's album comes out this week. I've been playing it constantly since Friday's performance.

Check out Bob Boilen's CMJ favorites from days , and of the Music Marathon. Stage diving at Front Bottoms' performance during CMJ 2012 at Santos Party House.

The very next thing I saw was a more traditional band on a stage — Front Bottoms at Santos Party House — but going back to the standard band setup wasn't the let-down I had feared. The group is led by New Jersey's Brian Sella, a confessional singer in the vein of ' John Darnielle, and rarely have I seen such passion from a club audience for a band I knew nothing about.