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Today's Links December 5, 2016

  • STOP “Working” for Free!

    Whether you are a professional photographer, DJ, musician, website builder or any number of other creative-type jobs, it is likely you’ve come up against those individuals who are not only undercutting your already rock-bottom prices, but are doing the work for free. Yes… FREE. By inserting themselves into the workforce for no pay, the “free” workers are undermining not only...

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Today's Links November 3, 2016

  • Country Music: 1920 to 2016

    (Obituary written by Dan Harr) Having survived through numerous major world conflicts, corporate radio dictations, the birth of hundreds of new and morphed musical genres and the evolution of hard-core “bro-country”, the musical style known as Country Music passed away …

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Today's Links October 20, 2016

  • Trump-Clinton Poll

    If the election were held today, Who would you vote for? Please answer our poll below and share this page with your friends. *** NOTE *** Because neither Jill Stein nor Gary Johnson have high enough poll numbers to be …

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Today's Links September 15, 2016

  • America Needs CPR

    When my wife and I travel across the country, we like to avoid interstates whenever possible. As long as time allows it, we take the back roads that wind along rivers, follow county lines and cross the open farm lands. We love to see the heartbeat of the country: the mom and pop stores, small-town diners, local businesses and more.

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Today's Links June 27, 2016

  • NewTown – Harlan Road 

    One of the best Bluegrass releases of the year so far is the new Harlan Road by the Lexington, Kentucky-based band NewTown. Solid vocal and instrumental work, combined with the songs of some great Southern writers, exemplify what this genre is all about on a collection of 11 wisely-chosen tunes.

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  • Genre-Spanning Titles That Rock

    Live albums, reissues, an impressive debut and an inspired return from Garbage are among the field of highly-recommended titles that will satisfy music lovers from across the spectrum. Artist: Neil Young + Promise of the Real. Title: Earth (Reprise).You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Tell me more: Neil Young is truly rock's most enduring explorer, challenging himself...

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  • Prasanna – All-Terrain Guitar

    There are plenty of guitar gods that go by a single name moniker. Jimi, Eric and Eddie to name a few. But if you expand your search to the eastern hemisphere, an unfamiliar name will qualify. If you don't know about Prasanna, prepare to be terrified," says guitar icon Guthrie Govan of the visionary guitarist who "plays like nobody on the planet" (All About Jazz) The Indian Renaissance man is a pioneer of Indian Carnatic music. The style consists of 72 melodic cycles called ragas and seven rhythmic cycles (talas) Sound complicated?

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  • Owen Stevenson – Right Here and Now

    Chicago based singer-songwriter Owen Stevenson has had exuberant experiences, as far as musical careers go for many aspiring artists. Fulfilling the performer role more than the artist one in recent years, he has a number of well-known venues in Chicago already under his belt, not to mention a few stints in some other states and out on sea across the world (as a cruise ship performer).

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  • Joe Jackson Entertains Riverside, CA

    In a career that spans nearly 40 years, Joe Jackson has taken several stylistic detours, encompassing everything from classical, jazz and reggae to new wave, jump blues and beyond. The excellent “Fast Forward,” which came out last October, is the British singer/pianist’s first album to contain all-original material since 2012’s “The Duke” (a tribute to jazz master Ellington).

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  • Leslie Cours Mather – We Are America

    As we celebrate America’s 240th birthday, there are some people out there who don’t understand the meaning of, or the reason for, American patriotism. Leslie Cours Mather wants to make sure everybody knows this is still the greatest country on earth, and she gets the message across in a big way with her new single, “We Are America.”

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Today's Links June 20, 2016

  • SoundPress.net Presents – Sights and Sounds of Note for June 2016

    We've reached the halfway point of another year. But, we received so much product to preview this month that we haven't been able get through even half of the stack. Here's the best of the batch! Many rock bands have a back story where the famous product is really only the final evolution in a series of incarnations. Such is the case with Tom Petty and the...

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  • Jackson Browne in Concert

    Surprise! Jackson Browne is 67 years old. Unsurprisingly, he looks and sounds much the same as when he was a pivotal figure in the 1970s California soft rock movement. His instantly recognizable tenor is both gentle and authoritative at once while the musicianship remains overly capable. The Pittsburgh show marked the return of the full band. Lead guitar ace Val McCallum played ...

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  • Cassadee Pope – Summer EP

    Cassadee Pope’s new release is officially called “Summer EP.” But upon a full listen, one wonders if the working title was “taking the road more Often Traveled” To say that the third season ”The Voice” winner played it safe is a bit of an understatement. She penned three of the songs, including the obvious title track and the autobiographical “Alien.” Elsewhere, the songs are about a summer...

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  • Sixties Sounds Celebrated in the 21st Century

    A slew of the Sixties' most enduring and celebrated rock artists are highlighted via outstanding recent releases, while singer-actress Doris Day's wonderful 1967 collection "Love Album" has been reissued as a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. Artist: The Monkees. Title: Good Times! (Rhino)
    You might like if you enjoy: The Monkees, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, XTC. Tell me more: The magic that...

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  • Trashcan Sinatras In Concert in San Juan Capistrano

    Whenever Trashcan Sinatras unveil a new album and tour America, it’s a special treat. Formed in the late ‘80s, the Scottish band made its initial mark Stateside with the jangly guitar pop of magnificent 1990 debut CD Cake (a Desert Island Disc for this writer), which spawned modern rock hits (“Obscurity Knocks,” “Only Tongue Can Tell”) and was a mainstay at such influential Los Angeles FM...

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  • Artists Release New Music DVD’s

    Shot last October at the ornate Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, the 90-minute concert pairs Mika with a chorale and orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. Considering the European singer’s theatrical brand of pop, it ends up being a perfect match. During a 10-minute interview included in the DVD’s bonus features section, he says it took eight months...

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  • Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

    In 1977, John Doe co-founded the seminal Los Angeles punk rock band X. The bassist/singer’s new book Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk is more anthology that your average autobiography. It chronicles the early years of the frequently bleak and gritty scene through various contributors who were front and center. A brisk read, the 24 unflinchingly real chapters...

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  • Anni Piper – More Guitars Than Friends

    Throughout her career Anni Piper has shown musical versatility that has included forays into jazz, country, and rockabilly yet she has never strayed far afield from her signature blues style. While she hasn’t abandoned Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legacy altogether, she has chosen to dive deeper into other genres resulting in a quirky, interesting record called More Guitars Than Friends. Piper's...

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  • Preshias Harris’ June Music Column

    VERSE OF THE MONTH: Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. - Psalm 98:4. ARTIST NEWS: Members of Old Dominion recently reflected on what winning Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year on the ACC Awards meant to them. “When we started this band, winning awards never crossed our minds,” said front man Matthew Ramsey who...

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Today's Links June 13, 2016

  • Four Ways to Get Better at Pitching Songs for Film and TV

    Having had the good fortune of song placements in both films and television shows, I can safely say there is no magic bullet when it comes to making this happen. However, there are certainly things that you, as a songwriter, can do to improve your odds when you’re pitching songs for film and TV. I’ve listed a few of these below.

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  • Five of Our Favorite Unplugged Jams

    When feedback is reduced to but a simmer and everything goes quiet, vocality becomes transparent, thoughts laid on the line and perceptive alterations take their course. This is what may occur when artists put their swords away, step back from all you’ve known and throw you, with all intention; in the direction they see fit. Unplug. Now unwind with these stunning editions...

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  • Various Artists – Nashville Season Four Soundtrack

    After four seasons, ABC pulled the plug on its hit series, “Nashville.” The reaction from fans was swift and intense. It almost felt like their favorite band broke up and that is true in many ways. The triple Exes, The Avery Barkley Band and Maddie Conrad felt as real as actual country stars to millions of fans. That’s probably because the cast has legitimate talent and some have street...

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  • Big Gerry Rules on the Hammered Dulcimer

    Is this a great country or what? There’s room for every type of music in America, from steampunk and Motown to bluegrass and avant-garde. And there’s even room for a guy like Legendary Big Gerry. Legendary Big Gerry is an artist who performs Irish, Celtic, Americana and Christmas music, and American classics like “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Dixie,” with an occasional...

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  • Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels

    Jeff Slate of Esquire magazine recently pronounced Bob Dylan The Greatest American Singer Of All Time. A subjective opinion, obviously, like asking who was the real Allman Brothers natural virtuoso, Duane or Dickey (Dickey of course). But no matter what you think of Dylan’s voice, it’s back again on his second album of Sinatra covers in as many years, Fallen Angels. And it’s wonderful.

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  • Nicholas Allbrook – Pure Gardiya

    Pure Gardiya is the latest solo release from one of Australia’s greatest weirdos and psychedelia incarnate – Nicholas Allbrook. He is garnering quite a reputation – personally and professionally the trippy rocker has been turning heads all over the world for years now. Most well known as the bizarre front man of Aussie face-melters Pond, Allbrook was also part of Tame Impala...

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  • Halcyon Drive – Untethered

    Halcyon Drive are back with their second EP Untethered and the Melbourne former duo – now trio – have taken their distinctive brand of alternative pop to a whole other level. The five tracks burst with echoing vocals and looping experimentations that form catchy melodies in a perfect pop mould. Taking the pop up a notch, Halcyon Drive deliver a bouncy, rhythmic, yet intensely...

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  • NewTown – Harlan Road

    They’ve been around for the past seven years or so, but Bluegrass band NewTown, with some new members and a new producer (Union Station’s Barry Bales), is sounding tighter and better than ever on their new single, “Harlan Road.” NewTown features two principal singers, Kati Penn (also an award-winning fiddle player) and her banjo-wielding husband...

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  • Mary Edwards and Murder on Music Row

    One of the hardest-working, rising stars in the Nashville television, film and even literary world, is Mary Edwards. As of this writing, the Nashville-based entertainment impresario has no fewer than a half-dozen TV, film, and book projects in the works, with more new projects being added at a rapid clip. The project Mary is most proud of: “Murder On Music Row,” a fledgling TV...

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Today's Links June 6, 2016

  • MoeDeLL – Local

    In an era where a professionally made song, which needed an experience engineer to produce fully, can be concocted in the ones and zeroes of computerised programs like GarageBand or ProTools, it is easy to get swayed by such convenient tools and forget about organic analog instruments that built the roots of modern music.

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  • Introducing NewTown

    NewTown is one of the hottest Bluegrass acts going these days, and their new album, Harlan Road, finds the band sounding better than ever. With three new members, the group’s lineup now includes founders Kati Penn (vocals and fiddle) and her husband, Jr. Williams (vocals and banjo), with Hayes Griffin on guitar and vocals, Travis Anderson on bass and vocals, and Mitchell Cannon on mandolin.

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  • Sydney’s Bin Juice Have Some Serious Explaining To Do

    Alternative Sydney 5-piece, Bin Juice are consistent purveyors of dirty, hard hitting grooves. They sat down with Happy over some beers to get to the bottom of that irresistible sound and to help us decipher some of the finer details of what makes them tick. Strap in for something a little weird. Hey fellas, thanks for taking some time out, what have you guys been...

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  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

    Radiohead fall into the pseudo-deified class of bands hailed as musical geniuses. Famous for their eclectic, ground-breaking musical arrangements and stunning vocal talent, the beacons for the misunderstood headed by Thom Yorke have decades of success, industry respect and strangeness associated with their image. Unfortunately for bands with such stellar credentials, the curse of astronomical expectation hangs heavy. Two weeks ago the band flew off the grid, erasing their social media presence online and...

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  • Introducing Southern Halo

    Seldom does a performer or group actually have the ability to fulfill the promise of the hype surrounding them. Country vocal trio Southern Halo is one of those rare acts, though, that not only has the goods, but delivers them, and has the Nashville music industry paying serious attention. Comprised of teenage sisters Natalia (just turned 19), Christina (17), and Hannah Morris (16), Southern ...

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  • Elements of a Great Artist Website

    As a performer it’s imperative that you set up and maintain a great website. It should be the hub of all of your marketing efforts. It can be anywhere from 5 to 15 pages but there are things that it definitely needs to have or to accomplish. We’ll talk about them in this blog article. The first decision is whether to have a professional do your website or whether you will be designing...

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  • Blogging for Singers and Songwriters

    In this fast-changing digital world, the art of blogging has become a fun and educational pastime for many. Over the years, I’ve found that readership picks up when you provide information people can use. Following are a few tips for creating a successful blog. Choose a topic/activity you love or have experience with. Most bloggers write about things they’ve learned and applied in real...

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  • Jamie Suttle –

    The American country music scene never ceases to produce top-end music deeply rooted in the country’s roots and the artists always have the challenge presented to them to bring new life to the genre that always sounds the same, but still sounds like home for Americans. Kentucky-based artist Jamie Suttle doesn’t try to be above it all and step out of her comfort zone as I have observed ...

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  • Japam – How’s my EP

    What is it about chaos and sonic violence that keeps us coming back for more? Perhaps the cathartic release of ten-tonne riffs and hailstorm drums are sending us down a path of emotional freedom; even some scientific studies agree. Regardless of the why, Japam have the how down pat in their new EP How’s My EP?

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Today's Links May 23, 2016

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Today's Links May 16, 2016

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