Suge Knight and Irv Gotti Planned to Form Musicians’ Union Artist Spotlight

Suge Knight and Irv Gotti Planned to Form Musicians’ Union

No Comments 12 October 2011

Hip-hop impresarios wanted artists’ rights scheme modeled on Major League Baseball Players Association.

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‘The Muppets’ Soundtrack Claims to Go Indie

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‘The Muppets’ Soundtrack Claims to Go Indie

No Comments 12 October 2011

The soundtrack for the upcoming Jason Segel-helmed Muppets movie has been revealed by Billboard.com, and Kermit and friends are getting lots of help.

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Fallen Riviera Delivers Professional Package

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Fallen Riviera Delivers Professional Package

1 Comment 12 October 2011

Fallen Riviera is a breath of fresh air, after a full day of listening to independent music. These three tracks are so tightly produced and professional, you wouldn’t think the band needed to go the indie route. Strangely, the band sounds European, even though they’re actually from California.

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Not Every One of Us Has the Talent of Gumshen

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Not Every One of Us Has the Talent of Gumshen

No Comments 12 October 2011

Not every one of us has the talent of Gumshen. I especially like the lyrics and the creative use of word play in the song offered up here, the sound and rhyme work of lines like “I feel the click click clinking of the clock tick ticking / It’ll never stop dragging me down down down / Melt into nothing / But you’re right beside me on this merry go round”. The chorus that follows is a perfect measure of simplicity in an otherwise sophisticated song. Of course, it also has a great lyric and musical hook, which never hurts. The band reminds me of Steely Dan - a true compliment to Gumshen - but there is something more modern here, too. The musicianship, along with the songwriting, is superb, with great grooves and shining guitar riffs.

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Cheap Trick Lobbies Congress to Regulate Temporary Stages

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Cheap Trick Lobbies Congress to Regulate Temporary Stages

No Comments 11 October 2011

Rick Nielsen’s next stop was to be Capitol Hill, where he and Frey intended to urge congressmen to regulate temporary stages to help prevent future collapse incidents from happening. Besides his own near-miss, he’ll have plenty more to talk about with legislators.

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Steve Jobs’ Music Legacy: The Billboard Cover Story

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Steve Jobs’ Music Legacy: The Billboard Cover Story

No Comments 11 October 2011

That a man who never played an instrument or so much as sang a note professionally could be considered one of the greatest rock stars of this generation speaks to the impact that Steve Jobs had on the music industry and the legacy he leaves behind.

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Afghans Rock at First Music Festival in Decades

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Afghans Rock at First Music Festival in Decades

No Comments 11 October 2011

Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.

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