The Clothes Make the (Music) Man

Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry The Gossip’s fiery front woman, Beth Ditto, just announced a fashion collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. It’s said to be brassy and beautiful, accentuating the natural magnificence of Rubenesque bodies. This meeting of the minds got us thinking about other musicians’ forays into fashion. Here are some of the most notable lines:   Beth Ditto of the Gossip From thrift-store enthusiast to soundtracker for a Dior fragrance commercial, Ditto turns heads wherever she goes. With her personal line –... READ MORE

Dear Terrestrial Radio – An Open Letter for Improvement

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry   Hi. I still listen to you. Not as much as I did in college while working at a bakery, listening to KROQ and K-EARTH. But I still do, when streaming audio gets choked by unreliable Wi-Fi. Or the perils of selecting literally any song becomes my Sophie’s Choice. You are a passive listening experience, but I can’t just sit back and consume obediently anymore.   Look, I understand your audiences are increasingly looking to other media for... READ MORE

Interview - Nikki O'Neill and the Rockin' Road of Women Guitarists

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Stef Preston

  Music   For Nikki O’Neill, playing guitar on and off the stage is her passion and something that comes naturally for her. Even though lately a buzz has been around her due to her new book, Women’s Road to Rock Guitar, where she explains the ins and outs of becoming a rock goddess like herself, O’Neill also still gravitates towards the art of live performing. “I would have gone to Woodstock,” O’Neill says when asked what concert... READ MORE

Music Releases Move to Friday— Now What?

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News   The big hullaballoo this past week in the music world was that the world got a little more united. Friday was dubbed the universal day for fresh releases, after a lifetime of varying days for different nations. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a body that represents record labels worldwide, claims that the Friday release date embraces digital trends and tears down figurative borders. Smaller entities such as Beggars Group – who represents artists... READ MORE

Album Review: Fall Out Boy - "American Beauty/American Psycho"

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Stef Preston

  Music      In “This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race,” Patrick Stump starts off with, “I am an arms dealer/Fitting you with weapons in the form of words/And don't really care which side wins/As long as the room keeps singing/That's just the business I'm in." And for Fall Out Boy, for a while, that was true. It didn't really matter what they did; they were Fall Out freakin' Boy, gods of “the scene,” and they could... READ MORE

Introducing: Len Sander

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Switzerland is exporting some beautifully sensual sounds these days. Zurich's Len Sander has wooed us with the melancholy "Ungrowing" off their upcoming debut LP, Phantom Garden. The six-piece band evokes Portishead and latter-day chillwave, with Blanka Inuaen's vocals personifying a spectre from a dream. The percussion by Alessandro Hug and Markus Brutsch pin-prick the subconscious, while the synth and guitar instrumentation from Simon Inuaen, Flavio Schonholzer and Dennis Scharer coasts like gentle waves. Phantom Garden is... READ MORE

What's Brewing with Win Butler?

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry With the temperatures dropping and snow battering much of the States, a nice cup of Joe sounds awfully good. Those warm aromas enrich the soul, just like music. You get the best of both worlds when artists lend their names to a signature brew. Win Butler of Arcade Fire is the latest musician with beans on the brain, and this one’s for a worthy cause. Let’s drink to Butler’s blend, as well as other notable... READ MORE

The Heavy Costs of Being an Indie Touring Band

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry It's hard out there for a Pomplamoose. The NorCal indie dance duo might rack up millions of YouTube views thanks to nifty covers of Beyonce and Pharrell Williams, but they haven't much dough to show for it. It's a tale heard around the world from too many "successful" independent artists (successful in quotes because, as member Jack Conte writes, "We have not 'made it.' We’re making it."). They bust their asses self-financing music videos, recording... READ MORE

Innovations in Music: One Old-School, One New-School

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News Something old, something new. The soundwaves are always undulating back and forth like so. Same goes for tech innovations within the music world. Here we explore two novel approaches to every artist's goal of getting his or her art to the people.   OLD-SCHOOL: SNAIL MAIL RISES AGAIN Mail-order used to be a thrill for record collectors. You'd join a club and get physical packages sent to your home; you'd tear into those puppies and pop them into... READ MORE