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

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

Iggy Azalea Shines Light on Sexual Assaults at Concerts

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry We all wish that the savoir-faire of pop stars could rub off on us. But that blind desire has turned into a sickening entitlement. With rapper Iggy Azalea having to cease crowd-surfing at her shows because of zealous fans’ grasping at her nether regions, it’s time to step back and stop believing we own the artists we admire. “Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me,” the Aussie hip-hop scion said in a... READ MORE

Beyonce and the New Era of Music Videos

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music "Pretty Hurts" still courtesy Melina Matsoukas Where were you at the stroke of midnight EST on Friday, December 13, 2013? For once, us homebodies were rewarded for our introverted ways, gifted by one of the ultimate extroverts in pop. This generation will remember its exact location and emotion when it first saw Beyoncé's self-titled album. That's right: saw the album. As everyone and their grandma knows by now, Mrs. Carter stealthily released her fifth solo collection... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now - Chic Gamine

Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Edgar Martin One of this writer's favorite recess activities as a kid was to belt out SWV and En Vogue tunes with a couple gal pals on the playground. We preferred singing "Whatta Man" to playing on the monkey bars. The '90s were rich with femme R&B groups, musical musketeers who harmonized for love and solidarity. But somewhere around the breakup of Destiny's Child, that binding force in the genre dissipated. Groups... READ MORE