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Getting Airplay: The Top Ten Mistakes That Bands Make

Hundreds of musical artists send me their work each year. Every band wants to be played on the radio. As a fellow musician, it’s easy for me to remember that each MP3 or CD is a piece of art, beloved by its creator. Each song is a part of someone’s dream. As a DJ having to … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Rock: David Bowie

There are some musicians who keep you from feeling alone in the universe. David Bowie is one of these. Bowie’s voice and majestic stage presence earned him the name the Thin White Duke. He’s songwriting royalty. So many of his songs have brilliant hooks and poetic rhythm. Just listen to the lyrics to “Rock ‘N’ … Continue reading »

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Best New Band: Temples: UK Psychedelic Rock

Stepping into the colored psychedelic light, UK band Temples are tuned in. You can hear the influence of 60s psychedelic rock innovators the Byrds and the Beatles in the band’s first full-length Sun Structures. There’s a different texture in Temples’ music that you’d never find in landmark vintage bands. A closeness in sound never technologically possible during … Continue reading »

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Acoustic Love Songs: The Ramones, M. Ward and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“I Want You Around” is an acoustic love song from quintessential punk band The Ramones. The Ramones were definitive in punk because they included pop song construction. The songs were raw and personal. Many were memorable enough to hum the whole day after just one listen. From the tongue-in-cheek film Rock and Roll High School, this … Continue reading »

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