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Nashville's Working Musicians Share their Sordid Storiesnew

After talking to more than 20 of Nashville's resident music pros — from club owners to sidemen —the Scene takes a glimpse into this exclusive world of mishaps, transgressions and calamities.
Nashville Scene  |  Adam Gold  |  04-02-2010  |  Music

Can Portland Provide Fair Wages for Working Musicians?new

The concept of "fair trade" for music has been bandied about in Portland for a couple years, but the movement is now starting discussions with clubs in hopes of setting a fair wage for all performing musicians, whether they be union or non-union workers.
Willamette Week  |  Amanda Ingram  |  09-30-2009  |  Music

Can a City Really Tell You When and Where You Can or Can't Play Music?new

As it turns out, a license for busking in Santa Fe costs $35 per calendar year. The license comes with a host of guidelines that include when buskers can play, where they can play and how long they can play there; it also specifies that there can be no amplification. All this raises somewhat existential questions.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Alex De Vore  |  07-09-2009  |  Music

Musicians are Hardly Immune to the Twitter Bugnew

Is the "microblog" Internet phenomenon the next leap forward for musicians or just a tweeting waste of time?
Houston Press  |  Chris Gray  |  02-17-2009  |  Music

Signs of Life in the Dead of the Grammys Pressroomnew

No wonder print is on the ropes. We reporters are bores. A dying industry covering another dying industry, like a bunch of telegraph operators sending missives about a carburetor convention.
L.A. Weekly  |  Randall Roberts  |  02-13-2009  |  Music

Abigail Henderson Fights Cancer and Rallies Musicians for Health Carenew

Stage III inflammatory breast cancer, to put it bluntly, fucks shit up. But as far as Henderson and her friends are concerned, it is not going to stop the rock.
The Pitch  |  Jason Harper  |  11-11-2008  |  Music

Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla Talks Politics and Musical Activismnew

In recent months, the band's name has been closely linked with politics: Walla and vocalist Ben Gibbard appeared at the DNC in Denver, and the band is participating in the Ultimate College Bowl, a contest where the school that registers the most voters will get a free Death Cab show.
Riverfront Times  |  Annie Zaleski  |  10-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Juliana Hatfield Talks About Growing Up Shy in America and Her Memoirnew

Hatfield's memoir, When I Grow Up, spans her life, from her teenage rock star daydream to the fun, angst and controversy along the way.
Orlando Weekly  |  Rob Boylan  |  10-01-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Boston Musician Freed After Three Months in Security Detentionnew

Percussionist Vicente Lebron intends to seek US citizenship -- now that he has discovered that the government is able and willing to ruin his life, at the drop of a hat, and for no discernible reason.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  09-11-2008  |  Civil Liberties

Alaskan Indie Rockers on Palin: WTF?!new

The Boston Phoenix reached out to some prominent indie rockers from Wasilla, Alaska, for wisdom on vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's sexy brand of promiscuous and vengeful conservatism.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  09-09-2008  |  Commentary

Bands On the Road in Hard Timesnew

Nowhere does the old adage about the journey being more important than the destination ring truer than in the average band's tour van. But lately, the cost of taking your act on the road has skyrocketed to the point where it might not be worth leaving home at all.
Boston Phoenix  |  Michael Brodeur  |  09-04-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Immersion Composition Society Helps Musicians Overcome Creative Hurdlesnew

The society is a loosely affiliated international band of "lodges" with around three to twelve members each who share the common goal of boosting their productivity and unleashing their creativity as musicians. The two oldest and most established lodges, Origin and Wig, are still based in Oakland -- along with at least another three.
East Bay Express  |  Nate Seltenrich  |  08-07-2008  |  Music

UCSF Is First Hospital in California with a Musician in Residencenew

Gabe Turow, 25, started as a volunteer last year, and has been working for the past month at what he dubs the "coolest job in the world." The position was made possible by a grant from the nonprofit Rock Against Cancer, which is covering Turow's salary at the hospital plus that of seven similar performers around the country.
SF Weekly  |  Tamara Palmer  |  04-10-2008  |  Science

Moving Unitsnew

Dealership's third album presents largely writ tales of good versus evil, love gone wrong, hostages and spies, all played with a simple, almost childlike pop feel. This is fabulous music, with the emphasis on fable.
SF Weekly  |  Dan Strachota  |  09-10-2004  |  Profiles & Interviews

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