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CD REVIEW: Gaby Velazquez - Let Me In
By Dan Cohen - 05/26/2010 - 02:44 PM EDT

Acoustic Folk/Rock

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GIGS & BEYOND - Booking Letters
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/24/2010 - 04:40 PM EDT

An example of booking letters for you to check out.

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3 Uncommon Practicing Ideas
By Kole (Kyle Hicks) - 05/24/2010 - 02:23 PM EDT

Do you ever get bored with practicing the same exercises over and over again without getting significant results? In this article, Kole tries to solve the issues of boredom and practicing "inefficiency" with 3 Uncommon Practicing Ideas

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Too Much Happening - Too Little Time!
By Trevor Krueger - 05/19/2010 - 10:24 AM EDT

Sometimes, even though you have the very best intentions to fulfill all your obligations, you just don't seem to get the time. But, if you can look back amidst the chaos and discover that you have still managed to do some real good - you can sort of forgive yourself.  This is what I've been up to recently...

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5 Steps to Becoming a Number 1 Artist
By Randy Young - 05/18/2010 - 09:25 AM EDT

Becoming #1 at something doesn't happen overnight. You'll need to persevere and get through the rough patches. Over time, things will build up and the momentum will become infectious.  Try these steps yourself, and see how things turn out. I'm sure that in no time you'll see your life as an Artist has improved.

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How To Make The Right Contacts In The Music Industry
By Tom Hess - 05/17/2010 - 02:32 PM EDT

In this article you will learn the best ways of attracting the attention of the most powerful music industry contacts that can help you to further your professional music career as a songwriter or performer. 

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CD REVIEW: James May - A Thousand Shining Pieces
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/17/2010 - 01:36 PM EDT

Acoustic jazz

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CD REVIEW: Dane Drewis - Rock & Soul
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/17/2010 - 01:33 PM EDT

Funk, Jazz-Funk and Pop/Rock

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GIGS & BEYOND - Tough Night? Piece of Cake
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/17/2010 - 01:28 PM EDT

Ask anyone who has been touring for an extensive period of time, or played in a live circuit regularly - having a tough crowd, off night, belligerent hecklers, whatever is just a reality of the music business. Here are some things that will minimize the impact they will have on you as a performer.

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GIGS & BEYOND - Be A Responsible Performer
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/12/2010 - 02:21 PM EDT

Don't want to get blacklisted by club owners, bookers and other agents?  Remember and pay attention to your responsibilities towards the venue, the people in the crowd and even the opening acts.  Here's how.

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Blue Collar's D.I.Y. Effects Pedal Primer!
By Mick Polich - 05/07/2010 - 09:52 AM EDT

It seems there are more handmade effects pedals,mods, and kits out in the market than ever. Half the fun is just seeing what people invent! Mick gives a short primer on d.i.y. pedals, with some big help from musician/engineer Tim Tiernan.....

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GIGS & BEYOND - Right Before the Gig
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/03/2010 - 05:08 PM EDT

So you've arrived at the set, set up and performed a blinding gig to a lively and appreciative crowd. All that remains is packing up equipment and collecting your fee right? Guess again.

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CD REVIEW: Slow Burning Car - The Scattering - (VOL. II)
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/03/2010 - 05:04 PM EDT

Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal and Art Rock

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Young Bucks, And Old Rockers - More Blue Collar Reviews!
By Mick Polich - 05/03/2010 - 12:10 PM EDT

Oops! Mick found a few more items in the ol' closet that needed some reviews - a crushing new industrial metal disc from a young Dallas,Texas based band, and a couple of 'old chesnuts'. Thanks, and enjoy! 

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The Day I Stopped Being a Songwriter (For 16 Hours Straight)
By Jennifer Haase - 05/02/2010 - 11:08 AM EDT

The very big decision and very small word that collided to make a full-day fool out of me.

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