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The Musician As Artist - Jon Langford
By Mick Polich - 01/28/2011 - 03:14 PM EST

Many musicians are dedicated visual artists as well - Mekon co-founder and Bloodshot Records artist Jon Langford is that combination. Mick takes a look at one Jon's art/music books.......

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CD REVIEW: Bella Ruse - Kuhzoo
By Don Sechelski - 01/26/2011 - 08:41 PM EST

Americana, Folk, Acoustic

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CD REVIEW: Evestus - This is Dreamcore
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/26/2011 - 12:28 AM EST

Alternative Rock, Electronic Rock and Dance Rock

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CD REVIEW: Intown Band - Intown Band
By Don Sechelski - 01/24/2011 - 05:37 PM EST

Jazz/Funk/Pop/R&B

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CD REVIEW: Reverend Freakchild - God shaped hole
By Ivan Nossa - 01/23/2011 - 03:12 PM EST

Blues/Country

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Why Would Anyone Donate $15,000 to Make My Album? (I have no idea, but they did.)
By Jennifer Haase - 01/21/2011 - 08:20 PM EST

Think you can't raise the money you need to record your album?  Think again.

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CD REVIEW: Gypsy Johns - Tale of the Stone Bear
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/18/2011 - 12:08 AM EST

Jazz/Funk/Rock

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CD REVIEW: Matthew Genovese - Change
By Ivan Nossa - 01/17/2011 - 07:18 PM EST

Pop/Rock

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COURTING APPEAL: Getting Fan #1001, or The Secret of Ullage
By Bill Pere - 01/17/2011 - 09:33 AM EST

The little-known concept of "Ullage" can be a powerful tool for overcoming one of the biggest obstacles in expanding a fan base -- Complacency.  Once you've gotten 100,or 1000 fans, how do you get fan #101 or 1001?   In the Four Fader paradigm discussed in a previous article,  Faders # 3 and 4 deal with the parameter of appeal.  A "hit" is essentially a song with mass appeal.  That does not necessarily mean it’s a well-crafted song, or an effective song (Faders #1 and 2).  If you take away all the hit-making reasons that are not part of the song itself (artist popularity, advertising budget, industry connections,  great production, etc),  then you start to find a greater relationship between well written, effective songs, and mass appeal.  This article shows you how to use the concept of ullage to keep the Four Faders optimized for your success.

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With A Little Help From My Friends
By Jan Fabyankovic - 01/16/2011 - 12:01 PM EST

One of my 2011 New Year's resolutions is to find a way to improve my songwriting skills by getting “Tips from the Tops.” I wanted to share my music research with the Muses Muse viewers hoping it will be also aid you to compose the best music and write professional, catchy lyrics. As a member of TAXI, my first interview is with Michael Laskow, founder and CEO of TAXI, the world's leading independent A&R company. For those unfamiliar with TAXI, this organization connects unsigned artists, bands and songwriters with major record labels, publishers and film/TV companies. Since it takes a brilliant song to conquer the major music maze, TAXI has numerous ways to educate folks on the techniques necessary to write a hit song.

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CD REVIEW: Soup - The Great Awakening
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/14/2011 - 12:12 AM EST

alt-country/rock

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CD REVIEW: Levity’s Law - The Art of Losing
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/13/2011 - 09:59 PM EST

Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock

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CD REVIEW: Bumblefoot - Abnormal
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/12/2011 - 06:48 PM EST

Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock

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CD REVIEW: Sharon Musgrave - Outflow
By Ivan Nossa - 01/10/2011 - 08:47 PM EST

Jazz/Funk/Pop/R&B

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Why Guitar Teachers Find It Difficult To Get Guitar Students
By Tom Hess - 01/10/2011 - 06:53 PM EST

Learn why most guitar teachers struggle to get guitar students and find out the most effective ways of filling up your guitar teaching schedule. 


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CD REVIEW: Donna Greenberg - Mav'rik
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/10/2011 - 12:42 AM EST

Blend of Jazz, World, and Flamenco

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CD REVIEW: Niktex - The Power Of Yang
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/06/2011 - 11:28 PM EST

Ambient, Experimental, Ethno-Ambient, Electro

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CD REVIEW: Ellen Tipper - The Juggler
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/06/2011 - 12:00 AM EST

Acoustic folk/blues/jazz

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CD REVIEW: Onward, Soldiers - Ghosts in this town
By Ivan Nossa - 01/03/2011 - 06:22 PM EST

alt-country/rock

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