How Do Musicians Make Money on Spotify?

How Do Musicians Make Money on Spotify?

You would be astonished at the amount of ways a musician can get paid on Spotify. This, at first blush, may seem like a good thing. But there are inherent flaws in the structure of Spotify that seem to come from the very nature of the music industry and the...
Dredg "Catch Without Arms" Album Review

Dredg “Catch Without Arms” Album Review

The consumption and adoration of music rarely begins as this feverish desire to listen to anything and everything. It usually starts with five or six bands at most. These end up becoming important because they were there first, and if you like music enough you allow them to define a...
David Bowie: The World's Coolest Musician Knows No Bounds

David Bowie: The World’s Coolest Musician Knows No Bounds

My first exposure to David Bowie was in the mid-90’s, and my father happened to have Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) on constant rotation in the CD player of his brown Ford Bronco. I thought it was creepy. The cover featured Bowie with mismatched eyes and an odd demeanor, as...
Nirvana 'Nevermind' Music Review

Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Music Review

Perhaps I am a little naive. Essays, novels, dissertations, movies, and just about anything else has been written and created around the work of Nirvana during their three years of world domination and nine years together as a band. So what I am to, decades later, try to review something...
Navigating Free Downloading as a Musician: The Taboos of Stealing Music

Navigating Free Downloading as a Musician: The Taboos of Stealing Music

The entirety of music exists on this large cultural scale that ranges from the Beatles to some kids copy of Garage Band he nabbed last week from a torrent. Everything in between rests between these two extremes, and everyone exists somewhere in between there. The plain is defined by one...
The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

What makes a band important? What makes a record significant? Of course, it is a subjective issue that is tossed up to who can speak louder and smarter about their beliefs. The following records remain incredibly important in some regard, but HOW important is subjective and up for interpretation. Also,...
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Caribou "Our Love' Album Review

Caribou “Our Love’ Album Review

Dance music is always able to be a whole hell of a lot smarter than it is perceived to be. Sure, the entire goal is to get you lifting limbs and bobbing heads and attempting to flirt with the opposite sex in a core ritual of the club scene. But not everything has to be...
The Top 5 Worst Band Names in Mainstream Music

The Top 5 Worst Band Names in Mainstream Music

Some bands simply cause frustration and anger by the very absurdity of their name. A misspelling here, a pompous allusion to lame metaphors here, and an unnecessarily convoluted name there, and you have a brief sampling of some of the worst type of band names to grace common music. Diving into the indie scene, the...
White Morning: Ghosts Inside EP

White Morning: Ghosts Inside EP

Many artists abuse the art of sampling. But the Beastie Boys proved all the way back to the 80′s that you can be taken as a serious art and use sampling and reinvent the very wheel of public perceptions (oh and the copyright industry, of course). The Beastie Boys needed 65 minutes and Paul’s Boutique...
Listen: The House United 'Made of Matches LP'

Listen: The House United ‘Made of Matches LP’

It is weird to think that Paramore has been widely influential on the genre, considering it was just a few years ago where they were following in the footsteps of everyone from Jimmy Eat World to Fleetwood Mac to Joan Jett. But Paramore has moved quite far away from the pop-punk set that has set...
Slipknot ".5: The Gray Chapter" Album Review

Slipknot “.5: The Gray Chapter” Album Review

Slipknot has always had this smelly pugnancy, a trashy sensibility that is part of their appeal and not necessarily a detraction. The band’s material is like low-brow doom metal. It is a sound wallowing in a dirt-infested rat hole with relentless barrages of double drum kicks and grueling seismic layers of displaced production. .5: The...
T.I. "Paperwork" Album Review

T.I. “Paperwork” Album Review

T.I. has a flow that is like a soft blanket, its smoothness intoxicating and dream-like, as soft and fluid as warm butter on toast. T.I. has had a pretty spotty critical period leading up to his latest release, Paperwork. The album appears as a sort of spiritual successor to his most popular record, Paper Trail,...
In the Internet Age, Everyone is One Upload Away From Being a Musician

In the Internet Age, Everyone is One Upload Away From Being a Musician

How easy is it to make music? Ask just about anyone with a passing interest in the art, and they claim it to be as easy as slicing bread or using the microwave. Of course, making good music is a whole other story. But making music at all is as easy as jumping jacks, and...
Indie Spotlight: Stevie Bucks

Indie Spotlight: Stevie Bucks

Stevie Bucks is not the first kid that grew up surrounded by drugs and earned an authentic stamp of self-reflection for seeing what he has seen, the same stuff, by the idea, that many famous rappers have never been directly involved with. Stevie Bucks is only his early 20′s, but Nas was barely 19 when...
Weezer 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Album Review

Weezer ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Album Review

What has Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo been running away from? Is it the ever-increasing looming threat of corporate dissolution? Is it the creative pulse of being an artist and the balance between commercial pop and, um, not? Weezer gets a mostly deserved disgust thrown towards them, and 2010′s Hurley was sort of the pinnacle of...
We Are the Champions: An Argument for Why Queen is the Greatest Band Ever

We Are the Champions: An Argument for Why Queen is the Greatest Band Ever

The discussion pops up here and there when music enthusiasts gather together and try to come to some sort of objective terms for the best band of all time. There is a clear distinction between favorite and best. Best is a largely objective valuation of a band, which includes things like influence and staying power....
Hopsin "Raw" Album Review

Hopsin “Raw” Album Review

Hopsin is one of the most controversial hip hop artists of contemporary ‘psuedo underground’ rap, which is sort of like being the sharpest machete in Rambo’s collection. When Hopsin released Knock Madness in 2013, he officially stepped into a new tier of quality. Knock Madness had major flaws, but its highs were just so high....
Why is the Big Black Vinyl Disc Now Relevant?

Why is the Big Black Vinyl Disc Now Relevant?

For the vast majority of people who are interested in music, they believe that the vinyl record is a token item of the 70’s, a thing that is too large to be relevant and to useless to be anything more than a weird hobby akin to snow globe collecting. But there is a resounding niche,...
Interpol "El Pintor" Album Review

Interpol “El Pintor” Album Review

Interpol has always reviled in this melancholy darkness- the underlying pain, sadness, suffering, and everlasting distress of being a human being and hating oneself. And in their dark underbelly of human nature, they embrace those small moments of light that make it all worthwhile. This pretentious buffoonery is really only acceptable if you can manage...
The Gaslight Anthem "Get Hurt" Album Review

The Gaslight Anthem “Get Hurt” Album Review

Every few months, I rave about the inspiring sonic palette of the Gaslight Anthem‘s The 59 Sound, and why I think it is one of the most thematically satisfying and tightly knitted rock albums of all time. My friends know when I go down that road, I struggle to let Alex Rosamilia’s guitar twang and...
A Major Bounceback: The Future of the Major Record Label

A Major Bounceback: The Future of the Major Record Label

The music industry’s changing climate has had one popularized theme- the major record label is done. No longer will mega billion dollar labels run the show, dominate the charts, and exploit the big name acts that tour arenas and break records. The labels are losing money every day due to more options for acts and...
How Even Terrible Pop Music Has Evolved in the Past 20 Years

How Even Terrible Pop Music Has Evolved in the Past 20 Years

One can write a novel about the evolution of music through the ages. From cavemen banging on pots, to monk-like chanting to Robert Johnson folk to big hair and new wave synths, music has seen trends repeat, evolve, and die as the mighty hand of time has ticked away. As of the last fifty years,...
Listen: LEGS 'LEGS EP'

Listen: LEGS ‘LEGS EP’

Ah, digital trendiness. How I hate digital trendiness. This facetious hate is hard to target because it doesn’t make any sense. But it is exactly what opens up the introduction to dance-pop groove band Legs. It is as follows: LEGS self-titled EP is dance-inducing, and manages to sound entirely of the moment without sacrificing intelligence and aptitude...
Listen: Crownover 'Years Gone By'

Listen: Crownover ‘Years Gone By’

  I have a really hard time finding a country artist that stays true to the sensibilities of the genre but does something innovative and refreshing with it. So many artists stick so close to the pop formula they may as well do a Kenny Rogers cover album. Fortunately, the indie scene is still doing...
Weezer 'Pinkerton' Album Review

Weezer ‘Pinkerton’ Album Review

After the introductory guitar crackles of Weezer‘s sort of cult classic Pinkerton in the opening track, Tired of Sex, the album is an exploratory descent into teenage angst madness. Surprisingly, Pinkerton is considered a classic of modern pop music. This 35 minute collection of 10 angst-riddled songs are so honest, it truly appears as if...
Indie Spotlight: Kishi Bashi

Indie Spotlight: Kishi Bashi

My only regret with Kishi Bashi is not having written about him all those years ago when his debut single came out between the release of his band, Jupiter One, first album and second album (they are both wonderful collections of music that should not be missed, by the way). I first saw Kishi Bashi...
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