Though the collective music industry is going nuts looking for alternative revenue now that album sales are drying up and not getting off-set by digital sales? Writer Tony Sclafani provides exhibit A with this Florida Today article about various music publishing companies trying to squeeze money out of any tiny venue where the merest whiff of their music is heard (maybe they're also taking notes from Soundexchange's debacle where the labels and their surrogates look to kill off webcasters who won't be able to afford to play their music anymore). Maybe ASCAP, BMI and friends should take a lesson from Getty and try to streamline and easy the burden rather than making it tougher and more expensive to get music heard.
In its response to modernity, Romanticism's grand enterprise inspires us to question the current state of things, to ponder how we might "be heroes / just for one day".
Semicircle is a fantastic little album with exactly the sort of youthful, innocent drive that you rarely see from artists well into middle age.
In Hickey's formulation, what is raw is hot. What is cooked is cool. Art and democracy are better served by cool cats, not hotheads.
Dark, disturbing and cathartic '90s-inspired video from S!ege promises to move the listener, one way or another.
Dustin Christensen's Sad Songs is an excellent example of an EP set that has the structure and thematic coherence of an LP. Debra Fotheringham's latest complements with the most searching and self-assured music of her solo career.
Directors Granik and Morano explore the tenuous bonds that connect us to society and the repercussions of tearing them apart.
Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and the NOW Ensemble Beautifully Unite the Traditional and the Contemporary
On Rounder Songs, Appalachian folk ballads are realized through a post-minimalist context. Never descending into irony or cliche, it's an excellent album that honors tradition in a lovingly modern way.
Nika States takes on the red steppes moniker to paint an emotional landscape with tender vocals and evocative instrumentation on her brand new folk release.