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Maggie Hollander
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Maggie Hollander is a part-time music writer and full-time music lover. She contributes to several publications and recently helped found, a blog which features independent artists.

Entries by Maggie Hollander

Finding an Old Self in a New Tune

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 6:51 AM

It's Saturday and I'm lying sick in bed. Yet for three minutes and forty-seven seconds this morning, I felt healthier than I have in months.

It has become abundantly clear to me recently that taking the time for yourself is the hardest thing to prioritize. Case in point - being...

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Ten Years, Two Bands, One Girl: Getting Old and Growing Up With Rock 'n' Roll

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Recently, in preparation for yet another one of my long journeys, I downloaded two new albums to keep me occupied for the 8+ hours in transit. But then, partway into the trip, something odd hit me: while both of these records were released within the last few months,...

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Gender Equality: On Showing Early, Not Telling Later

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:30 PM

One of my most vivid early childhood memories is listening (the beginning of a life-long love of music) to "William's Doll" on repeat. A part of the '70s gender equality project Free to Be... You and Me, it is a...
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The Mowgli's: Peace, Love and Taxes

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:21 PM

For The Mowgli's, things are cheaper by the dozen... except for cab fare. The seven-person group travels in a 15-seat van, accompanied by friends, crew, and two dogs, in a scenario more reminiscent of a childhood road trip than a group of musical professionals working to advance their careers. Their...

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Here's to a Night Out With Veronica Mars, The Hero Within

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Friday on Video on Demand and in theaters across the country, the crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie will finally be available for all fans to see. Three seasons, one $5.7 million Kickstarter campaign, and a South By South West premiere later, it seems Ms. Mars is a long way...

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Every Independent Musician Is a Startup, So Start Acting Like One

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:11 PM

In the last decade, the world has changed in a multitude of ways. Two seemingly unrelated examples of this fact are:

1. The tech landscape has spread and grown exponentially, and,

2. The formal music business has consolidated and shrunk dramatically.

What do these trends have to...

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Learning When to Hold On -- and When to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Music memory is a funny thing. Some songs take me back to a precise moment or moments in time. Every time I hear a certain Red Hot Chili Peppers song, I'm reminded of the people who introduced me to the band, and of the person I shared that song with...

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Giving the Gift of Live Music

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:08 PM

It was a cold Monday night -- a school night -- in Western Massachusetts, I was 13 years old, and one of my favorite bands was playing about an hour away. They'd been even closer to home Saturday night, but my dad was traveling on business that weekend, so when...

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The Importance of Silence

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:30 PM

As a music reviewer, appreciator, and general fan-girl, my life is almost constantly surrounded by sound. Up until a few weeks ago, I lived in New York City, where anything close to silence feels uncomfortable and just plain wrong. The same can be said for my time spent in the...

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger, and So Does Music

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:08 PM

I had a problem the other day, and when I confided in someone about it the advice I got was the simply "have a thicker skin." My immediate response once this interaction was over was to put on my headphones.

We all have moments in life when we feel about...

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World Records, Ramones, and Monsters - Oh My! Andrew W.K. Takes on Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 11:36 AM

It's a beautiful summer Friday afternoon, and Andrew W.K. looks tired. This is not his first interview of the day, and there's more work to be done once it's over. The "Party Hard" singer is dressed head-to-toe in white and wears sunglasses despite the fact that he's sitting on an...

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Independent Label Market and the Rise of Indie

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 9:09 PM

"It's like when you buy some nice apple juice at a farmer's market from the man who made that juice and can tell you everything about the fruit, the orchard and why he used those apples."

That's how Joe Daniel, the creator of the Independent Label Market, describes...

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The Musical World of Jenks

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Music and film are an inseparable duo. The magical connection between screen and sound links our emotions to the scenes we are watching. Who can hear Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" without thinking Titanic? Where would Psy's "Gangnam Style" be without the music video that shared it with...

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Long Bus Rides and Other Journeys: What Music Means to Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:09 PM

I'm on the road once again, on a bus from Boston to NYC (a route I travel frequently), composing this article in my head. For you see, while all around me passengers are taking full advantage of the free Wi-Fi and available ports to get tangible work done, this is...

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More Than Just an Award: What the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards Did for Artists

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Music award shows are great. Fans eagerly tune in to see if their favorite artists win trophies and catch a few performances in-between the handouts. Musicians feel validated by listeners and the musical community alike as they're nominated and/or given an award recognizing them for their achievements in their art....

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"By Weirdos, for Weirdos": The Story of The Hush Sound's Return to Music

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 1:45 PM


It's a cold Boston Saturday in November and the four members of The Hush Sound are on a mission to find a Whole Foods with a hot bar. Once it's been decided that drummer Darren Wilson was incorrect in his belief that the closest...

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In a Changing Music Industry, Carolina Liar Adapts to the Ways of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:29 PM

It's a perfect summer Saturday evening in Mansfield, Mass., and Carolina Liar lead singer Chad Wolf is hanging out backstage waiting for soundcheck. From his relaxed attitude, you wouldn't know how hard the members of Carolina Liar worked to get to this point. Whether it meant leaving the safety and...

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