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Musical Artist Interview: Garrett Miller

Robin Raven | Posted 12.24.2016 | Entertainment
Robin Raven

Garrett Miller is a dynamic, talented artist who wears many hats. Since 2012, he has been hosting "Rated G Radio," a successful radio program that he ...

Straight Outta Austin: An Interview With Emily Wolfe

Phil Simon | Posted 10.12.2016 | Arts
Phil Simon

Austin, TX has long been known as a town with a rich and vibrant independent music scene. The home of Willie Nelson and Gary Clark, Jr. sports no shortage of interesting acts, some of which I've had the pleasure of seeing in my travels.

The Real Best Rapper Alive: Hopsin

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

The undisputed king of underground hip-hop is a man by the name of Marcus Hopson, better known as Hopsin. As an independent artist with his label My Funk Volume, Hopsin has been selling out world tours for years, signed successful artists, and amassed a huge following.

On Spotify, Taylor Swift, and Making a Living as an Independent Musician in the Digital Age

Raina Rose | Posted 01.08.2015 | Media
Raina Rose

The 20th century was the only time in the history of music where some musicians got very well paid for their work. Those days are over. I am not an economist. One might say a folksinger is opposite of an economist, but I have a reasonable grasp on supply and demand economics.

Punk Rock Summer Nationals Tour with The Offspring

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.02.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the best selling independent album of all time: the 1994 album Smash by The Offspring. Saturday night in San Diego, CA, The Offspring headlined the Sleep Train Amphitheater on their Punk Rock Summer Nationals tour.

Is There a Clear Path to Making it in the Music Industry?

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

The Internet has also quickly become the way for up-and-coming artists to get discovered. This has opened the door for many artists who may not live in or near a more metropolitan area.

For Talib Kweli, Independence Is Bliss

Thomas Alter | Posted 06.01.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Alter

The more his colleagues rap about trips to Dubai and cars that cost more than a Williamsburg loft, the more Kweli focuses on crafting a personal, political message to deliver through his lyrics.

Adam Lyons: Breaking Free and Going 'Psycho'

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Artists go through transitional phases. Adam Lyons is going through this transition. The 21-year-old pop artist recently had a falling out with his manager and label. The Liverpool native is now attempting to make a splash on his own by creating music independently.

How to Earn Love and Win Fans With Non-Traditional Marketing

Stephanie Keller | Posted 01.31.2014 | Entertainment
Stephanie Keller

Acts like Slayer, Sarah Silverman and Snoop Dogg headlined the event geared towards a niche crowd that's generally passionate about independent music, cross-genre legendary talent and discovering acts before they potentially hit the mainstream circuit.

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

Independent Label Market and the Rise of Indie

Maggie Hollander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Arts
Maggie Hollander

"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 independent music labels.

"The Decemberists" -- Holiday Grooves and Goodies

Ginnie Love | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
Ginnie Love

Black Eskimo, Ingrid Chavez's latest collective partnership with Chicagoan artist Marco Valentin, produces a continuation of the ever evolving depths of the spirit child.

Nick Africano: Music as an Art of Inclusion

Laura Cococcia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

t's no secret that music has a unique way of unifying people across cultures, geographies and communities. It takes exceptional artists and performers to build those stories to which many can relate. Nick Africano, whose music blends folk, soul, storytelling and rock, does just that.

Art as Activism: André Cymone's Video Premiere of 'America'

Ginnie Love | Posted 10.18.2012 | Arts
Ginnie Love

Andre Cymone's video premiere "America" is the artist's contribution to President Barack Obama's campaign. Using his art as activism Cymone orchestrat...

Andre Cymone's American Dream

Ginnie Love | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
Ginnie Love

Encouraging all artists and fellow American's to use their creative talents to express their voice and elicit change Cymone sets a precedent hoping to encourage others not only to vote but to take an active part in creating the future.

Zach Carter

Universal-EMI Merger Expected To Clear FTC Vote On Friday | Zach Carter | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission plans to vote on the controversial merger between Universal Music and EMI on Friday, and is currently expec...

Zach Carter

The Day The Music Died? The Dangers Of A Universal-EMI Merger | Zach Carter | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Today, music lovers have more ways than ever before to access their favorite songs and discover artists they've never heard of. Can't li...

Amanda Palmer Wants You To Play For Free

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.14.2012 | Arts

Amanda F***ing Palmer is the queen of crowd-sourcing. She raised an impressive $1.2 million over Kickstarter this year to pay for her newest album, "T...

Tell the FTC to Stop the Music Monopoly -- Support Music Freedom

Christopher Naoum | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC
Christopher Naoum

Control by two behemoth labels would prevent the development of innovative new digital music distribution models, would take away avenues of exposure for independent artists, and would raise the price of digital music for consumers.

College Radio: You Will Be Assimilated

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Tracy Rosenberg

College radio is part of the diverse package of community media voices around the country that keep the radio waves open to the public, training millions of young people in technology.

Obama Changes The Rap Game

Daniel Riggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Riggs

Hip-hop music has always acted as a sort of watchdog for political movement. Lyrics range from anti-American to revolutionary to ideas that encourage listeners to simply stay aware.

Indie Music Memo To FCC: We Need A Level Playing Field Too

Rich Bengloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rich Bengloff

Just like the free exchange of ideas, freedom in the arts requires equal access for players of all sizes. When it's up to fans, demand for independent music increases dramatically.

Indie Music: A Soundtrack for Troubling Financial Times

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

Like southern sweet tea on a hot afternoon, everything about the album Hush is just plain excellent and singer/songwriter Claire Holley's voice is nothing short of achingly beautiful.