The Spotlight

Orlando Calling Festival Playlist Includes Free MP3s From Avett Brothers, Parachute, More

Nov 7, 2011 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Orlando Calling Festival Playlist Includes Free MP3s From Avett Brothers, Parachute, More

Over the past couple weeks we ran a contest to hook you up with free tickets, travel and accommodation to the first ever Orlando Calling Festival in Orlando, Florida. Good luck to everyone who entered! This week, we’re bringing you an exclusive playlist of songs by artists who will be appearing at the festival, to get you psyched for the action to come this weekend.

Click through to get free MP3 downloads of songs by Parachute, The Avett Brothers, Drive By Truckers and more!

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Protest Songs – Steve Cooke

Nov 4, 2011 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Protest Songs – Steve Cooke

Protest music has strong ties to tradition and national identity. It works as a tool to unite people and does so by identifying common traits among them.  Steve Cooke, though he is originally from the UK has an uncanny knack for creating music that gets to the roots of American identity.  

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Protest Songs – Jeff Magnum

Nov 3, 2011 3:39 PM by Will Durkin
Protest Songs – Jeff Magnum

While Radiohead wound up being a no-show, many musicians have performed at the Occupy Wall Street protest to support the cause.  Among them is the famously reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Magnum.

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Songs of Political Unrest

Nov 1, 2011 10:51 AM by Will Durkin
Songs of Political Unrest

The new decade of the 21st century has so far been remarkable for the overwhelming amount of protests occurring across the world. Brought on by a near collapse of the global economy and information-sharing powers of the internet, the protests taken the form of revolutions in Africa and the Middle East, riots in England, and Occupy Wall Street in the United States. Every movement needs an anthem and Occupy Wall Street has seen some high profile musicians make appearances to lend their support. This week we’ll take a look at those artists and hook you up with some free downloads of protest songs.

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CMJ Paper Gardens Interviews

Oct 26, 2011 7:03 PM by Will Durkin
CMJ Paper Gardens Interviews

This past week, Last.fm Discover and MP3.com caught up with a few of the artists participating in the Paper Gardens Showcase at the Livingroom bar in the Lower East Side.  Click through to hear Pree, Tall Ships, Dad Rocks! and The City and the Horses talk about their music and what it’s like to come play at CMJ.

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CMJ 2011: Deli Showcase at Pianos

Oct 21, 2011 4:27 PM by Will Durkin
CMJ 2011: Deli Showcase at Pianos

Last night at Pianos bar in New York’s Lower East Side, Deli magazine put together a great CMJ showcase. The theme of the night was good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll with bands like The Ill Fits, Caveman and The Stepkids.

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CMJ 2011: Interview With Danny Ross

Oct 21, 2011 10:58 AM by Phil Tortoroli
CMJ 2011: Interview With Danny Ross

Danny Ross the government employee has a had a rough week. Danny Ross, the Beatles-inspired singer-songwriter, has had a week of new found freedom. Before embarking on a mini East Coast tour (the “Laid Off Tour”) that begins on the last night of CMJ, Danny took a few minutes out of his recently opened schedule to chat about the music industry, its position in a suffocated economy, and what CMJ really means to musicians.

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CMJ 2011: Interview With Fidlar

Oct 20, 2011 2:47 PM by Phil Tortoroli
CMJ 2011: Interview With Fidlar

We caught up with rising punk band Fidlar (acronym for “F**k It Dog Life’s A Risk”) after their furious set at the Lost Angeles showcase last night. Singer/guitarist Zac Carp, singer/guitarist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, and drummer Max Kuehn share their thoughts on punk music in LA, plans before June 2012, and influences beyond rock and roll. Read the full interview and grab a free track from Fidlar after the jump:

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CMJ 2011: Interview With Tropical Popsicle

Oct 20, 2011 1:28 PM by Phil Tortoroli
CMJ 2011: Interview With Tropical Popsicle

Based in San Diego, rising post-punk band Tropical Popsicle weave intimate melodies and pop hooks under a blanket of lo-fi haze. We spoke with Tim and Chase after their Cake Shop performance about their sound, a penchant for fog machines, and opening for Lana Del Ray. Read the interview and grab a free mp3 from the band after the jump…

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CMJ 2011: Paper Garden Records Showcase Review

Oct 19, 2011 6:00 AM by Phil Tortoroli
CMJ 2011: Paper Garden Records Showcase Review

First day of CMJ: check. We stuck to our guns and holed up at the Living Room for the afternoon, treating ourselves to the best Paper Garden Records has to offer.

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