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Spotlight On Country Music Month

Spotlight On Country Music Month

Oct 3, 2011 6:00 AM by Kurt Wolff

Did you know that October is Country Music Month? It was first designated back in 1964 by the Country Music Association to celebrate the heritage of the music, the Grand Ole Opry, and the annual CMA awards, which--guess what--also traditionally happen in October or November (this year it's Nov. 9). A not-so-strange coincidence, perhaps--but whatever the origin, it's a good excuse to dig deep into the world of country music, including surfacing some great free country music downloads on MP3.com.

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On the Scene: Los Angeles

On the Scene: Los Angeles

Sep 29, 2011 6:00 AM by Will Durkin

Scandals, celebrity, grime and glamour all mould together when it comes to Los Angeles. For decades it’s been filled with the kind of parties your mother told you to avoid, but still it pull in generation after generation of the young  and impressionable.

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Spotlight: The Many Sub-Genres of Electronic Music

Spotlight: The Many Sub-Genres of Electronic Music

Sep 29, 2011 6:00 AM by Phil Tortoroli

Electronic music is intrinsically linked to technology. As the latter grows at an exponential rate, the umbrella genre is never far behind, evidenced by the myriad sub-genres that have developed, flourished, and disappeared since synthesizers, drum machines, and the PC became cheaper and more accessible. It would be a fool's mission to enumerate every branch of electronic music over the course of the past 40 years, so we'll eat our humble pie and stick with the most notable genres of the past couple of years.

Dubstep, Juke, Nu-Disco, Future Garage

 
Label of the Week: Polyvinyl Records

Label of the Week: Polyvinyl Records

Sep 28, 2011 11:29 AM by Helen

Springing from a DIY fanzine operation run by two high school friends in Illinois, Polyvinyl Records made its debut in July of 1995 with one split 7” single.

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Spotlight on Decibel Festival: Night Slugs

Spotlight on Decibel Festival: Night Slugs

Sep 28, 2011 6:00 AM by Will Durkin

Today London is home to one of the most vibrant electronic scenes in the world, with a seemingly limitless amount of talented, forward thinking producers putting out new music everyday.  One of the hottest labels there is Night Slugs, home to artists like Bok Bok, Girl Unit, Kingdom and many others.

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Guest Playlist: Reuben Wu Of Ladytron Shares Fave Electronic Songs

Guest Playlist: Reuben Wu Of Ladytron Shares Fave Electronic Songs

Sep 27, 2011 6:00 AM by Anngie

Comprised of two dudes (Daniel Hunt-L and Reuben Wu-R) on instruments and two ice-princess frontwomen (Mira Aroyo and Helena Marnie), Liverpool-based Ladytron is quite simply one of the most awesome bands to ever rise up out of electronic music's ashes. In this week's Spotlight, we caught up with Reuben Wu before this Thursday's Seattle gig at the Decibel Festival to tell us which electronic artists are rocking his dance world. Check out his list, and then grab a free download of a Ladytron song!

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Spotlight On Electronic Influences And Beyond (Plus Free Moby MP3)

Spotlight On Electronic Influences And Beyond (Plus Free Moby MP3)

Sep 26, 2011 6:00 AM by Anngie

First it made its home at places like Studio 54, and then -- thanks to synthesizers -- it had the entire '80s decade to call home. In the'90s, it spent most of its time at raves and now in the '00s, electronic music might as well be considered pop. There are a lot of artists who've had a hand in that (from David Bowie, Radiohead to Madonna and Britney Spears) so we thank them for taking a chance on our beloved beats.

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Label of the Week: Sub Pop Records

Label of the Week: Sub Pop Records

Sep 23, 2011 1:35 PM by Anngie

Sub Pop was the small, independent, Seattle record label that kick-started Nirvana's career, along with the careers of Mudhoney, the Afghan Whigs, Soundgarden and many others.

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Weekly Playlist: Electronic Music

Weekly Playlist: Electronic Music

Sep 23, 2011 10:59 AM by Will Durkin

As genres evolve, they become harder to distinguish from each other.  Electronic music has always shared a close connection with Hip-Hop, as producers in both genres use the same drum machines and samplers to make their music.  In the end what really separates the two?

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Weekly Playlist: Electronic Music (Part 4)

Weekly Playlist: Electronic Music (Part 4)

Sep 22, 2011 11:44 AM by Will Durkin

For Day 4 of our Electronic Weekly Playlist, we bring you a couple of tunes to kick back and relax with. Though a lot of electronica is oriented towards club and party atmospheres, a large portion of it is intended to be relaxing hang-out music.

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