Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Feature Articles

Feature Articles
Articles and Interviews from our editorial staff.

Night on the Town, or: Untouchable Sex Chain in Tupelo

ARTICLE: There I was, working at an ad agency whose main office was located not too far from Amoeba Records and the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, not to mention a whole bunch of clubs, bars, nightspots, and everything else in that gaudy cesspool known as Tinsel Town. The ad shop was a medium-sized place with only a couple dozen employees but they had some very busy retail accounts like car dealerships and a national chain of pizza restaurants.

Singers and their Songs – they need tunes and lyrics before they step into the spotlight

ARTICLE: "That's a hit song!" The speaker was Wendie Colter, complimenting fellow artist Fran Lucci on one of her warm numbers. This was just before Colter delivered one of several potential hit songs of her own. And it was near the middle of a set featuring nicely textured work by Denise (lead singer from the indie band Jacar), as well as several crowd-rousing numbers from the supremely strong-voiced Mara.

Musicians Who Go Above and Beyond

ARTICLE: Musicians of every type, from the deplorable to the divine, hit the stage every night of the week. Amongst the many who are mundane you can sometimes find a superstar that just hasen't yet been thrust into the limelight.

Clubbing: Rakit, Soul Friction, Organik, EYE

ARTICLE: Okay, who's making this incredible racket? Oh wait, it's Rakit, a three-piece group that never saw a volume-boosting device it didn't like. The music they create is dark, mysterious, pounding, tortuous, arduous, twisted, hazardous, risky, treacherous, freaky, and full of danger. In other words, it's great fun.

Clubbing: Larisa Stow, Chris Pierce, Jillian Speer, Dakota Moon, Shannon Moore

ARTICLE: Taking a ride on a cosmic wave of positive energy is a joy that special performers offer. Here are some notable examples of artists who provide transcendence within the forms of popular music. Some musicians seem to provide their own light. Larisa Stow is someone whose on-stage persona contains a million watt beacon. While her vocals are quite lovely, the force of her talent can make you think hers is the prettiest voice in the world.

Clubbing: Nancy Luca, Average Johnsons, E.G. Daily, Original DP

ARTICLE: Check the club schedules, call the shutterbug, throw on some jeans, grab the earplugs, gas up the car, hit the road, battle for a parking slot, and argue your way into the venue. Yup, ya gotta run that gauntlet to enable the music to wash over you and, hopefully, transport you to another part of the universe. Sometimes, it was all worth it.

Review: The Otterpops (A Musical Treat)

Some of you will read the headline on this chapter and think the topic is the tooth-rotting tubes of goop called Otter Pops. But...

Clubbing: Allan Holdsworth, Daniel Cartier, Burgandy, Marcel, Docter

Hitting the clubs and hearing the sounds may be fun for you once in a while but I did it unselfishly three or four...

Review: Tom Chaffee by SIHH (Self-Important Hollywood Hipster)

BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter 11 - Tom Chaffee by SIHH -- SIHH stands for Self-Important Hollywood Hipster, a disreputable character...

Hardsoft: Velvet Chain Beats You Up with a Kiss

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter 10 - Hardsoft: Velvet Chain Beats You Up with a Kiss -- Velvet Chain seduces...

In the Mood Music – Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter NINE - In the Mood Music -- If you are fortunate enough to be exposed...

Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter 8 – Powder Keg

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter EIGHT - Powder Keg -- A truly exciting band is one with the ability to...

Wobble Wobble Woo! REVIEW: SONiVOX Dubstep Destruction Tools Software Bundle

REVIEW: It’s not uncommon for software publishers to, at some point, bundle together various previously released products into a newly birthed bundle-of-joy, and SONiVOX...

Unearthly Frequencies: Debby Holiday

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter SEVEN - Unearthly Frequencies: Debby Holiday -- Debby Holiday can use her voice with both...

Review: Shure KSM42 Large Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Vocal Mic

REVIEW: You've been kidnapped by evil Audio Trolls and locked in an underground bunker. You are allowed to live only if you produce the...

BOOK SERIAL – Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka Chapter 6 – Hiding in Plain Sight: Rob Kendt, the Man Behind Millhouse

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka: Chapter SIX - Hiding in Plain Sight: Rob Kendt, the Man Behind Millhouse -- Songwriters can...

Book Review: ‘Love is the Cure’ by Elton John

REVIEW: Written from the heart, Elton John's “Love is the Cure” will confound those expecting to read about his musical career but in discussing...

Video Review: John Bowen SOLARIS Synthesizer – Part One

MuseWire COLUMN: Recently I found myself bemoaning the lack of walk-through "here are some demo patches" videos for a number of synths, keyboards and...

Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka Chapter 5 – Sin, Sex & Cigarettes: The Toledo Show

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Chapter FIVE - Sin, Sex & Cigarettes: The Toledo Show -- When you enter the dark fantasy that is The...

Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka Chapter 4 – First, They Laughed: A Big Bad Blast of Buckethead

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Chapter FOUR - First, They Laughed: A Big Bad Blast of Buckethead -- Hitting the stage incognito isn't new but...

Music Internships – Aligning Yourself for the Best Experience Possible

MuseWire COLUMN: Music internships can be a great opportunity for the beginner to the semi pro, to the professional musician that might be changing...

Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka Chapter 3: Falling into the Abyss: Front Line Assembly

MuseWire BOOK SERIAL - Chapter THREE - Falling into the Abyss: Front Line Assembly -- Industrial rock flirts with pure noise, goes out on...

Listening in Colors: Lydia Purple

MuseWire COLUMN: Lydia Purple is one of those songs that, for me, encapsulate an era. It is evocative and redolent of the late 1960s....

The Music Biz: Planning for the Work After the Music is Done

MuseWire COLUMN: Artists need to think past the recording to get it heard, to get it sold and to get that larger fan base...

Back to the Byrds House: Eight Miles High

MuseWire COLUMN: “Eight Miles High” is one of the greatest songs of all time. It influenced me significantly and from what I can discern...

The Music Biz: Most Frequently Asked Questions – Asking the Right Questions

MuseWire COLUMN: In the music industry of today, the more questions that are asked more frequently will help artists make the smarter choices. There...

Fleecing Indie Artists: The Music Conference

MuseWire COLUMN: You say you want to make money in the music business and you don't care how. Let's see if you're ready. Greedy?...

Force of Nature and Act of God: An Appreciation of Solomon Burke

MuseWire COLUMN: In blending soul, R&B, gospel, and rock, Solomon Burke had the ability to reach from the stage and shake listeners to their...

Guitar Shorty: Long on Talent

MuseWire COLUMN: David William Kearney is a guitar slinger who will happily do axe-battle with you using blues, R&B, or rock. He'll take on...

Getting the Right Guitar Tone – version 113.5

MuseWire COLUMN: It’s a rainy day in Southern California so I decided to fool around with one of the things I like doing best...

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