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Why Mary Halvorson Sounds Like No Other Guitarist

When you see Mary Halvorson on stage, she doesn't look like much of a trailblazer. She plays sitting down. She's small, and mostly hidden behind her hollow-body guitar and glasses. But then she starts to play. And the sounds coming out of her amp are anything but conventional.<p>"I do like things that …

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Now you can call James Woods a cokehead on Twitter and he’ll never even know

James Woods is known for his roles in movies like <i>Videodrome</i> and <i>Casino</i>, as well as for being one of the few “Hollywood elite” who’s embraced by …

Songwriting Approaches of the Masters: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Nick Cave

<b>“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to</b> …

Why the Police Killing of Football Player Christian Taylor Matters

On the weekend that marked the one year anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown, there was another disturbingly similar case making the …

Buddy Emmons, The Pedal-Steel Guitarist Who 'Taught Everybody To Play,' Has Died

Country music wouldn't sound like itself without the pedal-steel guitar, and the instrument sounds the way it does today because of Buddy Emmons, who died Wednesday in Nashville at 78. Though he might not be a household name, Emmons played on records for everyone from Ray Price to Ray Charles, and …

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10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Robert Johnson's Ferocious Guitar Style — Lesson with Tab and Audio

Regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Delta blues wizard Robert Johnson recorded only 29 songs (plus 13 alternate takes, in two …

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Lesley Gore, Famous For Her Song 'It's My Party,' Has Died

Lesley Gore, a teen artist embraced by other teens when she sang "It's My Party" in 1963, died Monday of cancer in Manhattan. She was 68 years old.<p>Gore's string of hits came before 1960s counterculture reached its heights. Gore's clear emphatic and authoritative voice helped her define the sound of …

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Asian Small-Clawed Otters Celebrate Enrichment at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

How to master your own music - the basics

Can you master your own music ?<p>Ian Shepherd<p>I’ve worked as a professional mastering engineer for over 20 years now, and my honest opinion is that with …

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Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Steve Reich

For my graduate recital at Hampshire College in 1975, I included two works of Steve Reich, <i>Clapping Music</i> (performed with Chris Young ,who went on to make it big in Hollywood) and <i>Music for Pieces of Wood</i>. I traveled from Amherst to Manhattan to talk to Reich about the works. I remember nothing of …

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Did Pharrell steal Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" riff for Paloma Faith song? Did FF steal it from Led Zeppelin?

by <b>Bill Pearis</b><p><b>Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands</b> (more by P Squared)<p>Franz Ferdinand’s <b>Alex Kapranos</b> is a little miffed that the riff in Paloma Faith’s new …

8 Most Common Guitar Tuning Mistakes (that you may not even know you're making)

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An editor for writers<p>A Markdown based editing environment allows for fast formatting and a seamless authoring experience which places the focus …

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Jimi's Last Ride

Epic plans, earthly troubles and sweet music: the guitar god's frenetic final months and lost recordings<p>On the evening of August 26th, 1970, Jimi …

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Five Best Video Converters

If you're getting your movie and TV show library in order, it helps to have all of your video in one format that you know every device you own can …

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Though ethereal and intense, Engravings is nonetheless imbued with a buoyant spirit that never makes it depressing, and contains some of the most beautiful comp ...<p><b>Though ethereal and intense, Forest Swords’ debut album is nonetheless imbued with a buoyant spirit that never makes it depressing, and</b> …

100 Greatest Beatles Songs

From 'Helter Skelter' to 'Sgt. Pepper's,' ranking of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison's output<p><b>Main Writer:</b> …

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New Statesman to go back to the future with masthead makeover

To celebrate 100 years of the NS, we're moving to the most nostalgic font of all, Comic Sans.<p>Keeping a format fresh after 100 years isn't the easiest …

Pokey LaFarge - What The Rain Will Bring [Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country]

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …