Fanfare Ciocărlia set to kick off UK tour

The Romanian Gypsy brass band return to the UK for the first time in 7 years for a string of UK dates Renowned as the most fiery brass band going, Fanfare Ciocărlia return to the UK following the release of last year’s Devil’s Tale, where the 24-piece band teamed up with Gypsy jazz guitarist Adrian Raso. […]

Hear Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ Get Country Makeover

Mark Ronson’s groove-heavy single “Uptown Funk” is an undeniable smash, and now it’s influencing even country artists. Soulful country hippie Drake White and pop-leaning newbie Cam both turned in stripped-down versions of the Bruno Mars-sung jam on two different radio programs with vastly different results.

For the Alabama-born White, “Uptown Funk”…

Hear Jay Electronica Sample Jay Z for Anthemic ‘Road to Perdition’

Jay Electronica has shared a relentless new track, “Road to Perdition,” after a low-quality version version leaked Friday morning. “Oh well, since it leaked… here’s a better quality version,” the rapper tweeted, posting a link to the track on Soundcloud. He followed with, “Can you smell what #TheRoc is cookin?,” a possible hint to the status…

Is A Single Global Release Day The Right Thing For Every Artist?

In a long awaited move that signals the globalization of the music industry, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recently announced an international alignment to release new music on a Friday. Guest Post by Matt Connor on PledgeMusic.com As the IFPI release indicates, “From summer 2015, new albums…

Google Begins Breaking Up Google+

There were a lot of big hopes for Google+ as a rival to Facebook when it was launched in 2011, but the social network has never quite lived up to the hype surrounding it. Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Blog Even though it boasts 540 million active…

Songlines Essential 10: Gnawa Albums

Gnawa music is notoriously difficult to record, but there are a few choice releases out there. Here is our selection of the best traditional and fusion Gnawa albums Words by Simon Broughton, Tim Cumming, Alexandra Petropoulos Majid Bekkas – Makenba (Igloo, 2010) Although he began playing oud and guitar and is not Gnawa by birth, Bekkas has become a […]

I Want to Grow Up

After making her name with a string of home-recorded releases — boasting excellent titles like Milo Goes to Compton — Los Angeles songwriter Colleen Green takes her wispy, lovelorn vignettes into a real studio on I Want to Grow Up. She kisses off her twenties with fuzz-pop guitars and breathy sighs in…

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