DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: And The Beat Goes On…

White Denim

Happy post-Halloween Monday, everybody!  As your hangovers fade away, and you come down off your candy highs, why not check out some of the exciting shows coming to Madison this week?  We’re giving away a pair of tickets to each one right here on the blog.  That means you could win a spot on the guest list for NEEDTOBREATHE, WHITE DENIM, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, or ERIN MCKEOWN + JILL SOBULE!  Not bad, eh?  Read on to find out how to win.

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Going Fast!

black dahlia murder

Psst! Tickets for our fall shows are becoming harder and harder to come by.  Ingrid Michaelson’s upcoming show at the Barrymore recently sold out, and available tickets to the Avett Brothers are going fast.  These are just a few of the season’s high-demand concerts, so to make sure you get in to see the shows you crave, visit our Music Calendar page and get tix ASAP.  But for those of you who waited until the last minute, we might be able to help you out too.  Read on to find out more about the shows coming up this week from Drummer, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Langhorne Slim, Pretty Lights, The Black Dahlia Murder, Ingrid Michaelson, Julian Marley and the Uprising, Emmylou Harris, and David Bazan.  You might just win a pair of tickets to one of ’em!

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Songs To Get Cozy To

St. Vincent

There has been an all-too-familiar chill in the air these last few days.  We hope you’ll take the opportunity to warm up with a show or two and make yourself at home in on of Madison’s many music venues.  This week we’re bringing you shows from Po’ Girl, Rain Machine, Keller Williams, St. Vincent, Monte Montgomery with Backyard Tire Fire, and Sunset Rubdown.  Read on to find our more about these talented artists and discover how you could win tickets to their shows.

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This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: A Little Family Style Alt Ska Country Hip Hop Rock

Jolie Holland

Ready for another week of great shows and ticket giveaways?  Of course you are! Not only can you see live performances from artists like Pepper, mc chris, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, They Might Be Giants, and Jolie Holland this week, but you might just get to see ’em for free. Read on to find out how…

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Artists You Should Know (ticket giveaway and free mp3 download): Sleepy Sun

sleepy sun

“Their long hair, nature-kid press photos and onstage face paint seemingly align Sleepy Sun with San Fran’s tie-dyed tradition, but the band’s palette is actually smeared with a whole lotta Blacks: Sabbath, Mountain (whose producer, Colin Stewart, works the boards here), Angels and– when singer Bret Constantino busts out a boogie-summoning wail on ‘Snow Goddess’– even the Crowes.” – Pitchfork.com

They’re playing in Madison tonight, September 27th.  Wanna get in for free?  You gotta act fast!  Read on to find out how you could win a pair of tickets.  While you’re at it, check out a free download of “New Age” from these exciting new psychedelic experimenters.

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