Local Bands: You Can DIY

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As the age of major music labels comes to a close, more and more musicians are finding themselves in that highly-desired position of being in control of their artistic future.  Being able to steer your career exactly where you want it is a great thing, but not everyone is born knowing how to drive.  To help navigate those tricky roads, we’ve collected some helpful resources and inspiring DIY ideas to expose your music to the largest possible audience.

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Music News Recap: Meeting of the Minds

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The folks at Rolling Stone got the ball rolling for this holiday weekend with a mini 4th of July playlist, with readers contributing their own additions.  Tell us what you’d add to the list.

Richey Edwards

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Media Roundup: It’s Like A Musical Blanket–With Sleeves!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Ex-Clash drummer Topper Headon has generously offered his customized Mini Cooper to be raffled off to raise money for the Strummerville charity.  The organisation was established after the death of the band’s frontman, Joe Strummer, and serves to give aid to young musicians.

Topper Headon

Topper Headon

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Media Roundup: Tips and Tricks for the Musically-Minded

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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How cool is this?!  Sen. Russ Feingold is looking for YOUR musical recommendations!  Submit your ideas for songs to be included in his “Fein” Tunes playlist here.

Sen. Russ Feingold wants your cool tunes

Sen. Russ Feingold wants your cool tunes

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Media Roundup: Interview Insanity and The Dearly Departed

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Plans for Record Store Day celebrations on April 18th are being confirmed all across the nation.  The Cold War Kids are using the music lovers’ holiday to release a new live EP.   What’s more, the band will be in Wisconsin the following day.  Got your tickets to their Waukesha gig yet?!  In a similar fashion, The Breeders are releasing an EP of their own to celebrate the event.  How are you going to spend the day?  What are your favorite local record stores?

The Breeders

The Breeders

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It seems like everyone in the world made the pilgrimage to Austin last week for the indie rock Mecca of a festival, SXSW.  If you missed out on the sounds, you can still experience the sights with this photo gallery of performances.

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The Duke Spirit recently stopped by the The Current’s studios. Listen to their performance/interview here!

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Rolling Stone previews 45 (!) of the most anticipated Spring releases, including new albums from Green Day, Regina Spektor, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Black Moth Super Rainbow (who will be in Madison May 21), New York Dolls, Mos Def and The Avett Brothers.

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

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Have you become totally obsessed with Twitter yet?  You will be after reading Stereogum’s list of the Top 50 Rock Star Twitters!  While you’re at it, come Twitter with us.

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It has been a sad week in the music world.  Blues fans are mourning the loss of New Orleans-based pianist and singer Eddie Bo, who passed away from a heart attack last week.  Motown drummer Uriel Jones (who collaborated with the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, and Jimmy Ruffin) also died recently.

Eddie Bo

Eddie Bo

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Blender magazine announced that it’s shutting its doors.  The last line of this news story sums up the sentiments of so many music fans:  “R.I.P. Blender.  I wont miss you, but others will.”

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Listen to a brand new Death Cab For Cutie track here!

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Is streaming music online a bad thing?  This guy seems to think so.

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Listen to a great NPR interview with Black Joe Lewis! Aaaaand a not-so-great one from Sigur Ros.  In fact, according to NPR, it just might be the worst interview ever.  EVER.

Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis

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UWIRE wants to take you on tours of the music scenes in various major American college towns.   (Yup, Madison too!)

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