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The Beatles to Publish ‘The Beatles: Get Back’, First Book Since...

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The Beatles: Get Back, the first book to be published by the Beatles since 2000’s Anthology, will be released on Aug. 31,...

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Bringin’ it Backwards: Interview with Gang of Four

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​​Listen & Subscribe to BiB We had the pleasure of interviewing JJ Sterry of Gang of Four over Zoom video! 

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Gear Review: Taylor AD17 Acoustic Guitar

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At last year’s NAMM show, Taylor announced its Grand Pacific round-shoulder dreadnought developed by master guitar designer Andy Powers. Company experts announced that the...

Gear Review: Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard

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If you are a performing keyboardist, having access to great keyboard sounds (past and present) gets you on the “A” list when someone needs...

Review: The Many Uses of the JBL Eon One Compact

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The JBL EON line has been a tried and true favorite with working musicians since its introduction in 1995. Their durability, portability and crystal-clear...

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Old Sea Brigade, Luke Sital-Singh Offer Songwriting Advice

On August 28, indie folk artist Ben Cramer (who works under the moniker Old Sea Brigade) and fellow singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh released a collaborative EP,...

Lauren Alaina Shares How She Grew as a Songwriter

Despite racking up millions of monthly listeners, garnering substantial critical acclaim for her sophomore album Road Less Traveled, and collaborating with some...

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Sasha Sloan Trusts Her Guts With Debut Album, ‘Only Child’

If you were to peep Sasha Sloan’s Only Child inspiration playlist, you’d find songs by everyone from Robyn, Jewel, and Regina Spektor to The Killers, P!nk, and One Direction. Such eclectic taste freed the prolific pop writer,...

Go Inside Ava Max’s ‘Heaven & Hell’

Ava Max has always been candid about two things: her ambitions (“We’re bringing pop back,” she told Vanity Fair last year) and her influences (“I grew up listening to Mariah Carey and a lot of pop divas...

A. G. Cook Is Changing Popular Music As We Know It

So… what is pop music? You’ve undoubtedly heard the term before, but… what actually is pop music? Is a pop song determined based on its format? On its lyrics? On how relatable and dance-able...

Taylor Swift Returns to Country Music With Amazing ACM Performance of “Betty”

A familiar voice resounded through the hallowed walls of the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday night. Taylor Swift fell right back into her place on the country music stage with ease, as part of the 55th annual ACM Awards. The...

Zach Gill Explains How ‘Cocktail Yoga’ Adds To The Space, Like Changing The Lighting

In tumultuous modern times, it can be hard to put a sentiment properly into words. So, for Southern California-based songwriter, Zach Gill, he didn’t. During quarantine, the multi-instrumentalist, who also frequently plays with surf-songwriter, Jack Johnson (the two are very...

Anjimile Breaks Down Every Song on His Breathtaking Debut LP, ‘Giver Taker’

“I write a fuck-ton of songs,” Anjimile Chithambo recently told me over the phone, reflecting on the making of his debut album, Giver Taker, out today via Father/Daughter. “So I just pulled together a...

Rare Essence Talks About Its Cult Following, Euphoric Stage Presence, and a Snoop Dogg Collab

Veteran D.C. go-go band Rare Essence takes pride in perfecting the groove. The ensemble’s infectious convergence of rhythmic percussion clanks layered over chants, vamps, funk grooves and sophisticated jazz chords morphed into 45 years of never needing...

Five Favorite Pop/Rock Songs Sung by Sinatra

Though he had no love for rock & roll, he recorded a few of the modern songs, but all with that special Sinatra flair Sure, the crooners came from a...

Oh, Susanna, Don’t You Cry For Me Lull Us With a Lullaby Instead

Oh Susannah | Sleepy Little Sailor Expanded Edition | (MVKA Records)3 1/2 out of Five Stars Born in Massachusetts and brought up in Western Canada, Oh Susanna, the namesake of the low-cast singer/songwriter Suzie Ungerleider, has...

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