Album Review: Seth Glier, “The Next Right Thing”

Seth Glier

Editors note: this article is part 2 of a 3 part series reviewing indie record label MPress Records’ 2011 catalogue. Full disclosure: the author of this review is “twitter friends” with various employees on the MPress staff. Upon first listening to Seth Glier’s 2010 release The Next Right Thing, I must admit I was unimpressed. That’s … Continue reading

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Album Review: Melissa Ferrick, “Still Right Here”

Melissa Ferrick

Editors note: this article is part 1 of a 3 part series reviewing indie record label MPress Records’ 2011 catalogue.  Full disclosure: the author of this review is “twitter friends” with various employees on the MPress staff. In the endless universe of recorded music, there are two galaxies that exist in close proximity to one … Continue reading

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When Musicians Act a Fool on TV

Editor’s note: IXiiV Records (9 to 5 Records) is a music consulting firm that provides custom marketing, branding, and performance solutions to help independent recording artists reach their professional goals. IXiiV is run by two smart and savvy women, the Boss Ladies aka Vicki and Suz. Check out their previous post for Contested, contact them … Continue reading

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All In: Turntable.fm

Have you heard of turntable.fmyet?  It’s a really cool concept — you make a little avatar and hang out in a digital room listening to real music with your real friends (who also have cool little avatars.)  You can take your turn spinning some tunes (deciding what song comes on next) or just hang out … Continue reading

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Summer of Boss Ladies: The Top 10 Female Artists Ruling the Charts

Editor’s note: IXiiV Records (9 to 5 Records) is a music consulting firm for independent recording artists. Run by two smart and savvy women, the Boss Ladies, IXiiV provides artists with the knowledge and resources they need to reach their professional goals. The Boss Ladies can help artists in the areas of marketing, branding, and … Continue reading

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What is Spotify?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already heard about Spotify. Maybe you even have an idea of what it is, but you still don’t REALLY get it. Why should you use Spotify over other services? What does it even do exactly? Well, I suggest you watch this sweet little animation they put together to … Continue reading

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Review: Google Music

Long ago, before the clouds began forming above the computing landscape, and the music industry was all a twitter with talk of joining said clouds, there was a legend that circulated through the interwebs and past my open ears. That legend was of the coming of Google music.For what feels like years, but in reality … Continue reading

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New Blackbird Blackbird Single ‘Calypso’

Hey, guys. Check out this band we’ve been following over here at Contested. Blackbird Blackbird’s producing music at a rapid clip, and although it’s a high quantity, it’s all also high quality.  If you like his music, keep an eye out for another Kickstarter campaign.  He’s trying to produce his album independently, so look for … Continue reading

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An Academic Paper Regarding The Additional Coachella Weekend

My coworker asked me for my thoughts on the additional Coachella weekend, so I wrote an academic paper because I’m an asshole. Coachella has established itself as one of the premiere music festivals in the United States.  According to their recent announcement, Coachella is adding a second weekend in order to accommodate fans who could … Continue reading

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Great Expectations: What Happened To Weezer

Weezer has recently begun playing a cover of Radiohead’s classic track off of OK Computer, “Paranoid Android,” at live performances.  Below is a clip of Weezer performing the new cover in the studio. In case you didn’t have time to watch the video, I’ll just tell you about it. How did Weezer do covering Radiohead’s … Continue reading

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