What Spotify looks likeOver the past few weeks, streaming music startup Spotify has quietly been signing deals with the major U.S. music distributors as it prepares for a U.S. launch. But now that the Swedish firm has locked up EMI and Sony (with Universal in tow), it's also begun to hire people ... More >>
Yes, the Grammys are nothing more than a promo summit for what remains of our broken conglomerate record labels of yore. Columbia, EMI, Warner Bros., Capitol, Atlantic, Interscope, et al. like to believe they still hold some influence over the masses, and as long as we can sit here comfortably an ... More >>
What's the biggest missing feature from most online MP3 retailers? Duh -- the ability to get unlimited downloads for a flat fee. But Zaptunes, a new San Francisco-based startup, aims to fix that, with a new model based on a flat $25 per month fee for unlimited, DRM-free downloads of the more than ... More >>
Braden KowitzChanneling the best of the 80's and the current wave of synth pop, My First Earthquake blends speedy guitars, thumping bass, and melodic keyboard melodies with singer Rebecca Bortland's sassy lyrics about meat pies, vowel usage, and afternoon tea. Three out of the four members of M ... More >>
Internet radio stations like SomaFM have launched bands and influenced what mainstream DJs play. On July 15, they could be gone forever
Small outposts rule online MP3 sales
Would you pay as much for a good record as you would for a fine bottle of vino?
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The Grey Album made everyone forget about Danger Mouse and Jemini's Ghetto Pop Life. It's time to remember.
In which I take "The World's Most Hated Band" to see The Passion of the Christ
Don't hate me because I'm corporate
Blame Rock River Communications -- and hipster Jeff Daniel -- for those cheesy store-branded music compilations
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Thanks to the sound library, background music is coming to the forefront
The Coup just may be the greatest, angriest, most militant hip hop act around. So what's up with the Puff Daddy tour?
Why the members of Camper Van Beethoven are talking again a decade after an acrimonious breakup
One East Bay Christian rock purveyor's battle for integrity
An eyewitness account
An open letter
SF Weekly contributors salute the best (and worst) music of 1995
The Alternative Nation discovers the Rev. Al Green