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Free Friday: SXSW – 2nd Edition

SXSW® starts  today with long lines, pouring rain, and a trademarked nickname for those officially in the know: SOUTH BY™ (seriously).  The music portion of the festival doesn't begin until March 13th, and badges are still available. If you can't make it to Austin this year, MMT℠ has several no cost, no hassle, no passport [...]

By | March 9th, 2012|free friday|

Free Friday: Superbowl Sunday Edition

One car, 288 guitars, 55 pianos, 1157 homemade instruments, and OK Go Musically speaking, the Superbowl is generally a disaster.  Will Kelly Clarkson be slain by the Star-Spangled curse? Will Her Madgesty be chewed up by the monster that ate the Black Eyed Peas? Maybe, but at least we can count on some entertainment from [...]

By | February 3rd, 2012|free friday|

Free Friday: DMV Diversity Edition

Black Angel Down, The Forest Wall, and Talia Segal According to Wikipedia, the DC area is "particularly known for the musical genres of hardcore punk, bluegrass, and a local funk genre called "go-go".  Think Fugazi, the Seldom Scene, and Chuck Brown.  Now that's diversity.  This edition of Free Friday features three acts that showcase some [...]

By | November 24th, 2011|free friday|

Free Friday: Honor By August – NoiseTrade Sampler

We first wrote about Honor By August when they were selected to headline the inaugural DC MusicFest.  This Northern Virginia band crafts nicely layered and instantly accessible pop/rock with a perfect blend of melody and rhythm. Your Free Friday tracks are "Only In Photographs" from their debut album Drowning Out the Television (2007); "Found" (2009), [...]

By | October 14th, 2011|free friday|

Free Friday: SXSW Edition

It was about a year ago that we launched the Free Friday series with the Austin Edition. We head back to Austin next week for the 25th Anniversary SXSW Music and Media Conference. Founded in 1987, SXSW started as a regional event with 172 bands playing at 13 venues.  This year will see around 2,000 [...]

By | March 10th, 2011|free friday|

Free Friday: Christen Lien It’s Not a Violin Edition

The Viola Should Never Be Called a Violin Christen Lien is a classically trained violist who uses guitar effects and live looping to expand the expressive power of the instrument and create original compositions that transcend genres.  And she can play. The viola is typically seen as a bridesmaid to the violin, but with her [...]

By | December 3rd, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: Esperanza Spalding Edition

What makes music "beautiful"? While we wrestle with the metaphysical aspects of this question, in practical terms, one answer is "Esperanza Spalding".  The bassist, vocalist, and composer recently released her second album: Chamber Music Society, a follow up to her well-received 2008 debut, Esperanza. Where Esperanza melded jazz, funk, and latin rhythms with [...]

By | October 1st, 2010|Bass, free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: Zoe Keating Avant Cello Edition

One Cello, a MacBook Pro, Ableton Live, and SooperLooper: that's what it takes to reach the #1 Spot on iTunes Classical and Electronic charts.  That and Zoe Keating to compose and perform the music.  Zoe has taken the concepts she learned as an Information Architect and applied them to music; creating modular pieces that sequence, [...]

By | August 25th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, music industry, Songs, Tech|

Free Friday: Peter Gabriel Edition – Here Comes The Flood

Ok, so it's more like trade your email address for a free MP3 download Friday.  But you're probably already on Guitar Center's mailing list, and you should be on Peter's.  (You can unsubscribe at any time.)  Peter's performance from the unlisted (i.e., don't try to search for it) YouTube video below is available as an [...]

By | August 12th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: Andrew York Edition

Although he may not be able to compete with Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, Andrew York has an international following that includes classical guitar masters Christopher Parkening and John Williams, who have covered his compositions including “Sunburst,” played by Andrew below.  He also won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album for Guitar Heroes (2004) with [...]

By | July 1st, 2010|free friday, Guitar, Piano, Songs|