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Free Bleu! (from Four)

To my friends, I leave my power chords ~ Bleu - "Dead in the Mornin" Four If you're a fan of power pop, you should also be a fan of Bleu.  And if you didn't get introduced through last year's Free Friday feature, here's a second chance.  Take it!

By | July 16th, 2011|Gig Bag, Songs|

OK Go – 180/365: hopes, dreams, and FREE Confetti

Confetti Cannons. Furry Guitars. Electric Jackets. Confetti Cannons. Hand Bells. Tubular Bells. Confetti Cannons. Streaming Video. 3D Movies. Confetti Cannons. Bleeping Thingamagoops. Scrolling Bass. Confetti Cannons. Unlike, say...Charlie Sheen, it's obvious that OK Go puts a lot of thought, effort and energy into their shows. And confetti cannons. LOTS of confetti cannons. After an endearing [...]

By | June 24th, 2011|Gig Bag|

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|

Cover My World #4: Best Covers – 2010

As we look back on 2010, we see a few loose ends here at MMT, and none looser than our "Cover My World" series.  We left left you last September with a list of covers that eclipse the originals.  Before that, we looked at artists covering themselves and Amanda Palmer's ukulele take on Radiohead. Onward! [...]

By | December 29th, 2010|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|

Play > Backbeatless R&B/Hip-Hop Groove #74

Back on Cinco de Mayo, we learned to play tambourine thanks to Latin Percussion (LP).  Today, we pick up a groove from Tommy Igoe courtesy of Vic Firth -- another company with a strong and generous education program. Vic Firth (awarded Best-Dressed Male by MMT at NAMM 2010) is himself a leader in percussion education, [...]

By | September 9th, 2010|Drums|

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|