It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>
This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>
One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>
By the summer of 1966, the Beatles sucked. Or at least that's the way they felt for the band. "Performance, for us, it's gone downhill," Paul McCartney said of his band at the time. "Because we can't develop if no one can hear us; so for us to perform...it gets difficult each time." The pressures of ... More >>
In the history of rock there has never been a greater example of media manipulation than the Sex Pistols. From the Stones refusing to wear a tie to Bowie claiming he was gay to Ozzy biting the head off a dove, press savvy rockers have been tricking the media into endless headline coverage as long as ... More >>
Dev: like a pregnant G6.Her name is Dev. She may roll like a G6, but her sex-drive shtick is totally hot. And the sea of hands touching her naked body doesn't hurt either. Unlike other dance-pop starlets of today, Dev comes out of left field with a sound that's more Euro club than Euro trash -- thin ... More >>
It seems to be nothing but good news for Turntable.fm. Hot on the heels of snagging licensing deals with BMI and ASCAP, the music-sharing service is closing a $7.5 million deal with Union Square Ventures, bringing Turntable's value up to somewhere around $37.5 million. That's not all, Busines ... More >>
[via Flickr]Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>
There was an interesting op-ed in the New York Times this weekend by OK Go's lead vocalist Damian Kulash that dealt with his label's inability to update their business model to incorporate YouTube. It's worth a read for his insiders perspective, even if it's a problem most of the Internet has been c ... More >>
The Fray awaits its day in court‚ÄčThe saga continues. Back in September, you might remember, Isaac Slade and Joe King of the Fray filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court against Gregg Alan Corp, a company headed by their former manager, Gregg Latterman, alleging that a portion of their publishing wa ... More >>
‚ÄčThese days, a real punk band (sorry, Green Day) can almost never find its way onto the pop charts. But back in the day (see: mid-'80s), England's New Model Army released political punk that didn't merely sell to left-wing extremists. Almost thirty years ago, frontman/mastermind Justin Sullivan, w ... More >>
It's finally dawned on record companies that they're screwed. But is it too late?
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
After five months of interest, Meese signs with Atlantic Records.
Brief reviews of recent releases
Putting Denver on the musical map.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Striking while the Iron is still hot, Reese Roper returns with a new band.
The Grey Album (Self-released)
A punk-rock burlesquecapade puts the suicide squeeze on one local venue.
Atlantic Records may be a major fable, but it knows Vaux is the real deal.
Patrick Parkís idle mind has been busy creating a brilliant debut album.
Donít be a D.O.R.K. ó support the local music scene.
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.
An unfortunately timed album cover put the Coup in a harsh post-September 11 spotlight. But the controversial rap group's political resolve refuses to crumble.
Golden pipes -- not a genie in a bottle -- helped fifteen-year-old Rachael Lampa land a lucrative record deal and a rare position in the world of Christian pop.
What would the face of rock history have looked like if the British Invasion had been a Britney Invasion instead?
The members of Camper Van Beethoven are talking -- and touring -- again a decade after an acrimonious breakup.
Backwash gets caught up in merger mania!
Dez wants to put Denver on the hip-hop map all by himself.
Beatles producer George Martin tries to pass along the wisdom of the ages.
Michael Colin on the current operation of Phantazmorgasm.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.
Jam X was a turntablist before turntabling was cool.
Fluffy's Amanda Rootes officiates at the wedding of glamour and punk.
D Generation aims to teach these young punks a thing or two.
THE KINGS OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC BELIEVE THAT THEIR PRAYERS ARE ABOUT TO BE ANSWERED.
A DENVER FIRM BUILDS A MUSIC EMPIRE IN POLAND.