At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's labe ... More >>
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 >>
SoundExchange is a not-for-profit entrusted by the Library of Congress to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for bands. That includes SIRIUS, Pandora and more. So far, it's found the rightful owner of some $1 billion in royalties, but paying up has proven a challenge. The organizat ... More >>
Editor's Update, 8/9/12: Video of the raid on former Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom's enormous New Zealand home in January has just emerged -- you can watch it above. The report, from 3 News in New Zealand, includes testimony from Dotcom -- who is accused of the largest copyright infringement in U.S. hi ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is rightfully associated with excellence, a piece of work commonly heralded as one of the best albums of the 2000s. It's the type of record with enough depth, lyricism and experimentation to get people interested in serious music, no small feat for any band, and this one ... More >>
This FBI notice is all the content that remains on the now-shuttered Megaupload.com domain.SOPA and PIPA have been the talk of the internet for weeks, if not months now. Several major websites blacked out their content in opposition to the controversial bills this past Wednesday. On Thursday, ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaAs major record labels have struggled to adjust to the new digital landscape, independent labels have thrived by sticking to the tried and true demand for vinyl. We caught up with Kate Eddens, a former employee of both Thrill Jockey records and Vintage Vinyl, at her south city hom ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you about the local activists who busted out an anti-Motorola song-and-dance routine at the Best Buy and AT&T stores in suburban Brentwood -- and we posted a video of the performance. That video quickly drew more than 35,000 hits.Last week, however, YouTube unceremoniousl ... More >>
Arctic Monkeys are at the Pageant on SundayBack and better than ever. Or something. Friday, April 9 *Pretty Lights/Savoy, The Pageant *Kevin Devine/Cody Alan/Race Human Race, Firebird (early) *JEFF the Brotherhood/Flaming Death Trap/Rooftop Vigilantes, Firebird (late) *Killola/Sick of Sarah/B ... More >>
Timothy Norris/LA WeeklyLady Gaga in LA, 12/23/09Last Thursday, to preview Lady Gaga's show at the Fox that night, I posted about a Nirvana-Lady Gaga mashup floating around the Internet. In that post, I embedded the YouTube video and a link to the where the mashup originated: a blog post on th ... More >>
Fellow members of Generation X who attended the second annual Pale Divine reunion show: We are getting old. Remember snickering when our Baby Boomer parents went to cheesy Beach Boys reunion shows? We're getting close to that turf.Photo: Jason StoffPale Divine guitartist Richard Fortus last ni ... More >>
Well, this didn't take long: I was passed a very well-thought-out, measured response to the subject of our blogpost this morning, "FORMED A BAND." The poster, a St. Louis native, is part of a band that's "signed to a Warner Brothers subsidiary" -- he doesn't say who; Cavo's on Reprise, but he says t ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Photo by Crabchick via FlickrRecord companies have been dragged kicking and screaming by consumers (and Apple) into the digital age in the last ten years. And predictions are that 2010 will mark a tipping point where music purchased digitally via download will account for more than half of all mu ... More >>
When Randall Roberts profiled Internet radio pioneers Jim and Wanda Atkinson late last year, the proprietors of 3WK Underground Radio still held out hope that a three-judge panel appointed by the Library of Congress might set a new royalty rate that wouldn't put small stations like theirs out of bus ... More >>
And some St. Louis hip-hop artists take their future into their own hands.
www.hiphopgame.com Mixtapes whether they're the smash-hit mashups of Danger Mouse or the CD-Rs sold out of an up-and-coming DJ's backpack are an integral part of hip-hop culture. Perhaps more than in any other musical genre, these compilations build buzz for the featured artists & ... More >>
7 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
A middle-aged couple with a million dollars and a big dream: To make St. Louis a pop-music hub
Dog Problems (The Vanity Label)
It might be the last dance for St. Louis' independent record stores.
An underground band self-destructs in the hands of its damaged leader
Sham Daugherty and Alonzo Lee Jr., the Trak Starz, aim to make St. Louis the center of the hip-hop universe
The new Wilco album has been leaked. Should we feel guilty for listening?
Wash. U. students find a way around their Kazaa conundrum
Proposed legislation by the U.S. Senate aims to deter the spreading radio empire. Good luck.
Wilco commits commercial suicide and succeeds as never before
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. Stan Liebowitz says otherwise.
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Internet-only radio stations take a beating
Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success
Internet-only radio faces a shaky future thanks to the grasping hands of the Recording Industry Association of America
Or: How Mark Cuban would have -- and could have? -- saved the music biz
From a suburban roller rink, identical twins David and Darren Stith gamble on future hip-hop stars. Getting paid is everyone's preoccupation.
A new book about bubblegum bands provides more than empty calories
Big-box stores deal big blow to old-time music retailers
Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact
Local bands hit the big-time -- or do they?
Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?
St. Louis may be the center of the classic-rock universe
East St. Louis trumpet wunderkind Russell Gunn makes no bones about his desire to bring home a Grammy
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.