One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

I won’t listen to Spotify. In fact, I am personally boycotting it. I’m sure the music streaming executives are quaking in their collective boots over my decision. “Yeah, there go a couple thousand streams we won’t get. Boohoo!” It doesn’t seem to bother Spotify or Pandora that they are ripping off musicians by underpaying them [...]

Two New England festivals are all about the music

Here in the New England, we have no Bonnaroo, no Coachella, no Lollapalooza, no New Orleans Jazz Festival: summer music extravaganzas with lineups filled with pop superstars, celebrity spotting and amusement park activities. We don’t have venues like Red Rocks in Colorado or The Gorge in Washington state, where the vistas are even more amazing [...]

What happens when a band on the rise finds out its name is an obscure racial stereotype?

Meet Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the [...]

Issue 37, August 2014

To download the full issue pdf, click HERE When I started Modern Acoustic, way back in 2004, one of my main objectives was not to be like every other music magazine, which fills their pages with fluffy profiles of bands and overblown CD reviews in order to get as many eyeballs, website hits, and likes [...]

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  • One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

    One music fan’s boycott of Spotify

    I won’t listen to Spotify. In fact, I am personally boycotting it. I’m sure the music streaming executives are quaking in their collective boots over my decision. “Yeah, there go a couple thousand streams we won’t get. Boohoo!” It doesn’t seem to bother Spotify or Pandora that they are ripping off musicians by underpaying them [...]

  • Two New England festivals are all about the music

    Two New England festivals are all about the music

    Here in the New England, we have no Bonnaroo, no Coachella, no Lollapalooza, no New Orleans Jazz Festival: summer music extravaganzas with lineups filled with pop superstars, celebrity spotting and amusement park activities. We don’t have venues like Red Rocks in Colorado or The Gorge in Washington state, where the vistas are even more amazing [...]

  • Getting to Know… Brendan Hogan, WUMB-FM DJ

    Getting to Know… Brendan Hogan, WUMB-FM DJ

    If you live in the Boston area and like folk, blues and singer-songwriters – both current and classic – there’s a good chance you already listen to the radio station WUMB (91.9 FM; www.wumb.org). If you do listen, hopefully you’ve heard DJ Brendan Hogan, who hosts the evening 7-10 p.m. shift. The depth and breadth [...]

  • An ode to songs with dates in them

    An ode to songs with dates in them

    A video was posted of Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe” on June 3rd, the date prominently mentioned in the song. It got us thinking… How many more songs are out there with dates in them? After scanning the Web for any such lists, it became apparent that many were vastly incomplete. With the [...]

  • What happens when a band on the rise finds out its name is an obscure racial stereotype?

    What happens when a band on the rise finds out its name is an obscure racial stereotype?

    Meet Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) For Poor Old Shine, it started with a song… a traditional prison work song of the American South, called “Ain’t No Cane on This Brazos.” It’s been interpreted by everyone from Dylan and the Band, to the Low Anthem, Lyle Lovett and the Wood Brothers. And it was the [...]

  • Issue 37, August 2014

    Issue 37, August 2014

    To download the full issue pdf, click HERE When I started Modern Acoustic, way back in 2004, one of my main objectives was not to be like every other music magazine, which fills their pages with fluffy profiles of bands and overblown CD reviews in order to get as many eyeballs, website hits, and likes [...]

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