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Music is defined by Merriam-Webster Online as "(a) the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity; (b): vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony." However, anyone will tell you music is much more than what is written in a dictionary.

Music has been around for thousands of years, according to artifacts found throughout the world. As the sound of music has evolved over centuries, so has the methods used to both perform and replay music. Early instruments such as the mandora and zuma have been replaced by the electric guitar and FM Synthesizer. In this day and age, people take advantage of the Internet for guitar lessons or lessons for any number of instruments. Vinyl records, 8-tracks, and cassette tapes are out, and compact discs (CDs) and MP3s are the latest ways to listen to music at home or on the go.

In fact, digital music has revolutionized the music industry in ways both legal (iTunes, the current version of Napster, Rhapsody) and illegal (peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the former version of Napster), allowing fans to stream or download music onto a computer or portable digital music player. The industry was initially surprised at the scope of the downloading craze, and it took some time before the RIAA stepped in and began to sue people of all ages for what they perceived to be rampant copyright violation.

What is next in the evolution of music? Only time will tell, but you can be sure that somewhere someone will be tapping their foot to the latest song they hear and enjoy.

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  • mastersoulstar

    tyra bolling is an upcoming artist ya’ll should check out!! she has a new album coming out Feb. 14th called “Introducing Tyra ‘The Entertainer’ B.” shes got the voice of alicia keys…she will give you chills shes so good!! shes performed with destiny’s child and her single “country boy” is hotter than hot and topped the charts…

  • wayne

    Anybody got a heads up on what the Stones will play at the Superbowl?

  • nugget

    thanks Aaman. (#86)

  • maia

    has anyone listened to siddhata? they’re a rock group from slovenia. they also have music in english, but the versions in slovenian are really cool, even if don’t understand a word.

  • BWM

    Posting a couple of songs from Neko Case’s upcoming album to release in early March. Sounds like some great stuff!

  • Guppusmaximus

    A few bands that should get reviewed here on B.C. but get overlooked:

    1. The Haunted-”rEVOLVEr”
    2. Darkane-”Layer of Lies”
    3. Manes-”View”

    F*CK YEAH!!!

  • Dave

    I visited a blog that had a tape of a song from 10 years ago (according to the webmaster) whose opening riff sounds exactly like ‘When I’m Gone’ by 3 Doors Down. If that’s true, 3 Doors Down has been a’cheatin. Its here:

  • Guppusmaximus

    3 Doors Down SUX!!

  • Guppusmaximus

    BTW… I checked out that tune, It’s much better than the crap that 3 Doors Down bothers to record.


    Hey everyone is a music community for bands and music listeners. The membership is free so make sure you come and check it out and sign up. Thanks

  • Walt Cronin

    Vietnam Vet & Punk Rocker hit # 36 on Roots Music Report !

    Hi Folks: My name is Walt Cronin. Our band hit #36 on Roots Music Report 3-10-06
    ( Roots/Americana Country ) no small feat and without a label ! Everyone else on the chart has a label promoting them but we must have come thru the back door ! No money behind us, just a demo CD. We’re looking for a label, a review or more airplay. All the music was written by Zander Schloss, bass player of “The Circle Jerks” and myself. Please check us out for yourselves. Please excuse my request for a shameless plug :-) or please forward to somebody you think might like reading about these accomplishments. Music available on
    Thanks for listening,
    Walt Cronin
    “The Gousters”

    Walt Cronin
    “The Gousters” ( Bio & Music available on website)
    ( google The Gousters )
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Lane

    I’m throwing out a plug for a Northern Virginia band called Bandanzion.

    They play UVA occasionally, have an EP cut on CD and are finishing up a CD soon.

    Check them out. They need support, and are truly an impact band.

  • Alison

    I would sue the crap out of 3 Doors Down if they stole my song. It strikes me as odd that this other band didn’t.

  • Michael

    *Note: I attended this concert as part of a trip. Please bear with my review below- it’s for a class!*

    Michael Mauskapf
    “Acoustic Stagnation in New York”

    Concert information: New York Philharmonic, March 18th, 8 pm, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center Plaza; featuring Xian Zhang, conductor and Ingolf Turban, Violin; program included Rossini’s Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri, Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in Eb, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 in E minor.

    Unlike many plausible concert situations, this particular performance did not include FOH, mains, monitors, or snakes. Instead, an out of date acoustical warehouse and my own measly pair of ears were all that I was equipped with for this particular trip to hear the NY Philharmonic. While I could talk at length about the music they played and its variable degree of effectiveness, I think it more appropriate to touch on some interesting choices that were made (whether intentionally or not) that affected the production (and reception!) of sound.
    To start with, some basic information: I was seated, along with some friends, in the third tier, center, of Avery Fisher Hall. In other words, the stage is far, far away. Too far away, in most instances. For the opening overture, the orchestra was reduced in size- in a 6-6-4-4-3 setup for strings, and no doubling of the winds. Normally, this would create a smaller, more intimate (and in the case appropriate) sound. However, in Avery Fisher this meant that only unison or tutti lines could clearly be heard, while more sparsely orchestrated sections became lost in the space. Similar things took place in the violin concerto; here, however, the soloist also suffered. While he made a valiant attempt at mastering Paganini’s technical prowess, the musicality more than suffered. Out of tune double stops and flubbed technical passages were the norm, and the hall swallowed up ever harmonic that sounded from the soloist. Interesting note: The soloist chose to play in the original key, D Major, while the orchestra played in Eb. The soloist tuned his violin down to match the orchestra pitch-wise, producing a technique known as scoldatura. Supposedly, it’s supposed to highlight the key of D Major against Eb, showcasing the soloist with the ‘bright’ and ‘brilliance’ of D Major. Alas, the hall won again, and if anything the process was an experiment in original performance practice.
    The feature work on the program, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, lived up to it’s hype. The degree of color and lushness is not paralleled, in my opinion, in any of his contemporary’s works. Here, the orchestra was at full size (7-7-6-5-8), with doubled winds, and (not surprisingly) doubled trumpets as well. While Tchaikovsky wrote for only two trumpets, it is modern performance practice to have two others sit in and join/relieve the section in ‘big’ moments. Also, the horn section featured a ‘bumper.’ More typical in European orchestras, this player helps carry the principal player’s load, usually before and after solo sections. The hall was more receptive here than before, but still swallowed up the more technical sections (particularly in the third movement). While an ‘acceptable’ hall for bombast and reverberation, Avery Fisher does little to aid listeners in distinguishing orchestral timbre and technique.

    *an interesting note: To the best of my knowledge, the strings were set up (from left to right) firsts, seconds, cellos, violas. I’ve never seen a setup like this (first, seconds, viola cello (20th century/American); or firsts, cellos, violas, seconds is more standard), and am not sure for the reasons it was used- perhaps an alternative to the usual American set up However, it didn’t seem to affect the ensemble.

  • Terry

    A comment, and a shameless plug.

    Comment: Loved Buck Owens’ music….I was sorry to hear he’d passed on. It’s a shame most people remember him as co-host of Hee Haw, and don’t take a closer listen to his music.

    Shameless Plug: I co-host a podcast on music, TV, film, Books, all sorts of culture and entertainment topics. It’s called the Bionic Genius Roundtable. We interview people like the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Steve Burns, Iron Horse, and others. We also have a lot of fun. In our latest episode, we pay tribute to Buck Owens, seriously, and then humorously with a quiz game called Hee Haw Honey or Scientologist (a variation of a quiz game we play every now and then–we’ve also done “Dead or Scientologist,” “Irish or Scientologist”). Check it out and let us know what you think.

  • Sansietch

    I think there’s really a lot of good stuff out there right now. Come on! We’re lucky enough to have so much great music since rock-n-roll took off. Just look at all the genres!

    And online has opened the doors for so many artists. The doors of the major labels aren’t exactly wide open. It doesn’t happen like it did with the doors or any acts older than say, the last 15 years or less.

  • Vern Halen

    Sure there’s lots of grreat untapped music on line – but who’s got time to go out there an find it all? I wish someone would catalog all the different places where people are posting their songs & try to make some order out of it.

  • NR Davis

    (How’s this for a shameless plug?)

    You can always get great suggestions via BC’s Featured Artist of the Month. Right now, we’re featuring Al Stewart. There’s lots of coverage, including a brand new interview, and more is coming. Check it out and check out a great artist who makes timeless, compelling music for smart people.

  • Vern Halen

    So…anybody hear the new Marty Stuart album – a concept album about Native Americans? I’m a fan & I love everything he does, but I don’t know who’s going to buy an album abouteither General Custer or the massacre at Wounded Knee, much less both.

  • Andrew

    So, what does everyone think about Blender’s list of the 50 worst things to ever happen to music? Freebird!!! (That’s No. 49.)


  • Tony Bahu

    The most incredible Dumbek playing Westernized for American music. Tony Bahu is very well known as being one of the most talented Dumbek players in the United States and in the World. He has been on the stage playing professionally since the age of 10. He not only plays the Dumbek, but he writes his own beats to use in his live and studio performances. While being true to a Middle Eastern Style, Tony has effectively ‘Westernized’ his music to fit in both the American and Latin American cultures. He has played in many venues across the country including the MGM Grand.

    Tony is currently performing at many American clubs and venues in the Detroit area but is looking to go to the next level. His Shakira remix showcases what he can do for someone’s already existing work.

    In addition to this, his work has been WELL received by his audiences everywhere he has been. Furthermore, he has the ‘rockstar’ look which is adored and admired. His fans absolutely love him and he gains many admirers everywhere he plays.

    His playing has been described as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘magnetic’ as he is a master of drawing people into his performance with his fast hand movements and his body language.

    Tony Bahu is a MUST SEE! You will not believe what you have been missing!

    For more information, please

  • LadyHeyoka

    I was innocently Googling, looking for lyrics…and saw an entry about the “Son of Schmilsson” song ‘You’re Breakin my Heart’ and how it was one of the worst songs ever?! Ohhh maaan!!! Don’t say that, it’s a cute song!! Although I do have to admit the part about ‘breaking my glasses too’ is kinda dumb – but it’s not a bad song!! LOL