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Listen up: CMJ picks

It’s time for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, and if you can’t see ‘em, at least you can listen to ‘em. We tapped some of our college radio colleagues to tell us what’s a must-see at this year’s CMJ. Some music festivals are like self-contained campuses: they go for scenic beauty (Sasquatch’s Columbia River Gorge), elbow room (Coachella’s baking desert),[…]


Who Is Jana Kramer?

The actress-cum-country-music-singer hit Nashville at an inconvenient time, but that hasn’t stopped her from turning heads and releasing hits. With her sophomore album thirty one  just out of the gate, and the lead-off single “I Got the Boy” climbing the country charts, Jana Kramer is sitting pretty. The singer, who is pregnant with her first child (it’s a girl), says she’s happier than[…]

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KFOG releases ‘Boob Spelled Backwards Is Boob’

As far as catchy palindromes go, boob is a pretty good one. Certainly, there’s no denying it grabs your attention. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, radio station KFOG/San Francisco has released the charity single, “Boob Spelled Backwards Is Boob,” a song written by morning host Mike “No Name” Nelson’s 8-year-old son Archer as a way of dealing[…]


Announcing KIDS, the first music streaming app built for little listeners

Rhapsody KIDS is the first streaming music experience created specifically for children – even better, it’s right inside your existing Rhapsody mobile app.   There’s a CD wallet stuffed with scratched discs from my son’s baby days rolling around somewhere in our car, along with other useless things like that sticky tennis ball and some old Halloween candy. We can’t bear[…]

Big Boi and Phantogram as Big Grams

Worlds Collide: Rap Meets Indie Rock

When Big Boi and Phantogram releasd their self-titled EP as Big Grams, they’ll marked the latest chapter in a complicated history of two cultures that have occasionally, and sometimes uncomfortably, intertwined. Such collaborations may date back to the ‘80s, but they’re less frequent than you think. In our post “Hip-Hop 101: Rap Rock,” we noted how rappers and rockers at the time warily[…]