Gear Review: G & L S-500 Guitar

Most people are familiar with top-tier guitar makers such as Fender, Gibson, and Taylor. But there are some smaller companies that are making instruments that rival and in some cases, surpass those made by the big boys. G&L Musical Instruments is one such company. G&L was started over 30 years ago when Leo Fender partnered…

New Music Releases 12/6/11

POP Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal Motown Republic Group) Dia Frampton – Red (Universal Motown Republic Group) Martin Briley – Iceberg Shrinking (Varese Sarabande Records) Cimorelli – The Cim Fam EP (Universal Island Records) ROCK The Black Keys – El Camino (Nonesuch) Carmine Appice – Classics (Varese Sarabande Records) The Cure – Bestival Live 2011 (PIAS America)…

Free Music Download: “Far Away” by Mónica Albán

Earlier this year, Six String Theories, profiled Colombian singer Mónica Albán. Since then, the talented artist has been busy. She has released her debut album, I Own My Own Mind, recorded new music, and continues to dance and choreograph with her troupe Adagio Dance Company. Her new single, “Far Away” (right click and chose ‘Save Link As…’),…

Napster Finally Dies a Quiet Death

I have fond memories of Napster, the peer-to-peer music service that was introduced in 1999. A coworker told me about the service after we listened to some of the music he had downloaded from the peer-to-peer service on his office computer. After that introduction, I was hooked. I remember the thrill of searching their database, finding…

Exclusive Interview with YouTube Sensations Cimorelli

The music industry continues to change and evolve before our eyes.  It’s a wonderful time for the fans, really.  Technology brings instant gratification and unlimited entertainment right at our fingertips. Web-savvy artists from across the globe frantically post free downloads and homemade YouTube videos each day with the hopes of becoming the next Justin Bieber.…

Indie Artist Spotlight: The Shadowboxers

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love live music. I’m the guy that always wants to get to a show early to check out the warm up acts, whether they’re recognizable or not. My passion recently paid off when I discovered The Shadowboxers. This wildly talented gang brought some…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Kenn Smith

You may not be familiar with Kenn Smith‘s name, but you’re probably familiar with his music. He’s shared his guitar and bass talents with legendary artists such as, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis, the Chi-Lites, Darryl Jones (bassist for the Rolling Stones), R. Kelly, Stanley Turrentine, Najee, Art Porter, and Valerie Wellington. In order to…

Free Music Download: “Tangerine” by Dry Riser

If The Kinks and The Black Keys were to have a musical offspring, it would be UK-based band Dry Riser. This incredible group takes 60s styled rock and effortlessly turns it into music that’s fresh and relevant for a new generation. Band members Nik Ledgard (guitar/lead vocal), Matt Lintott (guitar/vocals), Jack Driver (bass), Mark Thorne…

An Open Letter to Axl Rose

Dear Axl, I am a 47-year-old Guns N’ Roses fan. As a child of the MTV era, I sat riveted to the small TVs of yesteryear waiting for every GNR video to explode off of my tiny screen. I consider myself lucky to have seen your former band warm up for The Rolling Stones at…