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Exclusive Interview with Tim Mortensen of Soundsupply

Soundsupply is the place to go for Drops: curated bundles of digital or physical albums, offered for limited periods at low prices.  It’s perfect for hunters, explorers, collectors, and lovers of all kinds of music.  Co-founder Tim Mortensen took the time to answer some questions for Earn This about the joys of sharing great artists,…

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Enlightenment through Sound Collage

Last week I encountered something brand new in music and I want you to share the experience with me. After our recent conversation, knowing I’d be in Boston on business, Beth McDonald tipped me off to a concert series being run by the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP).  The schedule of performances, now…

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The Time Dave Elkins Played in My Living Room

Prelude to a Dream This is the story of my best birthday present ever.  One of the hallmarks of adulthood is realizing that paychecks allow you to buy yourself gifts; and who knows you better than you?  Armed with a modest but steady income, on the eve of my quarter-century day, I made an investment…

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Exclusive Interview with Sam Behymer

Rising singer-songwriter Sam Behymer was gracious enough to talk with EarnThis.net, following up on our recent post about her competing on NBC’s The Voice.  Since that post, Behymer was knocked out of the televised competition but has garnered many new fans from the experience.  And, as you’ll see below, she appears to be revitalized in…

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Edge of Success: Sam Behymer on The Voice

Tonight, at 8/7c, I will be watching The Voice. NBC probably expects to net a fair number of 25-to-35-year-old males every week with their elaborate talent show, even if their ideal viewer is younger with longer hair.  But how can any self-respecting independent music blogger be caught tuning into such a commercialized, pop-centric circus of…

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Highway//Catharsis: Do You Feel

Alone in the car, we can sing as loud as we want.  Highway//Catharsis is a series in which I share the albums that get me all worked up when I’m behind the wheel.  To earn a post, the CD must bring me to tears while I’m screaming along.  That means every drive is an audition.…

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Concert Review: Vanessa Carlton @ The Birchmere, 2/6/14

Imagine it’s 2002.  September.  Switzerland has just joined the United Nations.  Um… Disturbed just released an album… but not The Sickness, the one after that.  You know, with, like, “Liberate” and “Prayer” on it.  Oh!  The first OK Go record just came out!  But most of America won’t know about them until they make that…

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Exclusive Interview with Johannesburg’s Skylight

Ready to be inspired?  From South Africa, the voices behind Skylight connected with EarnThis.net to chat about hope, growth, and their debut album.  Greg, Pete (who couldn’t join us), Brad, and Wes first transfixed me with their music, but over Skype they charmed me with their openness about issues close to their homes and hearts. …