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Music, Microcaster DJs get screwed under new licensing fees

Microcaster DJs get screwed under new licensing fees

Conventional wisdom dictates that the Internet should be a magical musical wonderland where everyone can be a DJ. But when it comes to user-programmed online radio, the Web is becoming less democratic, squeezing out the little guy with high royalty…
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Music, Listen Up Hug the DJ

Hug the DJ

I am just old enough to remember real radio. When I say "real," I mean radio that was largely DJ-driven: DJs made the playlists, DJs told you why they played certain tracks, DJs made up special funny names for their…
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She Opened the Box

In the few months I've been listening to it, Pandora Radio has blown my mind, made me cry, and increased my job productivity. Now, if the bad guys get their way, it's also going to break my heart by disappearing.…
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Music, BeatBox Worldly beats abound in S.F. this week: Halou, Gilles Peterson, One Block Radius, and the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie

Worldly beats abound in S.F. this week: Halou, Gilles Peterson, One Block Radius, and the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie

Those looking to ease their friends into the sounds of hip hop without scaring them off in a haze of gangsta posturing might do well to bring them to see L.A.'s One Block Radius , a trio that seamlessly crosses…
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Music, Reviewed John Peel

John Peel

Saying that mix CDs are a dime a dozen gives them too much value. The worst of the lot sit pathetically -- and in great quantity -- on the shelves at Tower and Virgin, dressed up with photos of skinny…
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