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Posted April 18, 2021, 2:47 p.m.
Don't Quit Your Day Job

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently false. Most musicians have day jobs –- and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment and, yes, some rent or gas money. And usually when somebody is writing a new record or scheduling a tour, they have to balance that with their job. How an artist spends their time by day will influence the creative process at night. In Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Scene Point Blank looks at how musicians split their time, and how their careers influence their music –- or, alternately –- how their ...

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It's Only Illegal if You Get Caught

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Posted April 18, 2021, 2:32 p.m.
Running on Nothing

About a year ago, we found ourselves in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Out of boredom, I did a livestream on my social media ...

Top 5 tracks on the Wet Cassettes compilation

Music Top 5 tracks on the Wet Cassettes compilation

Posted March 16, 2021, 3:21 p.m.
The Set List

Let me do this in my best vintage Dan Aykroyd from SNL voice. Do YOU need more excitement in your life? A little PICK ME ...

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Toby Driver

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Toby Driver

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 2:30 a.m.

Toby Driver SPB: How have your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now? Driver: I think my aesthetics are still similar to what they were when I was in high school, but I'm quite a bit more open-minded when it comes to the social implications of how personal identity is attached to musical preference (to put more simply, not caring how people judge what I enjoy listening to). That's an obvious result of just having become more comfortable with myself than I was when I ...

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Table Talk #5 – Formats, Genres and Doom

Music Table Talk #5 – Formats, Genres and Doom

Posted March 16, 2021, 3:09 p.m.
Table Talk

Just a question for you lot: what carrier do you prefer for your music? Personally, I still highly prefer to ...

Guest Column: The Lippies - Uncanny Indeed

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Posted Feb. 21, 2021, 7:35 a.m.
Running on Nothing

Welcome to Running on Nothing, the latest addition to our stable of columns at Scene Point Blank. Running on Nothing ...

Scatenato Ma Non Troppo #2

Regular Columns Scatenato Ma Non Troppo #2

Posted Feb. 21, 2021, 7:25 a.m.
Scatenato Ma Non Troppo

Well, the train wreck of 2020 is in the rearview, but I’ve collected another selection of submissions that Scene ...

Shellshag

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

In 2020 I spent a lot of time online -- we all did. I also spent a lot of time emailing ...

Shellshag on the music streaming model

Interviews Shellshag on the music streaming model

Posted Jan. 10, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

Shellshag is a two-piece band that formed in 1997, featuring Jennifer Shagawat and John "Shellhead" Driver, aka “Shell” and “Shag ...

2020: A Year In Review

Music 2020: A Year In Review

Posted Dec. 28, 2020, 2:12 p.m.
Year End 2020

One day, we'll all look back on this year and laugh. Well, maybe not laugh... cry? Despair? Curse? Probably ...

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