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This very large band from Boston is really so great. Their song Last Drag is so powerful and it just sticks in your head! They are one of our highest rated artists that we’ve had on the show! The feedback on this band has just been tremendous!

Milquetoast & Co’s lead singer, James McAndrew, just has one of those incredible voices that makes this band unforgettable. Can’t wait to see them live!

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All of us here at The Highway Girl are *LOVING* this young songwriter’s music right now. You’ve heard her on Entertainment Tonight, Privileged and Lifetime Network.

Hayley Taylor knows how to write a song. Check out her album Waking and you’ll agree!

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  • What Will Record Labels Look Like in the Future?: Nobody is quite sure what the future looks like for record labels, but in discussions with a wide variety of music industry professionals, a few common themes seem to emerge. [PBS Media Shift]
  • YouTube video case study:: One of our main goals at YouTube is to help content creators effectively make money from the distribution of their content online. That they can do so in a way that brings artists and our community together to create fun, spontaneous and inspiring works, is one of the best and most exciting things about YouTube. [Google Blog]

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THG Musical Guest: Rob Giles

I first heard about Rob Giles from my friend Noelle. She told me Rob’s voice pretty much kicked major ass–Noelle was right! Rob is one of those people who knows he’s good, but with a voice like that, he’d be a liar if he didn’t. It’s one of those deep down from the pits of your soul types of voices.

One that requires you to pull a certain face and squeeze out every ounce of breathe to get it all out. Rob is quite literally amazing. Don’t miss his live performance for SMtv. I literally cried.

Click here to watch Samantha’s interview with Rob Giles!

Click here to watch Rob’s live performance and listen to his SMtv podcast!

THG Industry Expert: Fred Von Lohmann

When it comes to music it’s hard to find a smarter mind than Fred von Lohmann. And not just because he’s an avid music fan who goes out of his way to constantly discover new music. Fred is the Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, jump on it!

You can see the entire interview, by clicking here.

THG Podcast: Jeff Finlin

Bruce Springsteen added one of Jeff’s songs to his play on music at his concerts. Cameron Crowe singled out one of Jeff’s songs for his movie “Elizabethtown” Add me to the growing list of fans of Jeff Finlin.

The guy’s songwriting just kicks ass. He tells it like it is and backs it up with such a passionate voice. You need to own all three of his albums including his latest, Ballad of a Plain Man.”

Click here to listen to the entire podcast

Spring Tour: Samantha Murphy & Dave Lowensohn

Samantha recently announced that she’s hitting the road with Dave Lowensohn of Speechwriters LLC.  The dynamic duo will be touring up and down the East Coast through all of April. Let us know if you’d like to book a house concert!

Click here to see the list of announced tour dates!

Digital Buzz: Music Industry News

Warner Music Targeting More than YouTube: Fred VonLohmann writes about Warner Music’s (mis)use of YouTube’s Content ID (i.e., audio fingerprinting) tools to remove lots of videos that are clearly fair uses. (EFF)

Music Marketing Lessons From Groove Armada And Neko Case: In an interesting study in contrasts, this past week we’ve come across two artists who are taking slightly different approaches to arrive at the same goal: to get you to listen to their latest album and share it with your friends. (YPulse) (Thanks Derek!)

For Gen Y, Music is Oxygen: What do younger music consumers think about music piracy, digital music and other issues related to music?

These were just some of the questions that a new survey conducted by British Music Rights sought to answer. When it comes to music: What does the MySpace generation want? (Barking Robot Media)

Twt.fm: An easy way to share your music on Twitter! twt.fm will generate a track page for you using your twitter page design and you’ll be able to tweet it to your followers.

Warner Music Pitches Music Tax To Universities: You Pay, We Stop Suing: The idea would be to get various ISPs to simply add an additional fee to everyone’s internet access, have that money go into a pool that the recording industry would be responsible for paying out — and then let people have free reign for file sharing.

We hadn’t heard much about this music tax lately, but apparently attention is now being focused on getting universities to buy into the plan.(TechDirt)

Artist Tools: Artisteer

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With Artisteer YOU immediately become a Web design expert, editing and slicing graphics, coding XHTML and CSS, and creating Web design templates and Joomla, Drupal and WordPress themes – all in minutes, without Photoshop or Dreamweaver, and no technical skills.

Check out all of the cool things you can create using Artisteer by clicking here. And after you create that killer wordpress template, use Backblaze , an innovative online back-up service, to protect all your hard work!

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charity: water, founded by Scott Harrison,  is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 and focused on bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing nations. As of December of 2008, charity: water has 1,030 projects in 13 countries that included hand-dug wells, spring protections and rainwater harvesting schemes.

When we heard about Twestival, a global online music project in association with Twestival aiming to raise money for new wells and clean drinking water for charity, we immediately knew that we wanted to be apart of this extraordinary event.  The Highway Girl was proud to donated over 120 tracks from artists who have appeared on our show.

Among the MP3’s we donated are songs from  Samantha Murphy, Billy Harvey, Evan McHugh, Martha Wainwright, Juliana Hatfield, Teitur, Paul Doucette (Matchbox 20,)  The Devoted Few,  Jesse Malin and Inara George ( Bird & The Bee).

Samantha Murphy performed live at the Atlanta Twestival. In addition, The Highway Girl.com donated a Motorola Z9 mobile phone to the list of prizes to be raffled at the Atlanta event.

Twestival 2009 was a fantastic event and at the end of the day raised $250,000 for charity: water! We are looking forward to Twestival 2010 and supporting the work of charity:water in any way we can in the future (so Scott–call us!).

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Christopher Dallman, an artist who I’ve featured on my podcast,  has a special offer that I thought members of  The Highway Girl community would be interested in knowing about.

In an effort to raise money for his new album, for one week only, you can purchase Christopher’s first album, Race the Light, for only $5!

Christopher’s music is melodic and sweet. He knows how to tell a story with words and not just in songs either. His blog and tweets crack me up and always has me glued to the page.

Show your support for indie music and take advantage of this special offer today! If you already have his amazing album, you can still help Christopher fund his new music by clicking here.


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