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The Indie Bible/
Ultimate Bundle
18th Edition 2017
by David Wimble


Best Record Stores
in the USA


CEV Supports Independent Record Stores


Indie Revelations
by Alex Cosper
free e-book




Do you write songs? You'll find great songwriter info at Addicted to Songwriting, with includes interviews, links and articles on songwriting.



Books to
Look For

First Collection of
Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
by Jessica Hopper

 

Cyber PR for Musicians
by Ariel Hyatt

 

Ripped
by Greg Kot


Perfecting Sound Forever
by Greg Milner


Appetite for Self-Destruction
by Steve Knopper


Rocking Your
Music Business
by Simon Cann


This Business of Music
10th ed.
by M. William Krasilovsky


This Business of Concert Promotion and Touring
by Ray Waddell, Rich Barnet and Jake Berry


This Business of Global Music Marketing
by Ted Lathrop


How to Be Your Own Booking Agent
by Jeri Goldstein


Million Dollar Mistakes
by Moses Avalon


I Don't Need a Record Deal
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz


Artist Development
by Eugene Foley

Spotlighting Great Female Musicians/Songwriters/Singers:
Mainstream, Indie and Self-Released

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New this week October 13, 2017


Masseduction by
St. Vincent


Every Little Thing by
Carly Pearce


Luwten by
Luwten


Lily Holbrook

 

 

Cutting Edge's Album Focus

Lily Holbrook's Kickstarter Wish
Poison Honey

 Lily first unleashed her voice on a wider audience with her independent debut “Running from the Sky”. Described by fans as “a somber fairy tale” the ethereal vocals and dark lyrics quickly earned a cult following resulting in the street singer selling over 20,000 copies as an unsigned artist.  After graduating from Emerson, Lily moved to Los Angeles where she continued to busk on the third street promenade in Santa Monical. With her steady street buzz she was a natural choice for the film, “Playing for Change”-a rockumentary highlighting the lives of 16 street musicians across the country. The film struck a chord with audiences and was added into rotation on the Sundance Channel, the Independent Film Channel and Comcast On Demand. It also secured Lily her first record deal with BackPorch/Virgin and she released her second album “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.”

Click here to read the entire interview with LilyHolbrook


Lili Haydn

 

Lililand

Cutting Edge Voices Artist Interviews

Lililand Anil Prasad talks to Lili Haydn

Haydn began playing the violin at the age of eight. She played her first professional gig in 1990. In 1992, Haydn graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in political science and began to pursue a career in music. Her debut album, Lili, was released in the fall of 1997 and was followed by Light Blue Sun in 2003 and Place Between Places in 2008, which she promoted with television and radio appearances such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and NPR. NPR described "Place Between Places" as "A mix of neo-psychedelic flower child and rock star virtuoso...Heifetz meet Hendrix." She contributed to the score of the Edward Burns/Jennifer Aniston film She's the One (1996), as well as several films with Hans Zimmer, including Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. 

Haydn won a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute composing in 2009, and has composed the film scores for three films, Jacklight, The Horse Boy (premiered at Sundance Film Festival and released in 2009 by Zeitgeist Films), and "The Lightmaker". 

In 2008, Haydn accompanied Roger Waters at the Coachella music festival when they played "The Dark Side of the Moon". Haydn also performed on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008. That same year she appeared on the cable TV series, Californication. In 2009, Haydn sustained neurological damage after being exposed to the pesticide Chlordane. While she was unable to write lyrics, she was still able to compose music. For the five years, she continued working on film scores and composed music for her fourth album, Lililand, released in September 2014.

Click here to read the interview with Lili Haydn


Other Artist Interviews on Cutting Edge Voices


Stranger in the Alps

Cutting Edge's Other Voices

Strager in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers’ career has been propelled by fellow musicians. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Julien Baker have all sung the praises of the 23-year-old Los Angeles singer-songwriter, leading up to her full-length debut Stranger in the Alps. Fittingly, the album itself is also populated by other artists: Bridgers writes about lost legends like Bowie and Lemmy down through the local hobbyists who haunt their hometowns like ghosts in faded band tees. In “Scott Street,” she reads into how an old flame tells her his drums are “too much shit to carry.” In “Motion Sickness,” one of the year’s most exquisite breakup anthems, she lands her harshest jab in the chorus: “Hey, why do you sing with an English accent? I guess it’s too late to change it now.”    

Click here to read the rest of  the review


Native Invader

Cutting Edge's Other Voices

Native Invader by Tori Amos

For much of Tori Amos’ solo career, the piano-thrashing composer and singer has navigated the porous membrane between the personal and the political—the starkly searing depiction of sexual assault “Me and a Gun,” her waking-nightmare flip of Eminem’s murder lullaby “97 Bonnie and Clyde,” the Trail of Tears eulogy “Scarlet’s Walk.” On her heady, fever-dreamy 15th album Native Invader, Amos adds a third element, bringing in the increasingly strip-mined Earth as both imperiled muse and guiding light. The self, the ever-more-chaotic agora, and the physical world triangulate in a way that allows Amos to take all of them on at once, and to create a despairingly poetic, chillingly vital album that channels its depictions of humanity’s horrors through intricately arranged songs.    

Click here to read the rest of  the review


Exile in the Outer Ring

Cutting Edge's Other Voices

Exile in the Outer Ring by EMA

Red State, the first and only album by Erika M. Anderson’s late-2000s noise-folk trio, Gowns, opens with a bleak but hopeful spoken-word tableau. Over morbid drones, Anderson describes a soldier’s bedroom in Fargo, N.D., “with an American flag draped over a basement window.” She listlessly names the various drugs consumed one summer in that subterranean chamber. Titled “Fargo,” the brief track ends with an image of secular transcendence. Echoed by what sounds like a heavenly chorus of junkies, Anderson recalls that “the light shining in through the window was golden/And the days stretched out as far as the horizon/And you could see the dust flow like sparkles in the air.”  

Click here to read the rest of  the review


CEV's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases

Soft Sounds from Another Planet
by Japanese Breakfast

Love (EP)
by Kirstin

Something to Tell You
by Haim


The Storm
by ZZ Ward

Somewhere in Between
by Verite

hopeless fountain kingdom
by Halsey


From the Outside
by Hey Violet

Truth is a Beautiful Thing
by London Grammar

Melodrama
by Lorde


I
by Niia

Real High
by Nite Jewel

Pollinator
by Blondie


Night Thinker EP
by Amy Shark

Mental Illness
by Aimee Mann

The Ride
by Nelly Furtado


Change of State
by Novella

Mother Tongue
by Rebekka Karijord

Semper Femina
by Laura Marling


Michael Foster, editor

 

CEV Blog February 2017

Time to get moving again

Welcome back to CEV here in 2017. CEV was offline for a bit but there is another reason that the site looks a little more dated than it should and that is because I found out that the latest version of the site, the only copy of the later version, was on a hard drive that died a month or so ago. I did eventually find an older copy of the site tucked away on another hard drive but not the most recent version. So please bear with me as I work to update the site and bring it back to a useful level. I did take the opportunity to create a new logo for the site. It was a sunrise picture that I had taken over a lake near where I live and I really thought it would make a great background for a new logo for the site. You'll have to let me know what you think of it as we move forward with CEV Music here in 2017. My love affair with women in music has not abated during the time off these past few months and as I have been catching up on the releases that came out while I was away I am finding that the flow of great women singers/songwriters and musicians has not slowed down a bit.     

Click here for the rest of the blog


Dr. Kenneth Love

Cutting Edge Advice

Welcome to a brand new feature here on Cutting Edge Voices and also welcome a new contributing writer to these pages as well. Dr. Kenneth Love will be joining us on a regular basis to share his wisdom about the music industry with anyone who is looking to give their own music careers a shot in the arm. Practical advice from years of experience in the music business is what this new column will offer you and we here at Cutting Edge Voices hope that it will benefit you and that you will stop back on a regular basis to catch the latest edition of Kenneth's column. To read the current article in the MuBiz With Dr. Kenneth Love column called "Today’s False Ideologies of Both Major & Indie Artists" please follow this link.


Other articles in the MuBiz with Dr. Kenneth Love Series

Ace in the Hole/Fallback Day Jobs
How to Promote CDs at Gigs You Never Play
Setting up In House Retail Sales
Music Testimonials: Another High-Value, Pre-Seller


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share please send it to

editorcev at cevmusic dot com

and I will share it with the rest of the
readers of CEV in this column and on the CEV Blog

CEV Music News Links from Around the Web

Posted July 15, 2017

Mary Fahl live in concert at the Sellersville Theatre July 29, 2017
Soundcloud Reportedly to Only Last 50 More Days: Back Up Your Music Now

Posted March 18, 2017

Listen to Juliana Hatfield find comfort in sense memories on “Wonder Why”

Posted March 6, 2017

Official Charts is now on streaming services
Genevieve Fisher busts into America’s Music Charts Top 40 with latest hit Take It On Home
First Listen: Michelle Branch New Single “Best You Ever”

Posted March 5, 2017

Global Recorded Music Industry Reached $16.1BN IN 2016 – Up 7% Year over Year
What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now
Lorde says David Bowie inspired her album, as she releases her new single, Green Light
Taeyeon Is 'Fine' With First Solo LP 'My Voice'
Independent Labels: The Unsung Heroes of the Music Industry

Posted March 2, 2017

Tegan and Sara on being honest with your collaborator
Avril Lavigne signs recordings deal with BMG, announces new album
Juliana Hatfield – “Impossible Song”
Juliana Hatfield Announces New Anti-Trump Album Pussycat
Watch Margaret Glaspy Cover DJ Snake & Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You”
Francis Keeling Exits Spotify After Nine Months

Posted March 1, 2017

Women’s Music Industry Horror Stories: Abuse, Sexism, and Erasure
How Jessica Hopper Is Changing The Future For Women Writers
Is this a turning point for sexism in the music industry?
It's all but official: New Lorde music expected to drop in two weeks
Anna Wester appointed Warner/Chappell A&R manager
Sexism rife in male-dominated music industry, report warns
Now Facebook is Hiring For A Legal Music Licensing Boss


Lindsey Jordan

 

 

Habit

Available now

Snail Mail on Facebook

Artist Spotlight on Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail

 

Lindsey Jordan recently walked into her high school principal’s office to request a few weeks off. She was itching to get out of her suburban hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland and play some shows with her three-piece rock band, Snail Mail. Jordan had secured permission-granting signatures from her mother and teachers—but she needed one more. “The principal sat me down and he was like, ‘So why should I sign this form? What is this going to do for your character?’” recalls the 17-year-old senior, gleefully jamming her sentences into one exalted breath. “I was like, ‘Well, I don’t know if you should sign the form… but I’d really like you to!’” Jordan relays this story one Saturday night in January, before Snail Mail open for D.C. firebrands Priests at a packed show in Brooklyn; the principal signed the form. 

Snail Mail is Jordan’s first band. Though she took up the guitar at age 5 and has been playing ever since, it wasn’t until the spring of 2015—moved by the complementary forces of a devastating Grouper drone set and an insurrectionary Downtown Boys rock baptism—that she endeavored to form a group of her own. Two weeks after their first practice, Snail Mail played their debut gig at a Maryland festival alongside punk bands Sheer Mag, Priests, and Screaming Females. It was an inspired beginning that helped Jordan persist through subsequent shows that were marred by sexism. “I’ve gotten catcalled onstage,” she tells me. “It’s disgusting.”

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clicking here


Music Reviews Here and Around the Web


Memories Are Now

by Jesca Hoop 

Click here to read


The Bride

by Bat For Lashes

Click here to read


Semper Femina


by  Laura Marling

Click here to read.


Crystal Fairy

by Crystal Fairy 
Click here to read


By Melissa Febos

 

Cutting Edge Voices Articles

Kathleen Hanna by Melissa Febos  

When I was a teenager and just fumbling for a sense of what it meant to have a feeling, an idea, an impulse—and to articulate it on paper—I was listening to Kathleen Hanna sing about that same process as the leader of the seminal Riot grrrl band Bikini Kill, and later, as the frontperson of Le Tigre. At fourteen, I was just starting to try to name what it felt like to be a girl, to be angry, and to tell a story that maybe someone else could relate to. Hanna was articulating these same ideas and emotions at a time when I had yet to fully comprehend them. 

Through my girlfriend—who is making a film about Hanna called The Punk Singer—I’ve gotten the opportunity to get to know Kathleen and to talk to her about the similarities and differences between our artistic processes. 

Making something out of the everything inside you is hard. Sending that something out into the world is a whole other kind of hard. That, I’ve learned firsthand. Before our conversation, I suspected that Kathleen knew a lot more about it than I did, twenty years into a career that shows no sign of slowing. I was right. She knows a lot about the pain of making good work, the risks and rewards inherent in seeing something through to its truest form. And she knows about the hell of online commenters, of Googling oneself, and how one hate letter can outweigh a hundred love letters on the wrong day. She also knows something about moving past all that. About how we might all do better to take some cues from Beyoncé.  

For the full article click here


By Lauren Mayberry

 

Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: 'I will not accept online misogyny'  

I am in a band that was born on the internet. 

Although Chvrches formed and began writing in October 2011, we made our first wobbly steps into the public realm by posting a song on Neon Gold music blog in May last year. Since then, the blogosphere and social networks have arguably been the key reasons anyone knows about us at all – labels, media and members of the public included. For that reason, it has always been important to us that we communicate directly with people who care about our band through the social networking sites we run. 

There are, however, downsides to being known on the internet. Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band's social networks every day. After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people commented on the statement. At the time of writing, Facebook stats tell me that the post had reached 581,376 people, over five times the number of people who subscribe to the page itself, with almost 1,000 comments underneath the image. Comments range from the disgusted and supportive to the offensively vile.    

For the full article click here.



 

 

 

 

By Joe Lynch

Madonna Gets Real About Sexism And Misogyny In Emotional Billboard ‘Women In Music’ Speech  

Madonna opened up about the struggles and obstacles she’s faced over the years in a touching, personal speech at a Billboard Women in Music event on Friday.  

While accepting a Woman of the Year award, the pop icon got real about the sexism and misogyny she’s dealt with throughout her decades-long career. 

“I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer,” Madonna said, via Billboard. “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.”   

For the full article click here


Madonna Delivers Her Blunt Truth During Fiery, Teary Billboard Women In Music Speech

Madonna -- a global icon who extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time in 2016 -- was honored as Woman of the Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2016 event on Friday (Dec. 9). And during her acceptance speech, she was fully ferocious, funny and brutally honest -- in other words, she was the Madonna we've known and adored since she debuted more than 30 years ago.  

Madonna, unsurprisingly, stole the show the moment she took the stage. Her weapon? Something you can't contain, fake, reproduce or put a price on: Blunt, personal truth. 

After opening with a joke -- "I always feel better with something hard between my legs" Madonna said, straddling the microphone stand -- she got candid very quickly. 

"I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer," Madonna said. "Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse."

For the full article click here


By Hayley Fox

 

How Women Are Smashing Misogyny in the Music Business  

In October 2014, singer-songwriter Kesha filed a lawsuit against Sony and producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) for sexual, verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Though a judge dismissed parts of the lawsuit in April (and denied her request to be released from her contract with Sony), Kesha prevailed in other ways; celebrities and the masses championed her cause online and in social media with a "Free Kesha" hashtag campaign, a petition demanding Sony release her and a crowdfunding effort to try to buy her out of her contract.   

For the full article click here


Madalyn Sklar

CEV's Q & A

Madalyn Sklar started IndieMusicCoach.com in an effort to provide one-on-one consulting and coaching to indie musicians. She founded GoGirlsMusic.com, the oldest and largest online community of indie women musicians, with a vision of bringing together and empowering musicians from around the country. Ten years later it has become a welcome destination for women in music through networking and events. Madalyn produces the GoGirlsMusicFest, Invasion of the GoGirls, Battle of the GoGirls and more.

Click here to read Madalyn's interview with Cutting Edge Voices.


Cutting Edge Voices CD Reviews

08-15-2010   New Review featuring Fistful of Stars by Jennifer Greer
07-10-2009
  New Review featuring This Too in Time Shall Pass by Lindy LaFontaine
09-09-2008
  New Review featuring Don't Do Anything by Sam Phillips
08-17-2008
  New Reviews featuring hopeful.romantic by Renee Stahl
07-19-2008
  New reviews featuring Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morissette
11-18-2006  
 New Review featuring Pillar of Stone by Joelle
05-28-2006
  New Reviews featuring Inland Sea by Rin'
05-21-2006
  New Review posted featuring The Dawnseeker by Sleepthief
01-19-2006   
New Review posted featuring Bother Me by Dina Gathe
12-25-2005
  New Reviews posted featuring The Girl Who Couldn't Fly by Kate Rusby
11-12-2005
  New Reviews posted featuring Lost and Found by Judith Owen
11-06-2005   New reviews posted featuring Black Halo by V.K. Lynne
10-26-2005   New review posted featuring Romantic Energy by Twelve Girls Band
09-27-2005   New reviews posted featuring Mai by Eri Sugai
09-23-2005   New review posted featuring The Seven Valleys by Stellamara

Sounds to
Listen For

 

Nervous System
by Julia Michael

 

Ultralife
by Oh Wonder

 

Something's Changing
by Lucy Rose

 

Fire
By Amy Gerhartz

 

Building Castles
in Air
by Lucid Fly

 

The Bride
by Bat For Lashes

 

Form/a
by Half Waif

 

The Valley
by Betty Who

 

So Good
by Zara Larsson

 

Silver Eye
by Goldfrapp

 

Bones of What
You Believe
by Chvches

 

Love & Gravity
by Mary Fahl

 

Nocturnal
by Yuna

 

Body Music
by AlunaGeorge

 

Becoming EP
by Courage My Love

 

The Truth Is
by Melissa Ferrick

 

Water In A Whale
by Jillette Johnson

 

Mosquito
by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Paramore
by Paramore

 

If You Leave
by Daughter

 

Heaven In This Hell
by Orianthi

 

Fanatic
by Heart

 

The Truth About Love
by Pink

 

Glad Rag Doll
by Dianna Krall

 

This Girl
by This Girl

 

Nobody is OK
by This Is She