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longform/investigative [music/art] journalism examples & best practices?

I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jun 24, 2015 - 12 answers


I really like songs like this and this and this. Who/what else should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

I Want To Learn About Bands, Please Help Me!

I am currently co-writing a play with music (which may turn into a musical, but we're not sure on that yet) that involves the dynamics of a group of band members, their management, the issues they have with each other, etc. My writing partner is a singer who was in a very successful local band, but I have never been in anything but high school marching band. I would like to watch some documentaries or behind-the-scenes footage of bands in action, bands in practice, etc. [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Aug 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Bands/Artists with non-alphanumeric symbols

I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Jun 4, 2013 - 44 answers

How much do successful, but not megasuccessful, musicians make?

I'm curious about the real-world economics of being a musician who "made it" but is not, say, Sir Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Jay-Z. For instance, how's James McNew, bassist of the incomparable Yo La Tengo, doing? Is Ken Bethea, guitarist for the Old 97's, comfortable? Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian, are you sorted for a comfortable retirement? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 5, 2013 - 46 answers

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Name that tune!

Help me figure out this 60s song. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Nov 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Lost Song Flyer--"I want to hear a symphony."

This is incredibly vague, but metafilter is equally helpful for stuff like this! I heard a song with a male singer and the chorus was something like "I want to hear a symphony" and then how he wanted more out of life or a relationship. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Nov 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Who controls the use of creative content

Perplexed, informed, conflicted--Outstanding sources regarding the ethical, economic and legal issues related to music, print copyrights and intellectual property. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Jul 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Progressive Mix

If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 17, 2010 - 13 answers

¡Necesito música en español!

Mägo de Oz to Manu Chao...what other awesomeness am I missing out on? Looking for Spanish music recommendations. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Dancing about Architecture: Songs about art?

Dancing about Architecture: Songs about art/artists? I've got to create a mix about visual artists, art, and ect and I have no idea where to start. I've got "Andy Warhol" by David Bowie that's it. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2009 - 58 answers

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks?

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Oct 16, 2008 - 47 answers

Who else is from Bowie land?

Suggestions for artists (mainly musicians) that a friend should check out. [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Sep 8, 2008 - 27 answers

If I listen to Dylan, what else would I enjoy?

I really enjoy listening to Bob Dylan's older music (pre 1970) and Im wondering are there any other artists (past or present) that would be of any interest to me? Im looking more towards folk than rock, more acoustical than electric but any recommendations would be great! Thanks!
posted by Groovytimes on Sep 7, 2008 - 42 answers

English listing of artists from promotional video of Chinese 2008 Olympics?

Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 14, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me find music about music!

Help me find music about music! What are some songs about music, it's culture, etc.? Songs like The VU's Rock & Roll, Joni Mitchell's Woodstock, Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, etc...
posted by zenja72 on Apr 28, 2008 - 71 answers

Any sites like the old ubl.com?

Are there any sites similar to the old UBL.com? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Feb 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Feeding the starving artists.

What are the most effective ways to monetarily support my favorite artists? [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous on Dec 26, 2006 - 13 answers

How to find a web engine that displayed a shimmering web of musical kinship

I can't find a cool, graphical web engine for identifying similar bands that I once used -- input a band, and it would generate a neat display of others, with your pick at the center and the others radiating out with the closest being the most similar. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jun 4, 2006 - 11 answers

More Like This

Help me re-find a site that shows a dynamic graph of similar artists... [more inside]
posted by lorrer on Apr 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Where can I find music I will like?

Metafilter braintrust: Is there a site I can go to and enter an artist/group of artists and get recommendations based on my listening preferences? Something a little less retail oriented (ahem: Amazon). Thanks!
posted by omidius on Aug 12, 2004 - 11 answers

Music services that find related music?

Are there any good online web services where you enter musical artists that you currently like, and it figures out what artists you would probably also like (based on what other people have entered)?
posted by oissubke on Jan 12, 2004 - 12 answers

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