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Soulive – No Place Like Soul

Soulive - No Place Like Soul

They’ve collaborated with the likes of Chaka Khan, Robert Randolph, Reggie Watts and Dave Matthews. They’ve performed for thousands nation wide and they are leading the return of Soul Music back into the mainstream. Dan catches up with the group as they talk about the new album (releasing July 31st on Stax), new additions and what music they’re checking out now. Also we check in with Jack Bonney from WUAG-FM as he talks about the a special compilaion disc put out by WUAG called, Taylor 25: A Nostalgic Retrospective (PS. it’s just 8 bucks)

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THE DROP Joins CPN With Force

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March 26 - The Charlottesville Podcasting Network, part of Wordcast Productions has welcomed THE DROP to start posting regularly.  We are really excited to join the fine news programming that the Charlottesville Podcasting Network features.  The site features a collaboration of many Charlottesville Area Podcasters and Audiophiles.  This alliance allows THE DROP to continue bringing high quality Interviews with new and long time musicians and artists as well as Live performances and Album Spotlights.  Check out the Charlottesville Podcast Network.

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Cleto Rodriguez - Bringing the Latino Heat

He’s been on MTV, BET, and Comedy Central and this week Cleto Rodriguez joins THE DROP with the lowdown on the state of Texas and the state of comedy. Cleto talks with Dan about his name in lights, Mariachi Bands and setting goals. Download it Today!


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SXSW Special Edition – Headlights

SXSW Special Edition - Headlights

This weeks episode music editor Matt Benson and Dan catch up with Polyvinyl recording artists, Headlights at The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar in Charlottesville, Virginia. Download the episode to check out how break dance fighting is still being utilized by the band. We thought this was a great wy to lead off the SXSW week of fun down in Austin. Headlights will be playing with indie darlings Page France 3 times at SXSW this week, it’s a breif stopping point on their massive spring tour. Check out the rest of the available dates at the site headlightsmusic.com


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THE DROP Live! featuring Justin McRoberts

Justin McRoberts

This weeks episode is THE DROP Live! featuring Justin McRoberts. As well as being a long time friend of mine he’s an incredible story teller and a critically acclaimed musician. The recording, courtesy of Audio Concepts, comes from a show that we did in November. Make sure you check out his recent recording of Amazing Grace and www.amazingchange.com to see how you can help with the effort to abolish slavery throughout the world. Download it Today!

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The Drop gets a new Look

THE DROP

Launched last week, The long awaited redux of TheDropOnline.com.  While there are still some tweaks will continue to happen over the next few weeks, the redesign was intiated to allow for easy navigating of the site while also keeping competitive among the music news websites.  We also felt there was a need to further engage the readers of the site and a new design would help facillitate that, also with current readership in the tens of thousands per month we wanted to help us stand out as a site that was more interested in the average joe as well as the ultra cool hipster.  Check out THE DROP and let us know what you think.

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2007 Season Premiere - Tim Sanders and Exclusive Music from the Micro Thrills2007 kicks off in a major way with Tim Sanders, 2x NY Times Best selling author of The Likeability Factor and Love is the Killer App. Dan and Tim catch up on what Albums impacted music last year, as well as talk about how like-able people stay relevant. Also Tim gives us the lowdown on what successful blogging looks like, based on the success of his own advice blog, www.sanderssays.typepad.com Download it Today!

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PMG Inks a Deal with Etix

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We just inked a deal with Etix.com to carry all the ticket sales for all of our live events for the next year and the winner is clearly – You! Making sure you can get into on THE DROP Live! events is getting tougher and tougher, so with a little help from Etix, that process is now super smooth. We chose Etix because of there user friendly interface and their willingness to fit our niche.

THE DROP kicks off the Concerts for this year with David Bazan, Pattern is Movement and Bosc on 2/17 so buy your tickets now.

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THE DROP Live!

Easily one of the biggest tours to hit Central Virginia this Spring, THE DROP is partnering with WNRS-FM 89.9 Sweet Briar to bring David Bazan, Pattern is Movement and Bosc to the Campus of Sweet Briar College.  The Event goes down on February 17th at 9Pm at Sweet Briar’s Prothro Hall.  Get all the details at THE DROP Online.com here.

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THE DROP

As giagantic fans of both community and college radio THE DROP is now available in a new one hour format.  Building on the fan base that was seen in 2006 with tens of thousands of downloads, THE DROP now has a one hour music show available for community and college stations for immediate testing.  Sticking with a low key format and playing the best in indie, electronic, downtempo, and progressive hip-hop music THE DROP is just the show to engage the modern audience without a lot of hype.  By thinking through a music program from the ground up and with a built in audience from the critically acclaimed podcast, THE DROP can be a great boost for any station.  The format features a hour of continuous music and checks in with the biggest names in music, NY Times Best Selling Authors, Comedians and pop culture icons.  The format can easily be adapted to the needs of the individual station.

If you’re in college or community radio and you’re looking to fill a time slot with a grassroots show that will engage your audience and grow your current listener base and attract additional underwriting dollars let THE DROP work for you.  A limited amount of Beta Testers are currently being accepted and to enroll your station, contact Dan Portnoy directly at dan[at]dropradionetwork.com, call 434.426.8523 or check out The DROP Radio Network.com

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