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New research suggests that musical talent is largely innate.
Even after taking practice out of the equation, however, "over three-quarters of the genetic variance in music accomplishment remained," they report. This means that the aforementioned "genetically influenced propensities” to practice “are not sufficient to explain all of the genetic influences on accomplishment."

Rather, the researchers conclude, musical accomplishment is determined in large part by “a host of other genetically influenced factors, such as musical aptitude or basic abilities.”
Jason Tate on 07/08/14 - 11:07 AM
A Skylit Drive have released an acoustic version of "Rise" -- it's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 07/03/14 - 10:48 AM
An acoustic performance of "Fences" by Knuckle Puck can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 07/02/14 - 11:59 AM
To help cover the expenses for their upcoming UK tour, Diamond Youth have released a new acoustic EP titled UK OK on Bandcamp. It's only available for a limited time.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/04/14 - 05:56 AM
Our Last Night have released an acoustic video of "Same Old War" -- it's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 11:33 AM
Watch Redlight King's acoustic video for "Times Are Hard" in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 05/31/14 - 09:15 AM
Head to the replies to watch Real Friends perform "Loose Ends" acoustically.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/30/14 - 11:16 AM
Pentimento frontman Jeremiah Pauly covered Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle." Head to the replies to check it out.
Keagan Ilvonen on 05/14/14 - 08:53 AM
Hit the replies to watch Mike Mains & The Branches' acoustic video for "By My Side."
Ryan Gardner on 05/03/14 - 08:31 AM
Jump to the replies to watch Neck Deep cover Damien Rice's "Coconut Skin."
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/03/14 - 09:07 PM
Owen Pallett is not deterred from one of our readers saying he got it "outright wrong" in his analysis of Katy Perry. This time he has taken a look at Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
There’s a delicious middle finger extended here, beyond the fact that the four-chord loop never alters: Pharrell’s vocal performances, and Nile’s guitar parts, are photocopied. The pre-choruses, the choruses, they are exactly identical, copy-pasted in GarageBand. It’s not even evident that Daft Punk asked its guests to do complete takes. This isn’t innovative, but it is egregious, a punkish move, sending a clear message: “This Is Pop, Where Repetition Is King, And Our Time Is More Valuable Than Yours.”
Jason Tate on 03/28/14 - 11:39 AM
Owen Pallett has attempted to use music theory to explain the genius of Katy Perry.
Let’s start by talking about the ingenuity of the harmonic content. This song is all about suspension—not in the voice-leading 4–3 sense, but in the emotional sense, which listeners often associate with “exhilaration,” being on the road, being on a roller coaster, travel. This sense of suspension is created simply, by denying the listener any I chords. There is not a single I chord in the song. Laymen, the I chord (“one chord”) is the chord that the key is in. That is, the song is in G but there are no G-chords. Other examples of this, in hit singles: Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Stardust’s “Music Sounds...
Jason Tate on 03/25/14 - 04:09 PM
Jump to the replies to watch The Hotelier performing "In Framing" and "Housebroken" acoustically.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 09:56 PM
Head to the replies to check out We Are The In Crowd performing their single, "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)" acoustically for Glamour Kills.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/05/14 - 10:13 PM
Tom Junod, writing for Esquire, pens a great piece on the mysteries and career of Bob Dylan:
It's quite a trick. Dylan's public career began at the dawn of the age of total disclosure and has continued into the dawn of the age of total surveillance; he has ended up protecting his privacy at a time when privacy itself is up for grabs. But his claim to privacy is compelling precisely because it's no less enigmatic and paradoxical than any other claim he's made over the years. Yes, it's important to him—"of the utmost importance, of paramount importance," says his friend Ronee Blakley, the Nashville star who sang with Dylan on his Rolling Thunder tour. And yes, the importance of his privacy...
Jason Tate on 01/23/14 - 10:29 AM
Mansions' "Audiotree Sessions" are now up.

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Jason Tate on 01/23/14 - 10:03 AM
I received this message this morning: "I've been writing for 10 years. I work a shitty job to try and pay for a record I'm about to make and can't afford. Please help me with a post, or anything, I just want to be heard. - Steve Van Tine" -- and maybe it's because I'm riding a caffeine high and feeling sentimental -- but it worked. Here you go Steve, check the replies for the video of "You're Not Bob Dylan."
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 12:15 PM
Watch From Indian Lakes perform an acoustic version of new song "Late In The Night" in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 12/19/13 - 09:55 AM
Watch NGHBRS perform an acoustic version of "Hold Up Girl" through a noisy crowd in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 11/18/13 - 09:13 AM
Watch Back Pocket Memory perform an acoustic cover of Defeater's "I Don't Mind" in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 11/11/13 - 05:41 PM
This week’s Punks in Vegas Stripped Down Session features A Loss For Words. It was filmed at the Eagle Aerie Hall is Henderson, NV, and the band performs two songs - “Distance” and ”Pirouette.”
Ryan Gardner on 10/30/13 - 12:11 PM
Unite The Scene recently filmed an acoustic session of Jerry from Pentimento playing "Any Minute Now." Watch it in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 10/29/13 - 10:07 AM
Head to the replies to watch Drew and Lucas from On My Honor with Nick from Far From Proper covering The Movielife's "Hey" acoustically.
Alex DiVincenzo on 10/07/13 - 12:39 PM
Watch RadioDriveBy's new live/acoustic session for the band's latest single "Go All Night" in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 09/25/13 - 09:01 PM
Watch Conditions play an acoustic version of "Open Eyes" in the replies. The band is on tour with You Me At Six, and those dates are in the replies as well.
Ryan Gardner on 09/13/13 - 03:45 PM
Warner Bros. Records' Echosmith stripped down their single "Cool Kids" for Guitar Center.
Christian Wagner on 08/30/13 - 08:31 AM
Listen to the new Daytrotter from recent Fugitive Records signee Campfire Ok.
Christian Wagner on 08/20/13 - 12:37 PM
Watch From Indian Lakes perform "Anything" acoustic over on Buzznet.
Jack Appleby on 08/19/13 - 10:23 AM
Watch From Indian Lakes perform "We Are Sick" acoustically for Buzznet.
Jack Appleby on 08/16/13 - 12:02 PM
Light Years is the latest band to appear on the Punks in Vegas Stripped Down Sessions. Hit the replies to watch vocalist Pat Kennedy perform an acoustic version of "Uphill Battles" outside the Eagle Hall in Henderson, Nevada.
Ryan Gardner on 08/15/13 - 08:15 AM
Hoodie Allen recorded his track "Two Lips" acoustic. You can listen to it in the replies.
Christian Wagner on 08/06/13 - 01:15 PM
Watch Tides Of Man perform an acoustic version of a new song entitled "Seven" in the replies. Seven days left on their IndieGoGo campaign.
Jack Appleby on 08/03/13 - 01:36 PM
Watch another Tunnel Visuals session with From Indian Lakes in the replies - this one's for "My Mouth, My Lips."
Jack Appleby on 07/29/13 - 04:36 PM
You can download Move Out West's new acoustic EP, goodnight noise, for free on Bandcamp. Last week we premiered the EP's opening track, "dare to be alone."
Ryan Gardner on 07/29/13 - 01:58 PM
Crystalyne have a new piano/acoustic cover of Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" - check it in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 07/21/13 - 04:26 PM
Watch an acoustic session of From Indian Lakes' "I Don't Know" in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 07/15/13 - 09:48 AM
Watch an acoustic session with Adventures in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/13 - 07:50 AM
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