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      Big Band

      We bet you didn't know that big band conductors like their players arranged in a very specific order. In fact, we bet you don't know the first thing about big band music so you'll just have to believe whatever we say. That's where this little seating...

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      Mastodon

      Metal band Mastodon mastered proggy riffs and thundering drums to on their latest, Blood Mountain (Reprise). That album's "Colony of Birchmen," which features Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, appears on the set list in Rock Band 2.

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      Pressed From Time

      Many magazines offer pictures of musicians before they were stars. We prefer to remember them when they were stars. While not as embarrassing as Gary Busey's mug shot, here is a collection of press photos from the '80s and '90s not on the Smoking Gun.

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      How To Assemble Your Own Jug Band

      STEP ONE: Obtain a jug If you plan to take your grandfather's moonshine bottle

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      Tribute Bands

      Since Rock Band allows friends to form their own living-room tribute bands, we thought we'd pay tribute to some of the originals… or, rather, some of the best who pay tribute to the originals.

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      Imaginary Band

      Everybody has a friend who is in a band—or at least a friend who claims to be in a band. Check out the following accounts of people who claim to be in totally real, serious bands.

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      Band Book Presented By Rockband 2

      Practice Space- Spirtualized- Checking levels with J. Spaceman and co.

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      Mariachi Band

      Mariachi has been the definitive representation of the revolutionary spirit and history of Mexico since its inception in the 18th Century. Originating in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico, hundreds of years ago, mariachi's popularity continues to spread across...

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      One-man Band

      Much like carny folk and other street performers, there is a good bit of mystery surrounding one-man bands. What happened to these walking spectacles of sound that they perform alone? "Many people don't know that a lot of us chose to be street...

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      Elementary School Band

      When it comes to rock groups, it usually begins in school, whether on the playground, "smoking area" behind the gym or in the band practice room. In fact we can probably place direct blame on a zealous school flute teacher for the oeuvre of Jethro Tull...

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      Wedding Band

      Being a wedding singer isn't nearly as turbulent as Adam Sandler would have you think. You get to pick the order of the songs you play, you generally perform "Rapper's Delight" yourself, and only rarely do you need to threaten to strangle a guest with...

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      Introduction

      There are so many bands these days releasing MP3s and even a few CDs that it's hard to keep up. So we've prepared this handy beacon to help you circumnavigate the world of music ensembles without even repositioning yourself in your beanbag chair. From...

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