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Music Issue 2014: Backstage Pass

A look behind the curtain at the inner workings of the local music scene

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Every profession has its secrets: a special language no one else fully understands, a code by which everyone operates, rules of thumb you learn only as you go along. Music is no different. What really goes on behind the scenes at band practice? Why do musicians sometimes leave town — and why do they sometimes return? Why do so many musicians flock to certain neighborhoods to live? And how do bands end up getting gigs in the first place? Do they have to pay for those opening slots?

This year's City Paper music issue looks to illuminate some of the secrets of the local music scene. We hope to solve some mysteries — and start some conversations about what we're doing right around here, and what we could do better.

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