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"Just wanted to drop a note and congratulate your reviewers on some really thoughtful and helpful music reviews. So much music criticism out there is self-important and snottily clever, but the writers on your site simply deliver well-crafted assessments of albums that they've clearly listened to closely. There's an unpretentious love for good music that I can sense on each page." Vienna Teng

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About Us: The Music Box is a daily music and entertainment magazine that was founded in 1994. Its aim is to explore the world of pop culture through critical analysis and commentary. Featuring concert, album, book, film, and DVD reviews as well as news, concert listings, interviews and feature articles, streaming audio and video, and contest giveaways, The Music Box covers a wide array of genres including indie rock, blues, jazz, jam bands, bluegrass, singer-songwriters, country, folk, and pop.

The Music Box is not the typical online publication. The Music Box's journey began as a hard copy magazine, and between 1997 and 2003, it gradually converted to an e-zine format. Since its inception, The Music Box has been widely recognized and accepted by a wide array of mainstream media outlets. The Music Box is an ad-free zone, and The Music Box has not received compensation, financial or otherwise, for the placement of anything that appears on the site. The Music Box is 100% supported by its readers. Like any newspaper or magazine, we often are provided with CDs, books, DVDs, and other materials for review. This, however, does not influence our opinion. We also pick and choose what we want to cover without any influence from outside sources. Our goal is to provide a trustworthy service to our readers. In this regard, we are as likely to offer a favorable opinion of something we did not receive as we are to offer an unfavorable opinion of something we did receive.

Articles and reviews that originally were published in The Music Box also have been featured in an array of newspapers and magazines, including the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Norman Transcript, the Florida Times-Union, the Burlington Free Press, and Country Standard Time. The Music Box also was a regular Friday feature of Christine Zoro's Up and Running on WKZE 98.1 FM, and founder John Metzger has been interviewed on CJIQ 88.3 FM in (Kitchener, Ontario). In May 2007, The Music Box began being utilized as a resource for Google News.

The Music Box has been interviewed/quoted or referenced in articles that have appeared in an array of publications including Pioneer Press / Oak Leaves, Louisville Courier-Journal, Slate, and The Wire.

Staff writers and contributors to The Music Box also have written for a variety of other publications, including the Vancouver Sun, Country Standard Time, Pure Music, Cleveland Scene, Westword, the Oklahoma Gazette, Dallas Music, and Nashville Scene.

All of the articles and reviews that have appeared in The Music Box have been checked thoroughly for factual and grammatical accuracy. Occasionally, errors are made. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we greatly appreciate all feedback and corrections.

The Music Box can be reached at:

The Music Box
P.O. Box 3911
Oak Park, IL 60303-3911

or via e-mail!

All media kits should be sent to the above address, c/o John Metzger, Editor.


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