Linq Sings for Eagles: The Eagle Reserve Conservation Area is a 139-acre mix of woods, wetlands, and open water that is one of the North Quabbin's most breathtaking unprotected areas. Located in Royalston, MA, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust now owns the property after working with the Town and with community members to protect the land permanently. Home to nesting Eagles, the reserve will be open to the public and will serve as a unique natural classroom to support science education at the nearby Royalston School. Linq was asked to write a song about the Eagle Reserve, and it will be available at CDBaby in November 2016.
Award-winning American radio broadcaster Bob Sherman, host of the popular radio folk program “Woody’s Children,” is airing two of Linq’s songs on Sunday, March 1, 2015. It airs on WFUV in New York between 4 and 5 pm, streams live, and usually is archived for a couple of weeks at wfuv.org.
OUTmusic Awards: LINQ IS NOMINATED!
Linq is one of five nominees for an award in the 9th OUTmusic Awards for “Seneca Falls to Selma” in the Best Folk/Country Song category along with Antigone Rising, Run Jenny, Dan Paul and Karmen Buttler. The OUTmusic Awards will be presented at Townhall Theater NYC on Monday, January 19th. The hosts for the evening are Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) and Sir Ari Gold. More information about the event, honorees and nominees can be found at:
rocketed to the top of the charts at OutVoice in July 2014. It’s Number One on the OutVoice Top Twenty CD Chart, and title track “Disconnect” is Number One on the OutVoice Top Ten Song Chart for the same time period. LIFE GOES ON had a solid presence there for a long time (and FAST MOVING DREAM before that), and I’m is most grateful for the loyalty of my LGBT fans, friends and allies. Thank you all, Linq
spent some time in the Top 50 Folk Chart in the Roots Music Report and in the Top Ten in the MASSACHUSETTS: Roots Radio Airplay Chart in January and February 2014, and “Seneca Falls to Selma” even jumped into the #14 slot in the Weekly Top 50 Folk Song Chart for a week. http://www.rootsmusicreport.com
received a nice CD review from Len Rogers of StoneWall Society.
Len and Linq also had a nice on-air chat on Rainbow World Radio. The interview (including some of the songs from the album) and review are both available at http://www.rainbowworldradio.com
“Seneca Falls to Selma” from DISCONNECT was featured on JD Doyle’s OutRadio for November. This popular LGBT show has listeners from around the world. Linq is one of the featured artists in Part 2. Listen here http://www.queermusicheritage.us/outnov13.html or read his commentary at “Click for Script & Artist Gallery.”
DISCONNECT is getting some good airplay in Linq’s home state according to the Roots Music Report weekly charts. The album has moved into the top ten in the MASSACHUSETTS: Roots Radio Airplay Chart, ranked Number 8 for the week of December 07, 2013.
RightOut TV just published a nice full-page interview of Linq in support of her new release DISCONNECT.
Folk singer Linq releases her sixth CD Disconnect
It’s easy to see why modern protest singer Linq was voted OUTstanding OUTmusican in 2011 at the 7th OUTmusic Awards if you listen to her wonderful CD, Disconnect. With threads of connection and disconnection ghosting throughout, the eleven song disc features her trademark original political folk as well as a fitting Tom Petty cover. The songs feature her very capable band, with June Millington on guitar and more, Lee Madeloni on drums, bass and more; plus others on bass and percussion. Linq plays acoustic guitar and sings on these satisfying songs, from the title cut, about how too many of us can’t tear ourselves away from modern technology, to the biting “Oh Bully,” a tragic story of a youngster who took his life. Released on October 15, 2013, it will be available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other sites.
The poignant “Oh Bully” is based on the true story of an eleven year old “beautiful boy with an easy smile." In the chorus, Linq sings, “Oh bully what have you done / Said you and your gang were just having fun.” Each time those words come around, it becomes more poignant, ending with the boy’s funeral and the bullying gang having to live with the ghost they created. “Seneca Falls to Selma” is a thoughtful ballad about civil rights that draws from three important events in U.S. history. It’s one of those songs that leave the listener feeling stronger and ready to carry on with whatever work they’re doing. In “Patriarch (Apron Strings),” a smart woman gets bad advice from a man – a universal theme that could be applied to all women. Linq sings about class in “Pillow,” where an overheard conversation in an upscale hotel leaves her wondering about the refugee in a tent village who would treasure any pillow on any bed. The Tom Petty piece, “Two Gunslingers,” fits in well with Linq’s original songs, painting a vivid portrait of two fighters who decide to take control of their lives. There’s a classic rock feel in “Living on the Edge of Disaster,” about dwelling in the shadow of a nuclear reactor. Linq takes a more personal turn in “Whatever Happened,” musing about a lost relationship and making the hard realization that it was time to move on. In “Lady of the Night,” she sings compassionately about a prostitute who hopes that one of the men will “… make this wilted flower his own." June Millington`s electric guitar adds stabs of emotion. The last song, "Dusky Mellow," is a dreamy instrumental, perfect to end this many-flavored disc.
Linq is a former pharmacist who saw Led Zeppelin on their first US tour and loves Joan Baez. She`s not a wide-eyed hippie in tie-dye cooing about love and daisies, though. Earlier recordings contain songs about the health care industry, queer diversity, war and other topics important to so many. Linq performs around New England and at selected gigs outside the region. She’s been the featured artist on several sites including Indiegrrl, Gay Guitarists Worldwide, GoGirlsMusic and more.
Linq firmly believes that music is the most effective tool we have to bring people together, whether it`s the tragic tale of a sweet young man or a more personal contemplation of a lost relationship. It`s all here on her excellent new CD, Disconnect.
Linq was recently the featured performer on a television show called The Song. Show host Mary Wheelan focuses on original songs and the songwriting process.
Here’s the link: http://www.fcat.tv/index.php/vod
Click on The Song and then on the episode Linq.
LIFE GOES ON has landed in the Number 2 position on the OutVoice Top 20 CDs of 2012. The monthly and yearly charts can be viewed at www.OutVoice.net, and the songs are aired on Rainbow World Radio. OutVoice is the oldest and only active GLBT Musicians CD ranking system. It has been online since 1996.
“Route 32 Blues” from LIFE GOES ON was aired on Car Talk on November 3rd on Episode #1244: Grandma Is Peeling Rubber. This syndicated show with hosts Click and Clack is aired on NPR radio stations across the country and has four million listeners a week.
OK, so here’s the scoop! Linq is a contender for Best Song So Far (a songwriter award) in the Canadian-based 2012 RightOutTV 2012 Music and Video Awards. A panel of almost 30 judges with various connections in the music industry is currently reviewing all the entries with no outside voting permitted.
However… there is a Fan Fave Award! And here’s where you come in. If you’d like to support Linq as your FAVORITE ARTIST of all the contenders being considered, you can go to the link below and vote for her. Only one vote is allowed, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three prize CD packages.
Voting closes on October 17th.
~ The LinqMusic Team
"Don’t You Understand (Acoustic)" re-recorded and released last year on CAUGHT IN THE ACT ACOUSTIC was the “Protest Song of the Day” featured on September 27th on FireDogLake’s The Dissenter. The blog recognizes the power of protest music and acknowledges its role in keeping dissent alive by posting a protest song and accompanying write-up five days a week. http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/09/27/protest-song-of-the-day-dont-you-understand-by-linq
Exciting News! Under the Radar is a glossy American magazine with a readership of more than 185,000 that’s released four times a year and features opinion and commentary on the Indie music scene as well as reviews on books, DVDs and albums. Every four years they put together a special Protest Issue featuring politically-themed articles and photos of bands holding self-made protest signs. It has become their most popular issue. The acoustic version of “Don’t You Understand” from my 2011 release CAUGHT IN THE ACT ACOUSTIC will be included on the digital sampler of this year’s Protest Issue (#42), available in mid-August! www.UnderTheRadarMag.com
OutVoice (www.outvoice.net) is the home of the oldest and only active GLBT Musicians CD ranking system. It’s organized and tracked by Len Rogers of Roanoke, VA, and it has been online since 1996.
Linq’s CD LIFE GOES ON has just been ranked #2 on the OutVoice Top 20 CD’s of 2011 Top Twenty CD Chart, and her single “Oh Bully” is ranked #4 on the OutVoice 2011 Top Ten Song Chart. The countdown shows of these charts can be heard on Rainbow World Radio. (www.rainbowworldradio.com)
LIFE GOES ON continued to hold the Number One slot on the OutVoice Top Twenty CD chart for the month of November. “Oh Bully” stayed strong at the Number Six position on the OutVoice November 2011 Top Ten Song Chart.
Each month GoGirlsMusic.com features an artist or band from its community, asking a series of questions. GoGirl Madalyn Sklar interviewed Linq for the November issue, and the article can be read here: http://www.madalynsklar.com/2011/11/05/gogirls-interview-with-linq/
Linq had the pleasure of meeting The Gay Gourmet Michael Munoz at the OutMusic Awards Show in NYC in May. He’s an absolute sweetie! He’s also a food-loving blogger, and he recently posted his latest fabulous entry featuring the highlights of a phone conversation they shared. http://www.hesthegaygourmet.com/2011/11/linq-to-my-heart.html
Thanks to an opportunity presented through Linq’s Songsalive! (www.songsalive.org) membership, she’s been chosen as one of the artists to be depicted on the cover of the next edition of the Indie Bible (www.indiebible.com), a great source of information for independent musicians. And kudos to her friend, graphic design artist, and photographer Lisa Hoag (www.lisahoag.com) for capturing the shot that made the grade.
Linq did a nice interview last year on The Tenth Voice, a weekly show on KKFI 90.1FM in Kansas City, MO, with host Tom Edmondson. His artist interviews are now available as podcasts on SoundCloud if you’d like to check them out at your convenience. http://soundcloud.com/tom-edmondson
“Oh Bully” is one of the five nominees in the 2011 RightOut TV AWARDS in the Best Folk/Roots/Jazz Video (DIY) category.
Linq’s single “Oh Bully” reached the coveted #1 position on the OutVoice July 2011 Top Ten Song Chart, and her CD LIFE GOES ON was #7 on the OutVoice July 2011 Top Twenty CD Chart.
Linq's Latest CD, Caught in the Act Acoustic is being manufactured as you’re reading this, and the projected release date is October 3rd, 2011. This up-close-and-personal, live solo acoustic project features mostly previously-released songs along with a couple of new ones. Percussionist Lee Madeloni joins Linq on about half of the tracks. It’s quite a departure from her previous albums, and more closely represents the vibe of her solo shows.
2011 We R Indie / Indiegrrl International Music Festival and Conference, Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park & Convention Center, Knoxville, TN.
Linq has been selected as one of eighteen finalists in a Songwriter Showdown and will compete on Thursday, August 18th in front of six music industry judges from Nashville, Knoxville, and more. If she makes the top five, she’ll compete again on Saturday, August 20th.
Linq is also a featured artist on the main Indiegrrl Stage that Saturday evening. These events are open to the public, so if you’re in the area, please come on over and take your pick from two stages of selected performers from around the world. Details are available here: http://www.werindie.org/conference.html
Linq's interview with Mike Sargent on Niteshiftz aired on WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City shortly after midnight on Monday, July 12th, and is now available on podcast if you’d like to listen:
Her interview starts off with the airing of “Oh Bully” about 14 minutes into the program. The remainder of the show centers around the topic of bullying, including some interesting commentary from live phone calls with listeners.
Radio Crystal Blue: Dan Herman’s long-running internet radio/podcast program focuses on indie songwriters and bands currently touring and making news. “On My Own Again” from Fast Moving Dream (2006) was one of the songs featured on his show on July 10th. His unique and eclectic program runs for more than four hours. You can listen at your convenience in multiple formats:
(1) FeedPlayer: http://sites.google.com/site/radiocrystalblue
(2) Podcast: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu
(3) mp3: http://radiocry.ipower.com/RCBlive071011.mp3
(4) RSS: www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss
Linq’s single “Oh Bully” rocketed to #6 on the OutVoice May 2011 Top Ten Song Chart, and her CD LIFE GOES ON was #5 on the OutVoice May 2011 Top Twenty CD Chart.
Linq won the OUTstanding OUTmusician Award at the 7th Annual 2011 OUTmusic Awards in New York City - for her newest release, "Oh Bully" - an urgent response to the recent and tragic school bullying suicides.
Photos from the 7th Annual 2011 OutMusic Awards Show are now available to view at www.linqmusic.com/awards if you’d like to see them.
“Oh Bully” is in rotation during the Feb/March edition of Skope Magazine’s online radio show. http://www.skopemag.com/radio.html
Life Goes On: Radio Crystal Blue aired “Life Goes On Part 2” on the January 16th show. Many thanks to show host Dan Herman for his ongoing support of Linq’s music. www.radiocrystalblue.com
LINQ’s “Diversity Dance” video was in regular rotation for the month of December on Right Out TV, Canada’s 24/7 music video channel showcasing Out artists. www.livestream.com/rightouttv
“Oh Bully” was one of the songs featured on Pride Showcase End of Year Special Best of 2010 on QNation FM
OutRadio for January 2011-Best of 2010 Show is a special edition hosted by JD Doyle. Part 1 features his picks for best albums of the year, and Part 2 is for best singles. “Oh Bully” is included as one of the best singles. The show can be streamed or downloaded anytime at www.queermusicheritage.com/outjan11.html
The It Gets Better Project has touched the world with its goal to help LGBT youth see hope in their futures, and JD Doyle salutes the project and documents the musical efforts addressing the topic of anti-gay bullying and teen suicide on OutRadio November 2010 – The Music of the Movement. Linq’s tune "Oh Bully" is included in Part 1. The show is archived and can be heard at: www.queermusicheritage.com.outnov10.html
Linq was spotlighted in November on the popular webzine Voices To Hear. Check it out: www.avoicetohear.com/2010/11/spotlight-linq.html
She was also invited to join the non-profit music service eFolkMusic.org:
Linq Interviewed: Linq returned to the airwaves for an interview with Merry Gangemi on WGDR 91.1FM in Plainfield, VT, on Thursday, October 28th. Merry hosts Woman-Stirred Radio, a weekly show that features interviews with GLBTQ writers, poets, musicians, and artists. www.wgdr.org http://www.wgdr.org
The Tenth Voice, a weekly show on KKFI 90.1FM in Kansas City, MO, featured an interview with Linq by host Tom Edmondson on Saturday, October 30th. www.kkfi.org
Oh Bully: Linq filmed video footage for the Oh Bully video on Columbus Day weekend. Matt Bucy from White River Junction, VT, was the cinematographer, and Chris Dawes from Brooklyn, NY, contributed additional footage and is editing and co-producing. This happens to be National Bullying Prevention Month. With four teen suicides due to bullying in the news last month, the need for heightened public awareness and education on this issue is urgent.
Linq was one of the featured artists on the September 2010 Out Radio show hosted by JD Doyle. Doyle interviewed Linq and played seven of her songs. Listen by clicking on Part 2 at the top of the page at http://www.queermusicheritage.com/outsep10.html
The International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) has verified that “Money Today”, from RX and the SIDE EFFECTS, is eligible for certification as an International ‘Top 100’ based on its #75 position on August 14, 2010 one of the charts monitored by IAIRA. www.iaira.com
Just back from Indiegrrl Conference 2010: Knoxville was lots of fun! Linq got Life Goes On placed for airplay with a folk DJ on WDVX, one of Knoxville’s premier radio stations. www.wdvx.com She made lots of new friends and some great new contacts in the music industry.
Linq was caught on video playing guitar for Anna Gutmanis at the Indiegrrl Open Mic on the main stage at the Knoxville Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park and Conference Center. Those of you who are on Facebook and would like to see the clip can view it by clicking HERE.
Linq was one of the featured artists on the GoGirls Music Radio Hour that aired live on April 26th on USTREAM TV. GoGirls promotes women in music “cuz chicks rock”! Check them out at http://www.gogirlsmusic.com. If you’d like to watch the show, it’s archived at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6465884
It’s official… Linq has just been named Musical Artist of 2009 in the Pride in the Arts Music Awards. www.prideinthearts.com. Thanks to everyone for your great support!
Linq has just been added to the Hot New Artist page at Audiosparx! http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/artist/list.cfm This internationally known music library provides quality music and sound effect tracks to the global audio community.
“Change the Picture” by Linq has been selected for the 2010 Indiegrrl Compilation CD! Every year Indiegrrl Women in the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces a CD that is used to promote the organization and events. It features some of the top indie women in music, comedy and spoken word. It’s mailed out to radio stations and other media outlets and given away for other promotional purposes. When released, it will also be available to purchase at www.indiegrrl.com.
Linq’s new song “Oh Bully” is in the final mixing stages at the Institute for the Musical Arts www.ima.org. The timing is perfect with the anti-bullying bill working its way through the MA legislature and indictments in progress on nine youths involved in the recent bullycide of a South Hadley, MA, teenager. The possibility of a video is being explored on this one.
Linq continues to get airplay on a regular basis. Recent shows include www.netteradio.com, www.prideshowcase.com, and www.leafpileradio.com.
Linq is one of the featured artists on the new Kweevak Music Magazine podcast #122. If you’d like to listen to the show, it’s at:
“Diversity Dance” from Life Goes On was one of the songs featured on the Special Best of 2009 Show on the December 28, 2009 edition of Pride Showcase on QNation FM.
WomensRadio, home of the finest Independent Female Musicians, is playing “Gun In Hand” from RX and the SIDE EFFECTS in regular rotation through the end of 2009. Listen at:
The 2009 OUTMusic Awards (OMA) Nominees were announced on October 28, 2009, and Linq is one of the five finalists for OUTMUSICIAN OF THE YEAR (Music + Activism) with “Change the Picture.” www.outmusic.com
Rx and the Side Effects spent 5 weeks in the Roots Music Report Top 50 Folk, peaking at #23 for the week ending September 25th. The RMR also tracks airplay by state (all genres combined), and Rx and the SIDE EFFECTS peaked at #4 in the MA Roots Airplay Chart for the week ending September 25th.
Nette Radio is a weekly 2-hour internet radio show dedicated to promoting unsigned/indie women musicians. It airs live on Wednesday from 6 to 8PM Pacific Time. Hosted by Annette Conlon,the September 9th program includes a CD Preview of RX and the SIDE EFFECTS.
To listen live: www.netteradio.com/listen.html
Chat online: www.netteradio.com/chat.html
Check out later: www.netteradio.com/shows.html
Mona Rodriguez recently interviewed Linq for her show “Assorted Women” that airs on Saturdays from 6:30 – 8PM on WDIY 88.1FM. This NPR station covers the Lehigh Valley in PA. www.wdiyfm.org
Prescription Chaos aired live on September 12th on Tee-M’s Unsigned Music Show on WPMD’s “Rock 50” with Mike Stark. The show can be heard as a podcast at http://wpmd.org/unsigned
RX and the SIDE EFFECTS: Linq has been interviewed by JD Doyle, who will feature RX and the SIDE EFFECTS on the September edition of Audiofile, the monthly CD review segment carried by This Way Out (www.thiswayout.org) on its 175+ stations around the world. The Audiofile site is at www.audiofile.org, and all past segments are archived at www.queermusicheritage.com/af.html.
RX and the SIDE EFFECTS is being featured on the Main Page of the Kweevak Music Magazine for the next two months as part of Issue #53.
As a former professional pharmacist turned prolific indie artist Boston's Linq offers a musical manifesto on the current hotbed societal issue of fixing the health care industry. Anyone who has been watching the debate unfold but has yet to grasp the breadth and depth of the problem and dire circumstances that often occur when patients seek medical attention in the United States - well, Rx and The Side Effects, the fourth full-length album from the modern folk rocker - is as good of a place to start as any to get a clear-eyed offering into all that has gone wrong with health care in America. By raising the clarion call on issues such as over-prescriptions, the uninsured, post-care poverty, the burden of coverage and a variety of drug related crimes - the ten songs on Linq's sixth overall release reveal an intelligent and insightful artist with a conscience who speaks out on the issues. Presented in singer-songwriter format Linq will often mix it up to include Blues, R&B and techno strains with her dominant folk delivery and the results are most effective on the anthemic "Prescription Chaos" and the rockin' "Side Effects". While Linq may not have a solution or a cure for the ills of the health care industry - she does have a diagnosis - and it doesn't look too good. Maybe a dose of these good songs from Linq are the only injection the industry needs to get itself healed once and for all.
Richard J. Lynch, Kweevak.com, August 2009
RX and the SIDE EFFECTS, Linq’s fourth full-length album, was released on August 25th, and it has already landed in the “Top 50 Folk” in the Roots Music Report for the week of August 28th. The RMR charts are compiled from radio airplay data only (# of spins). www.rootsmusicreport.com
CD RELEASE- RX AND THE SIDE EFFECTS: New England sensation Linq is back with a new CD. In Rx and The Side Effects, ex-pharmacist Linq, sings about the evils of prescription medicines on Prescription Chaos, Side Effects; an inside voice that we all might want to take note of. With a folky, fifties yet contemporary rock sound, Linq has gone where few will go.
Money Today tells a heartfelt story of money and success, and Linq has the knack of story-telling in a moving and musical way. More stories of life and its atrocities on Tired, and Simple Woman. Get a box of tissues ladies or you won’t get through this collection. And as Linq prescribes, Take two CDs and call her in the morning.
Womens Rising Music, August 2009
“Change the Picture” by Linq from CHANGE THE PICTURE, GEORGE! (also available on LIFE GOES ON) is one of the 22 Political Song nominees in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, literally the world's largest music awards with 42,000 albums and 560,000 songs received.
Just Plain Folks is a community of more than 51,500 Songwriters, Recording Artists and Music Industry Professionals — and host to the world's largest independent music awards. The organization was created to provide a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians. www.justplainfolks.org
LIFE GOES ON Review: Linq is a little bit like the love baby of Barney and Melissa Etheridge, and I really don’t mean that in a derogatory way. If Linq played an outdoor festival and if my partner and I had kids, we would be out having a picnic dancing on the grass with our cute gaybies singing along. Yes, I said gaybies. How can you not love a song called “Diversity Dance?” Hooray for gays! Hooray for bisexuals! It doubles the dating pool! After all, a little dose of cheesiness isn’t always bad, is it?
Take Glenn Danzig. He is one of the cheesiest guys ever, and he writes some of the cheesiest songs ever, and yet he is still able to make the biggest, hairiest metal heads sing along like twelve-year-old girls at a Jonas Brothers concert. The dude can rock, and part of what makes him rock is a certain element of ridiculous that also make his songs catchy. Linq has that same sort of catchiness, as well. Her songs have an addictive beat that makes them fun to listen to.
Linq and her fellow musicians are a talented crew. They obviously play their instruments with love and conviction. Don’t let the small dose of silly chase you away. Most of the songs on Life Goes On are seriously good.
As I mentioned before, Linq’s voice is a bit like Melissa Etheridge, and her music also follows the same kind of sound (with some kd Lang and maybe even a bit of Led Zeppelin in there as well, particularly on tracks like “SOS” and “Life Goes On”). It’s certainly “folk rock with a message” as her website states: Linq and her band take on everything from the Bush administration to the Patriot Act to deforestation. Frankly, I like her sound, I applaud her message(s), and I even like the slice of brie in there with it.
Review by Emily S. Dunster
August 14, 2009
Linq: Life Goes On
LinqMusic News: Linq's music was rockin' on TEE-M's UNsigned Music Show #44 on WPMD's "Rock 50" with Mike Stark on Saturday, June 6th. The 2-hour show can be heard "ON DEMAND" for about a month, and it's also available on podcast at http://wpmd.org/unsigned. The featured track was "Route 32 Blues" from LIFE GOES ON. TEE-M is a great supporter of indie artists, and he's a unique artist himself. Check him out at http://www.tee-m.com.
Pop Making Sense
by David Byrne with Tony Peregrin
The sun beautifully reflecting over the water on the cover of Linq's third album, Life Goes On, perfectly suits the set's mood. It captures the assuring serenity of the harmonies on the title track's reprise and even catches a glimpse of the potential environmental loss as heard on the opener “Where Will the Wild Ones Go.” The out musician brings up the paranoia of big brother on “George Orwell Where Are You?,” then offers a fun introduction to queer sexuality on “Diversity Dance.” This one should be incorporated into high school and collegiate sociology curricula. Linq has a knack for harmonies and captivating choruses, like on “Will You Care” and “Ode to the Butterworth Boys.” But it is the repetition of Linq singing “life goes on” throughout the reprise that I want to play on repeat for all perpetual pessimists and overreacting drama queens, so they can put life's curveballs into perspective. The Massachusetts-based Linq provides sound advice in her storytelling and makes the listener think about global consequences while harmonies melt over her folk-pop sound. http://www.wctimes.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=20857
"Irish Lass" from FAST MOVING DREAM is in the 7th epsiode of the WomensRadio Music Review Podcast, which is available here (and on iTunes).
Linq is featured artist on the Women's Rising Music home page. The site features women in the music industry who are unique and talented artists in their genre.
LIFE GOES ON is featured on the main page of Kweevak’s Featured
Artists section for March 2009, Issue #50. http://www.kweevak.com
By Jennifer Layton
Indie-Music.com, March 7, 2009
As an indie music writer, I feel seriously outclassed here. Linq has no business being on an indie site. She should be opening for Bob Dylan. Or Joni Mitchell. Janis Ian would love her too. It’s not just Linq’s talent that puts her on this level. As a protest folk singer/songwriter and activist, she somehow manages to avoid the “Everything Sucks” sub-genre that so many indie protest folkies fall into.
“Change the Picture”, the second track on this CD, is a perfect example. Linq doesn’t just protest racism and homophobia. She tries to whip up positive change. While reminding us that “nobody’s born a racist, nobody’s born a homophobe,” she suggests that we start more conversations and set better examples for kids.
She also switches gears and uses humor to diffuse a touchy subject. Take “Diversity Dance,” a song about the disadvantages to borrowing against your 401(k). Kidding. It’s about diversity, and it features great lyrics like:
You can dance if you’re straight
You can dance if you’re gay
And bisexuality is cool
It doubles the dating pool ...
See? Funny and on-target, as well as a great explanation for why my love life is so quiet. I’ve been limiting my options. Who knew?
Still, Linq provides bite when she has to, and it’s a powerful thing. The opening track, “Where Will the Wild Ones Go”, is quiet musing over the destruction of nature in order to build more shopping malls. Right away, I thought of the increase of deer in my neighborhood. The wooded areas in my part of town are being torn down to build more hotels, and suddenly deer are showing up in residential neighborhoods, attacking people in their yards. I came face to face with a doe while taking my morning walk a few months ago. I thought about that a lot during this song, which means it was only track one, and Linq was already proving how good she is.
Other standouts include “Route 32 Blues” with its great live feel. Nice to know Linq can take a break from the big social issues to notice the little things, like that thumping sound from the flat tire that’s been rolling over the past seventeen miles. “George Orwell Where Are You” is a clever, mysteriously-rapped message that will have you closing the drapes, turning off your computer, and wrapping tinfoil around your head.
My favorite is the title track. It starts with a mystical sound, like the wind over the mountains. Then, suddenly, stunningly glorious harmonies open the track. It’s a beautiful, powerful way to open the song. Picture me giving a standing ovation to vocalists June Millington, Jean Millington (they’re twins, right?), Lee Madeloni, NaiaKete, and Joy Conz. The tempo matches the ebb and flow of life, which is the point of the song.
Until the rest of the world catches on, I’ll just be grateful that Linq stopped by our little indie site. And I’ll keep this CD as proof that I knew the deal long before the majors did.
LIFE GOES ON Review:
“Our Corner of the Rock 'n' Roll Life”
New England Music Scrapbook Newsletter
Alan Lewis, Editor,
February 14, 2009 Issue 2009:314
“Life Goes On”
Back when the Vermont Guardian was still a going concern, we received
a solo album by one of THE stars of 1970s/1980s women's music, Cris
Williamson. The sentiments expressed on that disc were as I would
have expected, from reading articles and interviews. So what was most
striking was the care with which the record was made. Unfortunately,
it arrived after what would have been my deadline, and I was unable to
write up Williamson or her CD. But Williamson, by that time, was both
a veteran and a star of women's music; and she could have dashed off a
record, and fans still would have loved it. Be that as it may, it was
readily apparent that, in addition to doing her part to save the world
and expressing her views directly on a variety of topics, Williamson
placed making the best music she could on a very high priority.
“Life Goes On” by Linq is in a somewhat similar vein.
Save the world? Check.
Put my thoughts out there for all to hear? Check.
Make a great sounding CD? You bet!
Things have been more than a little ragged around here since “Life
Goes On” arrived, and I have not been able to give the record multiple
plays nor take notes. But I can say that I have suggested her Track
7, “George Orwell Where Are You”, as apropos and excellent intro/outro
music for a national radio talk show featuring one of my favorite
hosts. I'd love to see and hear it work out.
And Linq's Track 1, “Where Will the Wild Ones Go,” has an effect that
I was born to enjoy. The vocals have just the tiniest roughness to
them, bringing about what we call a “live” sound? Carl Wilson of The
Beach Boys spoke very favorably of a similar instrumental effect
creating great musical tension. Then, on “Where Will the Wild Ones
Go,” comes a fantastic Brian Wilsonian gush of harmony, which sets off
against the prior vocals wonderfully. Tension and release: one of the
greatest and most important effects of musical expression.
So while I did not yet get a chance to give this disc all the plays it
deserves, I did find a lot to like and went so far as to suggest a cut
for consideration for national airplay.
Great album. Linq fans are going to want it. ...
Do check out Linq's “Life Goes On.” I plan to do the same, with the
volume at a little higher setting next time.
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The Pride Music Playoffs Top 25 Songs for 2008 have been announced by the Duke and Megaclectic, and “Change the Picture” by Linq finished second according to win/loss record and number of votes. http://pride.musicplayoffs.com
Linq was the Featured Artist of the month at www.GoGirlsMusic.com.
Linq was interviewed live on-air on WGDR 91.1FM with host Mary Gangemi. Woman-Stirred Radio is a queer cultural journal that explores, articulates, and preserves the cultural heritage of GLBTQ artists, writers, musicians, academics, political figures, and policy-makers. www.wgdr.org
LINQ joins the California-based Rockin' Moms January 2008 podcast hosted by Tiffany Petrossi featuring Moms Who Rock. This month features an intro by Tiffany and her two kids, music by: Stacy Kray, "An Easy Peace"; Linq, "Victim of the War", and "Change The Picture"; Davina Robinson, "Making Love To Your Girlfriend"; Madeline Roa, "Another Fallen Soldier", "Kind of Girl”, and "Slave To Your Charms"; Lisa Biales, "Take Time"; and Tiffany Petrossi, "Caravan".
Listen to the podcast.
After a consistent presence on the charts at www.indieglobal.com since last summer, Linq reached the number 1 slot for the week of November 11, 2007. She also finished in fifth place for the entire month of October.
After spending five weeks on the AMERICAN IDOL UNDERGROUND charts, LINQ broke into the top 50,
landing at #43 for the week of September 24th with "Victim of the War" from her 2006 release FAST MOVING DREAM.
Kate Kulas, host/producer of Rainbow Connection – the Music Mix on KUMD in Duluth, MN, announced that LINQ was the MOST REQUESTED ARTIST of the September Listener Request Shows.
LINQ talks about her life in music in an exclusive photo-filled interview feature.
It's official! FAST MOVING DREAM (2006) has been on the Outvoice Top 40 Chart for a full year.
LIVING WITH WAR TODAY:
“George Orwell Where Are You?” from CHANGE THE PICTURE, GEORGE! (Feb 2007) is currently (Sept 6, 2007) ranked #24 on Neil Young’s Top 280 Protest Videos.
INDIEGRRL featured Linq as their August artist of the month. www.indiegrrl.com.
WXOJ 103.3FM in Northampton, MA: Linq was interviewed live on-air by host Arjuna Greist on Patchwork Majority. www.valleyfreeradio.org.
Linq was a MAIN PAGE FEATURED ARTIST in the Kweevak Music Magazine (#41) this month with her latest release, CHANGE THE PICTURE, GEORGE! www.kweevak.com
BUTTERWORTH: A Short Video Essay premiered at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, VT. The short film was produced by John Scagliotti (In the Life) and author Allen Young, and the soundtrack featured four songs from Linq’s 2004 release, JOURNEY.
Linq was voted weekly PME Diamond in the Rough. Protectomatic Music and Entertainment (Seattle, WA) placed Linq on the PME Home Page from May 21st through May 27th.
The review read:
“Linq is a heartfelt composer that digs deep into her past and the experiences of others to create powerful, meaningful and driving songs that make you move, shake and think. Linq is PME's Diamond in the rough this week.”
PME empowers artists everywhere with tailored programs designed to fit individual needs. Check them out at www.myspace.com/protectomatic.
Linq was interviewed by “Gay Spirit” show host Keith Brown on WWUH 91.3FM, a Public Alternative Radio station at the University of Hartford.
Linq was the April Spotlight Artist on Collected Sounds, a site focusing mainly on independent female musicians and singer/songwriters.
Linq’s video of “George Orwell Where Are You” was screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach, FL on March 25th as part of a short-films festival produced by the multi-talented Sandra Grace.
John Tweeton (aka Sven) interviewed Linq on Sven's World Radio.
– Linqsongs Publishing proudly announces the release of “Change the Picture, George!”, a new 2-song enhanced CD with video by Linq. CHANGE THE PICTURE, GEORGE! attacks the status quo with the sharpness of a stiletto. Linq pulls no punches as she challenges us to look at the roots of hatred and prejudice to gain insight toward a more peaceful world, and provides an Orwellian wake-up call complete with an accompanying video in CDr format that can be viewed by computer. June Millington produced the project at IMAeast and joined Linq in the accompanying video.
Rainbow Connection-The Music Mix on KUMD 103.3FM Duluth, MN. Host Kate Kulas featured Linq each Sunday from 5:30 to 6PM CST. www.kumd.org.
was featured live on a one-hour prime-time radio show with host Z Man on the ArtistFirst World Radio Network on February 20, 2007. www.artistfirst.com.
The 2006 International Narrative Song Competition (INSC) based in Ontario Canada awarded Linq's healthcare song, (Tired, Diane Lincoln USA), an Honorable Mention in the Other Human Relationships category. "Tired" is available on FAST MOVING DREAM (June 2006).
FAST MOVING DREAM was added to the Rainbow World Radio playlist in September and landed at #23 on the OutVoice 2006 Top 40 CD Chart for the entire year.
was interviewed live on WDYN Independent Radio's Featured Artist Series by host Jill Wood on Friday January 12th.
Linq was the featured artist on the half-hour Lesbian Radio show on Plains FM 96.9 in Christchurch, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
is one of the two featured artists in the November 2006 edition of Canadian-based Indieguitarists. www.indieguitarists.com
It's official! Linq is an Editor's Choice Winner in the 2006 "Kweevak.com Music Project of the Year Awards" for her JOURNEY CD as chosen by the staff and associates of the Kweevak.com website. Earlier in the year JOURNEY finished in 4th place in their 2006 "Reader's Survey".
Dan Herman of Radio Crystal Blue (Brooklyn, NY) has announced that Linq has been selected for his annual Future Stars airplay series.
"Future Stars, in essence, is a weekly series that spotlights a series of artists I deem to be above and beyond the top indie/underground artists heard on my weekly internet radio show." Dan Herman
FAST MOVING DREAM, has been selected to be on the main page of Kweevak Music Magazine #36 (Q3 2006). www.kweevak.com!
WVES 99.3FM in in Parksley, VA, did an artist spotlight on Linq on Friday, August 25, 2006.
Linq released her new CD, “Fast Moving Dream”. In “Fast Moving Dream”, LINQ tackles homophobia, healthcare, war and the importance of being true to yourself - with driving electric folk and rebellion rock!
Guest Artists include June Millington, Jami Sieber, Loren Weisman, Julie Wolf & Allison Miller.
The album was produced by June Millington.
LINQ won fourth place in the 2006 Kweevak Music Readers Survey Awards for her CD Journey!
Linq spent an hour on-air live on G-Vegas Jams with host Derek Drowne on WNYN (the eagle), Gardner's kickin' rock station. They discussed the pending release of Linq's new CD, “Fast Moving Dream”. The audience was treated to seven tracks from the new project.
Linq was selected to be featured on the main page for the new issue (#33) of the Kweevak Music Magazine (January/February 2006)!
"Don't You Understand", Linq's song about same-sex marriage, was featured in the premiere issue of "The GenderiZine of Massachusetts: The Spirit of America " in their Music Corner (page 36).
Linq participated in the candle light vigil
held on the Northampton City Hall steps on the eve of the pending anti-gay
amendment vote at the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. She played
a couple of songs to open the event and draw the crowd over. One of
the Goodridge plaintiff couples spoke, along with some legislators and
several other people. She then closed the event with her song, "Don't
You Understand", which deals specifically with the same-sex marriage
Linq joined host Derek on "Around Town with Derek
Drowne" on WGAW 1340AM Talk Radio. The hour-long weekday show covers
who’s who and what’s going on in the greater Gardner MA area.
Linq unveiled "Irish Lass", her tribute song
to her housemate, Dorothy Hayden (10/18/1947- 7/20/2004), at a first
anniversary remembrance party at her home. Dottie fought a valiant battle
with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for five years. The event was featured
in the Athol Daily News (7/9/2005) and the Greenfield Recorder (7/23/2005).
Linq appeared live on "G-Vegas Jams" on WNYN,
(99.9 the eagle), in Gardner MA, for an hour of banter and performance.
Linq joined Marcia Maglioni Flynn on the show "NNQ"
on WJDF in Orange MA for a half hour. Included was the airing of her
first healthcare song, "Tired", in addition to discussion
of the transitions happening around selling her pharmacy and opening
in Northampton, MA chose Linq as one
of the fifteen finalists in their annual singer/songwriter contest in
2004. She has also been featured on their Local Heroes segment.
Linq joined Bob Parks in the A/O TV Studio in Athol,
MA to record a half hour solo performance as part of his "Originals"
series. It has been aired on Channel 13 several times.
LINQ played some peace-oriented songs at the conclusion of "The War on Terrorism: A Historical Perspective", a talk given at A/O TV in Athol MA by noted historian and author, Howard Zinn. The event was televised on Channel 13.
Linq joined Bob Paquette on-air on Morning Edition on WFCR in Amherst MA (public radio) to discuss "War Machine", which she had released as a single in June 2003.
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