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Vid O’ the Week – FKA Twigs

Tahliah Barnett was born in rural Gloucestershire. You know, one of those counties of Britain that truly feels like the middle of nowhere. When she was 17, she moved to the big bright lights of London to pursue her desires of becoming a professional dancer. Like thousands before her, her first meeting with various new forms of art and creation came with the exposure to a bustling, culturally diverse, cosmopolitan city.After a string of background appearances dancing...
 
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SEO Tips For Musicians and Bands

Take a breath. It’s not the end of the world. You typed in your band or artist name into Google or Bing . . . and nothing. Your band’s not there. Or maybe your band did come up, but at the very bottom of the page. Or even worse, you showed up on the 2nd or 3rd page of search results (AKA no man’s land). Well, don’t panic. We can get through this together. Search rankings are not set in stone. In fact, they are fluid. You may rank in the 20th spot one day, and 7th the next. You’ll probably see ...
 
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10 Great Grunge Bands

Grunge bloomed from the mid-to-late ‘80s Seattle music scene with fuzzy, distorted electric guitars, angst-y vocals and a general rebellion against the establishment. After the mainstream breakthrough of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991, the genre became the most popular style of rock music in the ‘90s. Grunge is still in the spotlight today, with many of those classic lineups touring and releasing new music. Songs such as “Black Hole Sun,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and...
 
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Jack White’s Blues

Guitarist and all-around musician / producer / songwriter Jack White is responsible for shining a light on old delta blues masters that had long been forgotten by the general public. His band The White Stripes covered songs by the likes of Robert Johnson, Son House, and Blind Willie McTell, as well as Captain Beefheart who represent the second generation of experimental blues acts. What’s so great about White’s cover songs is that they don’t ...
 
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Playing an Open Mic

You want to be a performer. Your friends and family have told you that you have talent. Maybe even someone who is already out there playing their music has encouraged you to pursue this. You’ve been practicing your singing, polishing up your original songs, or carefully choosing the best tunes to cover. You’ve been diligently honing your skills as an instrumentalist. You’ve even been rehearsing in front of a mirror. But where do you start? Where are you going to play when you...
 
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Alter Bridge at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

The Tabernacle in Atlanta was once again home to a sold-out crowd as the hard rock band Alter Bridge delivered a powerful and enthusiastic performance. Hailing from Detroit, the quartet formed a decade ago when guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips reunited with bassist Brian Marshall from their former band. Fans of Myles Kennedy’s vocals, they asked him to join their band as the lead singer, and Alter Bridge was born. Over the years, the future of the band...
 
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Vid O’ the Week – Tom Lark

Tom Lark is back, this time with the live clip to his banging Dole-life anthem, Go Get A Job, recorded live at Roundhead Studios in Auckland for bFM. “This song is about apathy, and being unemployed, and enjoying the liberties of being unemployed but ultimately being frustrated because you don’t have any money”. True words from New Zealand’s Tom Lark. This is his SECOND Vid O’ the Week on Happy, cos he’s just that good...
 
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Slowpen: Eric Clapton’s Songwriting

Most of us would be content playing guitar as well as Eric Clapton during his Cream years. But Clapton was yearning for more as an artist. He left Cream in search of his creative destiny, and while he failed to find it in Blind Faith, he felt the right path beneath his feet when he struck up a friendship with Mississippi native Delaney Bramlett and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Bramlett loved Clapton’s playing, of course, but encouraged ...
 
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Do Led Zeppelin Matter in 2014?

Led Zeppelin start a thorough reissue program of releases in June 2014 with remastered discs on multiple formats ofLed Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. All other original Led Zeppelin albums will eventually get the same style of expanded releases. But does it matter? Do you care? For debate’s sake here’s some Yes and No arguments. Please join in. YES! 2014 Led Zeppelin matters! 1. A legendary rock band such as Led Zeppelin still...
 
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David Crosby In Concert at the Troubadour

David Crosby scored all kinds of high points just for walking out on the stage at the legendary Troubadour on April 13. Back in February, he postponed his previously-scheduled shows at the West Hollywood landmark to undergo emergency heart surgery, but here he was a mere two months later performing a full-length concert that didn't cut any corners. Indeed, the 72-year-old singer has had a number of well-publicized health scares in the past including...
 
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Five Good Reasons to Record ALL Your Playing

In today’s ultra-busy world, time to do what we all love — play guitar — is at a premium. Working musicians are on the road or in the studio playing gigs, or on the phone or computer scheduling more gigs. And for working Janes and Joes who play — even musical weekend warriors (and I use that term with respect, because if you rock, you rock) — the pressures of balancing a day job and personal life with any semblance of time for music...
 
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Vid ‘O The Week – Rainbow Chan – Fruit

Rainbow Chan’s latest single Fruit is her strongest vocal performance to date, and also our pick of Vid ‘O The Week. This is the second time Sydney’s own art-pop darling and Australia’s very own answer to the enigmatic Annie Clark (aka St Vincent) Rainbow Chan has graced Happy’s motion picture pick of the week. The three and a half minute produce section love story accompanies the bonus track Fruit from her stunning Long Vacation EP, which has...
 
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Money and Music Sales – A Quick Tour of Current Web Stories

Here’s a roundup of news items related to music sales, music discovery, and crowdfunding from around the web. For cellist Zoë Keating, album sales beat streaming music for revenue. Trying to quantify the benefits of streaming services as an independent artist can be difficult, and exposure vs. revenue is certainly part of the equation you need to consider. For cellist Zoë Keating, known for her use of technology and a DIY approach to her...
 
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6 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Website

It’s that time of year, when we take time to clear out closets, dispose of mismatched socks, reorganize the basement, mow the yard, and take inventory of things that could use a little sprucing up. Your website is no exception. The web changes at lightening speeds. An outdated design or website can have the same effect on a web visitor that no-running-water and broken windows have on a potential guest.. If you don’t give your website ...
 
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How Emotional Connections Are the Backbone of Every Fan Tribe

Social media creates the appearance that each of your fans holds the same weight, be it one ‘like’, one ‘follow’, or one ‘friend’. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your fans are all different. The fact is that you will run into a wide range of fans; some of whom are passively connected to you online but may not have actually heard you, meanwhile others will be dedicated super fans who actively evangelize your music to others. Of course, most of your fans will fall somewhere...
 
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