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Jayhawks Rock The West Coast With Six-Date Tour

Roots-and-country-rock outfit the Jayhawks wrapped up a short six-date West Coast tour with a memorable 25-song concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Jan. 12. The series of dates that included the stop in Orange County, CA was not simply a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group’s founding, but was the Minneapolis-born troupe’s chance...
 
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Rock 'n' Roll 'Reads' Shed Light on Icons

Music fans looking to get a a closer look at Billy Idol, AC/DC, Robert Plant and a slew of progressive rock heroes should check out new titles on shelves now. Title: Dancing With Myself. Author: Billy Idol. Publisher: Touchstone. Tell me more: In his new tell-all, first-person account of his life and career, rocker Billy Idol pulls no punches. An autobiography...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Running Young – Out of Time

As a witness to all the devastation, what if you had the words but couldn’t speak – traumatised by the horrendous catastrophe that damaged you both physically and mentally. What if you didn’t have the words and didn’t want to speak – fearful of the impending reality of loneliness where you may never hear the response you were looking for by the one that ...
 
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Three Things To Do Before Your Meeting With A Music Publisher

For songwriters early on in their careers, getting a face to face meeting with a music publisher can represent the first major step towards connecting with the music industry. Not knowing how to prepare for a meeting like this can create genuine anxiety. To help you avoid this, I’m going to suggest a few things you can do to present yourself as a...
 
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Willie Nelson Continues to Conjure Up Magic in Anaheim

No living country music performer has thrilled audiences at such creative heights for as long as Willie Nelson. Now 81, the legendary Texan and his five-member troupe performed a fast-paced and never-less-than-thrilling 75-minute concert at City National Grove of Anaheim in Southern California on Jan. 6, 2015. The night saw Nelson perform two dozen...
 
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Three Helpful Hints for Pitching Songs to Film and TV

There are many ways to seek information and advice about licensing songs form film & TV. Books, blogs and websites filled with tips and tricks abound and it can be difficult determining how appropriate and accurate the information actually is. One of the best ways to get pertinent advice is to find out what successful music supervisors are currently saying. Though they...
 
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A Guide to Getting Gigs - How to Promote Your Shows

This post is all about what you should think about and do once your show dates have been confirmed. Take care of logistics, transportation, and accommodations. This is kind of a no-brainer, but make sure to take care of the bureaucratic things if you are performing abroad. Are you set to perform in a country and you require a visa? Sort that out as soon...
 
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5 Tips for Playing Like Duane Allman

Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 20, 1946 — 68 years ago. And although he was lost in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971, his legacy lives on in the Allman Brothers’ classic first three albums, Derek and the Dominos Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, and the many recordings he made as a session player...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Airling – Wasted Pilots

Can you hear that? The true sound of summer… people whinging about how the scorching heat is stopping them from enjoying the most out of their much deserved break (uni kids that is). It seems that every effort to survive this heat only acts as a temporary fix, with our decisions actually causing us some regrets...
 
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Four Useful Ways To Make Your Original Songs Original

A career in songwriting is a long road where the actual big payoff moments - if you’re fortunate enough to have some - are few and far between for even the most successful writers. This is all the more reason to take the time and challenge yourself to find what’s unique about your own songwriting. The more original your songs are the greater the likelihood ...
 
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Three Good Reasons Songwriters Should Love Their Songs

In order to suffer the slings and arrows which are an inevitable part of trying to generate income from your songs, it’s a good idea to love them first. I’m talking about a very specific kind of love here. What I’m not talking about is the kind of desperate, dysfunctional love where your song is so dear to you that you’re crushed if someone doesn’t love...
 
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BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy to build a bigger business model for itself, and the musicians, filmmakers and others whose content gets distributed on its network. It is opening its paygate-based...
 
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3 Ways To Drive Ticket Sales For Your Show

Oftentimes people don’t understand the importance of pre-sales. In fact, if a fan doesn’t think a particular show will sell out, they usually don’t feel the need to buy advance tickets even if theydo intend on coming. But pre-sales are important because they…
 
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Gary Hoey - Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour

Fans of virtuoso electric guitar and holiday music both had reason to celebrate at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Dec. 19, 2014. Gary Hoey brought his 19th annual Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour to the venerable and brightly-decorated concert venue, delivering a fun-filled night filled with sterling versions of Christmas classics...
 
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Are You Playing The Right Guitar?

Guitars come in more shapes and sizes than a casual observer might think. There’s lots of variation in the width and depth of a guitar's body . The neck may be narrow or wide, with a deep or shallow curve (guitar builders talk about “C” and “D” profile necks). To make things more complicated , you need to take the size and proportion of your fingers, hands, and...
 
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