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Coachella Festival 2 Review

During Steely Dan’s set at Coachella 2 last Friday night, guitarist/singer Walter Becker said, “There’s no such thing as old fogeys music – just good music,” to loud cheers. That was a slight dig at detractors who scoffed when the veteran jazz / rock band, along with AC/DC, were first announced for the Coachella Valley Music
 

A Musician’s Guide to Merch: How to Sell More CDs and T-Shirts at Your Next Show

As the band was packing up, I brushed by and could hear the owner spouting his contorted excuses about why he couldn’t pay the guarantee. I’ve heard it all before and I’ve felt that crushing feeling of not knowing how I would make it to the next town because an owner or promoter let me down. I was glad it wasn’t me in that position that night.
 

Fundamentals Of Fingerstyle

Playing with your fingers instead of a flatpick opens up an entirely new set of sounds, no matter what style you play. Whether you pluck, strike, strum, snap, or slap the strings, your sonic possibilities increase exponentially – and there’s virtually nothing you can do with a pick that you can’t do...
 

Stagecoach Festival Preview

While the 16th edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now in the history books, the expansive Empire Polo Club in Indio is now set to host yet another legendary event. California's biggest country music event, Stagecoach, arrives in Indio, California, April 24, 25 and 26, 2015. The three-day event features a diverse lineup of...
 

5 Piano Versions of Songs that Rock

You know that magical moment when vocals meet piano and everything else in the world seems to disappear? Well, as you nurse your chocolate hangover here are five piano versions of songs that do it best*. Stripped back with nothing to hide, these versions pay homage to the beauty of keeping it simple, which is why they rock.
 

SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for April 2015

They say that "April showers bring May flowers" and the offices of SoundPress.net have been showered with an abundance of music this month. Springing forth from our speakers is a colorful and eclectic array of sounds from heavy rockers, jam band favorites, living legends and disco darlings! KC and the Sunshine Band's on-going goal...
 

Five Spring Cleaning Tips for Bands

Spring seems to have finally arrived at Prescription Towers, with sunshine making a brief appearance and bunny rabbits running rampant around the office. As such we’ve been indulging in some spring cleaning (chiefly to get rid of the rabbits) and thought that you might like to do some too. So here are five things YOU as a musician can do to clean up your act...
 

10 Reasons Why Making Music is Good for Your Brain

Turns out Mom and Dad were right. Those piano lessons you despised and those endless hours in school band practice truly were good for you. From making you smarter, to diminishing the effects of brain aging, to improving emotional stability, it seems that playing an instrument has a hand in reconfiguring your brain and enhancing it. Permanently. And let's be clear...
 

A Dozen Great Music & Songwriting Quotes

Having spent more than two decades as a songwriter and musician, I've collected some wonderfully distilled pieces of wisdom from friends and music industry luminaries. Here are a bunch of my favorites that I find myself using/referring to often. 1. "They don't call it the music 'friend' or the music 'nice.' - Kate Wallace...
 

Five Truths About Today’s Music Industry

To achieve your music career goals, you had better focus on the realities of the business of music. Here are five truths that all musicians should understand if you want to get ahead. Even in this age of information overload in which we live, falsehoods, myths, and misunderstandings about today’s music business are prevalent. Let’s make one...
 

The Power of Data for Indie Musicians

In the music industry, musicians create music in isolation and then release it to the public. They spend weeks or months writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing and mastering. After all that work and effort up front, you don’t know how well the album will perform until after the fact – after you invested all that time and money into the music. The sales data starts rolling...
 

Six Albums That Sound Nothing Like Their Covers

“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the kind of phrase you use when you’re trying to G your mate up for coming along on a double date with a hot girl who, unfortunately has a less than impressive looking friends. What is a cover for unless to give an accurate representation of what’s inside? Now, I know not all album covers can be as perfectly on brief...
 

Heart and Talent

When presented with somebody who demonstrates proficiency as a songwriter and / or performer, the first comment that everyone makes is usually "What talent!" It's a very common thing to say to an accomplished musician: "Oh what a tremendous gift you have. You have so much talent. You are so lucky. I wish I had talent like you!"
 

In Defense of the Laptop Record

Many studio veterans maintain a certain stigma against “laptop records.” By laptop records, I mean recordings that are made outside of a traditional recording studio, without a collection of expensive analog gear. They are sometimes demonized in discussions during down time in pro-level sessions, even though many of them exhibit a higher level ...
 

Why Your Band Should Be Able to Play in a Few Different Configurations

Performance adaptability helps you play more music, earn more money, and build your audience. I have a lot of friends in Austin this week for SXSW, which means my Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of live concert photos. And one thing I noticed: in a lot of these shots, the bands are playing in some...
 
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