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George A. Paul’s Best Bets for Coachella 2016

As the first music festival out of the starting block, Coachella always sets the tone for the season. Held at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. (outside of Palm Springs), the event broke ticket sales records again last year, drawing 99,000 attendees over two consecutive sold out three-day weekends. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has gained a reputation...
 
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David Gilmour Live at Air Canada Centre

Upon first glance at any artist’s set list, that contains 14 covers one might think there is ample time to grab a refreshment, hit the restroom or buy merchandise. Unless it’s David Gilmour, when cover means 14 of the most iconic songs of all time; known to nearly four generations of Pink Floyd fans. Touring in support of fourth solo album, 2015’s “Rattle That ...
 
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Elvis Costello and Larkin Poe in Concert

Elvis Costello sure wastes no time sending fans into a frenzy. On April 5, the British rock veteran opened the 2 hour, 20-minute show at Riverside's Fox Performing Arts Center with "Watching the Detectives," one of his best known tunes and first UK top 20 single in 1977. Strolling out onto the stage with an electric guitar, Costello was shrouded in darkness as he looped the eerie...
 
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Capital Coast Make It Look Easy in Their First Ever Video for Inside Times

Music videos can be a tricky thing to master. Try to make a clip with a concept too simple or transparent and you may come away with a shitty and rushed looking video. Try too hard to make a clip that gives off the vibe that you’re a super suave charmer and God forbid you may look like a Pitbull wannabe. And… if you try to tap into you inner self and share a far too deep concept that only...
 
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SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for April 2016

Spring is in the air. Daylight savings has returned in some quarters. Things are supposed to be light and airy. So, don't ask us to explain why our column this month is weighted to the heavier side of things. Judas Priest (www.judaspriest.com) are one of heavy metal's longest lasting hellions and their recent tour in support of Redeemer Of Souls was one of the most extensive...
 
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The Greatest Theme Songs in TV Part 2: 1980’s

Popular culture has romantically transformed the 80’s from a best-forgotten world of shoulder pads and hairspray into the must have retro return. But one aspect of the decade never really fell from grace. 80’s TV shows marked the real beginnings of television as we know it, shaped our childhoods and broke ground over four channels! An era that boasted not only iconic TV shows, but also...
 
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Preview

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – better known simply as “Coachella” – is coming to Indio, California over two fast-moving weekends, April 15-17 and again April 22-24, 2016. Coachellagoers from around the planet are already planning their trips to the 17th edition of an event that has once again gathered up an eclectic line-up of artists from across the musical spectrum to perform...
 
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Legendary Guitarist Reflects on Career and Hopes to Get Back Beloved Guitars

Craig Chaquico is that rare rock artist who has found success in two different bands, and subsequently as a solo artist celebrated for his work in a completely different musical genre. In the 1970s, the Sacramento, California native earned early acclaim for his work as lead guitarist with Jefferson Starship (notably on the 1975 album "Red Octopus," which...
 
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The Greatest Theme Songs in TV Part 1: 8 Songs that brought Anime to Life

A good theme songs goes a long way to making any film or television series great. The same can be said more so for anime. Japan has a vibrant culture for awesome, fist-pumping rock music, something that’s put to good use when they’re featured in the opening and closing themes for an anime series. We’re not talking about films here just to clarify. We’re talking about television shows, and...
 
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Australian DJ Tigerlily Slams the Sleaze Bags Who Posted Nudes of Her Online

Australian DJ Tigerlily has spewed hot fire on the anonymous persons who posted a new nude image of her online. Taking to her Facebook page, the musician posted a very powerful message about sexual violation and taking pride in one’s body. Tigerlily, whose real name is Dara Hayes, had a video ripped from her Snapchat which was then edited...
 
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The 25 Women in Punk Who Prove the Genre Isn’t a Sausage Fest

Does punk and heavy music culture have a problem with women partaking? Some may argue yes and some may argue no. I know for a fact that the majority are perfectly content for women to get involved, however I cannot help but feeling the general consensus held by women within the heavy music community is that there is a sense friction present. Being a male myself I have never ...
 
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Five Roots, Rock and Reggae Revivalists Carrying the Torch in 2016

In its many styles, music is one of the most diverse, inclusive and divisive anomalies in our modern world, bringing people together in its beauty and, at times, dividing us by exposing our incessant need to vocalise opinions. One genre however, manages to ignite love, tolerance and diversity between the masses consistently with its unmistakeable groove and messages of love, peace...
 
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Getting Out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

One of the many challenges we songwriters face is that we’re tasked not only with creating something from nothing but also our “somethings” need to be unique not only compared to what others have written but also compared to what we’ve written before. This is no small thing and the moment you think you’ve "figured it out" as a songwriter is exactly when you need to leave...
 
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Essential Tips for Mixing Your Songwriter Demos

Once you’ve decided to up the ante and put your songwriter demos out there for the world to hear, it’s in your best interest to pay close attention to every step in the recording process. One of the most vital of these steps is the mix of your song. It’s not enough to have a great song. You need a great recording and a strong mix is an essential part of any great recording. The art...
 
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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 that you'll get...
 
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