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Watch Out for Minnie Birch

I’m a firm believer album/CD covers usually provide a good indication how an artist and their team have thought through the process of releasing their work. “Floundering” the debut album of Minnie Birch is a fine example in all aspects of its presentation, and importantly, content. Step up to the applause plate Minnie’s Dad. From cover to...

8 Femme Fatales Who Are Killing It Right Now Part 2

There isn’t anything better than a girl bashing on a guitar. Sorry boys, they just make it look way cooler. Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns had a ‘Girls Rock’ sticker on his Gibson SG, and never has a sticker been more accurate. There are so many chicks with attitude who are blowing audiences away at every turn, many of whom put their male counterparts ...

How to Record Killer Vocals on Your Next Album

Nothing leaves your vocal calling card like an album. People expect that you will sound your best on a recording and they will judge your voice from what they hear, so you want to make sure you produce your best work. However the sterile environment of a recording studio and the pressure of...

Songwriting Tip: Songs Are Small Things

I tell my songwriting students this often. I tell myself this often. Songs are small things. Unlike a play or screenplay, songs can’t have a large cast or a bunch of subplots. If the idea of the song is “You are so beautiful to me…” then you simply say that and very little else. In fact, you should check out the lyric to that song. It’s astonishingly concise. Of course, I’m not saying every song...
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Phish Fry at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA

Much was made of a recent trio of high-profile "Fare Thee Well" shows where the surviving core members of the Grateful Dead joined Trey Anastasio of Phish and singer-pianist Bruce Hornsby to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. But watching Phish perform on July 25, 2015 before a near-capacity Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA that clocked...

Six Sultry Songs to Set the Mood in the Bedroom

Unless this article is your debut dive into the deep pool of procrastination that is the Internet, you have no doubt recently seen countless rainbow flags emblazoned across all the media platforms in the world. The US has finally legalised gay-marriage, clearing the precedential, polychromatic path for us strugglers to follow.

The Music Flowed at Cahors Blues Festival in Cahors, France

The 34th annual Cahors Blues Festival was a bit of a mixed bag this year, hardly surprising as it was there last year that Johnny Winter gave his final performance before passing a few days later. To commemorate his presence, the local town authorities have renamed the street leading to the Festival site backstage areas...
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8 Things Every Musician Should Know About Global Release Day

What will Global Release Day mean for YOUR music? All over the world, the music industry is shifting towards a unified “Global Release Day” in order to deter piracy, avoid fan confusion, and help coordinate marketing efforts across multiple territories. Instead of album and single releases coming out on...

Songwriter’s Block: Where Does It Come From?

Creativity comes from divergent thinking, and the stresses of work and family life can cause it to disappear and leave you with the dreaded songwriter’s block. When did you know you were a songwriter? You may have come to it as an adult, but more than likely the seeds were sown when you were a young...

Drummers Who Have Dropped the Sticks - Part 1

Drummers are an essential part of the musical kingdom. They provide their band with a heartbeat, keep track of the timing, and make some glorious beats. Sometimes they’re mediocre, sometimes Ginger Baker good, and sometimes not very good at all – but they’re most always essential. From Dave Grohl to Phil Collins, there came a time in a few...

Eleven Tips & Tricks to Help Songwriters Write Better Lyrics

Lyric writing, at its heart, is about telling a story. However, it can help to remember that it's not just the story we tell but how we tell it that gets people to listen to what we have to say. To that end, I've put together a collection of tips and tricks to help you tell your story in the most compelling way possible.
soundpress-net-july2015 Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for July 2015

It's July and summer is in full swing with colorful blooms all around. This month it's the color purple that is most dominant at the offices of and here's why! First up, hard rockers Whitesnake shares their take on the Deep Purple catalogue with the release of The Purple Album (Frontiers Records) featuring remakes from the Mark III and Mark IV lineups ...

The Importance of Purpose for Musicians

I hear several related refrains oft repeated in the world of social media gurus: “Purpose” is important if you are going to do social media. “Cause marketing” (eg. The Ice Bucket Challenge) is the best way to get attention in a crowded social media world drowning in selfies. The millennial generation wants to know what principles a brand stands for before they...
<> at The GRAMMY Museum on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Andy Summers Reveals Police Documentary at the Grammy Museum

On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum hosted a special showing of Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police. The documentary – which had a limited theatrical run last spring and just came out on DVD and Blu-ray – is based on Andy Summers’ acclaimed 2006 memoir, One Train Later. The Police guitarist participated in a post-screening discussion about ...

How to Deliver Great Rock Vocals — And Stay Healthy Doing It

Warming up, knowing your instrument, and practicing relentlessly are among the singing tips from Saigon Kick’s Matt Kramer when it comes to delivering great rock vocals. Singing tips for great rock vocalsEarlier this year, we published tips on delivering great R&B vocals with master singer and vocal coach Alvin Fields. While many of the principles that Fields...
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