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Kyle Simmons, Dan Smith, Chris "Woody" Wood

Bastille and To Kill A King at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta

I remember the original British Invasion that took America by storm in the 1960's, when the likes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones were introduced to audiences on this side of the pond. Since the 60's, more and more British rock bands have found fan bases in the United States and discovered the fun of touring venues across this country. Last night at The Buckead Theatre in Atlanta was no exception when Bastille, along with opening act To Kill A King, performed to a sold-out crowd.

Stagecoach 2014 Roundup: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shelby Lynne, Don McLean and More

For the countless Stagecoach-goers who never got over to check out the Americana featured in the Palomino and Mustang tents early Friday afternoon, they missed out on some outstanding new music-makers. What's more, they were robbed of a chance to hear the genre's roots that these days seem a world removed from the heavier rock and pop feel of so many mainstream country acts. Hannah...
Adam Lazzara

Taking Back Sunday at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

With just a handful of dates left on their co-headlining Spring tour with The Used, Taking Back Sunday packed in fans at The Tabernacle in Atlanta last Thursday. After getting warmed up by the opening acts, the crowd was ready to rock with the New York quintet, fronted by vocalist Adam Lazzara. The band performed tracks from five of their six studio albums, including last month’s release, Happiness Is. A little over halfway through the set between songs, Lazzara thanked his family...

Rob Zombie with Disco Death Rock at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

So, walking into the venue, I was feeling a little trepidation about photographing the Rob Zombie show. Known for attracting wild fans who love to crowd surf, Zombie shows can become just a little wild. Well, not a little... a LOT wild. Last time I was at a show with crowd surfing, I took a foot to the back of the head. So it's not wonder I was a little hesitant. It all worked out, I didn't get hit, and it ended up being a fun show to attend. Rob Zombie is quite entertaining to see in concert. He leaps...

How To Plan An Album Release - On A Post It Note

Bands are notoriously unreliable, forgetful and flakey aren’t they? Well in a sense that’s probably a good thing: in an ideal world musicians should be creative mavericks, not organised project planners. But since the music world these days seems to revolve around doing absolutely everything yourself, a bit of organisation goes a long way, and in this post I thought I’d share a low-tech but very effective way to plan an album release - and one which, incidentally, involves a lot of post-it notes.

Elevate Your Vocal Performance: Focus On Rhythm and Intention

In a standout vocal performance, how you end a note is as important as how you attack it, and rhythm and intention can be as relevant as note choice and intonation. In 2011, I wrote an article for Keyboard magazine that used my song “Redhead Girl” to describe a technique that many bass players internalize early in their playing careers, but that many keyboardists and vocalists are never taught: exactly how and when you release a note is just as important as the way you attack...
Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry

Alabama with Will Hoge In Concert in Alpharetta, GA

Legendary country band Alabama, along with rising country artist Will Hoge, made a stop on their tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA. Opening the show, Nashville native Will Hoge garnered new fans in Georgia with his strong voice and musical talents. Hoge performed his Grammy-nominated hit, Even If It Breaks Your Heart, along with Strong and Still Got You on My Mind Hoge as well as other songs he's written ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...
Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti

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...

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...

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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