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Joe Satriani Makes A Music City Return

There's a reason that Joe Satriani is a world-renowned guitarist. If you've ever heard him play, you don't have to wonder why. The multi-platinum guitarist brought his "Unstoppable Momentum Tour 2013" to Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday night. A force in the music world for 30 years now, having garnered 15 Grammy nominations for both solo projects as well as collaborations with other artists, Satriani's tour is in support of his 14th solo...
 
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Songwriter Shop Talk with Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann

At a small studio just off of Music Row, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann settled down on a couple of stools, shared a few jokes, tuned up their guitars and started playing some songs they had written together. They reminisced about how they came up with the tune, laughed or reflected seriously over the story told by the lyric. In other words, they did pretty much what Nashville insiders have long witnessed at songwriter in-the-round gatherings. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has exported ...
 
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Arlen Roth on Planning a Set List

The rhythm and pace with which your show moves is a truly critical element of your live performances, and I know that the planning of a list for your set(s) can sometimes be rather nerve-wracking! One of the most important things to be aware of when planning out your show, is to really “feel out” which tunes will make best sense performed “live”, while some are better off remaining songs you’ve recorded, but are better off left “un-played” in public! Another key element, and perhaps the most...
 
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Cheap Trick Celebrates Enduring Legacy At Grammy Museum

One of rock's most enduring bands took their continuing journey to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live on Thursday night, Sept. 12, 2013. Cheap Trick appeared in the intimate Clive Davis Theater, sharing stories and insights into the band's 40-year history via an in-depth question and answer session with the GRAMMY Foundation's Scott Goldman before cranking up their equipment to perform a stirring six-song set comprised of early and recent rockers that had the sold-out crowd of 200 on...
 
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Classic Track: Aerosmith - "Sweet Emotion"

If you’re in a band with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, you’re pretty much doomed to a life in the shadows. During Aerosmith’s initial run in the seventies, almost all songs were written by Tyler/Perry. But just like with the Beatles, where George Harrison would sneak in the occasional gem on the albums, so did the other three members of Aerosmith. Drummer Joey Kramer has a writing credit on “Pandora’s Box,” and rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford is responsible for two of the best Aerosmith tunes ever ...
 
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Peter Hook Talks Joy Division, New Order And Bass

As a founder member of Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook remains one of the most influential bassists of post-punk music. But after New Order split in 2006, things got strange. New Order eventually reconvened, but without Hook… and without asking him to be involved. The bassist has since gone to form Peter Hook and The Light, playing early Joy Division and, now, early New Order albums in their entirety to solid acclaim. It’s been a controversial move, for many. But “Hooky” remains...
 
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The Zombies Tear Back the Clock in Thrilling Concert

Perhaps it was because the Zombies capped a bill featuring three openers all informed and inspired by their distinctive blend of psychedelic rock and baroque pop, or maybe it was simply that they were playing the wonderful Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, which tends to attract a younger crowd than, say, the Coach House 30 miles south. Regardless the reason, the legendary English outfit's concert Tuesday night, Sept. 10, 2013, had the feel of a showcase for a buzz-worthy band making a ...
 
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7 Steps to Creating a Perfect Music Page for Your Website

When it comes to having music on your website, installing a site-wide music player or embedding a player on your Homepage just isn’t enough. Remember, your website is your main hub on the Internet. If there’s any place that fans should be able to find all of your music, lyrics, and some free downloads, it’s on your own website. Create a dedicated Music page as part of the main menu on your site, then follow these 7 steps to give fans a great experience, plus collect emails and generate ...
 
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Backstreet Boys Delight Fans in Irvine

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, enduringly popular Backstreet Boys brought their In a World Like This tour to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, where Friday night (Sept. 6, 2013) the quintet performed songs from its new album of the same name as well as their biggest smashes, plus teased bits of their forthcoming documentary. As the world's best-selling boy band, reportedly selling 130 million records since 1996, the Orlando natives proved they’re still a hit with the...
 
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Kid Rock In Concert in Burgettstown, PA

When Kid Rock announced that his fan friendly “Best Night Ever” tour would price the majority of tickets at $20, fans nationwide lined up in droves. 19,000 of them scattered First Niagara Pavilion Saturday Night. With the discounted price, one might expect the production to suffer. Not so. For 1 hour and 50 minutes, the Other Motor City Madman”ran, jumped and burned through a set filled with lasers, confetti and pyro. After a taped “prayer” in which...
 
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PopsterX Provides Unknown Music Artists With Fans and Discovery Platform

PopsterX.com answers the NUMBER ONE question every new music artist asks today, “How do I make it in the music business without a record label backing me when there are literally 10 million artists trying to get there, too?” In a world where the music industry is in flux and there is a newly failed music tech startup every week, what does PopsterX do differently? Creator Eric Todd says, “Most startups are...
 
Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines in Concert in Atlanta

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and Bear's Den in Atlanta

Sometimes it sucks being a girl; putting on makeup, fixing the hair just right and (egad!!!) choosing which pair of stiletto heels to wear with the shirt and skirt. In other words, it means I sometimes run late and don't get to where I need to be on time. Such was the case last night at the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road show in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, when we missed the start time of the opening act, Bear's Den. Hence, no photos of them. Even though we didn't...
 
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Achieving the Right Balance Between Volume and Tone

Somewhere along an axis based on your guitar, amp and, perhaps, one or two pedals, is the tone you’ve been seeking all your musical life — the personal sonic Holy Grail that you’ve been hunting for years. To get there, you just need to find the right balance of that gear. Easier said than done, and at times — depending perhaps on the song being recorded, the room played or even the relative humidity of the day — small adjustments have to be made on even the most dialed-in sound.
 
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Simplify Your Life in the Studio

Recording music is supposed to be fun, not stressful - and any way you can simplify your studio setup (and recording procedures) will help you have a more enjoyable, and more efficient, studio experience. So, here are some tips on how to save both time and stress in the studio. USE AN AUDIO INTERFACE WITH MULTIPLE INPUTS. "I'm a solo performer, so I only need a couple inputs." Right? Wrong! You probably have both a condenser and a dynamic mic, as well as some instruments, like ...
 
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A Salute to Alex Lifeson of Rush

Rush guitar god Alex Lifeson turns 60 on August 27. A founding member of Rush, he’s dazzled over numerous albums, adapted his guitar style, and has seen Rush go from one of the most “uncool” bands on the planet to… actually, quite a cool band really. Rush do their own thing, whether you love them or hate them. What’s never been in doubt is the trio’s musicianship. Geddy Lee (bass/vocals) and Neil Peart (drums/lyrics) are regularly voted “best ever” rock players in their field...
 
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