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Get in Tune with Min-ETune™

For decades, guitarists have dreamed of a guitar that never goes out of tune, of spending less time tweaking, checking, wondering and adjusting. In short, a system that lets them spend less time tuning, and more time rocking. Now Gibson’s new Min-ETune™ system provides the closest thing to making that impossible dream a reality. Min-ETune™ is an affordable, compact, modification-free automatic tuning system for everyone. Previously available only on Gibson’s full-scale “Robot” guitars, as a system wired in between the guitar’s...

10 Tips For Creating Better Mixes

You’ve been cutting album tracks in the studio and the band members have played like gods. Finally the last overdubs have been put down for the lead guitar and vocals and everybody’s feeling great about the project. It’s time to kick back and… Hold it! No it’s not! It’s time to really focus on the mix, a process that you hopefully began even before the first note was played in the studio. Great sessions can live or die by their mixes. Mixing is a true art form that can help define the vision of a band or...

Between The Liner Notes: George Gilbert - From Record Store Clerk to Regional Radio Promoter

Syracuse University’s WAER-FM, with a history of on-air personalities including the young Lou Reed and sportscaster Bob Costas, was one of the few college radio stations in the country reporting their playlists to Billboard Magazine in the early seventies. As such, music director George Gilbert became a key target of promotions departments at every record label, big and small. After graduation, George used his network of industry contacts to procure the newly-created position of Radio Promoter of Southern New England at Elektra/Asylum Records.

School Shootings, Gun Violence And The Need For Change

Murder is a tragedy. When murder is committed on a mass scale, as in the Newtown, CT, school shooting, the tragedy is elevated to being horrifyingly unimaginable. The loss of twenty-six innocent souls, twenty of whom were barely starting off in what may have been long, productive lives, is a catastrophe our society needs to address through self-examination on what could lead someone to commit such atrocities. Almost immediately following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the politicians, political pundits...
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16 Tech Predictions to Benefit the Music Biz

I am 100% convinced That Google will acquire Rdio. Just because they can. And because the licenses & audience that Rdio has will help solidify Google’s entertainment strategy. Well, that is, unless Microsoft buys Rdio first.; That YouTube’s billion dollar spend on channels / curators / production facilities will pay off in spades as users glom towards ad-supported original content, all produced at a fraction of what the movie studios & TV networks pay to make & promote shows; That Facebook’s ad revenue will be massive...

“CMA Country Christmas” Celebrates the Holiday Season on ABC-TV

For Robert Deaton, Executive Producer of “The CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas,” there’s a world of difference between the two ABC-TV specials. It ultimately comes down to one word. “Tension,” he specified. “There’s a lot of tension in the room for the Awards show because there’s so much riding on who’s going to win and it’s a live broadcast. The Christmas show is very different. It’s warm and open. People are there to have a good time. “ So they were on Saturday, Nov. 3, when Nashville’s Bridgestone...

Playing Profitable Shows as a Band: The 25% Rule

A recent article by Last Stop Booking highlighted the fact that touring is now more important than ever. If you have the time, I highly suggest reading through the article to get a basic feeling for how you should be planning your tours as a band. I’d like to add some tips/ideas to that post by going farther than just giving ballpark numbers and touring radiuses to go off of and instead dive into a profitable tour itinerary that just about any new indie band can use as a template. Before you begin planning where you can go on tour...

An Editorial About The Newtown School Shootings

In light of the shooting in Connecticut, I wanted to take a stand on the Constitutional Rights we enjoy and share an opinion. And, please realize this IS just that – an opinion, an editorial that does not necessarily reflect the position of the magazine or others who work for it. We are a music magazine. We exist because of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. We report on all genres of music, including rap and hip hop which, at times, talks about killing the po-po, raping big-booty b***ches, etc. Do I support ...

Shower Singing - More Than Just Good Clean Fun

Shower singing has long been considered a humor-worthy activity. It conjures up the image of a hairy, barrel-chested man singing into a piece of Soap-on-a-Rope, head thrown back and accompanied by the family Bassett Hound howling outside the shower curtain. (Did I get this straight from Norman Rockwell?) What possible use could shower singing be to a professional singer or singer-in-training? Actually it’s an activity I recommend to all my singers. It’s good for us; the steam plumps up the mucus membranes of the nose and throat. It’s fun...

Social Media Really Does Drive Music Sales

For some musicians, social media is a pain. They'd much rather focus on writing and performing songs than tweeting, pinning and Instagramming from the tour bus. Does all that time spent on digital promotion even pay off? New research suggests that yes, it does. There's actually a correlation between an artist's social media presence and their album sales, according to data from Next Big Sound. For 38% of musicians, Facebook views had a significant effect on album sales, a stronger impact than traditional ...

6 Philosophical Reasons Indie Bands Fail

I’m lucky enough to be exposed to an extremely wide variety of independent bands, and it often seems the difference between a band rising fast, sinking like a stone or staying motionless in place comes down to the ideas and beliefs held by the band members themselves. Just like in life, ideas, philosophies and belief systems can cause us a lot of trouble internally and externally, leading us to do and think all kinds of irrational things. Some of the following list will be concrete things that many artists tend not to think about, and some of it ...

New Artist Spotlight: Florida Georgia Line

You don’t need to know that Tyler Hubbard comes from Monroe, Ga., or that his partner in Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley, comes from Ormond Beach, Fla. It’s the music that lets you know these two guys know how to kick it in the studio and onstage, Dixie style. Scheduled to release Dec. 4 on the Republic Nashville imprint, Here’s to the Good Times is a pastiche of prickling banjo, walloping backbeats and muscle guitar, run through a blender of Country, Southern rock and a hint of hip-hop.

2012 Record Store Day Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas shopping is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, that means it’s time to buy some music. On Black Friday, I stopped by a local record store and picked up some goodies available via Record Store Day’s “Back to Black Friday” initiative. Among my prized positions: the 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s Incesticide on 12” vinyl and the limited-edition, 10” vinyl of Mad Season’s famed single, “River of Deceit.” The folks behind National Record Store Day have hooked up a bevy of holiday releases available exclusively...

Ozzy’s Great Guitarists

The quintessential heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne turns 64 on Monday, December 3. Starting in 1969 he’s cut seven albums with Black Sabbath that helped define the genre and 15 more solo discs that did the same for a second generation of fans. It’s safe to say he’s toured the world’s stages more often than he can remember. And Ozzy’s been the central figure in a rolling heavy metal festival named after him as well as a reality TV star. Sharon Osbourne isn’t the only person he couldn’t have done it without. A crucial part of Ozzy’s career has...

10 Amazing Solos Played on Les Pauls

With its rich sustain, distinctive tone and finger-friendly fretboard, it’s hardly surprising that many of rock’s greatest solos have been played on Les Pauls. Through the years, thousands of unforgettable solos have been unleashed on the instrument, often within the context of classic songs. Below is a sampling of some of the most brilliant. Please add your personal favorites in the comments section that follows. “Walk This Way” – Joe Perry (Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic, 1975). Joe Perry came up with the perfect solo for the bridge section...
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