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Indie Artist Spotlight: Indie-Music October Artist Reviews Now Online

With the changing of the seasons, comes a steady stream of new music guaranteed to make you forget all about the summer months at Indie-Music. This month’s artist reviews features the fresh, bold sound of Broken Anchor, the dreamy tartness of Tangerine, the gritty Jersey rock of Zak Smith, a gutsy and soulful Star Anna and the impressively buzzworthy Wildcat! Wildcat! October’s artist reviews feature Broken Anchor’s “Fresh Lemonade” (surf-folk), Tangerine’s...
 
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Justin Moore Straddles the Standard / Deluxe Line

Justin Moore is a man who listens to his gut … and his gut was telling him that Off the Beaten Path, his third studio album on The Valory Music Co. label, was complete. In fact, he was sure that these 16 tracks would tell the story he wanted to tell, as an artist and a person, more clearly than anything he had recorded previously. There was just one problem. “I had 16 songs that I was attached to and 16 songs I was determined for my fans to hear,” he recalled. “In my mind...
 
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Inside The Book “108 Rock Star Guitars”

Playing a famous rock star’s guitar is the stuff of dreams. And if that doesn’t happen for you – and it rarely does – the next best thing is seeing the guitars up-close and photographing them. Guitarists who love axe eye-candy are in for a treat with the exquisite new book by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson. 108 Rock Star Guitars has taken Johnson 17 years to complete. In 108 Rock Star Guitars’ 396-pages you’ll see, up-close, some fabled guitars of Jimmy Page, Slash, KISS, ZZ Top...
 
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Viral Marketing for Singer-Songwriters

In my 15 years of making a full-time living in the music world, one thing has become more and more clear to me. It’s work. The romantic image of the starving artist being so incredibly talented that one day he or she gets “discovered” and becomes rich and famous is a dangerous myth. I say “dangerous” because the more you as an artist believe it, the less inclined you’ll be to do any work on your own behalf. The gritty reality is that if you don’t do the necessary (and daily) work promoting ...
 
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Focus!

Take a few minutes today to think about just how focused on songwriting you actually are. Do you feel that words like focused, driven and persistent, describe you? Or are you more like, scattered, rambling and occasional? Learning and becoming proficient at anything - from brain surgery to writing songs, - takes a high level of focus. I suspect that as an up and coming songwriter if you put as much effort into learning songwriting as the doctor did in learning brain surgery – you would be a...
 
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Vintage Recording Approaches for Modern DAWs

A lot of the classic recordings from the 1950s through the 1980s are revered for their sound and vibe, and there is a lot of interest in capturing and recreating some of that same magic in our modern recordings. Look at the popularity of vintage reissue instruments, as well as vintage mic preamp designs and other reissue recording hardware. Plus, there's all the cool plugins that emulate analog tape decks (Figure 1) and other vintage equipment too. These can help you get part of the ...
 
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Four Good Reasons to Start a Musician Blog

For many musicians, social media has become the center of the universe when it comes to music promotion. To build a base of legitimate, long-term fans, it helps to establish a presence online and deliver a prolific level of high-quality content to keep them entertained and excited about what you do. While social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter typically play prominent roles in an artist’s music marketing strategy, creating a musician blog is often is overlooked. Maintaining a...
 
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Why You Need To Find Your Musical Niche

A recurring source of bun fights in the Prescription office is my general distaste for what I would term ‘silly’ music genre names involving lots of hyphenation, and my colleagues’ enthusiasm for bandying references to future-soul-post-chillwave-witch-house around the place. I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that such terminology is important in today’s music industry and to stop slagging it off in Prescription articles that might be read by purveyors of well, future-soul-post-chillwave...
 
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Studio Monitors: Is Bigger Better?

Studio monitors are a critically important cog in the machinery of recording. They are the boxes that let you hear exactly what’s gone down on tape or as zeros and ones, and if they are inaccurate or inadequate they can skewer the sound of your entire project. Since most home studio operators have a limited amount of space, the question “Does size matter?” is especially relevant when it comes to studio monitors. The short answer is, “yes.” Engineers need studio monitors...
 
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The Power of One - Why Artists Should Never Underestimate the Value of a “Cheerleader”

Any artist who ever doubts the impact that a believer, or "cheerleader," can have on their music career should watch Don't Stop Believin’: Everyman's Journey, the documentary about Journey vocalist, Arnel Pineda, who was hired by the rock super group in 2007 to replace their iconic lead singer, Steve Perry, who had left the band in the late ‘90s. The story, which first debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival...
 
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FUN., Hunter Hunted and Rosco Bandana in Atlanta

Like I've said many times before, being a rocker chick from the 70's and 80's means big hair bands and hard rock. So, I always find it unusual when I end up enjoying something completely different from my usual musical tastes, which is what happened on Tuesday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA. I had the pleasure of seeing hit pop rockers FUN., along with Hunter Hunted and Rosco Bandana. Opening the evening was Mississippi septet...
 
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Sheryl Crow Crosses the Country Divide

Sheryl Crow didn’t get off the Greyhound in Nashville, with guitar case in hand and a heartful of dreams. Actually, though, in a way, she did. She didn’t arrive by bus, but otherwise she could relate to the excitement and apprehensions that many new arrivals feel as they first set foot in Music City. Of course, Crow had certain advantages, having already achieved worldwide superstardom and earned nine Grammy Awards and six Platinum albums, including two that have reached triple and...
 
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Concert Review: Travis at the Wiltern in L.A.

Although Travis has never fully been embraced in the U.S., the Scottish band is in good company. Indeed, fellow top-tier 1990s acts such as Elbow, Blur and Keane are longtime champions in their native United Kingdom even while struggling to make a significant commercial dent in America. Fortunately, that hasn't deterred the post-Britpop outfit from returning from an extended hiatus to issue 2013's superb Where You Stand, the group's first album since 2008's Ode...
 
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Gary Clark Jr. Stunning at House of Blues Anaheim

As astounding as the talents of young guitarists such as Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa are, it's unlikely they are effecting the future survival of blues with the same impact as Gary Clark Jr. Sunday night (Sept. 29, 2013) at House of Blues Anaheim, the Austinite’s first major headlining appearance in Orange County following a spot opening for Dave Matthews Band in Irvine earlier this month, it was fascinating to see so many teens and young 20-somethings in the...
 
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Connecting The Dots: How To Change Chords Smoothly On Guitar

Changing chords smoothly can be a challenge for the beginning or rudimentary guitarist. Many people reach a point where they get tired of struggling and just continue on with whatever they were able to learn up to that point. They might have played guitar for years but still struggle with an F chord. But the good news is that the problem is a lot easier to solve than it seems, and the answer is literally in your hands. The hand works according to the same principles as...
 
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