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Crafting A Story For Your Music The Fans And Media Won’t Forget

One band’s story - “We were a band of white boys from Ohio that hitch-hiked our way to New York to try and make it big. Needless to say, by the time we arrived we were completely broke. We had nothing but the gear we hadn’t pawned yet and the clothes on our back. So when it came to finding a place to stay we were limited by the budget of what we were able to scrape together by busking in front of Yankee Stadium and ‘donating’ plasma.
 
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Vid O’ The Week: Babe Rainbow’s Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest

We know you clicked through because the title said Babe Rainbow’s Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Luckily, you’re in for a pretty amazing Vid O’ The Week. What remains of our knowledge of the western world’s most celebrated decade is, I would assume, a pretty biased picture, skewed towards the carefree and the senseless rather than the Vietnam draft and the constant fear of global thermonuclear exchange.
 
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How To Get Your Music In TV, Movies and More

In 1997, a 15-year old album by a previously obscure (at least in the US) German techno band received a rush re-release in order to sate a sudden surge of demand. Why was the public suddenly clamoring for a recording that had been totally off the radar for a decade and a half? Because that long after it peaked at #33 on the Billboard Dance charts, the song “Da Da Da” by Trio was used in a Volkswagen commercial. Traditionally most musicians don’t exactly...
 
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NEEDTOBREATHE and Foy Vance in Concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

Too often these days, when I go to a concert I hear a band that wants to push limits with controversial lyrics, off-stage antics that capture news attention and more. Sure, the old addage "sex, drugs and rock and roll" was a mainstay of my era and had its place in music history, and some bands continue trying to keep the stereotype alive. But, to be completely honest, that lifestyle gets old quick and can result...
 
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Economical Songwriting

Twice a month on a Monday night, my wife Sheryl and I attend Songwriters' Night at Nolan's Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach, FL. We are very grateful to the folks at Nolan's for their ongoing support of original music. Since Sheryl is a singer / songwriter, she usually performs, and I get to back her up on keyboard. On any given Monday we will hear 3 songs from as many as 15 different songwriters. Some are just beginners, others are "old pros." One thing we have noticed...
 
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The Kills and Nuns Performs in Nashville

The show started with Nuns, a brother/sister dynamic band who originates from Tulsa, Oklahoma with. They are fairly new in the music scene, and not many fans in Nashville weren't aware of who Nuns were. However, they made a good first impression on them. Nuns have a rock and roll vibe that reminisces a bit of the Kills in their starting years. They have a nice blend of grunge, psychedelic, garage, and indie rock. Frontman Hank Hanewinkel has ...
 
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5 Rules to Follow When Creating Facebook Invites

To have or not to have. That is the question. I know plenty of people who hate making Facebook Invites and have stopped creating them for shows. That’s pretty understandable…especially when 30 people RSVP for a show but only 10 show up. It can feel like you’ve wasted your time! But Facebook Invites are your friend! Below we’ve given you 5 rules to keep in mind as your create and maintain your Facebook events. Trust us, its much more important than you think!
 
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A Music Video Isn’t Enough; You Need a YouTube Content Strategy

YouTube is the #1 music streaming platform in the world. It’s the #2 search engine in the world. It’s slowly replacing radio, MTV, and many other platforms for music discovery. It’s become a serious revenue source for musicians too (some CD Baby artists have earned more than 40k from YouTube ad revenue). And that’s why YouTube is more important than anything else in your music career — besides the actual music, of course.
 
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Successful Crowdfunding: A Musician’s Experience of Kickstarter vs. PledgeMusic vs. DIY

By now, we as independent musicians are well aware that our industry is changing. In a lot of ways, the changes are positive: more bands are touring, which means more venues are booking music. Music consumption is at a high thanks to portable players, smartphones and online streaming services like Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify. Finding an audience for your art is easier than ever, and reaching that audience...
 
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How To Engage Your Fans With Live Online Concerts

Playing live gigs is perhaps the best way to get in front of your fans and interact with them. Why? Because you are delivering an experience. It’s an experience they won’t find anywhere else, and only you can provide. You need to deliver a great experience if you want them to come back. And if you’ve done your job well, they’ll keep coming back - for more shows, more records, more merch, more support for what you do. We won’t go into too much detail...
 
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Five PA System Myths Busted

Let’s look at PA systems—where the amount of myth-making can be pretty substantial. A 3-way speaker is always better than a 2-way speaker. Not necessarily, and this applies to studio monitors and hi-fi speakers as well as PA systems. A well-designed 2-way speaker, with separate low- and high-frequency drivers, can often provide a more balanced sound. A 3-way system requires two crossovers, which can introduce more errors than the single...
 
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Charlie Daniels On His Career, His Stolen ’59 Les Paul, and the Best Guitar Solos

The Southern rock grandpappy, who’s 77, has been a Nashville legend for over 50 years. Daniels’ seminal albums Fire on the Mountain and Million Mile Reflections—released in ’74 and ’79, respectively—sold millions of copies, and his songs “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” and, of course, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” have made him ...
 
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10 Things to Know about Tool

Tool are still working on their new album, but that’s okay, because with Tool, it’s always worth the wait. While we twiddle our thumbs in anticipation of new tunes, we look at 10 Interesting Facts About Tool. 1. Even though Tool can fill arenas without releasing any new music, keeping the creative process flowing is important to the band. As frontman Maynard James Keenan explained to Rolling Stone, “As an artist you don't want to become a greatest hits...
 
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Playing in 7/4 Time

One of my favorite time signatures is 7/4: a nice lucky count of 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7. I’m not sure why. There isn’t a particular song in 7/4 that resonated with me at a crucial early stage of musical development — at least nothing that leapt out at me as being a specific example of that time signature in the same way that songs in, say, 5/4 did. But then when you step back and look at it, there are some really, really big songs that use that time signature. Pink Floyd’s “Money” is probably the most famous. Oh and the verses of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” And you can see the intro of Rush’s “Limelight” as either 7/4 or alternating sets of 4/4 and 3/4. The point is, these are all songs...
 
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Neon Trees with Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA

I'm lucky, I get paid to go to concerts and listen to music. Sometimes it's good music, sometimes not so good. Last night with Neon Trees, Small Pools and Nightmare and the Cat definitely falls into the first category of good music. The trio of bands performed in concert at The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, GA, and I was lucky enough to be standing in the audience to enjoy the evening with them. Opening...
 
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