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Katy Perry In Concert in Pittsburgh

For an artist with over 50 million Twitter followers, one may think Katy Perry’s arena show would be awash with fans donning her trademark neon wigs and elaborate garb. Perhaps reflecting the darker tone of the new album, the blue hairs (literally) were scattered sparingly amidst the 18,000 in attendance at Consol Energy Center Tuesday night. Regardless of their attire, fans were in for a two hour hyper-produced spectacle that was a combination broadway...
 
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O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips in Concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta

Sometimes, concerts aren't just about the music. They are about the ambiance and the fun of hanging out with your friends and family. Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA., is a venue known for providing an enjoyable experience for concert goers by allowing patrons to carry in picnic baskets and other amenities to make an evening under the stars even more memorable. I've even seen people setting up tables as if they are in a restaurant with candles...
 
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311 in Concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

Okay, I'm not gonna lie. Before last night, I'd never heard of rock band 311. After seeing them live, I've come to the conclusion that I need to get my head out of my backside and pay closer attention to bands that not only have been around for a long time, but have had huge hits on Billboard's music charts. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Nick Hexum (lead vocals), Doug Martinez (vocals), Tim Mahoney (guitar), Aaron Wills (bass) and drummer Chad Sexton have...
 
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Vid O’ The Week – Flyying Colours

Okay, so this is my first time doing a Vid O’ The Week, and there’s a surprising amount to get your head around in doing a Vid O’ The Week. Firstly, where does the apostrophe go in the title? How does one filter out the insipid singer songwriters covering Lana Del Rey songs on Youtube searches? Do music videos even still exist? Eventually I worked it all out, and after a top three list that included this video and this video, I finally settled on the relatively...
 
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The Producer’s Chair: Marshall Altman

Don’t miss Marshall Altman on The Producer’s Chair on Thursday, July 31, at Douglas Corner at 6 p.m. Details at www.theproducerschair.com. When Marshall Altman moved from Los Angles to Nashville in July, 2010, he was hopeful that he would be able to earn his way into community of musicians, songwriters, and producers in Music City. Prior to his move to Nashville, where Altman has a Berry Hill studio that is part...
 
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Jimi Hendrix's Gibson Guitars

Jimi Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, and among them were many Gibson models. Hendrix would often use a white SG Custom for "Red House," and towards the end of his life he would often be seen with a custom made left-handed Gibson Flying V. For a brief period Hendrix was seen using a Les Paul Custom, and he has been photographed with a Les Paul Special. It seems as though he favored using his Gibson guitars for bluesy...
 
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Worst Rock Band Double Bills — Ever!

Rock ‘n’ roll has a history of tragic mispairings — like in 1967 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened a tour for the Monkees, or when ABBA and KISS toured in the ’70s, and the more recent double-bill of the Scissor Sisters and Limp Bizkit. Okay, okay, I made those last two up. But here are three perfect examples of band names that should never appear together on the same bills — but actually did! Ratt and Poison: An odd coincidence or the product of a booking...
 
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The Challenges of Songwriting

In some ways, songwriting is similar to other arts, such as writing, acting, or painting. There are common basic principles. An actor must make a good entrance, employ the proper vocal dynamics, keep the energy level up, and make an effective exit from the scene. A painter must pay attention to color and shading, a writer must strive for clarity and flow. Songwriters must also “make a good entrance” employ dynamics and energy, end their songs well, and strive for lucidity...
 
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The Doobie Brothers with Peter Frampton and Matthew Curry in Concert in Alpharetta, GA

Outdoor venues are usually the best places to catch a concert, and when it's a comfortable summer evening it's even more special. Such was the case last night in Alpharetta, Georgia, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre where I was lucky to enjoy an evening with The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton and newcomer Matthew Curry. First up, 19-year-old blues phenom Matthew Curry. Hailing from Normal, Illinois...
 
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The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demos (Pt. 1)

Why do professional recordings sound, well…professional? There are a number of reasons including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There is a reason that the job of the session musician exists. It’s these musicians whose talent and studio experience...
 
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How to Create a Compelling Facebook Ad

Even though many indie artists are satisfied staying independent, many musicians I meet would like to get noticed by a label. Here’s how to reach every label in the world in UNDER 10 MINUTES. Personally I don’t focus too much on “label obsessed” marketing, so you can use this same trick to reach journalists, radio stations, bloggers, and all manner of influential people who can help push your music forward. Step 1: Create a Facebook ad with the best...
 
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Navigating The Business End of the Music Business

It’s called the music business for a reason — yet for many indie artists, organizing and maintaining the business end of a music career can rank just above dental surgery when it comes to activities of choice. It doesn’t have to be that way, says Errol Wander, a veteran CPA, business manager, and partner at Citrin Cooperman who works with artists like Gavin DeGraw and Dirty Projectors (and who also plays a mean guitar in his spare time). Following just a...
 
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Vid O’ the Week – Liam Finn

I don’t know what is in the water in New Zealand. I’ve never been there and to be honest, it never really appealed to me as a travel destination. I always used to associate it with Lord of the Rings, cold weather and those tweed jumpers that make you feel itchy. That was six months ago. But ever since I was handed the key to whatever the Tasman’s equivalent of Pandora’s Box is, I’ve been mesmerized by the place. The music that pours outta this country...
 
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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Rock Santa Barbara Bowl

Singer / songwriter / actor / artist / peacemaker / rock 'n' roll ringmaster Ringo Starr (who also happens to be the world's most famous drummer) continues to spread magic everywhere he goes. On Saturday, July 12, on a beautiful night at the Santa Barbara Bowl lit by a bright full white moon,Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band entertained a capacity crowd of more than 4,500 fans of all ages who came to see the former Beatle and his illustrious six-man troupe...
 
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5 Tips to Survive Summer Music Festivals – Avoid Wackos and More!

Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time. Here are 5 Tips for Summer Music Festival Survival that are appropriate for festival newbies and vets alike. The basics: Sunblock, portable cell-phone charger, earplugs. These are the bare essentials for surviving...
 
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