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Seven Things Songwriters Can Do With Their Finished Song Demos

Writing a great song, while a success in and of itself, is only the beginning when it comes to getting your music out in the world. A subsequent, and essential, step is making a professionally performed and recorded demo of your song. However, where a lot of songwriters find themselves at a loss is knowing what to do with their finished demos. Here are...
 
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Blur with Courtney Barnett In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Few English rock legends have been as criminally ignored in the U.S. as Blur. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Damon Albarn, lead guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree founded Blur in London in the late 1980s, and then exploded in the the early 1990s releasing a number of outstanding albums including...
 
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Florence + The Machine Dazzle Capacity Crowd at The Hollywood Bowl

The legendary Hollywood Bowl has featured countless memorable concerts since its opening in the 1920s, including the far-flung and masterful likes of Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole, The Doors, Luciano Pavarotti, Radiohead and The Beatles (in 1964 and 1965). At the second of two consecutive sold-out performances, singer-songwriter...
 
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Mark Knopfler in Concert

Mark Knopfler is best known as the former head and wristband clad front man of the iconic 80s arena rockers, Dire Straits. After the breakup of the group in the early Nineties, the Scottish ax ace embarked on an impressive solo career in 1996 with “Golden Heart.” His eight album solo discography employs styles from Celtic folk to country.
 
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8 Awesome Animated Music Videos to Inspire or Terrify Your Inner Child

Whether your eating you’re eating your cereal in front of the TV before school or too hungover to get off the couch on Sunday morning, cartoons play an integral role in getting us ready for the world outside. The irony of that is not lost on us. Fantastical adventures of space and furry critters seems like the most removed you can be from the real world. However...
 
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Seven Reasons You Should Be Co-Writing Right Now

For those of you who have never co-written a song, the concept of sharing your creative process may seem, at best, foreign and, at worst, inconceivable. As an inveterate solo songwriter before moving to Nashville, I completely understand. However, co-writing has the potential for so much upside that in most instances it's well worth the large step outside your...
 
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The Shameful Nature of Sexism in the Music Industry

Once upon a time Mick Jagger told rock journalist Lisa Robinson, “There really is no reason to have women on tour, unless they’ve got a job to do. The only other reason is to fuck. Otherwise they get bored; they just sit around and moan. It would be different if they did everything for you like answer the phone, make breakfast, look after the clothes and...
 
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Why Sir Paul, Ringo And 200 Others Are Raising Their Hands

The issue is personal for Kevin Black, brother of country music star Clint Black. His daughter, Cortney, died when she was 16 of complications from Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. It is characterized by normal early growth and development that, beginning...
 
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Five Simpsons Characters to Inspire Your Next Band

Since Rip It Up, an Adelaide-based (!) music street press mag-cum-website, broke the story of the Ned Flanders-themed hardcore band Okilly Dokilly, it’s almost as if a creative packet of ruffled chips have been inadvertently opened in the space shuttle of ideas and put the ant farm of boredom and stagnation at risk.
 
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A Babe On a Boat, a Man and His Cyborg and More in 5 Killer Clips to Check Out

You’re sitting on the train and looking for something to do. Lord knows you won’t speak to the stranger next to you. No, that’d be weird. Instead you whip out your handy mobile telecommunication device and load up YouTube, chances are these awesome music videos have kept you entertained. If not, well luckily for you we have them here in handy listicle form.
 
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Sell Your Story, Sell Your Music

In your artist bio, and in all of your promotions, telling your story is a way to relate to your audience and hopefully help you connect on a more personal level. “Check out my new single at SoundCloud.com/(random band name)/(generic song title)!” If you’re a part of the music industry, you’re either guilty of...
 
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Rascal Flatts Concert Review - Irvine Meadows, CA

Rascal Flatts brought their Riot Tour to Irvine Meadows in Southern California on October 3, a concert that deftly mixed the trio's best-known hits with a short medley of convincing covers in a crowd-pleasing 90 minute concert. Singer Gary LeVox, bassist-keyboardist-singer Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have been honing their...
 
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Introducing Callie Twisselman

The music business is full of singers who are predicted to be the next big thing, but very few actually live up to the hype when it comes to true vocal talent. Unlike many, though, Callie Twisselman is destined to become an important name in Country music because she can really sing. While Callie’s latest single, “Hung Me on the Line,” is a nod to the traditional Country...
 
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Four Ways You Can Fund Your Next Music Project

Earning money with CDs, merch, and ticket sales is part of life as a musician. But how do you find money to get a music project off the ground? Here are four ways to fund your next music project. money-music-licensingYou’re a musician – of course you want to record your music, make CDs, have an album release party, create new...
 
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The Mavericks in Concert - Highland, CA 

Whenever Raul Malo decides to cover a well-known ballad on an album or in concert, it often becomes more romantic or heartbreaking in the singer/guitarist’s hands. Rogers & Hart’s old pop standard “Blue Moon,” which The Mavericks contributed to the Apollo 13 film soundtrack in 1995, was a prime example.
 
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