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Restaurants, Labels and Parenthood with The Grates

Ahead of their Teamwork Makes the Dream Work tour, Patience Hodgson, John Patterson (aka The Grates) and baby Soda take some time to discuss their restaurant business, starting their label Death Valley and parenthood. You guys mentioned something earlier that was pretty cool, you manage a cafe or bar?
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ACIDIC Talks About Their ‘Creatures Summer Tour” and More

Hot on the heels of their infectious radio hit “Chicago”, quickly-rising Los Angeles rock band ACIDIC have launched their Summer 2015 “Creatures” Tour, with a full schedule of live on-air radio interviews in cities throughout the U.S. The first ACIDIC live show on the Creatures Tour took place at Venue 3405 in Joplin, MO on July 17, with subsequent visits to places such…
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Six Sultry Songs to Set the Mood in the Bedroom

Unless this article is your debut dive into the deep pool of procrastination that is the Internet, you have no doubt recently seen countless rainbow flags emblazoned across all the media platforms in the world. The US has finally legalised gay-marriage, clearing the precedential, polychromatic path for us strugglers to follow.
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The Music Flowed at Cahors Blues Festival in Cahors, France

The 34th annual Cahors Blues Festival was a bit of a mixed bag this year, hardly surprising as it was there last year that Johnny Winter gave his final performance before passing a few days later. To commemorate his presence, the local town authorities have renamed the street leading to the Festival site backstage areas…
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8 Things Every Musician Should Know About Global Release Day

What will Global Release Day mean for YOUR music? All over the world, the music industry is shifting towards a unified “Global Release Day” in order to deter piracy, avoid fan confusion, and help coordinate marketing efforts across multiple territories. Instead of album and single releases coming out on…
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Songwriter’s Block: Where Does It Come From?

Creativity comes from divergent thinking, and the stresses of work and family life can cause it to disappear and leave you with the dreaded songwriter’s block. When did you know you were a songwriter? You may have come to it as an adult, but more than likely the seeds were sown when you were a young…
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Art of Sleeping – Shake Shiver

A heroine is the woman of the hour*, someone with great courage, strong morals and positivity that radiates. However this isn’t necessarily the case in Art of Sleeping’s upcoming release. She’s described as a lover, a saviour, a friend, but also a heartbreaker, a puzzle and even a witch doctor. She pulls you up to the highest highs before plunging…
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Eleven Tips & Tricks to Help Songwriters Write Better Lyrics

Lyric writing, at its heart, is about telling a story. However, it can help to remember that it’s not just the story we tell but how we tell it that gets people to listen to what we have to say. To that end, I’ve put together a collection of tips and tricks to help you tell your story in the most compelling way possible.
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Drummers Who Have Dropped the Sticks – Part 1

Drummers are an essential part of the musical kingdom. They provide their band with a heartbeat, keep track of the timing, and make some glorious beats. Sometimes they’re mediocre, sometimes Ginger Baker good, and sometimes not very good at all – but they’re most always essential. From Dave Grohl to Phil Collins, there came a time in a few…
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SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for July 2015

It’s July and summer is in full swing with colorful blooms all around. This month it’s the color purple that is most dominant at the offices of SoundPress.net and here’s why! First up, hard rockers Whitesnake shares their take on the Deep Purple catalogue with the release of The Purple Album (Frontiers Records) featuring remakes from the Mark III and Mark IV lineups …
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July Offers an Eclectic Celebration of Rock

From the ’50s rock ‘n’ roll-minded cult classic flick “Daddy-O” featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ and a stunning look back at The Rolling Stones to the final release from power-pop champions The Knack and an ambitious look at the Continental Drifters, July has racked up an eclectic wealth of sonic riches. Artist: The Rolling Stones…
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Chloe Collins: Winner of the 2015 Yachtstock Riverjam Songwriting Contest

Recently, Chloe Collins won the 2015 Yachtstock Riverjam songwriting contest and was awarded a slot at this year’s annual event. As noted on their website, “Yachtstock is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides help for local families and Shriners Hospitals for Children (Philadelphia).” The main fundraising event for the organization is Yachststock…
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The Importance of Purpose for Musicians

I hear several related refrains oft repeated in the world of social media gurus: “Purpose” is important if you are going to do social media. “Cause marketing” (eg. The Ice Bucket Challenge) is the best way to get attention in a crowded social media world drowning in selfies. The millennial generation wants to know what principles a brand stands for before they…
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Andy Summers Reveals Police Documentary at the Grammy Museum

On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Grammy Museum hosted a special showing of Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police. The documentary – which had a limited theatrical run last spring and just came out on DVD and Blu-ray – is based on Andy Summers’ acclaimed 2006 memoir, One Train Later. The Police guitarist participated in a post-screening discussion about …
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Josh Goodlett – A 12-Pack of Questions

Louisville, KY, native Josh Goodlett is a country singer. How do we know that? He goes by the “Country Code”, believing in God, Fammily, America and, of course, Country music. Recently, Preshias Harris had a chance to ask Josh a 12-pack of questions.
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How to Deliver Great Rock Vocals — And Stay Healthy Doing It

Warming up, knowing your instrument, and practicing relentlessly are among the singing tips from Saigon Kick’s Matt Kramer when it comes to delivering great rock vocals. Singing tips for great rock vocalsEarlier this year, we published tips on delivering great R&B vocals with master singer and vocal coach Alvin Fields. While many of the principles that Fields…
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Ouch My Face! – Bunyip

I said it before and I’ll say it again, there are some great musicians who have never had a lesson in their life. They just picked up an instrument and thought “I’ll give this a crack”. Others like The Cat Empire, Art vs Science and Jasia have had years of musical study, allowing them to excrete mountains of beautiful and original work on command.
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A Step by Step Guide to Great YouTube Videos for Musicians

There are a lot of articles discussing the importance of YouTube for indie musicians trying to find an audience. But, with the growing popularity of the platform, the video quality expected by users is going up as well. For a lot of indie artists, it can be intimidating to see the videos released by professional YouTubers and more established artists, but it doesn’t need to be.
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Helen Shanahan – Finding Gold

There are some of us that unfortunately don’t have a musical bone in our bodies. When we sing it is enough to bring tears (not those of joy) to anyone in a close enough proximity to hear it, and don’t even think about letting us touch an instrument. There is a 98% chance it will be broken within five minutes. It is this lack of talent (it would be a sad world without…
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Fare Thee Well to The Grateful Dead

For three nights between July 3–6, the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead teamed up with three other musicians for “Fare Thee Well” — a concert series billed as the Dead’s last. The shows took place at Soldier Field in Chicago — the same stadium that hosted the Grateful Dead’s final show in July 1995, shortly before Jerry Garcia died.
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