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Sans – Adolescence

Like me, if you’re seriously over these cold and grey winter days and on the hunt for some sunshine then luckily Melbourne indie pop rockers Sans have come to the rescue. Back with their sophomore EP Adolescence, the four-piece have set off a volcano of fast and loud synthy jams exploding with all the sunshine you need to shake off those winter blues.
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Angharad Drake – Water

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Angharad Drake. The young Brisbane folk singer released her last EP Swing about a year ago. It was a contemplative body of work; gentle, tender and rich with melodies of heartbreak. For those who are familiar with Drake’s work there is a humility to her which is quite…
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The Laurels Talk Samples, Their New Direction, and Maybe Putting on Their Own Festival

Fresh from releasing their brilliantly weird new single Zodiac K, Sydney psych rockers The Laurels talk the art of samples, their new direction as a band and maybe putting on their own festival. I just want to talk about the new single to start off. It’s been floating around for a few weeks now right? How has the the response been?
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8 Femme Fatales Who Are Killing It Right Now Part 2

There isn’t anything better than a girl bashing on a guitar. Sorry boys, they just make it look way cooler. Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns had a ‘Girls Rock’ sticker on his Gibson SG, and never has a sticker been more accurate. There are so many chicks with attitude who are blowing audiences away at every turn, many of whom put their male counterparts …
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How to Record Killer Vocals on Your Next Album

Nothing leaves your vocal calling card like an album. People expect that you will sound your best on a recording and they will judge your voice from what they hear, so you want to make sure you produce your best work. However the sterile environment of a recording studio and the pressure of…
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Songwriting Tip: Songs Are Small Things

I tell my songwriting students this often. I tell myself this often. Songs are small things. Unlike a play or screenplay, songs can’t have a large cast or a bunch of subplots. If the idea of the song is “You are so beautiful to me…” then you simply say that and very little else. In fact, you should check out the lyric to that song. It’s astonishingly concise. Of course, I’m not saying every song…
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Phish Fry at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA

Much was made of a recent trio of high-profile “Fare Thee Well” shows where the surviving core members of the Grateful Dead joined Trey Anastasio of Phish and singer-pianist Bruce Hornsby to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. But watching Phish perform on July 25, 2015 before a near-capacity Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA that clocked…
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High Tension – Bully

It takes a truly special breed of sound to send tingles down the spine and drive one’s consciousness into the ground. Such a band only comes around every blue moon, so for those looking to indulge in some sweet, sweet ear candy prepare yourselves for an unearthly experience which is armed with enough brutality to make brute deodorant seem…
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J. Carl Smith – The J. Carl Smith Project II

What girl wouldn’t love getting a humbling mea culpa like this: “So if I’ve lost my mind, forgive me/And if I’ve wasted your time, forgive me/If I’ve bruised your pride, forgive me/That just wasn’t my intention.” Nice guy J. Carl Smith sings just that in the chorus of “Forgive Me,” opening track of his latest EP, “The J. Carl Smith Project II.” This six-pack written by the artist is recorded in Nashville…
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Authentic Americana & Roots Highlight This Week’s Reviews

Lovers of authentic Americana and roots music, funk, pop, Southern rock and dance music, as well the late Grammy- and Academy Award-winning composer James Horner all have reason to celebrate thanks to an outstanding crop of highly-recommended 2015 releases available now.
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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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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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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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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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