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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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HYLA – Fever Calls Late

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Perth know how to produce a damn fine rock band. It has to be something in the water, and the bread, and the beer, because each of these bands have a ridiculous knack for pumping out quality tunes drenched in the sweat of grunge and prog rock without feeling stale or contrived. This issomething HYLA have done well…
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Flowermouth – Cassette Single

I like it when I have to learn new stuff. So thanks to four fellas from Perth, I now know what urethane is. Cheers guys! That’s because Urethane is exactly the name of one of the songs of Flowermouth’s brand new release, Cassette Single. Cassette Single also contains a cover of Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, and I already knew about them because…
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Concert Review: Shania Twain in Pittsburgh

The Eagles tried to quit touring – twice. The Who, three times. They’re both still out there. Shania Twain is the latest icon who may be crying wolf about ditching the road. Now less than a month shy of her 50th birthday, she publicly declared this to be her last tour, “I want to go out with a bang,” she said. Thus the aptly titled, “Rock This Country” tour was booked in 48 cities.
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How to Hack Sync Licensing and Make More Money With Your Music

If you’ve ever watched a popular TV show, sat through a great trailer, or enjoyed a film and wondered how to get one of your own songs onto the soundtrack, you are not alone. Many artists, from singer-songwriters to rappers to post-rock bands, dream of a plum song placement in a prominent television show, film, game, or advertisement. After all, a sync…
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Robert Bidney – It’s All About The Love

“Making this first album was a pure labor of love…Maybe, just maybe, my songs will make a difference,” writes Fort Lauderdale-area singer/songwriter Robert Bidney, in the liner notes of his debut CD, “It’s All About the Love.” Produced by Fernando Perdomo and recorded in Southern California, this collection of original songs, of which Bidney has a hand in penning all nine, reveals an…
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Anthonie Tonnon – Successor

There’s something absolutely sweet when listening to Successor, the debut album from Anthonie Tonnon. His easy going vocals, the twangy guitars, the peppering of pop sensibilities. All very endearing elements to the listener. It’s one of those albums that feels like stories from your home town told by a stranger that knows too much. Think of this album as the…
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New Study Concludes Punk and Metal Music Actually Calms You Down

Researchers at the University of Queensland, a public research institution in Brisbane, Australia, recently conducted a study in which they were determined to prove a long held belief: hardcore music leads to hardcore actions. The theory goes that music to which one can headbang is also music to which one can commit acts of violence and rage. To the…
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How To Deal With A Difficult Band Member

This problem sucks! Nobody wants to be in a band where the one guy doesn’t pull his own weight. It’s an uncomfortable feeling and unfair when the leader constantly needs to pacify every situation in order to keep the peace. So what do you do? How do you deal with Johnny Appleseed when his own ego and personal agenda keep him from being loyal to…
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Grenadiers – Summer

We need to change our national slogan (if we don’t have one already) to “Fuck it’s fucking cold“, because you can’t start a conversation or scroll through your social media feed without coming into contact with the phrase. We’re sun worshippers, always have been and always will be. These chilly mists just don’t agree with our beach going, barbecuing…
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Summer is the Time to Read – Book Reviews by Robert Kinsler

With summer in full swing, now is a good chance to spend some quality time reading some great new music books available in stores and online. Title: Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Player Magazine Ever. Authors: Edited by Jim Crockett with Dara Crockett. Publisher: Backbeat Books…
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Oscar Key Sung Is Chasing the Ephemeral

Having just released his slow jam crooner EP Altruism and about to take it on tour next month, Oscar Key Sung is chasing the ephemeral of electronic music, the omnipresence of aesthetics, remixing his own beats and the beauty of combining heavy dance music with celestial elements. You’ve described your sophomore EP…
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