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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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Basic Legal Tips for Record Producers

These days the music business, particularly the pop and urban markets, is producer-driven more so than ever before. Producers not only help capture the sound in the studio and use the available technology to mold it to be as commercially acceptable as possible, but more and more producers are finding and discovering new talent…
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Gold Fields and KLP Chat Their New Tunes, Gender Equality in Music and More

With the release of their collaboration Make Me Feel and joint tour, Mark Fuller of Gold Fields and KLP chat back and forth about new tunes, gender differences in the industry, future ambitions and guilty pleasures. MARK: Can you just real quick explain your past as a member of a girl-group when you were younger? How did that even happen and have…
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Oisima Reveals the Challenges and Rewards of His Debut Album Nicaragua Nights

Following the release of his debut album Nicaragua Nights, Anth Wendt AKA Oisima is feeling nervous and excited. He reveals the trials of making his debut record. Hey man, how’re you doing? Yeah pretty good! Just been chilling at home with my girl and my dog! Nice! Well I guess things have been going pretty well so far, your new album Nicaragua Nights has just…
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Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick at Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Centre in Indio, CA

As we sat in our seats taking in the recent Peter Frampton / Cheap Trick show at the Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Centre in Indio, it occurred to me that the Coachella Valley has quite possibly begun to give the mighty metropolis of Los Angeles a run for its money as the Entertainment Epicenter of Southern California. To wit: the biggest, most important rock festival in the business takes place…
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Hank Woji – The Working Life

A 13-track album of impassioned acoustic Americana from a Texas-based East Coaster, this marks the third release from a guy with a clear empathy for the troubles and struggles of the working man. The dedication in the cover with thanks to the late Pete Seeger gives more than a hint of this guys thinking in general. Backed by his big 12-string acoustic guitar…
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Cyber PR Social Media Food Pyramid

This is one of my most popular articles – It is included in my book and with social media growing at such a rapid pace, I decided it was a good idea to revisit my social media food pyramid and update it for 2015. It happens to me all of the time when I teach social media. Faces go blank, frustration begins to settle in and then I hear: “I just don’t have anything interesting to…
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Our Obsession With Kid Drummers

There’s something about a mini human playing a drum. It doesn’t matter whether they’re bashing away to Avenged Sevenfold, Offenbach or the Foo Fighters, people really seem to get their kicks watching a kid pick up the sticks (sorry). But what is it about a child hitting a drum kit that is so endlessly fascinating to us? Why does little Avery Molek manage to draw almost 3 and a half million YouTube hits for playing…
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Early Summer Includes Hot New Music Releases

Music lovers have to be pleased with the parade of stellar releases that are being released in the first few weeks of summer. Artist: Kacey Musgraves. Title: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville). You might like if you enjoy: Kacey Musgraves’ debut “Same Trailer Different Park” Tell me more: One of the few successful artists…
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Vonda Shepard Definitely Isn’t A “Rookie”

When the hit TV show Ally McBeal came along, the nation was introduced to the vocal talents and music of Vonda Shepard. But, beyond Ally McBeal, Shepard has garnered a worldwide fan base with her numerous albums and tours showcasing her strong vocal talents and musicianship. Shepard is releasing her 14th album “Rookie” on July 10th, and took…
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