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Join the House Concert Movement

“House Concert” is a new buzzword in Independent Music. The concept is simple; fans open up their homes for private performances by their favorite musicians. While salon shows have taken place for centuries, Independent musicians are now viewing House Concerts as a viable revenue stream. Thousands are taking place each year. Even the big industry conferences like SXSW and The Independent Music Conference are now featuring panels on the importance of House Concerts. The House Concert movement has also…
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Music Startups Aren’t Dead – They’re Just Changing

Rumors of the death of the digital music industry are greatly exaggerated, says former Last.fm executive Matthew Hawn. While there may not be much room for profiting from recorded music any more, an entire generation of companies are building a different, more exciting future. For those of us who work in digital music, this week has delivered a nasty one-two punch to the gut. First David Pakman (eMusic, N2K, MyPlay) posted the text of his testimony during US Congressional hearings on his blog. It focused on how…
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New York Rock Exchange Introduces Song Investing For Superfans

The New York Rock Exchange may at first appear to be a new form of investing in songs. Though that is a key element of the Exchange, owning shares seems more akin to joining an artist fan club and adding ownership to one of the perks afforded superfans. A campaign for Leslie Craig’s “Rockstar” illustrates their approach. Introducing New York Rock Exchange. The New York Rock Exchange recently …
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What’s A Band’s Best Use Of $2000?

What if a touring band were to come into an extra $2000, what should they spend the money on? Beyond the obvious answers like food and gas, lots of other possibilities should quickly roll off the tongue, spending the money like a gambler in a casino. It’s easy to play the hypothetical game giving imaginary money to imaginary bands, but I ask the question because that amount of money might be all an independent band needs to put them in position to succeed. Assuming the band has their own gear (guitars, drums, mics, etc.) and are …
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Collaborating With an Audience

I have long stressed the value of live performance for songwriters. Get out there and play your songs whenever and wherever you can! Get some feedback from a live audience. I’m not necessarily talking about doing a full-on live show, but rather performing a song or two at an open mic type event, or a songwriters night. By the way, if no such event is held in your area, you may want to look into starting a songwriters night where you are. Of course, if you live in or near Nashville, well, need I say more?
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Artists to Watch Presents Country Night at Rooster’s Texas BBQ

Artists to Watch has been making their impact around Music City with shows at Two Old Hippies, Roosters Texas Style BBQ, and Puckett’s Downtown since April of this year (2012) and they have one final show to close out the …
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Lisa Matassa’s New EP ‘Somebody’s Baby’ Available For Purchase Today (12/4)

Lisa Matassa’s new EP, Somebody’s Baby, is proving its depth as it resonates at radio and with fans.  The disc is available today at Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby. With a voice that FAME writer Mark S. Tucker calls “big, brassy, clear and …
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Country Star Craig Campbell’s ‘Outta My Head’ Five-Song EP Available Today

Just in time for the holidays, Craig Campbell releases a collection of five brand new songs from his upcoming sophomore album.  The Outta My Head Five-Song EP is available for fans to purchase now HERE.  The sneak peek EP not …
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Concert Review: Carrie Underwood in Pittsburgh

Carrie Underwood came to Pittsburgh looking to score a first round knockout at CONSOL Energy Center. The arena managed to endure seven bruising rounds of a high decibel beat down before she let up with “Temporary Home.” The “Blown Away” tour is a 23-song auditory assault from the scorching opener, “Good Girl.” The show includes about a third of the songs from the new album and showcases a spectacular main stage featuring moveable screens and floors. The video screen was mostly filled with tornado imagery throughout.
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Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruises’ To The Top at Country Radio & Goes Platinum For Over 1M Singles Sold

Hot new duo Florida Georgia Line has more than enough holiday cheer to wrap up the
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Young Statues ‘Covers’ 7″ Available for Pre-Order Now

Young Statues’ brand new ‘Covers’ 7″ is now available for pre-order from Run For Cover Records. The EP is due out on December
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Pete Kennedy Wraps Up His International Tour With Impressive Company

Irish Singer/Songwriter Pete Kennedy brought his international tour to a close earlier this month after a 3-month stint opening for incredible pop icon/composer Neil Sedaka and Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. It was the experience of a lifetime for Kennedy, …
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Jason Castro to Release Debut Word Records Album January 15, 2013

American Idol alum Juan Castro to release his debut Word Records album, Only A Mountain, due out January 15, 2013 (a day prior to the kick-off of the new season of American Idol). It marks his first full-length album on …
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Metal Mother Drops Album Cut “Mind_Off” From “Ionika”

“To be an outspoken optimist these days is nothing less than heroic, albeit highly unfashionable,” Metal Mother’s Tara Tati tells Diffuser.fm about her new track “Mind_Off,” culled from the upcoming sophomore Metal Mother album Ionika. “This song is about the …
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Man Overboard & Lost Tape Collective Launch ‘Before We Met’ Pre-Order

Man Overboard and their label, Lost Tape Collective have launched pre-orders for the re-release of the bands debut physical release, Before We Met on CD, LP and Cassette. The 10 song album is comprised of the band’s 2008 demo EP, …
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Randy Rhoads Birtrhday Celebration

Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank. The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 6th and ends Saturday, …
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Hal Leonard Publishes Welcome to the Jungle

Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein. This amazing guide is an invaluable source for freelancers who want …
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10 Tips to Make You a Better Jammer

There’s no formal guide to jam etiquette, but like the Boy Scouts, a good jammer’s motto is “be prepared.” That, good citizenship and serviceable chops go a long way in the world of jamming. So here’s a list of tips you might want to consider before bringing your axe down to the local watering hole and making a B-line for the stage. Maintain Your Guitar. For working players, this is a no-brainer. But if your guitar lives in the closet for extended periods of time, be sure it’s properly intonated, that there’s no rust on the bridge (which can create buzzing…
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Peter Frampton “Comes Alive” Again!

The 1970s boasted many famed live albums, but one of the ones was Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton. It made the Englishman – a pop pin-up, yet also a mercurial guitarist – a huge star, selling 17 million copies. In 2011-2012, Frampton revisited that setlist on a long-running tour, and he recorded it all for release. He explains his newFCA!35 live album to Gibson.com. FCA!35 Tour: An Evening with Peter Frampton is out now on live 2xDVD and Blu-ray, and there’s The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour 3xCD set also. Buy the lot and you will have to take the day…
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Cameras, Lights, Guitars… Action: 10 Classic Movie Themes

In recent years, movie soundtracks seem little more than a ragbag of songs underpinned by a big-name hit that appears to have little relation to the movie. Face it, the only earth-shattering thing about Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” (for Armageddon) was that it was their first #1 single. Other times, the “why the hell is this here?” factor is intentional, as with Huey Lewis’s “Hip to Be Square” soundtracking the most violent murder of American Psycho. But sometimes, music and movies come together in harmony…
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