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  • How Musicians Should NOT Use Social Media [VIDEO]

    Jul 8

    This YouTube video takes a comical, but all too true look at how musicians, in this case local ones, use and OVERuse social media. Spewing a steady stream of useless information interspersed with begging for a few more Facebook Likes is more much likely to drive fans away than it is to attract them, but it does make for amusing viewing. WATCH: Related articles 42 Ways to Make Money As An Independent Musician YouTube Live Streaming Opens To All Musicians 18 Ways Musicians Can Make...

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  • Charli XCX Announces North American Tour, Shares "Boom Clap" Remix

    Jul 8

    Photo by Pooneh Ghana Charli XCX has announced a North American tour that begins in September. Check out the full schedule below. She's also shared a remix of "Boom Clap" by pop duo ASTR, which you can listen to above. (You can watch her perform "Boom Clap" on last night's episode of "Seth Meyers", too.)  Read our Guest List with Charli XCX. Charli XCX: 09-26 Orlando, FL - The Social 09-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room 09-29 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live 09-30 Charlotte,...

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  • Wolfgang's Vault Bringing 12,000 More Concert Videos To YouTube Channel

    Jul 8

    Wolfgang's Vault is a memorabilia and merch store that has long included streaming audio of live shows via its Concert Vault. In the spring they added Music Vault, a YouTube channel that features both full concerts and single live songs from the late 70s to today. While their website tends to focus on the late 60s through the 70s, Music Vault reveals what appears to be a larger range of related music. Now Music Vault is adding 12,000 more live videos to YouTube. Wolfgang's Vault is...

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  • Small Change Turns Songkick Into A D.I.Y. Ticket Sales Powerhouse

    Jul 8

    Sometimes the smallest changes have the greatest impact. Songkick made just such a shift with the addition of custom ticket sale links. Previously, when you added a show to Songkick, the app pointed you pre-chosen ticket sources. Now users can add a custom link that sends fans wherever they want. That could, for example, include a custom landing page with additional info or a special offer on BandPage Experiences.  To add direct Songkick ticket links: click ‘Edit events’ next to the artist...

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  • 16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist

    Jul 8

    When reviewing websites for musicians, we generally break down the reviews into 3 categories: Design Organization & Navigation Content For each category, there are certain key things that we look out for. We’ve decided to share our checklist so bands can assess their own websites! So here’s our 16-point band website assessment checklist to measure how your website is doing: 16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist Section 1: Design 1. Does the imagery represent the...

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  • Cloud Nothings Share "Psychic Trauma" Video

    Jul 8

    Photo by Pooneh Ghana Cloud Nothings have shared the video for "Psychic Trauma" from this year's Here and Nowhere Else. Directed by Ryan Manning, it shows the band performing through the lens of a bad trip. Watch it below. Read "Silent Shout", our feature on Cloud Nothings. Watch Cloud Nothings perform "Stay Useless" at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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  • SXSW 2015 Now Accepting Showcase Submissions

    Jul 8

    South By Southwest (SXSW) 2015 is now accepting artists showcase applications. This edition runs Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Austin, Texas. All applications must be submitted no later than October 10th. Fes are $33 for early submissions, $45 after Sept. 12, 2014. Apply here: http://www.sxsw.com/music/shows/apply.  Just in case you've had your head in the sand, the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival showcases more than 2,300 musical acts of all...

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  • Death From Above 1979 Detail New Album, Announce North American and European Tour

    Jul 8

    Last month word finally broke regarding a new album by Death From Above 1979, the duo's first record since 2004's You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. It's called The Physical World, out September 9 in the U.S. on Last Gang/Warner Bros. and produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Nine Inch Nails, LCD Soundsystem). Now some more details have emerged, along with a fall tour schedule. That's the cover art above. See the tracklist below. Just yesterday they debuted the LP's first single, "Trainwreck 1979"....

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  • Sub Pop Launches Web Radio Station On TuneIn

    Jul 8

    Sub Pop's been making bold moves of late from opening a record store at Sea-Tac Airport to launching a Drip.fm-powered digital music subscription service. Last week they debuted a web radio station on TuneIn, a massive platform for web radio including both pure plays and terrestrial streams. It's hard to say how the station will do but it's another strong forward move by Sub Pop. Sub Pop Radio is a new station on TuneIn a platform known more for terrestrial radio, including NPR, than...

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  • Why Spraying Pigs' Blood Onstage and Shutting Down Great Venues Is Not Cool

    Jul 8

    A band of idiots that I'm sure are very proud of themselves recently splattered blood on the interior of an Asheville, NC venue long supportive of unique, independent acts in all genres. Their artistic effort temporarily forced the shutdown of the venue and associated restaurant. This action caused over 40 people to lose shifts and much needed pay. The band is called Young and in the Way. If you know any venue owners or anybody that books metal acts or bills on which a metal act might appear,...

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