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BMI Indie Spotlight: Junior Mesa

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From News, posted 3.30.20 After picking up his grandfather’s guitar in high school and teaching himself “Lithium” by Nirvana, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Junior Mesa, fell in love with music and never looked back. Mired in small-town frustration, Mesa turned to music for his own peace, spending hours writing songs and perfecting his instrumental talents. To educate… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Early James

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From News, posted 3.30.20 “I make songs for a living,” says singer/songwriter, Early James. “That’s a weird thing to say.” The Birmingham, AL resident caught the music bug at age six, when he witnessed a local musician perform at a family function. There isn’t a time in his life when there wasn’t a song… Read more...


BMI Band Helps Washington Craft Brewers Kick Off Conference

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From News, posted 11.11.19 The 1st annual Washington Craft Beer Summit Welcome Party, held recently (11/7) at Half Lion Brewery in Sumner, was highlighted by a raucous performance from the BMI grunge alt rock band Naked Giants. The Seattle- based group performed at the inaugural conference that was hosted by the Washington Brewers Guild… Read more...


Breakthrough Hits and Signature Songs: What Can They Teach Us?

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.21.19 Although it was more than sixteen years ago, I still recall chatting with a twenty-something guy who stood in front of me in line as we waited to attend the taping of the David Letterman Show. The guy was excited because his brother Adam would be performing on the show,… Read more...


Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18 Nowadays even the most basic software package offers home users virtually infinite tracking space, making the temptation to over-record stronger than ever. Bear in mind, however, that some of the most compelling productions through the years have been those that favored space and dynamics, rather than uber-overdubbing. To that end,… Read more...


Weird Al Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” Tour is a Mandatory Must-See

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From News, posted 8.11.16 Having earned four GRAMMYs and fifteen career nominations, the incomparable “Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history. Best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs by the biggest stars in the musical universe over the past three decades, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,”… Read more...


10 Preguntas con Juan Galeano

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From News, posted 1.06.16 El cantante colombiano Juan Galeano es la nueva voz magnética de rock en Español. Su trío poderoso, Diamante Eléctrico, está encantado la vida de una victoria sorprendente en mejor álbum rock en los 16 anual Latin GRAMMYS por su segundo álbum, “B,” superando a veteranos rockeros Cuca, La Gusana Ciega,… Read more...


10 Questions With Juan Galeano

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From News, posted 1.06.16 Colombian singer-songwriter Juan Galeano is the magnetic new voice of rock en Español. His power trio, Diamante Eléctrico, is riding high in the wake of a surprise Best Rock Album win at the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMYS for their sophomore album, B, beating out veteran rockers Cuca, La Gusana Ciega,… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Sunflower Bean

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From News, posted 9.16.15 Though its name may suggest otherwise, Sunflower Bean makes far from soft, sunny music. Ask the band members themselves and they’ll describe their sound as everything from “neo-psychedelic for the digital age,” to “night music,” to just good “rock ‘n’ roll.” And while it’s true that the latter… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: The Wans

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From News, posted 2.03.15 The Wans are perfectly positioned for 2015 to be their year. The two-year-old band wrote more than 40 songs for their album He Said, She Said, whittling the tally down to 10 gritty rock tracks with the help of producer Dave Cobb, who counts the likes of Rival Sons and… Read more...


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