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Create Better Songs by Painting With Sound

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From MusicWorld, posted 3.16.18 It takes a keen ear to understand how to produce tracks that have warmth, depth and above all, layers of color, as if the finished product were a painting rather than a recording. In director Matthew Longfellow’s 2010 documentary on the making of Damn the Torpedoes, Mike Campbell, sidekick to… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: The Wrecks

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From News, posted 2.26.18 The origin story of The Wrecks, a pop-rock band from Thousand Oaks, California, began a few years ago with some secret overnight recording sessions. The band, who has been inspired by The Pixies, The Strokes and Weezer, didn’t have the funds to rent their own recording space, but a friend… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: AJR

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From News, posted 12.06.17 An indie-pop band of brothers with an Ivy League pedigree, AJR stands for Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, a Columbia University alum, junior and freshman, they’re packing rooms across the country with their contagious energy and irresistible songs. They got their start a decade ago busking in the streets of… Read more...


The Song or the Studio: Which Comes First?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.17 It’s a debate that has raged since the advent of multitracking: should a studio be seen as a workshop to craft new material on the spot, or, by contrast, do you wait until you have an inventory of fully fleshed-out song ideas? Actually, there are merits to both, and in… Read more...


BMI Writers Take Major GRAMMY Nominations

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From News, posted 12.27.16 After another prolific year of incredible music, BMI songwriters made a strong showing in the nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, slated to be presented Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earning multiple nods across the prestigious Recording Academy accolade’s 84 separate categories, the… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Bully

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From News, posted 9.16.15 Alicia Bognanno is not afraid to be called insecure, intense or even insane. The singer-songwriter’s openness is her greatest weapon in Bully, the buzzy band that’s taking familiar ‘90s alt-rock (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Weezer) and turning it into smart, sharp-edged indie rock. The name Bully itself may not… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Grace Kelly

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From News, posted 4.21.15 Grace Kelly’s success as a solo artist has been gestating for almost a decade, when she started out playing bass in a punk rock band and singing hip-hop hooks in her native Atlanta. A precocious songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, her talent garnered support from established musicians such as GRAMMY-nominated J. Que… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Dear Boy

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From News, posted 6.07.13 Dear Boy’s four members - Ben Grey (vox/guitar), Keith Cooper (drums), Austin Hayman (guitar) and Nils Bue (bass) - were all born in Los Angeles but raised in South London. It’s in Vauxhall, London, that they recorded their eponymous debut EP, due later this summer. Singer Ben Gray recalls: “The… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Tommy & The High Pilots

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From News, posted 4.22.13 When his first band, Holden, broke up in 2007, Tommy Cantillon left New York and returned to his roots in Santa Barbara, ready for Act II. This time, he’d tap best friends Steve Libby (bass) and Matt Palermo (drums), and his brother, Michael Cantillon (guitar/keyboards) to complement his vocals. With… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Ocean Grove

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From News, posted 9.11.11 After touring the globe and enjoying some of the greatest times of their lives, John Taylor (vocals/guitar), Ryan Liestman (Keys/Backing Vocals), Greg Garbowsky (bass/backing vocals), Jack Lawless (drums) decided it was time to start their own project, one that would see them develop a truly unique rock and roll sound… Read more...


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