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BMI Mourns the Loss of Daniel Johnston

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From News, posted 9.13.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of celebrated American singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, who passed away on September 11 at his home in Waller, Texas, at the age of 58. A pioneering figure in the lo-fi indie scene and a BMI affiliate since 1986, Johnston occupied a distinctive niche with his singular… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Fall 2019

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Fall’s Indie spotlight gets off to a running start with Fitness, an eclectic duo with years of musical experience informing their unique sound. We continue with Goth Babe, who makes music at home (otherwise known as the camper attached to his truck), and Fences, who left the clouds of Seattle for… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Fitness

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Emo-tronic. Alt-rock. Feel-good. These are all adjectives you could use to describe Fitness, a two-person band composed of Max Collins and Kenny Carkeet. Together, Collins, a member of Eve 6, and Carkeet, a former member of AWOLNATION, have created a new wave, electropop duo that fans must work hard to find… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Goth Babe

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Griffin Washburn, better known by his stage name, Goth Babe, lives a lifestyle as unconventional and unexpected as his music. Currently living in his Ford F-250 with his dog Sadie, he makes music that could be described as “raw,” “garage,” and “surf.” His lo-fi indie pop jams—which he writes, records, and… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Fences

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Los Angeles-based band, Fences, is breaking musical barriers in the City of Angels following its move from Seattle. Fronted by Christopher Mansfield, Fences’ latest album, Failure Sculptures, is a slow-burning collection of pop tracks that demonstrate transcendent songwriting and elevated spirituality. Mansfield, whose work with Macklemore put him on the national… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Kid Karma

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From News, posted 9.12.19. On their infectious new single, “Good Morning Blues,” LA-based duo, Kid Karma, discuss what it means to live in the age of technology. With an intricately crafted left-of-pop beat that features Cautious Clay on the sax, its title is inspired by morning sadness and how we check our phones as soon… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: X Lovers

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Best friends since age 10, London Jackson and Jacob Ames formed their first band at age 11. Harnessing their “sad boy energy” and taking inspiration from artists like Green Day and Kanye West, X Lovers’ songs are what we might call “a mood.” Their first release, “Colder When It Rains,” has… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Betcha

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Nashville-based quartet, Betcha, began their musical journey back in 2016 as a band called Wilder. The guys—Ben Booth, Charlie Green, Taylor Dubray, and Chase Wofford—changed their name and gained traction while touring with acts like Kaleo, Judah & the Lion, Matt Maeson, and The BAND Camino. Describing their sound as “sweetly… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Vista Kicks

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Four lifelong friends from Roseville, CA—living within a block of each other since kindergarten—start a band, grow up together, and make it big. It sounds like a Hollywood movie, but it’s real life for Vista Kicks. Comprised of Derek Thomas, Sam Plecker, Trevor Sutton, and Nolan Le Vine, Vista Kicks had… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Low Hum

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From News, posted 9.12.19. Growing up in Hawaii, Collin Desha picked up the state’s trademark ukulele at age 12. It changed everything, transforming him from a self-proclaimed “surf punk kid” to an introspective and inquisitive musician who had found his life’s calling. Arriving in Los Angeles as a wide-eyed 17-year-old, he absorbed everything he could,… Read more...


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