Improving Your Band’s ‘Bookability’

One the great headaches of operating as a DIY musician results from the challenge of booking a lineup of shows, whether it's a a single festival slot of populating a an entire tour, it can all be made easier by increasing your band's "bookability". ___________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Soundfly's Flypaper Oh, the ceaseless quest to get booked… Whether it’s trying to land a coveted spot at a big summer festival or hoping to line up a solid run of shows for yo...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Kansas City, Music Business, Live & Touring, Soundfly, D.I.Y, Patrick McGuire

Taylor Swift Told Her 112 Million Followers To Register To Vote — I Listened. Here's Why.

Like an animatronic snake, Taylor Swift has shed her apolitical skin and announced her support for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. And while she's — surprise, surprise — already being picked apart for her choices, her big reputation revelation has already led to a massive spike in new voter registrations nationwide.How big? According to the nonpartisan website, 413,691 people registered to vote between October 7, the day of Swift's big announcement, and October 11. Notab...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, Taylor Swift, Congress, Senate, Gop, Arkansas, Tennessee, Taylor, Swift, Mike Huckabee, Melania Trump, Don, Westbrook, Sen Claire McCaskill

Q&A With Staten Island Based Hip Hop Artist Big Les

WOW! What a fresh ass album “The King Shall Prosper” you have to showcase to all of us underground heads! Big Les,a it’s really refreshing to know you’re a dope up and comer in the game today holding the indie/underground Hip Hop torch nice and high! For the music junkies who don’t know who you are, let them know? Where are you from? How did you become a Hip Hop artist? What’s up! I’m Big Les, a rapper from the forgotten borough, Staten Island (Shaolin), New York. I’ve been rapping since I was ...
Tags: China, Jazz, Burger King, Soundcloud, Kevin, Sami, Leslie, Dreamville, Q&A Interviews, Big Les, Marshall Bruce Mathers, Staten Island Shaolin New York, Ken Kaniff, Soundcloud DatPiff, Yao Evu

6 New Cult Shoe Brands Fashion People Love

Good news: eye-wateringly expensive shoes aren't cool anymore. Just take a look at this season's street style. Instead of big-budget brands, editors, buyers, stylists, and bloggers were championing a new wave of lesser-known, independent footwear designers. From Icelandic label Kalda’s butter-soft leather sling-backs to Berlin-based Aeyde’s intricate sculptural heels, the new crop of favorites offers comfort, sustainability, and affordability without skimping on design values.How does a fashion...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, London, Instagram, Berlin, Spain, Italy, Sydney, Bulgaria, Donna Karan, Tilda Swinton, Karlie Kloss, Harper, Zoe Saldana, Castillo

6 Easy Steps to Improve the Use of Music at Your Church

What Catholic does not have strong views about the kind of music used in their church? The argument regarding traditional music or contemporary music is a challenging debate that rarely brings about spiritual fruit. There are other changes, without getting into a heated debate, that can easily improve the the use of Mass music at a parish and bring about a more fruitful participation in the sacramental work of Christ in the Sacred Liturgy. 1. Let the Choir Pray and Not Perform Where should the...
Tags: Music, Featured, Church, Religion, Culture, Voice, Christ, Canon, Jesus Christ, Mundelein, Books and Art, Franciscan University, Sacred Music, Parish Life, Liturgical Institute, Church Musicam Sacram

The Number Ones: The Association’s “Windy”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
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Lukas Nelson talks new music, ‘A Star is Born,’ acting and more before the Outlaw Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl

After pinging around on the East Coast for eight gigs, the Outlaw Music Festival Tour will finish off its run at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 21. Now in its third year, the annual jaunt, which is carefully mapped out and curated with country music icon Willie Nelson at the helm, has featured a rotating roster of talent including appearances by Van Morrison, Neil Young, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Brandi Carlile, Terra Lightfoot, Greensky Blue...
Tags: Music, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Neil Young, Dave, Things To Do, Soccer, Bradley Cooper, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Music Festivals, Woody Harrelson, Lady Gaga, Mars, Drake

catching up with photos...

well, it has been a wee while, so i figured the best way to catch this space up with what i've been up to to is through pictures from the past few weeks... we've been going out to breakfast every saturday to chat about how much we love omelets, our week's goals and what we're going to eat for lunch. plus, the food motivates us to detach our faces from our pillows early on rainy weekends. we saw this actual "advertising" display in the window of a photography studio in the i becam...
Tags: Music, Life, Ikea, Photographs, Warby Parker, Lola, Ben, Stacy, Suzanne, Rocco DiSpirito, Bobby Long, Sarcomical, Ogle My Stuff

How Safe Is It For Meghan Markle To Fly While Pregnant?

On Monday morning, Kensington Palace finally confirmed the rumors that yes, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant.The news came after Markle and Prince Harry touched down in Sydney for their international tour. The couple will travel to Australia and New Zealand for a 16-day tour of the commonwealth, and Royal reporter Emily Nash says they plan to attend the 76 engagements they have lined up for the trip.Of course, travel can be a big part of Royal responsibilities — but how safe is it ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Australia, Sydney, New Zealand, Harry, Royal, Mayo Clinic, United Airlines, Sussex, Kensington Palace, Zika, American College of Obstetricians, Markle, Acog, Emily Nash

Sales statistics for August 2018 are now available

You can now view your Sales Statistics for August 2018 on your account at Log-in to see your earnings, full breakdowns are available in your Statistics page. The post Sales statistics for August 2018 are now available appeared first on RouteNote Blog.
Tags: Music, Free, Digital, Sales, Download, Stats, Online, Artists, Musicians, Earnings, Streaming, Statistics, Independent, Distribution, Bands, Routenote

AM BRIEF: Apple Buys Asaii Music Analytics • Mixcloud Signs UMG • BMG Acquires World Circuit • More

MONDAY 10.15. 18 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Apple Music, Bmg, Bruce Houghton, Mixcloud, Music Business News

Watch Isis Reunite At Caleb Scofield Tribute In LA

In 2014, people started confusing the militant band of terrorists ISIS with the post-metal band of musicians Isis. Last night they performed for the first time in eight years, following their break-up in 2010, under a new name, Celestial. The name comes from the title of an Isis album from 2000. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Isis, La, Celestial, Caleb Scofield

Desert Daze 2018 Was An Oasis Among American Festivals

For years now, Desert Daze has arrived in October like a mirage in the landscape to which it owes its name. It's a sudden oasis, where psych-rock bands and artists and stoners and adventurous music fans have gathered, culminating in what founder (and JJUUJJUU leader) Phil Pirrone has deemed an “anti-festival.” And while … More »
Tags: Music, Earth, Tame Impala, Jarvis Cocker, Chelsea Wolfe, Cosmonauts, My Bloody Valentine, Death Grips, Sounding Board, Jjuujjuu, Earthless, Mercury Rev, Slowdive, Kikagaku Moyo, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Desert Daze

These Foundations Were Made For Oily Skin

More often than not, using a matte foundation means shine-free, long-wear full coverage all day long. But settling on the right base that does it all without leaving skin feeling dehydrated or looking cake-y can be difficult — especially for people with combination and oily skin. So, how do you find the right foundation that keeps your grease at bay while still looking natural in the process?To make this search a foolproof one, we asked a few makeup artists for their favorite foundations that k...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Sephora, Gigi Hadid, Macy, Hughes, Greenberg, Stern, Revlon, ELIZABETH ARDEN, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, Molly R Stern, Chantecaille, Jamie Greenberg, Katie Jane Hughes

How I Overcame My Lifelong Confidence Struggle

The following story was told to Ava Feuer and edited for length and clarity.If you had told me five years ago that this would be my life, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not only did I not think I deserved my relationships or accomplishments, but I also never believed I could even make those things happen for myself. Let me explain: When I was in the third grade, my parents told me that they were getting divorced. I know that their divorce wasn’t about me, but I still mark it as the first time I ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Adeline, Paola Delucca, Ava Feuer

The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It” Video

The 1975 have two new albums coming down the pipeline, the first of which is out next month. It's called A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, and we've already heard several singles including "Sincerity Is Scary," "TooTimeTooTimeTooTime," "Give Yourself A Try," and "Love It If We Made … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Tour Dates, The 1975

Why you need many different ways of telling your singers the same thing

As I started yet another singing workshop, I realised that I say pretty much the same thing in the introduction each time.That got me thinking: if singers hear exactly the same thing too many times, they’ll just zone out. How can we avoid that?I’m just back from a trip to Switzerland. At the beginning of the flight we were encouraged to listen to the safety instructions carefully, even if we fly frequently and have heard them many times before.This was an attempt to get us to pay attention. If w...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Self Awareness, Switzerland, Workshops, Singers, Singing Workshop, Chris Rowbury, Singing Group

White Man Who Shot at Black Teen Trying to Get Directions to School Found Guilty of Assault, Could Spend Up to 10 Years in Prison

A white man who shot at a black teen who was asking for directions was found guilty of assault by a Michigan jury.Jeffrey Zeigler was arrested in April for firing his gun at 14-year-old Brennan Walker, who had gotten lost on his way to school and was asking for directions.The incident, which sparked national outrage, was recorded on Zeigler’s home surveillance system, and the footage was shown by prosecutors to a jury on Thursday, October 11th.The next day, the jury found Zeigler guilty of assau...
Tags: Videos, Crime, News, Shooting, Guns, Mugshots, Fox, Jazz, Assault, Michigan, Detroit, Guilty, Gun Violence, Good News, Wright, Morad

Jade River & Myka 9 – “A New Suspiria” (Album)

Hot on the heels of their last single, “My Whole Life,” ever-evolving Portland based producer, Jade River, and the iconic Myka 9, an undisputed legend of the Los Angeles hip-hop scene, finally drop their highly anticipated collaborative LP, “A New Suspiria“. 
Tags: Los Angeles, Portland, Jazz, Albums/Mixtapes, Myka 9, Myka, Jade River

What The Heck: All Of The Songs From ‘A Star Is Born,’ Ranked

Alert: All of the songs are – if you like pop music, of course – pretty good. “The album has been the gift that keeps on giving.”
Tags: Art, Music, 10.12.18

Tom Bennitt's Playlist for His Novel "Burning Under"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Tom Bennitt's debut novel Burning Under is a smart and fast-paced literary thriller. John Brandon wrote of the book: "Burning Under eloquently evokes the landscape and customs of ...
Tags: Music, Bono, Wilco, David, Pennsylvania, Steelers, Army, Metallica, Wiz Khalifa, Ac Dc, Grateful Dead, Pittsburgh, Simon, Atomic Books Comics Preview, George, Denise

3 Unexpected Ways To Master Fall Layering

Layering up for winter is often all about the formula — thick tights, cozy hats and gloves, chunky knits, oversized coats. But when it comes to the fall months, when the temperature can be as capricious as the rain forecast, the sartorial landscape can feel a bit more daunting. Without any clearly defined formulas or cues, mastering autumnal layers can seem like too much work, especially when you’re heading out the door before your first proper cup of coffee.Instead of defaulting to throwing a ...
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How This Norwegian Designer Is Taking Ballroom Culture Global

Whether we mean to or not, we put a lot of pressure on our clothes. We expect them to define us but also shape-shift with our every mood. We want high quality but we aren't willing to pay for it. We demand industry-wide change but we insist that it happens overnight. Fashion is struggling to keep up. But what keeps people interested is newness and the merging and spreading of different cultures.As Yamuna Forzani, a Norwegian brand that seeks to bring New York's ballroom culture to the edges of ...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Japan, New York, New York City, Queens, Paris, Netherlands, Sydney, Black, Harlem, Rotterdam, Kiki, Forzani, Yamuna Forzani

Mozart Dee Smashes The Patriarchy in Girl Power Song "Push You Harder"

Mozart Smashes the Patriarchy in Girl Power Song "Push You Harder" Globe-trotting, trilingual teen pop prodigy Mozart has debuted her new song and video for "Push You Harder" a passionate Globe-trotting, trilingual teen pop phenom Mozart has debuted her song and official video for "Push You Harder," a passionate girl-power anthem about smashing the patriarchy, healing that pain & taking the power back.This mesmerizing single off her upcoming debut EP with Grammy-winning producer Mikal Blue, ...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Music, America, Blog, Mtv, Ariana Grande, Mozart, Around-the-world Family Travel, Halsey, Don, Lindsey Stirling, Bebe Rexha, Mozart Dee, Mikal Blue

Breaks With Tradition: “The Champ”

Breaks With Tradition is a new Stereogum column that examines a certain song that’s been frequently sampled and how that song has been used through the years. More »
Tags: Music, Miles Davis, Migos, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Chuck Chillout, Breaks With Tradition, Afrika Islam, Eric B. And Rakim, The Mohawks

Radio In The Time Of Streaming: Chartmetric’s RadioWave Top 300 Data

As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market. ________________________ Guest post by Jason Joven of ChartMetric If you’ve been in the music business for decades, you’ve seen it firsthand: household radio DJ voices giving way to nameless playlist curators. The leisure...
Tags: Spotify, Music, News, US, America, West, United States, Guest Post, Streaming, Nashville, Sirius Xm, Amd, Drake, West Coast, Jason Aldean, South

If It's Too Good To Be True, It Is

.. BEWARE! There are a lot of experts, people who claim to have figured IT out and those with guaranteed methods to get there faster. This week the Music Biz Weekly podcast is all about the old saying... if it's too good to be true, it is. There is no substitute for hard work and putting in the time and effort.     [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Marketing, Musicians, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Music Biz Weekly

Donald Byrd: Byrd's Word

Blue Note's art direction in the early 1950s was so compelling and future forward that we often forget that Savoy also recorded a significant number of knockout albums during this period. Donald Byrd's Byrd's Word is a prime example. Recorded for Savoy in September 1955 and produced by Ozzie Cadena, the album featured a killer quintet—Donald Byrd (tp), Frank Foster (ts), Hank Jones (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). The album was Byrd's second album as a leader (his first, Byrd Jazz,...
Tags: New York, Jazz, Clarke, Newark, Detroit, Jones, Foster, Hackensack, Savoy, Francis Wolff, Alfred Lion, Winterset, Rudy Van Gelder, Cadena, Byrd, Kenny Clarke

Yella Beezy Hospitalized After Being Shot at 12 Times in Highway Drive-By Shooting

Yella Beezy was hospitalized over the weekend after being shot “multiple times” while driving on the highway in Texas.Police confirmed to the Dallas News that the 26-year-old rising hip-hop star, born Deandre Conway, was shot three times early Sunday morning (Oct. 14) when a vehicle pulled up beside him on the Sam Rayburn Tollway near Dallas and began firing into his car.More than a dozen shots were fired in total, officials said, and the severely wounded rapper was discovered around 3:30 a.m. H...
Tags: Celebs, Texas, Beyonce, Instagram, Shooting, Hip Hop, Hospitalized, Pop Culture, Jazz, Dallas, Times, ARLINGTON Texas, Dee, Beezy, Texas Police, Sam Rayburn Tollway

Chance the Rapper Goes Undercover as a Lyft For Charity Awareness

Chance the Rapper has a new occupation, a Lyft driver. The Grammy Award winning rapper went undercover for the ride sharing service for some fun and to promote a greater cause. A handful of unsuspecting passengers are driven around Chicago by “John,” where music, love, and a rap debate comes up during their trips. Wearing sunglasses and a beanie, Chance/”John” also takes the time to inform the riders that his charity The New Chance Fund (along with the help of SocialWorks), is using the Round...
Tags: Lyft, Chicago, Jazz, John, Chance The Rapper, Chicago Public Schools, Laugh With, Laugh At, Good For Humanity, Genius Moment, SocialWorks, New Chance Fund

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