In my previous article for Muze, we took a dive into the ways independent artists can book more shows, more often. From relationship building with venue managers and fellow artists, to making sure you deliver a complete, organized pitch, the steps are outlined to ensure that you find greater success, as you strive to bring your live show to new audiences.
But… you know what they say about a tree falling in a forest, right? If nobody is around to hear it, does it really make a sound? The final step in that article was to make sure you promote your show once it’s booked, to get people out and ensure that the venue is happy (thus, increasing the likelihood that you will be booked again in the future).
Last time, I promised to come back with ways to make your gig stand out as special, and to make it the place to be in any competitive live music market. That’s what we’ll do here today!
We have new tunes blowing in, like the gentle early-autumn breeze currently sweeping through Nashville.
This week’s Songs You Should Hear lineup features three emotionally-gripping new tracks from female artists. We start by whisking you away to the scenic Pacific Northwest, before transporting back in time to the 1980s — with a twist! Then, we close with a frantic pop anthem about the difficulties of finding love, when we find it hard to love ourselves.
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Without saying a word, Andrew LaVogue is always ready and able to capture our imaginations through song. The Ohio native — who now resides in Portland, ME — is a master at creating a variety of moods though his American primitive guitar stylings.
LaVogue’s latest offering is the full-length album, Cherry Valley Waltz. Crafted over a two-year period, the eight-track offering — preceded by singles “Remember When” and “Sweet and Simple” — paints vivid golden-hour portraits of life growing up in the rural reaches of northeast Ohio.
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So, it dawned on us the other day: we have a whole bunch of amazing clips from The Quinn Spinn — not to mention, other video content ideas — hanging out on hard drives, and a whole YouTube channel that would gladly host them.
So, we’re finally stepping fully into the 21st Century, and we’ve decided to give you some of our Official Podcast’s most insightful, inspirational, and/or hilarious moments on-demand!
Watch a few!
On Thursday night, we returned to The Cobra Nashville to kick off the fall NashLive! season.
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Hip hop and pop rule the day in this week’s edition of Songs You Should Hear. From the ambient and dreamy, to the unabashedly direct, we’ve got the goods that will keep your brain and body moving.
By the way, we do this every Friday, and are always down to receive new submissions. So, if there’s something you think we should hear, let us know!
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How will you know when you’re truly living your dream? Will you hear the fanfare of angels blowing their trumpets? Will there be an undeniable moment signifying your grand arrival?
Not exactly. In fact, it may be months (or even years) before you even realize it. What does that mean? Well…
In just three tracks, Foundation Mecca showcases his versatility on the new EP, Feels Good 2 Be Alive.
Listen to the EP
“Well all hail and long live the legendary
-Dirty Heads, “Indigo”
We will prevail
And make old laws imaginary
It’s our time to shine light
Upon the darkest souls
I follow those who search for more than just a common role.”
Anyone who has followed Dirty Heads for a while know that this is a band unafraid of defying convention. The Huntington Beach, California natives — who gradually caught fire with their 2008 debut, Any Port in a Storm — have shown remarkable versatility over a career that spans nearly 20 years of exploration through reggae, hip hop, rock, roots, and all points in between.
It makes sense, then, that the band’s latest album, Midnight Control, features the band’s most seamless experimentation to date. True to the lyrics referenced above, they unapologetically continue to push the envelope in the modern music landscape.
Read our review!
You may know Chris Shiflett for his work as the lead guitarist of modern rock legends and first-ballot Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Foo Fighters.
What you should also know is that Shiflett is building an impressive solo catalog of his own. He just added to it on Friday with his latest single, “Born & Raised.”
Hear the single