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LISTEN: Ostarè Goes ‘Deep’ Over a Feel-Good Beat

Who says dance music can’t have a deeper meaning?

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Finding the Right Performance Opportunities

For artists, there is much to consider when trying to score better live performance opportunities. Where can artists find paying gigs? Are the gigs in question the right fit for the artist? How can performers build relationships that will help them secure more opportunities and further their careers? Are there platforms out there that are designed to help performing artists as they search for these opportunities?

The latest article in our “10 People Musicians Need on Their Side” series tackles these questions. I reached out to Channing Moreland, who is the co-founder of EVAEVA is an online marketplace that connects entertainers with paid live event opportunities. While it’s important to note that EVA itself is not a booking agency, EVA works directly with booking agents and independent artists alike to connect musicians and entertainers – of all disciplines and career levels – to paid performance opportunities at corporate events. These opportunities can be vital toward helping entertainers build lasting relationships and grow their platforms.

Songs You Should Hear: How to ‘Cope,’ Reconnect, and Remain in Control

Those with diverse sonic palettes should rejoice at this week’s Songs You Should Hear!

These tunes, each distinct in its own sound and subject matter, have layers worth peeling back. Listen closely, and you might hear some intriguing — and even unexpected — influences make their way into a couple of these soundscapes.

Hear What You Should

PREMIERE: Is There Really ‘No Good News?’ Ask Nicole Boggs & The Reel

The opening guitar wail of Nicole Boggs & The Reel’s new single, “No Good News,” sets an ominous tone: one befitting of the modern times in which we live — which seem to carry more than their share of fear and uncertainty.

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Finding Support from the Indie Music Media

Musicians: whether it feels this way or not, opportunities to be seen and heard are all around you. I would know – I happen to run an independent music publicationa podcast, and an event production company. So, when Luke Holden and I divided up the articles for Muze’s “10 People Musicians Need on Their Side” series, I laid claim to the “Media Supporter” archetype right away.

What I didn’t want to do, though, is just have this be an op-ed about all of the things I look for when considering whether to feature an artist or their music. So, I received an assist from a couple of my peers in the industry for their takes on what they’re looking for, where they find new music, and other tips and tricks that will help you identify the right opportunities.

Redfin Reveals Must-Try Hidden Restaurant Gems in Nashville (ft. UMC Founder Gerard Longo)

Here’s something fun for your weekend: I was selected by Redfin to share one of my top restaurant picks in Nashville as part of their Hidden Gems in Nashville: Local Foodies Reveal the Must-Try Restaurants feature.

If you know me, you know that I’ve got a sweet tooth, so I decided to shout out East Park Donuts & Coffee, located at 700 Main St. in East Nashville. Here’s what I had to say:

“If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong at East Park Donuts and Coffee. You can tell that East Park makes their products with love and creativity, and you can taste the high-quality ingredients in menu staples like the strawberry-frosted ‘EP’ (have you ever watched The Simpsons? It looks just like Homer’s go-to snack). Other menu gems include the ‘Brown Butter,’ which is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, and the ‘Maple Bacon,’ which is every bit as savory as it sounds.”

That’s just the icing on the cake… er, donut. There are tons of great picks from other local experts, and you can find the full list here.

Songs You Should Hear: Meet the ‘Broads off Broad’

Next Friday, BentoLiving Chestnut Hill will present Broads off Broad, an all-female showcase featuring the talents of Erin McLendon and The HellCats, Jenny Teator, and The Lucky Penny Sisters.

McLendon, in particular, released a new single today. So, to celebrate, we thought this week was the perfect time to dedicate Songs You Should Hear to this killer lineup!

Hear What You Should
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