Friday, February 28, 2020

Brendan Benson on starting a label and embracing the DIY ethos

With seven full-length albums under his belt (five solo and two with the Raconteurs), BRENDAN BENSON is no stranger to the inner workings of the music business....

How To Build Your Band: The Essentials

AP and I have teamed up to start a new column about being an independent artist in today's music scene. This column is directly geared towards musicians...

The Classics According to Keith – Spies Like Us

  Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley waxes cinematic on the more important films of our time. Sort of.    SPIES LIKE US (1985)   STARS: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon   THE...

Tyler “Telle” Smith of The Word Alive on his ethos as a frontman

So you think you want to be a rock star?  I mean, why not?  It seems glorious: the endless nights of partying, the girls, the screaming fans....

Hey, Frat Dude: Back Away From My Fave Bands

Ryan Adams Ben Kweller The Avett Brothers Ben Folds Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band And most recently, Band Of Horses These are just a handful of the shows (all of which...

Senses Fail Studio Blog #5: Expect things to get super-weird

November 29 - December 2 Hey everyone, Things are moving along very well at the Airport Studios.  In the past three days, Matt and I (and sometimes Shaun when...

What you don’t know about how much your favorite band makes

I fielded some really interesting questions over at Reddit (this thread if you missed it). Thanks to everyone who came by to add to the discussion. While I’ve...

From The Mosh Pit: Top 5 Top 5 Lists

I used to hate Third Eye Blind with a ferocious ferver the likes of which caused me to look up the words "ferocious" and "fervor." But this was...

The Dirty Spot #5: The Ups And Downs Of Playing Keys In A Band

When the Venetia Fair lost their original keyboardist about four years ago, I was playing guitar in a band that I had been in for about four...

Please Stop: Five Annoying Social-Media Tendencies Your Band Should Avoid

A band’s online presence is more important than ever. Keeping an audience attentive and satisfied, however, requires acts to adapt to new techniques and an always-evolving Internet...