Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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....

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...

The Dirty Spot #4: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on Reno, NV

Throughout high school, I always played guitar in hardcore, punk or metal bands. All of my friends were in the heavy music scene, so naturally I was...

Devin Oliver of I See Stars on growing up and achieving his dreams

Twenty is an odd age. I feel so young, but the fact is I’m not anymore. I believe all the changes bring out my imperfections, and I...

The Dirty Spot #3: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on The Van Down By...

Off-days on tour usually go one of two ways. They can be excruciatingly boring, spent in a van on a long drive or in a Wal-Mart parking...

Tyler “Telle” Smith of the Word Alive on cherishing your loved ones

I planned on writing about a different subject for this blog, however I received a phone call from my aunt last night who told me my mom...

Tyler “Telle” Smith of the Word Alive on staying positive when surrounded by negativity

The Word Alive are currently on the All Stars Tour with a plethora of other top-level metalcore acts trekking across the country. While on the road, frontman...

The Dirty Spot #2: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on The Time I Wanted...

It's always slightly bothered me that I hold my music taste in such high regard. I've been guilty of looking down on other bands because their music...

Journalism Ethics 101: What not to do when you call a band a white...

Yesterday, Lonnie Nasatir, Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Upper Midwest Region, wrote this opinion piece for CNN.com about white power music. The article was a response to...

The Dirty Spot #1: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on the ups and downs...

Being a smaller band that didn't get the immediate success of the slew of bands that have gained semi-stardom in the scene can be tough.  My bandmates...

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