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Why you should always protect your ears at shows
Why you should always protect your ears at shows
Roughly five minutes. That’s the amount of time it takes for live music to permanently damage unexposed ears at a show. Five minutes. That’s one to two songs. And you don’t have to be at a rock show—exposing ears to any sound at a volume of 100 decibels—or a unit used to measure the degree of loudness—for longer than 15 minutes causes irreversible damage.  At 103 decibels it takes seven mi ... Rea
Musicians talk sports: Fantasy Football prep with Blessthefall, Beartooth, August Burns Red, more
Musicians talk sports: Fantasy Football prep with Blessthefall, Beartooth, August Burns Red, more
Put away the iPhone calculator. Click out of that mock draft or Reddit thread that has you spellbound. Fantasy football advice is best served from your favorite musicians. Like Set It Off vocalist and part-time fantasy guru Cody Carson “I did terrible,” Carson says. “I shit th ...
Pass the time in your room alone: On music and mental health
Pass the time in your room alone: On music and mental health
In seventh grade, I was enrolled in a music composition class. Every Friday, students were allowed to bring in a CD and lyric sheets to share with the rest of the room to discuss and analyze a chosen song. Because my favorite band was Blink-182 shortly before it was my turn, I opted to showcase “Adam’s Song” to my fellow classmates. I never had the ...
An Apple Music Guide for Spotify Subscribers
An Apple Music Guide for Spotify Subscribers
While Apple is busy converting iTunes fans into Apple Music subscriptions, there are 75 million Spotify users wondering which service best fills their headphones. There’s some interesting new offerings in the Apple Music product like Beats1 and human-curated playlists, but let’s focus on how the new app compares to how users currently use Spotify.   The Head St... Read More ...
Bands Need Mentors
Bands Need Mentors
Art by Alexis Howick I'm frustrated, and the source of my frustration is our scene. Here we have this amazing community of artists, writers and fans built by our shared love of alternative music—squandered by entirely preventable actions. Destructive t ...
How To Start A Record Label—a young person’s journey to build a label from the ground up
How To Start A Record Label—a young person’s journey to build a label from the ground up
Art by Alexis Howick This column isn't going to be about The Office (though I wouldn't mind writing a column about The Office—Matt Crane, lemme know if AltPress is interested), but nonetheless, the first thing you read from me on this website will be a Michael Scott quote, from an episode called "Broke" in Season 5: "There are certain defining moments in a person's life. The day he'
An introduction to disability in music—and how we should move forward
An introduction to disability in music—and how we should move forward
Art by Alexis Howick All superheroes have an origin story. For those realizing their musical superpowers, the origin story is usually heard, not seen. Musical superheroes can have an origin story be a saving grace, as was the case for Richmond, Virginia teen, Becca Denius, who promotes local shows and owns the burgeoning booking agency Terminally Trill. Den ...
Being an All Time Low fan at 24
Being an All Time Low fan at 24
Art by Alexis Howick I started going to shows pretty late in the game. I didn’t have very much money growing up, and I didn’t have a lot of friends who liked the same music. It wasn’t until two years ago that I saw All Time Low in the flesh, during the Spring Fever tour with Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade and You Me At Six. It was the outdoor co ...
Musician life coach Dave Sherman on coping skills and perfectionism
A recent issue with a number of my clients lately has been that they seem to be creating their own problems. It occurred to me that it’s kind of a universal theme and that to some extent, we all do it.  So, I’m going to generalize a bit about how sometimes it’s human nature to make life more difficult than it has to be, and then try to tie it in to how musicians do the same thing, only on a much

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