Posts byIBG Staff

Bonnaroo Reveals Packed 2018 Lineup

Tis the season to warm up the winter blues with spring and summer festival lineups being dropped left and right. The latest is Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a stacked lineup of huge acts large and small. The four-day festival will feature over 150 artists across multiple stages. This years lineup features artists such
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Mellah Nix Is Changing The Game With Sp8ceRap

Being an artist can provide an outlet to create a completely unique personality. If you go all in there is no need to have it even based on reality. Be original and be innovative. Our recent discovery Mellah Nix is quite an interesting character, to say the least.   The rising star originally hails from
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Faceless Orphans Are Here to Save Raw Rock

Faceless Orphans is a five-man rock band from northern Quebec that displays some serious muscle on its self-titled debut record Faceless Orphans. The sound is straight up kick-in-the-teeth guitar rock that draws on the best rock of the 70s and 90s but gets blended with a certain Canadian angst and mining town grit that gets
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ORO is Here To Let Us All ‘Escape’

The connectivity of the internet has caused tremendous changes in the music industry. There are good and bad aspects of this. It has become quite easy to sit behind a computer and create music and put it out to the world. The best results come when two talented artists that would never meet in the
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NAI PALM Live @ The El Rey Theater

As Nai Palm brings her solo tour for Needle Paw back to her home, Australia, we reflect on our experience at her Southern California shows last month. The lead songwriter, vocalist and guitarist from alternative R&B band Hiatus Kaiyote has made quite a statement with her solo tour.   The Constellation Room, at the Santa Ana
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IVANSSON and His Guitar Have Gotcha!

Slovenian guitarist Ivansson is a tasteful and melodic player with a better-than-average grasp of how to write instrumental songs. The music on his latest EP draws from the best of classic rock and blues and is that rare sort of instrumental material that one doesn’t need to be a musician to appreciate. Ivansson puts his
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Fool’s Gold Guitar Learning Method

Guitars are increasingly popular and form the foundation of a strong indie rock song, but how many guitar owners really know how to play? Learning guitar can be intimidating and confusing. However, with the right method and dedication, creating a great indie rock tune is open to anyone, regardless of age or natural talent. The Fool’s
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IBG Interview – 7 Questions With… Jon Pattie

We meet a lot of very smart people in our travels through the independent music scene. Our new friend Jon Pattie may take the prize though. Aside from being an innovative guitarist and songwriter, Jon is a fifth year student at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a chemical engineering degree. He’s also pre-med.
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IBG Interview – 8 Questions With Abby Sevcik

As a musician you must always be open to inspiration. Whether it be individuals or places, always keep your eyes and ears open and ready for experiences to share. Combining these influences and sounds is what gives an artist their own unique sound. We recently discovered the beautiful music of Abby Sevcik. I was able
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Stormceller Shows Off Their ‘Defiance’

 Roots music is often strictly categorized by genre and the purist fans of each style like it that way. Those who perform it stay within those pre-drawn lines most of the time as well. Blues bands don’t normally write folk or country songs and Western Swing bands seldom play Celtic music. This works well enough
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GIA IONESCO – Embarks On A Fantastic Voyage

Romanian/Canadian keyboardist Gia Ionesco is the full bag. He is a virtuoso-level keyboardist, bandleader, teacher, and composer. He creates dense and masterful jazz/rock that is much more listenable than academic and his new release, The Voyage of Uncle Clue, puts a hot live band under his original music and the results will light up a
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Bud Summers Keeps Hot with ‘Summers Solstice’

-review by Mike O’Cull -independent music journalist Equipped with only with a guitar, a looper, and a whole lot of chops, Bud Summers makes beautiful music that lies somewhere amongst classical, New Age/Ambient, jazz, and classic rock and soul sounds. It sounds like a big mash up until you hear him turn it all into one
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That One Eyed Kid Ready To Crash and Burn

Working out of the Boston area, performer/songwriter/producer Josh Friedman first assumed the name That One Eyed Kid for solo recordings and performances in 2012 and has since produced two well-received EP releases and made live appearances at various Midwestern and New England locales. The third short form release from Friedman, That One Eyed Kid’s Crash
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The Evolution Of The Album Cover

As we move to a fully digital way of discovering music, a new technology has caught the eye of the music industry and the independent music makers recently.  The company TAD is in the middle of launching a campaign to push for ‘video album covers’ to be adopted across online music platforms.   TAD the
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Story Behind The Song With Wyland

Marrying atmospheric rock with a modern pop sensibility and traditional strings and piano, Wyland skillfully crafts tunes that show appreciation for both the present and the past. The band has appeared alongside quite an impressive roster thus far, including Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and the Vaccines, to name a few.  We had a chance to
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Behind The Song With Tatiana Hazel

It’s exciting to see what drives an artist. Whether it be a need to empower others or tell a story, it’s always interesting to hear them explain what really motivates and influences their music. Chicago-based Tatiana Hazel is one of the later, writing to tell a story. Indie singer/songwriter Hazel told Indie Band Guru what
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D.S. Bradford Seeking Participants for Video

D.S. Bradford — rock musician, composer, visual artist, friend of IBG — is a busy man. Earlier this year, after several years of writing, D.S. Bradford recorded a powerful, sprawling concept album, Elemental Evolution. It touches on themes of fatherhood, unity, understanding, and peace. He wrote all the parts, played all of the instruments, recorded,
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Cody Webb – Proof That Passion Pays Off

For any success in this wild music industry, a musician needs to keep developing and increasing their skills.  The reality is that there will always be someone better than you at just about every aspect of your music.  Instead of turning tail and retreating, a rising artist needs to take this as a challenge and
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Mic L. Shawn – Keeping Classic R&B Alive

As modern music has become more and more commercialized, the days of good old-fashioned classics has somewhat drifted away.  It takes a little deeper searching but amazing classic sounds are still being created.  We recently came across Mic L. Shawn who perfectly fits this need. The talented artist brings back the best of classic R&B
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Hennessy Jones – Part Of Something Bigger

As freeing as being a solo artist can be, there are many difficulties that can come up.  The problem is that there will be no one there to help when struggles arise.  Working together as part of a collective can alleviate many of these issues.  Our recent find Hennessy Jones has found that perfect balance
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Lily Lambert – Success In Non Conforming Pop

Many musicians we come across have very interesting and diverse paths to their music career. The one thing that seems to be a characteristic of all of them though is the willingness to work hard and take chances. Putting all your effort into everything you do will gain you the recognition that you deserve. Our
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Heath – Letting Fate Choose the Path

When we are children we never really know the direction our lives will take us.  The dreams and possibilities of a child are endless.  Reality is not everyone can be president though.  As we grow we must let fate take us on our individual paths to what will work best for us.  The founding of
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DJ Tony Vegas Is Back With Midnight Hideaway

There are many DJ’s out there making a great living spinning other people’s songs.  They may consider themselves creative with their style of remixing and playlist creating but the DJ that puts together their own original music will always stand out in our eyes (and ears).  Our friend DJ Tony Vegas is back with more
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Elese Corson – Sharing Her Passion

The music business is a tough industry.  It is even harder when you try to navigate it alone.  The smartest thing to do is make connections and find others that have similar goals and work together to achieve them.  Finding someone with more experience that believes in your sound can provide that push over the
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Savage Stars – Release Debut on YouTube

It has become very obvious that YouTube is a great outlet to discover new music and watch independent music videos.  Any artist has this useful resource to use, for free, to get their music out there.  Our recent discovery Savage Stars has started taking advantage of this. The artist hailing from Dallas, Texas is emerging
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Celadon Candy – Music Will Find A Way

Many artists within a band have tons of music inside them just waiting to get out.  This music may not always fit within the confines of the current band.  It can remain buried deep inside the artist never getting heard by anyone else or a side project could be started to expose these songs to
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V.n.S – Experimenting To Find Something Fresh

Any group of musicians hoping to expand their skills must be willing to venture outside of their comfort zone.  Experimenting with different genres and styles can open up new doors and this new mix can often create some of the group’s best music.  The project known as V.n.S may have just hit their stride. The
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