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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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Himalayan Bear — The Nature of the Record

  Evan Tyler — IBG correspondent from the GWN of Canada (evantyler.ca) Recently I had a dream that I was part of an experimental therapeutic retreat where we sat in a circle for hours, a group of damaged people cross talking about our feelings. If someone said something that hurt someone else’s feelings in the group,
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Levi Lowrey Brings Earnesty to PledgeMusic

By Darius McGrew of Indie Band Guru Levi Lowrey is getting ready to release of Roots & Branches, currently raising funding on PledgeMusic. It has us all on the edge of our seats for one reason. The guy’s got talent. Not only has he co-written a #1 hit for the prolific country music group Zac Brown Band,
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Malcolm Middleton’s Solo Career Careens Forward

By Darius McGrew of Indie Band Guru Scottish singer/songwriter Malcolm Middleton will be releasing yet another studio project this month, titled Summer of ’13. Currently raising funding on PledgeMusic for 7 more days, this album, teeming with musical genius far surpassing his competition in the Scottish indie rock scene, will be Middleton’s 15th solo album. Yes, you
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Peach Kelli Pop Release Killer EP

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Peach Kelli Pop is no stranger to the music industry — having been around since 2013, the group has toured the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. An all female quintet, Peach Kelli Pop boasts great tracks and perfectly harmonized vocals. The group gained popularity by nurturing their image
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Shock Machine Debuts Big New Sound

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru From the mind of musical mega-talent James Righton, former front man of Klaxons, comes Shock Machine, his first solo project. Open Up the Sky, the premiere EP from the new effort, is expected out later this year. Shock Machine Builds Big Sound With the help of some serious
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Hot Rumour – Young Band, Mature Sound

By Ibn-Umar Abbasparker of Indie Band Guru In the Internet era, news travels fast. Events and trends can become instantly famous in a matter of mere moments. The same can be said about indie pop band Hot Rumour. Despite having formed just formed four months ago in December 2015, the LA group has gained tremendous
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Love in October — Summer Ready Pop Rock

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Upbeat and exciting, the new EP from musical duo Love in October, Love in October III is as happy as it is a great example of pop culture. Coming from Sweden, Love in October is comprised of two members; brothers Erik and Kent Widman. This new release is the group’s first in four years, making it long awaited and,
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Alex Riggen Releases Stripped-Down Fifth Solo Album

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Alex Riggen released his latest solo album, Albino Root, to the world late last month. No stranger to the music industry, this is Alex Riggen’s fifth solo album. Considering his work in other bands, notably Far From Words and Murnau, Riggen’s album output is well into the double digits. Alex
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Rigasaurus’ “Swim” Drowns With Noise

By Ibn-Umar Abbasparker of Indie Band Guru Life is like a wave. When it surges, you could rise to new heights on its ascending peaks or you could crash and fall down hard. The same statement can be said about “Swim,” the recently released single from Australian rock band Rigasaurus. First, it comes in steady
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Collapsing Scenery Drops Bomb with “Deep State”

By Ibn-Umar Abbasparker of Indie Band Guru What’s loud, noisy, and discordant? No, it’s not a broken car muffler. It’s “Deep State,” the latest single from experimental electronic band Collapsing Scenery. The track is a chaotic mixture of jarring electronic sounds, booming drumbeats, and aggressive, howling vocals. While it may not be the most euphonious
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Adrian Daniel Examines Idiosyncrasies of Love

By Ibn-Umar Abbasparker of Indie Band Guru Relationships are a complicated topic with a wide multitude of facets. Brooklyn alt-soul musician Adrian Daniel seeks to explore all of them in his newly released debut album Disillusions. Every song on the album is a record of his past experiences with love, romance, and relationships. While everyone
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Night Argent — Pop Rock with Punk Edge

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Night Argent, a five piece from Washington state, just released their first self-titled EP. Though a young group, Night Argent has already been garnering both a fan base and media attention — and for good reason. Night Argent Unafraid of Mixing it Up Mixing heavy punk-minded backtracks and
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Sleeping With Sirens Brings it Back to Basics

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Coming from none other then Orlando, Florida, very close to my own hometown, Sleeping With Sirens is a five member band that constantly manages to find a bridge between pop and rock that is hard to perfect. The group has produced four full albums not including individual song
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Sizzy Rocket Teases with Risque Single

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru With a sound reminiscent of P!nk and Ke$ha, it is no wonder that Sizzy Rocket has caught the music industry’s attention — and it is a wonder that there’s no punctuation in her name. Her fast moving videos and songs push the normal image of a pop princess by
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Only Shadows Release Debut Single “Be Still”

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Hailing from across the pond, Only Shadows is a four member group founded in 2014. Though young, they are nurturing a distinct sound. It is a sound somewhat similar to their fellow countrymen Coldplay, albeit through an indie filter. Neither pop nor interpretive, the fast moving drumming and guitar sounds make
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(In)Body Debut Strong with “Becom(in)g”

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Hailing from Los Angeles, (In)Body is a musical group made up of Amador and Daniel Weidlein. While the duo is relatively new to the music industry, both musicians have proven to be talented artists and already have their first album, Becom(in)g, on the way. Boasting a sound that
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The Herms Return Triumphant After Long Gap

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Following a move from the San Francisco area down to L.A., The Herms‘ have released their first new album in 10 years. Welcome All Tourists boasts their original style of punk meets classic indie. The Herms are Back and Better than Ever Opening the album is “Parades,” which sounds very
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Laura Gibson at Her Finest on “Empire Builder”

By Emma Cohen of Indie Band Guru Laura Gibson is an impressively prolific Oregonian indie folk artist. Her latest album is a breathe of fresh air, especially for me and my normally hectic life. Like her past work — all six of her albums — Empire Builder is as sweet as a stream, but not without little rough
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