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OK - Maybe it's time we hired our own Sound Guy
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/30/2010 - 12:56 PM EDT

If you don’t bring your own sound guy you run the risk of handing your sound over to someone you don’t know. Having said that I have seen many so called sound guys that didn't have  a clue. All in all it can make for a long night.

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CD REVIEW: Abhoora - Awkward Diary
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/30/2010 - 12:52 PM EDT

Electronc Rock and Dance Rock

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CD REVIEW: Shelley Miller - When It's All Gone, You Come Back
By Don Sechelski - 03/28/2010 - 07:35 PM EDT

Americana, Folk, Acoustic

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CD REVIEW: Carla Ulbrich - Live From Outer Space
By Don Sechelski - 03/28/2010 - 05:19 PM EDT

parody, comedy

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The Pursuit Of A Record Deal
By Tom Hess - 03/25/2010 - 02:36 PM EDT

Do you want to turn your passion for music and songwriting into a career? Would you like to know exactly what record companies, producers, and management companies are looking for when seeking out new artists? This article will tell you.

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Blue Collar's Odds N Sods
By Mick Polich - 03/24/2010 - 10:32 AM EDT

Gear reviews, new CD releases, books, amp mods......we got a little bit o' every thang for you folks this column! 

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CD REVIEW: David Serotkin - Not Alone
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/22/2010 - 09:30 PM EDT

Alternative Pop/Rock

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Assembling an Effective Street Team
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/22/2010 - 04:40 PM EDT

Many bands have learned the power of “word of Mouth” via an effective Street Team. Street Teams' are a powerful promotional tool that has been adopted industry wide ...

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CD REVIEW: Jeff Cochell - Between the Lines
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/15/2010 - 11:57 PM EDT

Acoustic folk/pop

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If you suck at running live sound - please quit!
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/15/2010 - 04:47 PM EDT

Some Indies bands cannot afford either to buy either a quality sound system, or hire a professional. I get that. Also true - some smaller club owners don't even know what good sound gear is. That's fine as well. What I can't understand is this: if you are a club that offers a decent to premium “live sound” setup, HIRE AN ENGINEER THAT KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!

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CD REVIEW: Resin - Takes no Prisoners
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/12/2010 - 12:43 PM EST

Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal and Art Rock

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Something Every Roadie Should Read
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/08/2010 - 02:34 PM EST

Sure being a roadie is the toughest job in the Music Business, but keep you head up, you just might be a Rock Star one day.

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Blue Collar's Blog Mash-Up:Taking A Break/Retire or... Re-Invent?
By Mick Polich - 03/05/2010 - 10:47 AM EST

Mick decides to take to two articles that he's been addressing, and combine them into one(as any good Midwesterner, waste is not an option)! Sometimes we need breaks from the business of music, and sometimes we need to figure out what to do next, even if it's not what the 'prevailing wisdom' tells us.........

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CD REVIEW: Lisa Hugo - It's Time
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/02/2010 - 11:37 AM EST


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Be a Responsible Performer
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/01/2010 - 02:33 PM EST

Many newcomers are unaware of their responsibilities towards the venue, bookers, people in the crowd, and even opening acts. Having an incident occur during the show could have disastrous consequences as you are trying to build a reputation regionally as a professional.

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How To Improve Your Guitar Technique - Part 1
By Tom Hess - 03/01/2010 - 11:40 AM EST

This article will help you to improve your guitar playing so that you can become a much more expressive musician and songwriter.

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