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Indie Bands - Take Your Songs Off Myspace!
By James Moore - 09/29/2010 - 11:22 PM EDT

If you ask people what has turned them off indie bands and finding music online, you may just hear the answer "Myspace bands". Not only is there an overabundance of poorly presented artists on the site - many of them also make a habit of spamming their friends lists to the point where most people have shut down or abandoned their accounts and moved over to Facebook. This article hones in on one simple aspect of independent music that has been overlooked in the modern age of option paralysis and too much choice. Think about it next time you're about to send 500 emails saying "Check us out!" If your music isn't quite there yet, take your songs off Myspace!

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CD REVIEW: Heavy Tin - Fused Jazz
By Don Sechelski - 09/27/2010 - 08:33 PM EDT

Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Experimental, Avant-Garde

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How To Market Your Music Without Hiring A Publicist
By James Moore - 09/21/2010 - 04:11 AM EDT

Using DIY tactics, behind-the-scenes marketing strategies and a personal touch, you can now market your music to mass audiences without shelling out any money to publicists or promotion companies.

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CD REVIEW: Kari Tieger - Nos Mots
By Jean-Baptiste Collinet - 09/20/2010 - 04:41 PM EDT

pop/chanson française/neoclassical

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For a bridge, I would like to know if there are any rules regarding which keys you should utilize...
By Bill Pere - 09/18/2010 - 08:39 AM EDT

A look at at that elusive piece of song structure known as a bridge, and how to make it effective without taking too much of a toll.

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Interpreting Interpretation
By Bill Pere - 09/18/2010 - 08:28 AM EDT

What does it really mean to leave a song "open to interpretation"?  When is it desirable and when is it not?  Many artists misunderstand what is meant by leaving a song "open to interpretation".  Your job as a songwriter is not to have every listener come away with their own truth, but to have them come away with a personalized version of your truth.  This article helps you clearly understand what is involved in the complex interaction between you and a listener through a song.

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Back In The Saddle Again !
By Mick Polich - 09/14/2010 - 03:09 PM EDT

After a brief sabbatical, the ol' Mickster is back with a new installment of "Blue Collar Rockin' ". This month, Mick explores what he learned on his summer 'vacation' - simple melodic explorations and ear training. Anyone can do it, so read further for a few helpful hints.....

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Search Engine Optimization for Indie Bands
By James Moore - 09/13/2010 - 09:20 PM EDT

People typically arrive at websites in three ways: through the use of search engines, clicking links from other websites, or simply by typing in the website address. Even though search engines alone will not complete your promotional arsenal, they will be important. Many indie bands do not understand the importance of search engine optimization. In simple terms, SEO gives many more people the opportunity to find out about your band.

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Behind-the-Scenes Online Marketing for Independent Musicians - A How To Guide
By James Moore - 09/13/2010 - 09:11 PM EDT

Today's independent musician's must be vigilant with their promotions in order to build a respectable press section. The way to achieve this, contrary to popular belief among indie bands, is not by sending out 10,000 messages entitled "Check out my band!" on Myspace. It involves getting personal, respectful, and attentive to the music media. In this article, I'll detail what I like to call "Behind-the-scenes" marketing.

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