Music Man–How It Works

I’m often asked what the process of signing a band looks like, or more to the point, how exactly a band goes from getting the attention of someone that does what I do, to actually inking a deal. Contrary to popular belief, A&R people don’t walk around with contracts in their back pocket ready to […]

Live Review: Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop of Travis @ The Loft, October 17

By Scott Roberts; photo by Sue Volkert How often do you go to a highly anticipated event only to be let down by your own inflated or unrealistic expectations? After interviewing Travis frontman Fran Healy last month about his upcoming stripped-down tour with fellow Travis guitarist Andy Dunlop (please see my October 9 “Q&A” on […]

Live Review: Hope Sandoval and the Warm Intentions @ The Loft, October 16

By Adam Trimble; photo by Luz Gallardo For years Hope Sandoval's heavyhearted velvet voice has been a method for my friends and I to find beauty in our darker moments. The members of my first band came together as moody, morose teenagers because of our affinity for Sandoval's former band Mazzy Star. Having never seen […]

CD Review: Matt Morris — When Everything Breaks Open

Matt MorrisWhen Everything Breaks OpenTennman Records By Al Kaufman You can only hang in circles for so long before you release your inevitable CD. Matt Morris wrote five songs for Christina Aguilera's Stripped album, and has also had his songs recorded by heavy hitters like Kelly Clarkston, Reba McEntire, and good buddy Justin Timberlake. He […]

CD Review: The Flaming Lips — Embryonic

The Flaming LipsEmbryonicWarner Brothers By Al Kaufman There are two sets of Flaming Lips fans. There are the ones who went out and bought extra CD players so that they could play all four CDs of Zaireeka simultaneously, as they were meant to be played. And then there are those who like the band's just accessible enough […]

Rock Band comes to the iPhone

Looking for a little music this Monday? Well here it is! Rock Band is now available for the iPhone or iPod Touch for $9.99 from the app store. The initial download comes with 20 songs and additional songs/bundles are available to purchase. The game uses the same format. Just use your thumbs to strum the […]

Get Out of the Garage Music Contest

Converse and Journeys have a pretty cool contest going on right now that could see your band playing a ‘festival in Austin’ come March. Last year’s winners, Flying Machines, signed to EMI Records. This March, they’ll play for thousands of fans at a music festival in Austin. Enter your band before November 22nd at

Ticket Alternative Gains New Client – Gateway Event Center in McDonough, Georgia; First Event is Sammy Kershaw, November 7

We're excited to announce that the Gateway Event Center in McDonough, Ga. is now a Ticket Alternative venue! And the first event to be announced is a double-bill of country stars Sammy Kershaw and David Nail, in concert on November 7. Tickets are available now at Ticket Alternative.

CD Review: Drummer — Feel Good Together; Playing The EARL, October 16

DrummerFeel Good TogetherAudio Eagle Records By Micah McLain Apparently not content to allow his Black Keys band mate to have all of the side-project related fun, Patrick Carney has joined forces with four other drummers from his native Ohio to form the aptly-titled Drummer. The percussion super group retreated to Carney's studio in North Akron […]

CD Review: Left Lane Cruiser — All You Can Eat; Playing Star Bar Friday, October 16

Left Lane CruiserAll You Can EatAlive By Al Kaufman Left Lane Cruiser is called a lot of different things. Most say it's a blues band, but they are also a hard rock band with a lot of Southern fried attitude. They are their own category. Call them Industrial Redneck, or Country Thrash. Backed by Brenn […]

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