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  • Sometimes getting into your favorite music blog has a few demographic key points that can really help influence your chances of coverage. Buzzbands LA happens to be one of those situational blogs. Here are a few tips and tricks that can really increase your chances.

    1. Be From LA

    This one might seem obvious, but the blog is called Buzzbands LA. That’s not to say they only cover bands from the LA area, but that dramatically increases your odds. There is a column called L.A. Scene that features up and coming bands from the area. The good news is that some of the bands covered are emerging artists without a lot of social media stats padding their music. Having some shows in the area can be hugely influential, in addition to some other LA selling points like notable producers you’ve worked with, or other musicians featured in the recordings. I would recommend trying for a premiere feature. I would also recommend taking a look at some of the recent articles to make sure the current trend matches your sound.

    2. Play a Show in LA With a Touring Band

    The next way in might be a little more difficult. Buzzbands LA also covers a lot of great established acts. I’ve seen recent articles about Nine Inch Nails and even Noel Gallagher. One column specifically reviews live shows of more popular bands that are touring through the area. If you can get onto a bill with one of these bands (or even if you have performed with one of them in the past) it can really increase your odds of getting in and catching the blog’s attention. You know what they say, it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. So don’t forget that hard work pays off, but nothing is guaranteed. I still recommend Step 1 if you’re from the area, or Step 3 if you are not.

    3. KCSN

    Buzzbands LA has a show on the LA radio station KCSN called “L.A. Buzz Bands” where the host and Buzzbands LA founder, Kevin Bronson, features the up and coming hottest local bands in Los Angeles. The show is on Sundays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (PT). If you get on the air then you could use this as a potential angle to reach Buzzbands LA or at least increase awareness. You might not get on that particular radio show, but again, it could help to increase your odds of coverage. Remember it always helps to actually tune in to the show and even send some feedback in your email. Talk about what you loved from the last show and mention why your band would be a great fit too. Also, don’t forget to make sure the music you’re submitting is FCC (Federal Communications Commission)  approved - which means it does not contain any curse words.

    Remember, if you don’t get covered immediately don’t give up. You might catch a blogger’s attention without making it in this time around, but continue to do your research and send in your materials through the appropriate channels (i.e. make sure it is relevant to the blog in terms of genre and timeline). My biggest piece of advice with all music blogs, including Buzzbands LA, is to spend some time looking into recent articles before you reach out.

     

    Green Light Go: Book a show in the LA area!

    Sharing is Caring: Know a band who wants to be covered in Buzzbands LA? Feel free to share or tweet it. Comments and feedback always appreciated @p_corsi

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  • This Way to the EGRESS, announces the robust swing-style single “Rollin’” off of their upcoming album, Onward! Up A Frightening Creek, due out September 22. Beginning with a hasty piano lick, the track quickly tiptoes into a resilient feminist-fueled roller coaster of tempo changes and dream-like instrumentation. “Rollin’” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

    “Rollin’” is a fierce lyrical blend of feelings and reproaches toward the modern day church and our society from the perspective of singer Sarah Shown. She explains, “I wrote this song from a place of feminism. It is my perspective of living in a male’s world and it ultimately touches on how the church, religion and our society put women in a very specific box. How despite the “progress” we have made there is still a tremendous amount of pressure for women who are assertive and strong-willed in a man’s industry/world.” With the aggressive grand piano and ragtime tempo tumbling into an underwater dream world, the echoes of Shown’s voice and the timeless Fender Rhodes seduce you while the track provokes a sonic journey through her thoughts and beliefs.

    About This Way to the Egress

    This Way to the Egress began in 2008 as a three piece and a circus. They have since dropped the sideshow of dancers to focus on the music. The band has released three full length albums, with a fourth set to be released this September - This Delicious Cabaret (2011), Mighty Seed (2013) and Great Balancing Act (2015). They have also released several EPs in between. The band is made up of Taylor Galassi, Sarah Shown, Joe Lynch, Jaclyn Kidd, John Wentz, and Nick Pecca.

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  • Stomp & Stammer Magazine shares in-depth interview with The Woggles, in anticipation of Friday’s release of Tally Ho!. The Woggles are celebrating 30 years together as a band this fall.

    “We have literally destroyed a few stages, leaving them smashed to splinters,” chuckles Woggles guitarist Jeff Walls, remembering a concert where audience members were petrified in rapt amazement as he and bassist Patrick “Buzz Hagstrom” O’Connor “perched dangerously on the backs of their booths, picking our way from table to table like vultures,” while singer Manfred “The Professor” Jones dangled like Tarzan from the ceiling overhead.

    Read the rest of this killer interview over at Stomp & Stammer

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  • This article appeared first on Sonicbids. 

     

    You want to get on a great spotify playlist, right? The only problem is that you only have a couple dozen followers on Spotify, your songs have the infamous “<1000” stream tracker next to them, and you don’t have Spotify-curator contacts who will give you the time of day.

    Starting to feel defeated? The good news is that Spotify offers a lot of music promotion options that are all within your grasp to increase your followers and start gaining the attention of Spotify curators.

     

    One of the easiest ways to get on a great Spotify playlist is to create your own. Below are four steps to create a great playlist to catch the attention of others.

    1. Choose a theme

    Start by creating a theme for your playlist, keeping the interests of your fans in mind while considering what would be the best song of your own to feature. If you’re not clear on what your fans like outside of your band, take some time to build a fan profile. This can also help you add new songs and playlists regularly. For instance, maybe your fans love to discover new music, drink a great cup of coffee, and go to indie bookstores. You could create themes based on any of these three activities.

    2. Create a playlist with a minimum of 20 songs

    Add at least 20 songs to your playlist, and limit it to one song per artist (including yourself) to increase the chances of Spotify aggregators finding you. Just like you would with your album, the first three songs should draw the listener in so he or she wants to listen to more of your playlist (and come back again and again for more).

    3. Add a descriptive, relevant title

    If your playlist theme is about discovering new bands within a certain genre, then include the genre name and what the songs are about. For instance, we curated two playlists in the indie folk and indie rock genres. One is called Indie Folks and the other Indie Rocks. It’s a quick and easy play on words that instantly tell others what the playlists are all about.

    You should also include in the description who you are and elaborate a little more on your background. I recommend including your contact information so you can widen your network and make it easier for those you feature find you.

    4. Make your playlist dynamic

    The best Spotify playlists are those that are ongoing and keep your followers coming back for more while attracting new followers as the playlist adds new bands. Try to stick to a weekly routine where you add a couple new songs per week.

    5. Promote your playlist

    Last, but not least, don’t just let your playlist sit there in the hopes people will find you. Promote it on your social media, and reach out to the bands you’ve supported and ask them to do the same. Then, simply acknowledge the opportunities when they do come your way!

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  • Come join The Shades behind their TinyDesk as they bring you an intimate, acoustic performance of the original song, 'The Path Without'. This video was shot in one live, moving take at the Big Foot Media building in Chicago, and features The Shades in their rawest live vocal performance to date.

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  • We packed our guitars and voices into the 2016 Fiat 500X and cruised down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago for this live music session. Thanks to our friends at Big Foot Media for helping us make this video possible... and an extra special thanks to the Autobarn Fiat of Evanston for letting us take this awesome car out for a ride!

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  • Album release: 'Qualia' by Andrew Weatherall
    Release date: 29 September 2017
    Label: Hoga Nord Rekords
    More info: Hoga Nord website

    The aural collusions of Weatherall, Walsh and an old accomplice and sparring partner in Legrand (11/11/65 - 22/11/11), 'Qualia' is a quandary, a question mark and maybe, just maybe, his finest release in years. It's also a record best defined in the words of Mr Weatherall himself:

    "Mr Brackstone, my psychic shepherd, when confronted by the facts would probably say it was cosmic synchronicity but then again he would because he's Jung at heart. Others may cite mere coincidence. These are the facts. I'll leave the metaphysical debate for another time...

    It's all about the black notebooks as memorial device and 'The Black Notebook' and 'This Is Memorial Device'. At the same time as reading Mr Modiano and Mr Keenan I was ensconced in the Woodleigh Research Facility investigating a method of composition sparked by a random event too prosaic for the telling; unless of course we go back to 'The Red Book' and see the hand of Jah [the D.M.T molecule that steers human existence] at work. After all it was him/her/non-binary that sent me the "shave your beard off" message. And the "don't buy any more drugs" one. 

    Whatever your leanings the music on 'Qualia' is the result of images, feelings
    and thought processes stirred up by Monsieur Modiano and Mister Keenan channeled through the medium of a sonic noteboook - in itself the memoir of somebody else's life/fiction.

    My own black notebooks, like Jean's [Modiano's protagonist] stir the silt of
    memory and birth as many mysteries as memories. They also provided the track titles."

    Andrew Weatherall. The Woodleigh Research Facility, July 2017.

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  • Single release: 'Cosmic Dreamer' by Diamond Thug
    Release date: 4 August 2017
    More info: Band website

    In 2016 the South African band, Diamond Thug, recorded their debut EP with the help of Dave Minehan (The Replacements) and released it to waves of support, Indie Shuffle calling it ‘…a joy to listen to’. After significant support at Spotify where they have now had several million plays on just one single, and in their home country, Diamond Thug have introduced their music internationally with their last single ‘Eclipsed’, that premiered at Wonderland who described the track by saying “As flawless vocals glide over soaring guitar riffs and electronic melodies, the track has clearly been created for lazy summer evenings and dancing under festival sunsets. An exciting look at what the South African quartet have in store, we look forward to hearing more.” And more comes in the form of their next single ‘Cosmic Dreamer’, and it doesn’t disappoint. The track is available from August 4th via Phonofile and you can listen/buy it here.

    Since their formation, Diamond Thug have continually evolved, always striving to create a unique sound that’s stay true to their perspective. Their music glides through dream-pop, skittish, off-kilter electronica & psychedelic-rock, creating cosmic-influenced ethereal soundscapes, which swirl below Chantel’s haunting, yet beautiful melodies. The pursuit of an authentic & honest sound has earned the band various honours in international competitions such as Culture Collide’s pick to perform at SXSW 2017, as well as Converse’s Music Global Takeover and the attention of Grammy Award winner Darryl Torr, who had this to say about the band:  "When listening to Diamond Thug, you are taken on a journey.  It’s the effortless vocals, supported by a solid band, that tips you over the edge & pulls you through into their world.  It’s rare to find a voice that can execute such interesting melodies so effortlessly as well as a band that leaves space for the vocals to shine, yet are able to maintain musical integrity."

    Press reaction to date

    “Their music can move you, excite you and perhaps even - dare I say it - inspire you.” - The Huffington Post

    “Diamond Thug’s come-hither voice dances through salty beach air” – Billboard

    “They mix danceable electronic melodies with swooning guitar melodies that sometimes morph into scuzzy riffs into a delicious melting pot. This isn’t a diamond in the rough; it’s a proper gem.” – DIY Mag

    “Diamond Thug are establishing themselves as one of the most exciting bands around at the moment” - Wonderland

    “Chantel Van T’s vocals are like smooth honey to your ear drums…a joy to listen to” – Indie Shuffle

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  • Album release: 'Mirror Touch' by Wild Ones
    Release date: 6 October 2017
    Label: Topshelf Records
    More info: Band website

    Today, Portland, OR band Wild Ones has announced their new album, 'Mirror Touch', out October 6th, 2017 via Topshelf Records. Nylon premiered the first single 'Paresthesia' calling it "a catchy indie gem with a deeper meaning". Vocalist Danielle Sullivan says of the track, "Paresthesia refers to a time in my life when anxiety was ruling my mind. I was withdrawing from friends, wasn't leaving my house, and had stopped engaging with the world outside. The song explores strained love in the context of manifested fear." Listen to 'Paresthesia' here

    Wild Ones delve into the bliss and burden that musicians are tasked with today: create work that captures your spirit, but do it without selling your soul. Self-produced and recorded, they walk the line of DIY oddity and polished pop sheen. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the band combines the talents of lead vocalist Danielle Sullivan, keyboardist Thomas Himes, drummer Seve Sheldon, guitarist Nick Vicario and bassist Max Stein. Growing up on Cocteau Twins and En Vogue, their sound is a mash of R&B synths, muted guitar, and somber vocal melodies. After 7 years together, they've hit their stride in creating work that poses questions about art and authenticity.

    'Mirror Touch' explores spaces of isolation, loneliness and how it feels when the line between self and other becomes blurred. The record title refers to the condition 'Mirror Touch Synesthesia' and the physiological experience of empathy. How can you know yourself, when in public you become everyone else? The songs explore the quest to maintain artistic self-integrity in an industry that seeks to homogenize. Solitary in their process of collaboration, Himes and Vicario produce the music, while Sullivan crafts lyrics and melodies, their attempt at self-preservation against the ever-changing expectations of what music should or should not be. Combining their style of upbeat melodies with a backdrop of darker lyrical themes, an inquiry into their artistic process ultimately reflects a balance between earnest head nods to their favourite sounds with a fierce loyalty to their own sense of self.

    Press  reaction to date

    "Filled with impeccable arrangements and a mature pop sensibility that hits you from the first note." – TIME 

    “A soothing and comforting blend of dazzling piano and dream pop rhythms. Sullivan’s voice washes over the lush instrumentation, adding a sense of clarity to the tracks.” – Consequence Of Sound 

    “Full of glimmering synths and keyboard, and singer Danielle Sullivan's vocals fill the track with a cinematic quality” – The Fader 

    “A synth-pulsed, slow groove that'll slot nicely between Chvrches, Ladytron, and Purity Ring in your record collection.” – Noisey 

    “Goes down as nicely as an ice-cold pint on a warm summer day with its shuffling percussion and angelic vocal melodies.” – The 405

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  • Album release: 'New Magic' by Son Little
    Release date: 15 September 2017
    Label: 15 September 2017
    More info: Artist website

    NPR’s All Songs Considered are premiering the powerful new track 'Demon To The Dark' from modern soul innovator Son Little today. Check it out here.

    GQ once described Son Little as “soul music for the hip-hop generation" and never has that description seemed more prescient than on the new track 'Demon To The Dark' a simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking soul ballad. The song is from Son Little’s forthcoming album New Magic which arrives 15 September on ANTI-.

    The song begins with the confessional proclamation, “I’m gonna beg for your forgiveness. I’m gonna do that from the start. Gonna need you as a witness, though you may have a hardened heart. Have I always been a sinner or did the world pick me apart.”

    Son Little says of the track: “Sometimes when things get hectic or I'm feeling low I listen to Washington Phillips, an old gospel/blues musician who played an autoharp-like instrument he made called a ‘Manzarene’. I tried to emulate the sound of the Manzarene with an omnichord and ended up with 'Demon to The Dark' which is basically an imagined conversation with Mr. Phillips, a very devout religious man, who no doubt wouldn’t approve of a lot of the things going on around here these days (sex, drugs, rock and roll.) Still his music gives hope because it sounds like love and forgiveness.”

    Each of the songs on 'New Magic' draw from the diaspora of American blues and soul that includes not only modern R&B, but also rock & roll and hip-hop. He transforms them into a singular sound, propelled by mesmerising, soulful vocals and production that artfully balances between rustic immediacy and hip hop cut-and-paste. 

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