Brooklyn-based AM to AM's debut full length album Shadown Bully drops Friday August 14th, and it should not be missed! The band blends pop, hard-rock, and electronic influences to create some very heavy yet very danceable tracks. You hear the first single Tilting at Windmills below:
The inevitable rise in the popularity of music streaming services has transformed the way that we interact with music (arguably both for the better and for the worse). On one hand, I have the world's greatest record collection at my disposal, but on the other hand, I often find myself paralyzed by the amount of music and gravitating towards that which I am already familiar with. Similarly, I get exposed to more new music than ever, while simultaneously spending less time sitting with and digesting that music. Additionally, there has been a fundamental shift in our perceived monetary value of music, which raises all kinds of issues for both burgeoning startups services and struggling artists.
Today Apple's answer to streaming music launched into this volatile, yet growing industry. Apple Music aims to connect tastemakers, artists, and fans in new ways to create an all in one destination for music. While I was pretty skeptical of another service promising to "save" music, Trent Reznor and co. have managed to deliver on a unique, personal musical experience. Here are some of my initial impressions with regards to Apple Music:
If you have lived in or around the Boston metropolitan area, you have probably heard of a divey, live music bar called TT the Bear's Place. This Cambridge rock club—with arguable the greatest venue name in all of New England—has been a consistent haven for local music fans and a chrysallis for up-and-coming bands. From The Pixies to The Smashing Pumpkins, dozens of iconic acts have rocked TTs. And after over 40+ years in business and 30+ years of showcasing live music seven nights a week, TT the Bear's Place will close, later this summer.
Yesterday, my friend and bandmate Matthew posted his top 10 albums of 2014. So I have decided to gather my favorite records of the year into a post of my own list.
Once again, I must warn you that I will be attempting to write about music, which always proves pretty futile when you can just let the works speak for themselves (I have included embeded players so you can check out the music). There were also plenty of awesome records that I didn't get a chance to check out this year, but as of December 31, 2014, these are my favorite records of the year in no particular order...
I just wanted to write a quick post thanking everyone who came out to our show the other night at TT the Bears Place. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to play for you all. We really appreciate your support.
If you are serious musician or in a band, then you probably have a Bandcamp, a Facebook page, a Soundcloud, and maybe a Twitter or Instagram account. While those platforms are all well and good, at the end of they day they aren't enough. Your band needs a website.
Bandcamp is a solid platform for selling music digitally online, but you are limited in terms of how your content is presented, and it's hard to stand out against the millions of other Bandcamp pages begging users to take their free music. Facebook pages are a great way to interact with fans, but there plenty of people who don't use Facebook and the vast majority of those who do spend a lot more time looking at BuzzFeed quizzes than they do band pages. You need a central hub, where you can tie all this disparate tools together; therefore, you need a website.
The major blockers for most bands to getting a website is that websites are generally complicated, cost money, and take time to maintain. The good news is there are some affordable and relatively easy options to getting a basic site up and running. But even when bands get a site up and running, I find they rarely update it, post to it, or touch it at all, so it quickly becomes out of date. The success of your online presence relies heavily on your ability to constantly put out content, not just when you have a new song or show.
Below are step by step instructions to setting up a simple website for your band.
Coming up with an unclaimed band name in the Internet age proves extrememly difficult. Almost every single-word noun has been taken at this point and most Google searches will yield a list of MySpace pages of a band from 5 years ago with your the name that you wanted.