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A New Kind of “Family Album”: Winning Combination by The Safes

World-Touring Rock and Roll Band of Brothers Returns to Chicago 11/27/19 at Beat Kitchen paying homage to a broad range ...
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The Importance of Being a Cover-band

In the music scene, there is occasionally a sense of elitism. Many bands look down at cover bands, thinking they ...
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The Beginner’s Set-list

When you go to a local concert, what kind of songs do you expect to hear? Say a couple of ...
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Competition in Your Local Scene

There’s something about competition that brings out the worst in people. That being said, there is something to be gained ...
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Broadening Your Musical Horizons

People talk about college constantly. They say furthering your education is important for getting a job and all that junk ...
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First Show Jitters

The sounds of cheering fans, thumping bass, thunderous riffs, and crashing drums. That’s what we envision our first gig as ...
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The Band Hierarchy

Every band has its hierarchy, but there has to be one or two members that really buckles down and thinks ...
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Chicago Music History – 80’s and 90’s Rock

The 80’s in Chicago came with a lot of monumental moments as well unfortunate losses for the city but the ...
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The Ten Alternative Commandments of Guitar Playing

The world loves lists, so here is another one. Notice that none of these ideas that follow have anything to ...
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The Secret to Disturbed’s Success

The secret to Disturbed's success as explained to us in an interview with David Draiman while on the Mayhem Tour ...
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The Ninth Circuit Vacates Jury Verdict Finding “Stairway to Heaven” Did Not Infringe “Tauras”

It has been more than two years since a jury found Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” was not substantially similar ...
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Dealing with power issues in the creative industries

No one really warns you about the extent of the power dynamics at play in the creative industries - which ...
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What To Do If No One Shows Up

By: Martin Atkins Photo Credit: Kara Hammond, Courtesy of Recording Academy, Atlanta Chapter It's happened to the best of us, ...
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Setting goals is the key to realizing your artist career dreams

Setting goals can help you to realize, not only your creative visions, but also your career dreams. Without goals, you’re ...
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Time Has Come Today

TIME HAS COME TODAY!! By: Mike O'Cull There is no more basic element of music than time. Time is what ...
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DUMPSTER TAPES – Cassettes? Yes, Cassettes!

By Mike O’Cull www.mikeocull.com In case you haven’t heard, cassettes are back. Those happy little bundles of analog coolness have ...
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Complete Your Life With These Chicago Bands

By Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. www.mikeocull.com Chicago is and has always been a city full of music. Fans here ...
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Inspiration v. Infringement – Blurring the Lines

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are familiar with Williams v. Gaye, the high profile copyright infringement ...
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Hurry Up & Wait….Is the Music Modernization Act in Trouble?

With a 415-0 vote of approval in the House of Representatives, many anticipated the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) would achieve ...
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The Ins and Outs of Pitchfork

The three-day indie festival officially make its big comeback for its 13th year this Friday through Sunday with 40+ musical ...
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