The CMJ Music Marathon blew through lower Manhattan (and Brooklyn) last week like a private, you-gotta-know-someone monsoon. With hundreds of showcases, workshops, panels, parties and more happening daily for five days, there was no shortage of fun, talent and good-to-know info.
I'm on the tail end of the "You Are Not Alone" tour with Hawthorne Heights. This tour has been pretty intense, a total of 60 dates through the US and Canada. We are on the tail end now with only 10 shows left. I'm in Texas writing this while sipping on the biggest cup of coffee the Lonestar State has to offer.
I took my 13-year-old son Jacob to see B.B. King at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, last week. Who knows how much longer B.B. will continue his endless tour. He’s 86 and may actually want to retire some day.
No matter what you hear about the shrinking influence of radio, it is still the most significant driver for selling records in today’s market. Getting the right song played on radio at the right time can make all the difference. The single most important factor involving radio for any band, at any level, is to capitalize on the airplay. Radio likes to know listeners are responding favorably to their programming.
My name is Travis Alexander. I play guitar and sing in a band from Boston called Ghost Thrower. I want to talk a bit about D.I.Y. in the underground music scene, more specifically in regard to guitars. I was never lucky enough to receive a guitar endorsement through any of my previous bands, so I did what any hot-blooded American does when they're denied anything: I made my own.
Ever dream of a room full of guitar pedals that you can try for as long as you like with no sales pressure and all your questions answered? So did New York’s The Deli Magazine, so they put together their CMJ StompBox Exhibit, a sort of petting zoo for pedal-files.
Michelle Kath Sinclair, daughter of the late great Terry Kath, is seeking financial assistance to complete a documentary film about her father. Terry was a guitarist and founding member of the band Chicago. His guitar skills were praised early on by Jimi Hendrix.
What do Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Andy Summers, The Edge, James Hetfield and Jimi Hendrix have in common? They are all great rhythm players. These guys, and so many more, have restructured and redesigned the role and sound of playing rhythm guitar. And since 80 percent or more of your musical life may very well be spent playing rhythm, we should talk about it.
I’m often asked what’s the hardest song I’ve ever transcribed. The answer is not an offering by Yngwie, Dream Theater or Buckethead. It’s “Mrs. Potter's Lullaby” by Counting Crows. Let me begin by saying that there is only a handful of bands/artists I actively hate. My tastes are pretty eclectic and run the gamut from dissonant / atonal / harsh / obscure to the most syrupy, accessible pop.