Hi everyone, we hope you’ve had a great week! How many of you have given a listen to Ryan Adams’ 1989? We’re very into it here at Thirty Roses HQ! Adams, in his typical fashion, brought out a melancholy and longing that wasn’t present when they were produced and arranged as up-tempo pop songs, which is in no way a slight on Ms. Taylor Swift. Different people have different visions; both versions are great for totally different moods.
So-as usual, lots of really exciting things stirring behind the scenes here. Last week we mentioned that we’re working with Shawn Mayotte. In the next week or two we’ll be sharing some more specifics on that project that I guarantee you don’t want to miss.
Chicago is gearing up for Malynda Hale’s tour stop on October 16th, mark your calendars!

We hope you have a faaaaaaabulous weekend and thanks for the love!


Hello, hello! Apologies for no posts during the week. While it may seem that lack of activity during the week indicates we’re not doing well, it’s actually the opposite. We’ve become so busy with our consultation work, scheduling interviews, and working on social media, that it takes up pretty much every moment of the day. One-off consultations in addition to our regular artists have become increasingly difficult to juggle it all but I’m so grateful for the artists who trust their careers with me. Having said that, Thirty Roses will always be my first love- it’s what launched everything.

Work with Malynda Hale has been so exciting! I fall more in love with her album by the day (listening to it at a coffee shop right now, as a matter of fact!) and we’re quite a dynamic duo. It’s always easy to work with people who share your philosophies on business and music and Malynda is incredible.

I’ve also been working a lot with Shawn Mayotte, whom you may or may not know. Shawn is a fascinating man about whom I can’t say much…yet. His autobiography is forthcoming and when I say he saw the best of times and the worst of times in extremes few people have experienced it’s not an understatement. It’s been an honor to be trusted with his story and more will be shared about this project soon. He’s a prodigious musician and does these mini-“Name That Tune”-type games on his Facebook page a few times a week. Join the fun HERE. (*You’re welcome to send a friend request in the event a video isn’t public. This is an author page, not a private Facebook page).

As always, thanks so much for your unwavering support. Keep the emails and Tweets coming! Have a great week! <3


PS- Did you know on this day in 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK #1 with “Bad Moon Rising”? Hard to believe they only had one UK #1! That’s not my personal favorite track of theirs….let’s have a playlist!


Happy Saturday, everyone! Today marks twelve years since the death of one of our faaaaaaaavorites; Johnny Cash. While across the board I don’t tend to like most country music, Johnny Cash isn’t country. Johnny Cash is Johnny Cash. With his gravely voice, guitar, and his beloved June, Cash traveled the world and America’s prisons singing the words he often couldn’t speak. Let’s kick off the weekend with some of his classics. <3

What a week it’s been! Last Sunday Malynda Hale performed the National Anthem at the LA Galaxy match in front of a packed stadium filled with 27,500 screaming fans and she was incredible.

Bay Uno has embarked on his U.S. tour and is giving out copies of the most recent VT Guide at his merch booth. Check out his tour schedule HERE or order your copy of the VT Guide from Vishnu’s Trumpet


Yesterday we shared an exclusive track from the forthcoming Typhoid Rosie album and the response has been overwhelming, to say the least! We’re honored that Rosie Rebel and the band chose us with something that means so much to them. If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check it out! Exclusive Premier: Typhoid Rosie ‘On the Day’

We hope your week has been fabulous too! As always, thank you so, so, so much for the support over the years. Thirty Roses would never have become what it has without all of you.

Much love,


Hello hello hello! We know we’ve been lax in the Happy Weekend posts over the past few weeks. Doing work for people who pay us their hard-earned money has usurped the less pressing matters at Thirty Roses HQ. It’s great that so many of you miss HW when it takes a break, though- we’re glad you enjoy our Saturday silliness.

As many know we’ve recently begun working with Malynda Hale! Her name may be familiar to our regular readers as we’ve written about her quite a few times. Malynda is an award-winning singer/songwriter and actress and it’s been great working with her over the past couple of weeks. We’ll be sharing a lot of great things from her in coming days and weeks but for now, tune in to the LA Galaxy game tomorrow against NYC FC to see Malynda sing the National Anthem before the game!!! She’s really excited and we know she’s going to be wonderful!!!

Now…onto HW!


Everyone has that one band or artist whose music has been a panacea. New Miserable Experience by the Gin Blossoms was released when I was 15 and I say in all seriousness it was my best friend. I wore out more than one copy of that CD listening to it from beginning to end, day after day, for years on end. It played on my Discman as I walked to school or work, it played on my stereo while I was at home. I cried when Doug Hopkins died and the world lost an incredible talent (which still remains grossly underrated). This was all pre-internet of course, so there was no website, there was no Twitter, there was no checking any one of a jillion websites for tour information. There was me, however, a teenager who wanted to know when her favorite band would be in Chicago. I found a pretty easy way around that: I used to call A&M Records, the band’s label, and ask them. Everyone was always really nice to me and they would send me promo posters, give me tour info, and whatever other information was suitable for release to the public on a given day. Thinking back I find it funny that at 15 or 16 I thought little of calling a record label to discuss a band, a foreshadowing perhaps? I went on to collect every import, single, shirt, all in anticipation of the next record. When Congratulations I’m Sorry was released in 1996 I was at the record store when it opened, I think I actually ditched my morning class to go and buy it. ‘Follow You Down’ became an instant radio hit across multiple platforms and I loved the record from first listen. That day I made a ‘competitionsmile@yahoo.com’ email address, which I still have because nostalgia won’t let me delete it. Ever. I found Congratulations I’m Sorry to be more mature, which is the logical progression of such things. It wasn’t as much about being lost, finding your way through the maelstrom of life, but rather dealt with the aftermath of a band that sold 4 million records. Years on the road, relationships altered, adulthood; these subjects were delivered with the Gin Blossoms signature jangly pop guitars which can occasionally mask heavy lyrical content. I wasn’t around for the release of Major Lodge Victory or No Chocolate Cake but the latter has become a new favorite of mine. The songs on it are among the band’s best and hearing the track
s live solidified how great they really are.
Last night I saw the Gin Blossoms for the first time in….a long time. I think 13 years or so? I was on a bit of a hiatus and last night’s show in Milwaukee immediately brought me back to why I adore this music. I was hoping to feel like a teenager again (in some regards, anyway) which didn’t happen but it was a wonderful show. Lead singer Robin Wilson gave his tambourine to people in the audience throughout the evening culminating in the 2 children in front of me playing the tambourine for the last couple of songs. After the set was over Robin signed the tambourines and let the kids keep them. We had the same walk back to the parking lot and those children talked about that the entire way, playing their tambourines all the while. 🙂

For those who don’t know, Jon Stewart had a show on MTV long before The Daily Show. The Gin Blossoms were the first band to appear on the show, check out that and some other videos below. Have a rad weekend! 🙂


Hello, darling readers! Another weekend is upon us and we hope it finds you well. Summer has finally found its way to the city of Chicago! The past few weeks have been filled with excitement and many dreams coming true here at Thirty Roses HQ. As always, we can’t thank all of you enough for your continued support over the years.
Over the past couple of weeks we got turned on to Patcast, the podcast of Train frontman Pat Monahan. On each episode Monahan interviews a guest, usually a fellow musician, and discusses songwriting, the music industry and its (d)evolution, and all varieties of minutiae. Whether you’re a fan of either Monahan’s music or his guest’s matters not as the content of the interviews is the real draw. Over the course of the Patcast’s history guests have included Monahan’s Train band mates, Gavin DeGraw, Fastball, Nile Rodgers, Gin Blossoms, The Rembrandts, Echosmith, Jason Bonham, Elle King, Michael Ian Black, Butch Walker, and many others. Now on its 104th episode, the show definitely places emphasis on songwriters and musicians but interviews performers who can offer insight and advice on many aspects of life in the entertainment industries.
It really is a great show with many wonderful stories and anecdotes. Even people you may not necessarily fancy yourself a fan of have fascinating stories on how their songs came to be, what became of them during down time, and what they make of the ebbs and flows of the music business. A wonderful point raised in the Gavin DeGraw Patcast was about the world of hip-hop and how those artists have always worked as a community. They’ve worked together on tracks viewing the success of one artist as the success of the community as a whole. Gavin noted that other music communities are finally starting to work together in a similar fashion. It’s a great conversation and one worth listening to!

Another I’d recommend is the one with Fastball. They spend quite a lot of time discussing the strange limbo songwriters are in due to streaming and how it’s the equivalent of ‘coins in the couch’ for songwriters. They, along with Monahan, state that music was probably never really meant to be a rich man’s game and now it’s probably simply shifted back to where it was meant to be after the opulence and decadence of the 80s and 90’s.

Keep up with recent Patcast news on Facebook and Twitter.

You can listen to and download all episodes of Patcast on their Official Website


Hello! We’re still over the moon about yesterday’s Supreme Court marriage equality ruling! News outlets and social media exploded instantly, including the music community. To read what some of your favorite artists had to say check it out HERE With that in mind, here are some songs that celebrate love and happiness, including a brand new video by our friend Malynda Hale!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Hello lovelies. So very chaotic around Thirty Roses HQ these days. Our DJ Slugo article is still exploding in both the music and film industries, and our Pay-to-Playarticle from just a few days ago is being widely shared. As always, thanks for supporting us and our mission to empower and musicians.

Is anyone playing or attending any gigs this weekend? Let us know what you’re listening to, we’re always on the look out for great music.


How many of these alphabet artists can you guess? Answers in comments 🙂




As we type this, our beloved Noughts and Exes are exiting the stage and saying goodbye to a career as one of Hong Kong’s most successful bands. So who is left to follow in their history-making footsteps? Let’s take a look!


One of our favorites, Thud combines Shoegaze and Nugaze to bring their own brand of lo-fi awesomeness.

The Weathering

Firmly rooted in Hong Kong’s music scene, the American duo who make up The Weathering sing soaring songs about love and faith with lyrics ambiguous enough to be universally relatable.

Robynn & Kendy

We’ve expressed our love for Robynn & Kendy before. Lilting melodies and soothing harmonies, language barrier be damned!

Poubelle International

The most globally accessible of the bunch, Poubelle International is a sort of OK Go/The Darkness hybrid.

Shaolin Fez

Very different from the others, Shaolin Fez is Hong Kong’s largest band (in size) and leader Sam Ferrer approaches things classically and with Big Band-style.