Could Anyone Do For the U.S. What The Tragically Hip Did For Canada?

We may be coming off the heels of the Olympic games but The Tragically Hip’s farewell show brought Canada together far more than any athletic event ever could. After the band announced in May that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band decided to embark on a final tour…

5 Best Double Door Performances

Chicago’s Double Door has been involved in ongoing saga over how long it can keep its doors open. At present, the venue is allowed to stay open through year’s end and there’s no word on whether, or perhaps more accurately where, they’ll relocate. We’ll keep you posted as the story continues to develop. In the…

‘Take Me To the River’ Hits Netflix Today!

If you didn’t get the opportunity to see Take Me To the River, clear your calendar. Martin Shore’s 2014 award-winning documentary celebrating the music and musicians of the Mississippi Delta is debuting on Netflix today. Featuring legendary artists such as Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, Mavis Staples, Charlie Musslewhite, and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland as well as…

The Best Exercises for Musicians

There’s no doubt about it: the life of a musician is often jam-packed. With all the practicing, networking, marketing, creating, and gigging, how do you find time for yourself? As tough as it may be, making that time is essential. Your mental and physical health can end up affecting your technique, and can even make…

Coldplay Give Viola Beach Posthumous Glasto Headliner Spot

You may recall earlier in the year up and coming band Viola Beach eagerly embarked on their first ever global tour and were subsequently killed in a car accident in Sweden on February 14. All band members; Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, and the band’s manager Craig Tarry were killed when their…

You Need Amazon’s ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s’ Playlist in Your Life

Amazon has recently added a playlist to their SoundCloud and you must stop what you’re doing and listen to it. The playlist features cover versions of tracks from Amazon original series  Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. I must admit, when I first glanced at this I scoffed. These are among the most beloved songs in the history of…

What You Can Learn From Other Artists (Even if You Dislike Their Music)

Popular music is filled with examples of divisive artists. You know, those artists whose mere existence results in passion in extremes – you love them or you hate them. A critical mistake many musicians make is dismissing those acts rather than paying attention to what they can learn from their careers, regardless of their genre or persona. Let’s…

Artists Respond to Orlando Attack With Music

In the wake of last week’s hate-fueled rampage in Orlando, the music community is responding the only way it knows how: Songwriters are writing songs and singers are singing them. Christina Aguilera has released a new single, “Change”, which she’s dedicated to victims of the Orlando attack. She’s also donating all proceeds from the single…

What Prince’s Death Can Teach You About Protecting Your Career

Following Prince’s April 21 death reports began to surface that the singer left no will stating what was to become of his estate. This seemed an impossibility for so many reasons. Prince was one of the most business-oriented artists in the history of the music industry. He was a forefather of the DIY ethos so many…

Sitar Teli Provides Much Needed Reality Check Regarding Music and Start-Ups

At a Midem’s June 3 panel titled ‘Startups & Corporations: from Competition to Coopetition’, Connect Venture’s Sitar Teli offered a contrary opinion to that of her peers. While the other panelists spoke highly of the music industry and its  relationship with VC and startup culture, Teli strongly disagreed. When asked if music and tech companies have arrived…