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PREMIERE: Amanda Rose Riley’s “Sharing a Stage” (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, Frank Turner)

Infectious is proud to partner with newcomer Amanda Rose Riley (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, and Frank Turner) for the premiere of her debut track, “Sharing a Stage” off the upcoming full-length, Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole. The song is an ode to Frank Turner, a personal hero of Amanda’s, as well as someone she’s shared the stage with. There are even a few FT lyric references in there for diehard fans. “Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll agree that an album about my journey with music wouldn’t be complete…

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Boston Calling Reveals 2018 Lineup: Eminem, The Killers, The Decemberists, Jack White & More

If there’s one thing you can always count on with the Boston Calling lineup, it’s that it’s ever-evolving. This year the festival returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex with headliners Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and Paramore, as well as welcoming back previous players like The National, Portugal. The Man, and The Decemberists. “Each year we continue to push ourselves to bring fans the very best festival experience,” explains Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE), Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Brian Appel. “With some new changes and features…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Post Every Day

Post something every day. Hands down. When it comes to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, do EVERYTHING you can to post something every day. Anything. A silly picture of your frontman. A thank you graphic for everyone who liked your page this month. A 15 second clip of your latest music video. A black and white photo of the drum kit. I’m literally just word vomiting! If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that your band and/or your art is not just competing with other local bands on a…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music in Community Development

Sometimes we ride the same train. It’s easy for me, a non-descript white male, to blend in to the background. For them, even without their loud excited conversation about a studio session, not so much. Young African men in hip hop attire – an outward expression of belonging somewhere –  in a country that still largely treats them as “the other”, something to be feared. In late 2014 I moved my recording studio to a location in inner city Melbourne. Directly opposite one of the largest public housing estates, and…

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Mental Health Matters: Accepting Help

We always try to encourage and talk about how it’s okay to seek help with our mental illness, but we never talk about how hard giving ourselves permission to receive that help can be. I’m in that position right now actually. These past few months have been very difficult, from the birthday of my departed best friend, to my father holding my mother and I at gun point. After I moved in with my two friends, I cried on the floor in my new-found home for over a week straight….

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Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness Announces Acoustic “Pen and the Piano” Tour

Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness has announced an incredibly special run of tour dates called the “Pen and the Piano” tour, featuring an acoustic evening with McMahon, Allen Stone, Zac Clark, and Bob Oxblood (Formerly of Jack’s Mannequin.” Speaking about the tour, McMahon says “I am both pleased and terrified to announce The Pen and the Piano Tour,” McMahon writes. “I’m pleased because I’ll be boarding a bus with three dear friends, all gifted singer/songwriters to play six weeks of intimate shows around the United States. I’m terrified because I…

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Farewell, HIM. A Public Thank You to the Band That Shaped Me

The first time I was introduced to HIM I was 18. The band had already been around in one form or another for over a decade, but to me, everything felt brand new. I came into their music right before the release of Venus Doom (an album I would initially resist, before making it one of my favorites of all time), and I was completely enamored. It was my first taste of anything resembling metal, and the way Ville Valo’s smooth vocals overlay the intense musicianship on every song was…

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Op-Ed: An Honest Reaction to Demi Lovato’s ‘Simply Complicated’ Documentary

Previously for Infectious Magazine, I wrote an article about making my peace with Los Angeles’ music industry scene, and since moving back to Texas, I’ve focused on taking care of myself and my mental health. I’ve been seeing my therapist and incorporated a daily workout that is at least one hour a day solely dedicated to myself. Life has gotten better, but I still struggle with my anxiety daily. Recently I watched Demi Lovato’s YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, which released on October 17, 2017, hot on the heels of her…

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The Most Important Thing We’ve Learned: Treat Every Show Like It’s The Most Important One Of Your Career

You finally landed that gig that will put you on the map.  You put countless hours into practice and promotion, text everyone in your contacts list (even that girl you had a crush on back in high school ), and strike a deal with that shady promoter to sell 50 presale tickets, otherwise you’ll have to mortgage your parent’s house. After weeks of stressing out, the day is finally here. You pick out your best clothes, do all your pre-show rituals, and load into the venue. Now you are ready…

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Mental Health Matters: The Power of a Support System

When it comes to mental health, being part of a band can be the best means of venting, but can also start to deteriorate you if you’re not careful. Time and time again we see bands and individuals, famous or not, dealing with this. Tours get cancelled, bands break apart, and some even turn to self-harm acts. This resonates with us in such an impactful way because this can and has happened to us, our friends, and our bandmates. As a band, we established friendship with each other from the…

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