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Unsigned Spotlight: We Were Once (Alt Rock – North Carolina)

There are so many beauties in music. It transcends time. It transcends age. It transcends genre. It transcends language. It also transcends religion. Fayetteville, North Carolina’s We Were Once may be a Christian rock band at heart, but this is a band and sound I would highly recommend to any alt-rock fan regardless of your religious beliefs. We Were Once released their debut EP Piece By Piece in September 2014 and have made big waves throughout both their local rock scene and the Christian music scene, winning Rockshop’s Battle of…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Dreamhouse (Milwaukee Alt-Rock)

You know that extremely rare but amazing feeling that comes when you hit play on a new band’s song and you realize about five seconds in that it’s love at first listen? In this edition of Unsigned Spotlight, we’re sharing the gold we struck upon finding Milwaukee alt-rock powerhouses Dreamhouse. With their own brand of soaring alternative rock with punk and pop undertones, Dreamhouse leave you in no doubt they’re here to stay with a sound that’s both highly refined and clearly defined. 2017 saw the band follow up their…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Secret Tree Fort

Standing out as an acoustic artist can be tricky. Some folks hear the term “acoustic” and immediately think slow guitar plucks, soft vocals, earnest lyrics, and that’s about it. Skyler Truth, aka Secret Tree Fort, blows that perception away with his special hybrid of raw acoustic emo and undeniable pop-punk catchiness that chills and thrills in equal measure. Secret Tree Fort’s 2018 EP, titled Willow, sees Truth pouring his deepest, often darkest emotions on the line for everyone to see and feel. These five songs are built on deeply introspective…

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Music Cities Series: Athens, GA

(Photo credit: Chelsea Kornse Photography) Nestled just an hour to the east of the state’s capital, Athens, GA is arguably one of the best kept secrets outside the southeast. The sixth largest city in Georgia, Athens is, at it’s heart, a university town. Concentrated around The University of Georgia, the first state-chartered public university in the United States, Athens is an intellectual hub and a refreshing pocket of progressive idealism entrenched within an ever-evolving conservative south. Celebrated for it’s vibrant culture, SEC Saturdays, distinct nightlife, and overall quirky charm, Athens is perhaps…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Change Is Your Friend

Have you ever felt like everything you worked for was in vain? Well, that’s how I felt in 2016. I had been with my girlfriend at the time for 6 years. I had a steady day job as a high school teacher. My band, Hombre Bestia, was playing better than ever and we had just released our second material, called Janus. Everything seemed to be just following a nice course. Going according to plan. Except one thing: I couldn’t write a single song. Routine had become such a part of…

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Mental Health Matters: Loneliness

It’s 3am, it’s every night for the past month, maybe two; at this point I’m unsure.  I have a cold cup of coffee that I keep reheating before I let it chill again & a notebook full of scrawling scribbles of some nonsensical blabber. There’s an email from my booking agent I’ve been dreading that I can’t open right now.  “Write everything down” I was told, but where to begin?  Touring has been gruelling, I feel so strung out & exhausted by the constant travelling, performing & travelling again. Every…

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Boston Calling Interview: Field Report

We caught up with Field Report just after this May’s Boston Calling to chat with Chris Porterfield about their latest album ‘Summertime Songs’, what makes their hometown of Milwaukee so special, and their artist recommendation for readers. Take a read and catch the band on tour this Summer/Fall.  Please follow and like us:

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Mental Health Matters: My Work with Therapy

(photo credit: Danny DeRusso) I was born in love with my life. I was born in love with myself and I felt like that self-respect was connected to how much potential I had to squeeze every ounce of joy and success out of living that I could. I started self-harming when I was 11. I developed an eating disorder when I was 13. By 25, I was drinking to black out daily and had torpedoed most of my personal relationships. I assumed I had depression because I couldn’t shake this…

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Forever Came Calling: Why the Unsigned Future is Still Bright

The DIY, unsigned grind is fierce. As an artist in this world, you’re the visionary, the creator. You’re the booking agent. You’re the publicist. You’re the accountant, merch guy, gear tech, driver. You play all the roles, and then some, as a liaison to other bands either in the scene or swinging through on tour. You run the grind, gaining fans, gaining a reputation, gaining industry eyes on you, all in hopes that you’ll break that glass ceiling to sign a contract with a label. But, even when you make…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music Is Your Job, Treat It Like One

I’ve been playing and touring with Big Something for seven years this May and I’ve learned so many things from these guys individually and from our travels together. After so many shows and miles traveled it’s hard to pinpoint the most valuable thing that lends itself to success: staying in shape, squeezing in practice time, putting on an entertaining and engaging live show…these are obviously all really critical to thriving as a group. But after taking some time to think about something I’ve learned in THIS particular band that I…

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