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MUSIC CITIES: The DENVER Music Guide for the Independent Touring Band

Bands, artists, music geeks and lovers of music around the globe… Welcome to this blog! We are SIR, an alternative pop rock trio based out of Denver. We wrote this to help you connect with the right venues and bands on your tour stop in Colorado. Please connect with us as well- we are always looking for show swaps across the country. Whatever you are into, Denver has it! Our music scene is thriving. There are so many venues and so many artists. As touring musicians we know that being…

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PWR BTTM Discography to be Removed by Streaming Services

The music of New York punk duo PWR BTTM will be removed from iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play and Amazon following sexual assault allegations surrounding member Ben Hopkins.  The announcement comes after an earlier statement from the group’s label Polyvinyl,  who removed PWR BTTM from their roster immediately after sexual assault reports emerged. “In keeping with this philosophy, we want to let everyone know that we are ceasing to sell and distribute PWR BTTM’s music,” posted Polyvinyl on their website. PWR BTTM has also cancelled all dates of what was…

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Album Reviews 

ALBUM REVIEW : 18th & Addison – ‘Makeshift Monster’

With humble beginnings, forming in 2013/2014, the New Jersey acoustic duo Tom Kunzman and Kait DiBenedetto of alternative rock band 18th & Addison set their sights to bring something new and unique to the ever growing music industry. From formerly playing alongside pop-punk musician, Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory and What’s Eating Gilbert, DiBenedetto met Kunzman and from a few acoustic sets, the band 18th & Addison was formed, bringing both of their musical backgrounds into something new and collaborative. Having a debut EP under their belts, 2015’s Little Parasites, the duo set…

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Playlists 

PLAYLIST: Close Out Summer With A Bang And Some Tunes

August is officially here and, before you know it, school and responsibilities will begin to loom around the corner. But with the right playlist in mind, one may be able to hang on to the last long and hot days of summer sun and enjoy the carefree ease that summer brings. Starting off with a bit of a chill indie note with some Bleachers and Royal Teeth, this playlist soon picks things up to a dance mood scattering in some trending Blink 182 and even Halsey to keep the energy…

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Why Canada’s Arkells Should Be On Your Radar

Let’s talk about Canadian music for a moment. Many of us never get to hear some of the incredible music making waves in Canada, simply because it never breaks the US. We don’t know about it because we don’t live there, and we don’t know enough to listen to some of the incredible stations (like Indie 88—indie lovers get on that stream ASAP!) or to tune in to some of the fine blogs and tastemakers in the area. And sure, we do fine with our US music, but if that’s all you’re…

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WATCH: Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) and Lynn Gunn (PVRIS) Cover “Say Something”

Recently, All Time Low took a trip to the United Kingdom to promote their latest (and super successful) release Future Hearts. The Baltimore four-piece stopped by Spotify’s HQ while they were across the pond. ATL treated fans to an intimate acoustic set, which featured a cover of A Great Big World‘s “Say Something.” Things got even better when PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn showed up to collaborate with Alex Gaskarth. What resulted was quite awesome. The duo work well together and the somber ballad sounded just as impactful acoustically. Maybe you can do…

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Ed Sheeran Passes Two Billion Streams On Spotify

Ed Sheeran has hit the records yet again. After being the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2014, Sheeran jumped the milestone of two billion streams and solidified his rank as second-most streams used on the site, with first place going to Eminem. Not to mention that Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud”, coming from his recent album X, is the most streamed song on Spotify in the United States. Ed Sheeran has expressed praise for Spotify before. Spotify also seems to love Sheeran for what he brings to their site. Even though the…

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Alex Gaskarth and Lynn Gunn Cover A Great Big World

All Time Low performed an acoustic set at Spotify’s United Kingdom Headquarters in support of their most recent album, Future Hearts. Frontman Alex Gaskarth performed a cover of A Great Big World‘s “Say Something” alongside PVRIS frontwoman Lynn Gunn. Check out the cover below the jump and let us know what you think of it in the comments section. All Time Low recently released their sixth full-length album Future Hearts via Hopeless Records. You can check out a review of the album here and purchase a CD here. To see All Time Low live,…

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GUEST BLOG: Tidal: So What Now?

Within a plethora of methods that we have to get music out, in a rather grandiose unveiling, Jay-Z announced Tidal. This is a streaming service that allows the consumer to stream lossless files and high-quality video for a $20 dollar fee. It’s also billed as the music service controlled by the musicians themselves, totting co-ownership from the likes of Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire, Beyonce, and Calvin Harris just to name a few. As I was viewing the press conference where many “A list” artists signed the declaration to the service,…

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TIDAL: The Music Industry’s Biggest Lie

Major modern artists all the way from Alicia Keys to Jay Z have come together to release one of the first ever artist owned music platforms… or, so they say. “Jimi Hendrix once said, that music doesn’t lie,” Alicia Keys spoke at the podium for TIDAL’s launch video, and she’s right. Music doesn’t lie, but these musicians who have come together to be a face for the type of companies they state they are against? That is a lie, perhaps one of the biggest lies we have ever seen in the…

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