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Mental Health Matters: When an answer isn’t “the” answer—but you keep moving forward anyway

It was coming up to New Year in the Czech Republic, where I had moved since breaking up with my long-term boyfriend. I was a tired cliché: a failing musician who’d reached her 30s and realised that the music career clock had all but stopped ticking and ended up clinically depressed. Yawn. The irony for me was that I had achieved some significant things that were steps capable of taking me closer to my goals. But I couldn’t see them as such, because that’s what depression does: it robs you…

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The Gaslight Anthem Announce ‘The 59 Sound’ Tour

When The Gaslight Anthem announced they’d be playing The 59 Sound in full at Governer’s Ball in NYC, I think I speak for many of us when I say we were all pretty bummed that we wouldn’t be able to see such a momentous occasion. That’s why the news of an official tour where the band will hit 10 cities to play the album in full, comes as such sweet news. Special guests will include Matt Mays, Tim Berry, Flatliners, Matthew Ryan, and Joe Sib. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, and you…

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Frank Turner Announces New Album “Be More Kind” + Worldwide Tour

After days of teasing fans with cryptic photos, Frank Turner has announced his new album, Be More Kind, will be released on May 4th. The album’s title comes as inspiration from a Clive James poem, with Turner commenting; “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.” The…

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PREMIERE: Lyra Star Releases Debut Solo Track “Devil’s Game”

Singer-songwriter Lyra Star sprinkles a little bit of magic into every song she creates. With her debut solo release, “Devil’s Game”, an ethereal, folk masterpiece rich with influence from her inspirations Imogen Heap and Tori Amos, Star has set the stage for what’s sure to be an incredible year. On March 2nd, she’ll release her debut solo album,  A Thousand Dreams. Recorded at Soundwire Studios in Fairfax, CA, this new collection of celestial songs comes complete with lush orchestral arrangements and Star’s magical signature vocals. “A Thousand Dreams” is a collection of songs that…

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INTERVIEW: Mainland

Los Angeles trio Mainland have been making quite a name for themselves over the last year. Accumulating over 6 million Spotify streams on their EPs, opening for acts like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Marianna’s Trench, and gaining the attention of Stereogum and more, the band shows no signs of slowing down. Check out our interview below. Please follow and like us:

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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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