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Local Heroes: How JONO is Saving the Environment With His New Single “North”

Nature has such a powerful influence on music. Sunny skies, cloudy days, tropical vs. urban; all have shaped different genres of music and moods. Nature is absolutely my number one influence as an artist. It gives my music meaning. And for my solo instrumental rock project, JONO, nature is much more than an influence. After two releases inspired by nature, I felt that it was time to give back. With my newest release, “North” (a song inspired by the Pacific Northwest), all proceeds from the song go towards the preservation…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Genres Don’t Have to Be Suffocating

(Photo credit: Kathrin Baumbach) I recently had a very frank email exchange with a friend of mine who reviews music.  “I am bored shitless of singer-songwriters,” they said. It was the most triumphant and illuminating sentence I have read in quite a while, and I endeavor to read as much as I possibly can (top tip* try Jelinek’s ‘The Piano Teacher’ or Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett). It is, however, a difficult title to break from when you stand on stage with an acoustic guitar. I am well aware of the…

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PREMIERE: Jon Pattie “Won’t Be Young” Music Video

Photo Credit: Mario Devon. Today Infectious is proud to premiere the debut music video from Nashville based indie-pop artist Jon Pattie. Brimming with self-awareness, hope, and optimism for the future, Pattie takes the compelling imagery in his lead single “Won’t Be Young” and brings it to life with an energetic, lighthearted video that takes listeners around Nashville, and to some of Pattie’s favorite spots. From record stores to reflective walks in the Tennessee outdoors, Pattie says the goal of the video was simply to have fun while showcasing some of…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Play Every (Interesting) Gig At Least Once

(photo credit: Joe Velz.) When I first started making this music, a manager type friend told me to “play every gig at least once.” At the time, that advice made perfect sense. We were early into the Spotify era. Live shows and college radio were still the only tried and true way to reach fans in other regions/cities. So I’d save up some cash, book a bunch of shows on a short regional tour, rent a van and go. Of course, I didn’t have the cash to promote the shows…

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Unsigned Spotlight: Michael Rider (Alternative/Dream Pop)

If you’re looking for an original, genre-bending artist whose music sweeps you off your feet and transports you into their own captivating world, look no other than the dreampop stylings of New York’s own Michael Rider. At times ethereal in combining gorgeous electronic effects with sparkling piano playing, always entrancing with its poetic stories (“It’s three AM in the morning/it’s half past time the hour/monsters roaming free downstairs/skeleton man takes a pill from his pocket/and sits right next to me” from opening track “Wide Awake”) and intimately soothing vocals, Rider’s…

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Unsigned Spotlight: Ode To No One (NY Alt-Rock)

It seems this statement becomes more critical with each passing year, but truly in 2019, it is more important than ever to stay socially and politically – and yes, musically – informed by facts and driven by hope, positivity and equality. New York-based alt-rockers Ode To No One have all these qualities and more in spades, using their platform to take action by advocating for the power of love and the strength in diversity. Ode To No One’s latest single and music video, 2018’s “One and the Same” (check it…

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Music Cities: Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Park is the music capital of New Jersey. Hosting over 5 venues within the span of one mile, the city shelters musicians and bands of all genres, bringing different kinds of people together. Venues like the Asbury Park Brewery host punk and indie shows with a house party vibe, while the House of Independents provides a spot for major label talent to stop by on their full US tours. In terms of improvement there is a bottomless supply of talent, but not as much business and representation as there…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Stay True To Yourself

(photo credit: Cyclops Girl) The music industry is full of up’s and down’s, in’s and out’s and roundabout’s. I get carsick just thinking about it. I can become completely stressed out trying to figure out how to score my next gig, grow my email list, post the killer pic on insta, or write the perfect song. Am I singing that Bb in tune? And should I microblade my eyebrows??? I barely even HAVE eyebrows. Can anyone take me seriously as an artist without them?? It is so easy to completely…

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Appreciation Post: The Front Bottoms

We all have bands that stick with us. Through all the changes and challenges we face, if we’re very lucky, our favorite bands seem to grow with us. Seven years ago I found my band. I was introduced through a cleverly written press release by Reybee, and although I’d been running Infectious for about a year and a half, they were one of the first bands sent to me that I truly fell in love with. Just a tiny 2-piece (sometimes 3-piece) out of New Jersey, The Front Bottoms became my everything….

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Unsigned Spotlight: Romancer (Ambient Emo/Punk)

Here in Illinois, as I write this at the beginning of December, it’s been winter for over a month. We’ve endured multiple ice storms, a blizzard that dumped 12 inches of snow in some spots, and even a day when no fewer than 26 tornadoes touched down across the state. Even by Illinois standards, that’s unusual. There have been plenty of evenings where the most appealing thing to do is curl up by the fireplace, make a pot of swirling hot chocolate, and find the perfect music to help you…

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