Watkins Family Hour Kick off First Tour

David Pass saw the Watkins Family Hour perform and highly recommends you do too.

A ‘Grateful’ Cash Grab

Is America’s once great Jam Band only grateful for the cash? Jerry really is dead, man.

Breaking Up With The Band

Johnathan Hales used to play in a band before they kicked him out for being an asshole. He reflects on the failed relationship and what he has learned.

Inspiration Unpacked: Are You Hiding in Shadow?

It took an exploration of the meaning behind Tool’s “Forty Six & 2” to bring Chris Hicke out of the shadow into the glory of perfect imperfection.

Butcher Knives’ Debut Album A Must Listen

The New York band’s diverse backgrounds blend into a tasty musical stew.

The Philly Drummer Boy: A Carol of Drums

Drumming in the snow, drumming night and day, playing different grooves and fills along the way. Bells on cymbals ring, making spirits bright, oh what fun is to play the drums all day and night!

On Being Threatened For Not Being Homophobic

Paul Blest on the gig that got out of control, and what he learned from it.

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

In: off-beat locales, pie, alternatives to guestbooks. Out: meaningless traditions, cupcakes, and one-band weddings.

After Seeing Fine Arts Being Cut From Schools … Will My Child Have the Same Opportunities That I Did? (Video)

The short documentary “The Missing Note” shows how fine arts are not just fun but integral for students and their education and what we can do to save them.

“One guy broke into tears and said his classmate saved him from suicide by reaching out.”

This is a comment by AF on the post “Breaking News: Dudes Have Feelings”.

Ten Things I’ve Learned From Playing in a Band

I’ve played on stages that were so small that we were literally bonking instruments together and couldn’t move at all. You learn to appreciate the small things…like space, working monitors and a half-decent sound engineer.

Never Stop Doing What You Love

You are what you do. Do what you love.

The Thing About Holiday Concerts

Carl Bosch attended his last Holiday Concert, and, well, it was glorious.

Ten things I've learned from playing in a band

NOTE: I used to play in a band called Broken Falls Community Hall Band. We played a bunch of gigs in Vancouver, made a CD, never made much money…and loved every minute of it. This is a page with a song on it (right-hand side): http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Broken-Falls-Community-Hall-Band. Here’s us playing on a ridiculously small stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHxyiT5omYU Try […]

Ten things I've learned from running sound for my dad's jazz band

Everybody wants something different, which makes it impossible to keep everybody happy. With live sound, it’s not always a question of volume. You can often do more to highlight and clarify an instrument or vocals with EQ than with volume. You can have perfect levels, but once the musicians start playing and singing, they are […]

Guestpost #43: Stephanie Sheri – Ten things I've learned from being in the independent rock band Pan Out Now

Steph is a friend of mine, a musician, an improviser, and an all-around awesome person. She is also an excellent vocal coach: http://www.dragonflymusiclessons.com/dragonflymusiclessons.com/home.html Note: After graduating music college and being a professional working musician in Toronto, I took the plunge and co-founded an original rock band called Pan Out Now. It was an intense 13 […]