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By Sarah Jones 3/29/2013 9:38 AM
LET’S FACE it: Unless you’re the 1% of the music industry, the rock star model is over. So where does that leave the rest of us?

Given talent and drive, if you manage your expectations, you’ll make prudent decisions that will lead to better opportunities for building a viable career. Of course, you need to work all of the angles, from touring to publishing. This means staying on top of evolving earnings models in the digital landscape.

In this month’s MasterClass (“Digital Paycheck”), we break down online distribution royalty structures and show you how to work them to your advantage.

If your recordings are getting digital distribution, income is being generated for you. There are safeguards in place, but you have to pay attention. You don’t have be an attorney to understand digital royalties. However, it’s how you apply that information that counts. And here is where it really pays to approach your...
By Craig Dalton 3/21/2013 9:32 AM

Now that SXSW is over, it's time to start thinking about performing at next year's festival. No, it's not too on to learn how to work festivals to your advantage...


Assuming you’ve polished your stage act and are touring or at least performing locally regularly, showcasing at a festival is a chance to take your act to the next level. Arguably, the two most important festivals are SXSW and CMJ. Each year, literally thousands of bands submit their applications for a coveted showcase slot. The scale of these festivals is huge, with attendance as large as 350,000 attendees and 2,200 acts at SXSW, and 1,300 acts playing CMJ. However, it’s important to have realistic goals and expectations going in. First, realize that a festival gig is not a magic ride to stardom. Ask yourself, what are you going to accomplish if you get in? You’re going to have to make a significant investment of travel expense, time and effort, and there’s no guarantee of a return on any of that. Are you ready to make...
By Craig Dalton 3/21/2013 8:29 AM
There's been more than enough said publicly about Billie Joe Armstrong and the events of last year, leading to some personal re-tooling. Suffice it to say, past is past, but it's now that counts. This much-anticipated return of the Bay Area power-punk trio was the talk of SXSW before Thursday night at the Austin City Limits Moody Theater, and that excitement certainly carried over into a true rock-and-roll comeback event that wouldn't let up.


Billie Joe led the band onstage like a platoon of Marines hitting a beach head, launching into the show with those ever-seducing big power chords and crisp vocals through a pristine sound system. From first drum count-in to the last fading bath of feedback, band and audience melded into one huge, super-entertaining block party. Totally animated, fit, and ready to rock, Billie Joe announced "This is not a f***ing party, this is not a first date, it's not a bar's a celebration!"And celebrate they did.


Green Day didn't just play to the audience,...
By Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton 3/21/2013 7:00 AM

[editor's note: this post is a SXSW dispatch from our guest reporters on the street, Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton. They'll be bringing the fan perspective. Stay tuned to hear about more of their adventures!]


As first-timers to both SXSW and Austin, we really had no idea what to expect. When people heard we were headed to Austin for the weekend, most people's reactions were: "Oh, Austin?! Its such a strange and weird city. You'll really like it." (Umm....thanks?)

We both originate from the midwest, where music festivals, such as Summerfest, are usually contained in an open area or field with stages erected in staggered lines. Crowds are merciless and intense, and usually held in the dead of summer. The hot midwestern summer sun intensifies the crowd crush, which makes the days hot, long, and sweaty. Thankfully, SXSW was not like this. Venues were scattered throughout the city, which naturally controlled most crowds. Even the areas where people would congregate, most notably 6th street,...
By Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton 3/18/2013 11:39 AM
[editor's note: this post is a SXSW dispatch from our guest reporters on the street, Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton. They'll be bringing the fan perspective. Stay tuned to hear about more of their adventures!]


Matt Nathanson is an American singer-songwriter whose sound is a blend of folk and rock. Originally from Massachusetts, but currently based out of San Francisco, he plays both acoustic and electric guitar, sings, and performs either solo or with support of his band. He's probably most known for the song "Come on Get Higher" which mixes dreamy lyrics with a sense of California laid back ease.

At Vice Bar on March 15, Matt Nathanson was met by a pumped, vivacious, and lively crowd. We didn't quite know what to expect, especially since Matt Nathanson is the artist we go to when wehateallmenandjustwanttoeatchocolateandcry. Surprisingly, Nathanson fed off of this energy, giving the audience a performance matched in joyous excitement. Throughout his set, he embedded tidbits of the writing...
By Craig Dalton 3/16/2013 12:23 PM
20 Bands Get The Chance To Pro Record During SXSW For Rdio
By Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton 3/16/2013 12:16 PM
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By Craig Anderton 3/8/2013 11:31 AM
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