Indie Music Comes to Spotify

Spotify is a company that just went public recently. This is a good thing because it introduces more people to this company. People that may have never considered Spotify before may check it out.

Pandora was a good music streaming site, and millions of people still use it, but it has taken a backseat to Spotify. People that are listening to music are praising Spotify for the ease in which they are able to make their playlist for different artists. This is a good thing because Indie music artists like Emily King and the girl trio group called King are going to be able to entice a lot of people that would have otherwise never heard of their music.

The Indie music scene is big because it caters to a group of individuals that may not want to listen to the radio anymore. They is so much music out there that most people that make a playlist do not even after use mainstream songs to do so. This is why so many people like to make their own mixes and upload things to SoundCloud.

What Spotify has managed to do is provide people with a whole new way to look at the wide variety of music choices that are available. Indie music artists are getting the chance to get their music put in a place where mainstream artists also have their music as well. This is definitely a vehicle that can be used to help people find new music that they may never have known existed.

The great thing about Indie music artists that show up on Spotify is that there are recommendations for other artists that may have a style that is similar to their style. This is how people find a lot of the new music that does not hit the radio. This is where the Indie music artist is able to thrive with potential fans that are willing to listen to something new.

Indie Music Artists Get More Exposure Through the Web

The people that sign up for shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice” become contestants that sing. They may have a great voice, but they have not taken time to pay their dues and build themselves up for an audience that may actually buy their music. This is the reason that many of these contestants win the shows and never take off. The success that they have is too instant. It is too premature and there’s no fan base to support what they are doing. This is often the trouble that keeps people that go on shows from evolving. They become labeled as the winner of a show as opposed to serious music artists. This has plagued many winners that have never really amounted to the success that the judges said that they would have in the music business.

 

The music business is filled with a lot of different people that have many different personalities. It is easy to see how someone that wins a contest like the ones for reality shows can find themselves struggling to make it song. In the world of music it is all about the backstory there person has. Most of these singers that become part of the reality television get success without the struggle, and that makes them less desirable.

 

There are artists like this that make a quick splash, but they may not last as long as others. There are other artists that may be linked to a mainstream professional, but they may not have a desire to do music that is mainstream. This is definitely the case with Del the Funky Homosapien. He doing what is considered alternative rap on the West Coast with a small group, but he is actually the cousin of movie mogul and hip hop rapper Ice Cube.

Jack White Releases New Song

Popular indie rocker Jack White just released a new song, only a few days before the release of his new album.

Music critics are calling White’s new song, which in entitled “Ice Station Zebra,” both adventurous and funky. It was a preview of White’s highly anticipated new album that was released on March 23. The album is called Boarding House Reach.

“Ice Station Zebra” is apparently named after an espionage novel published in 1963, which subsequently became a movie 5 years later. The song crosses many different musical genres, including experimental and funk, during the course of the 4-minute song.

“Ice Station Zebra” is not the first track released from Boarding House Reach. White has so far released from the album the singles “Over and Over and Over,” “Corporation,” “Respect Commander” and “Connected By Love.”

To promote the new album, White will be doing a two-part radio interview with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich that will be broadcast on March 25 and April 1 on the It’s Electric Beats 1 radio show. He is also right now on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and it was just announced that he will be the headline performer at the upcoming Lollapalooza Music Festival.

Coinciding with the release of the album, White on March 23 also performed at a record release show that took place at Warsaw in Brooklyn, New York. The show, which was presented by Governors Ball, was livestreamed on Twitter. In addition to his scheduled North American tour, White will further be headlining the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Governors Ball.

White rose to fame as part of the duo White Stripes, in which he both sang and played guitar. He has received both commercial success and critical acclaim for his work in the band, and also for his solo efforts. He has further appeared in two other bands: the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.

Inaugural Bellwether Line-Up Announced

Excitement has been building for the inaugural Bellwether alternative music festival, set to debut this August in Waynesville, Ohio. On Thursday, event organizers revealed the festival’s headliners as MGMT, Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Local Natives, and Whitney. More acts are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The two-day festival is scheduled for August 10-11 at Renaissance Park in Waynesville, conveniently located near Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

Tickets are available at a variety of price points and packages. Two-day passes at the early bird rate are on sale now for $85 but this price will jump to $105 on March 30. Single day tickets will go on sale for $55 on May 1. Two-day VIP passes are $245 and include access to private viewing areas of each stage, dedicated restrooms, complimentary snacks, and exclusive access to the air-conditioned hospitality tent. For those not needing all the VIP amenities, but still wanting access to shower facilities and dedicated restrooms, there is a “freshen up” pass available for $50. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parking passes will be available for $10.

Camping is an integral part of the Bellwether experience, and as such, the festival organizers are offering a variety of camping options including basic camping, glamping, and RV camping spots. All of these options are on sale now and range in price from $120-600 per space. The festival will feature a variety of eclectic food and beverage vendors sure to satiate any appetite. Bellwether is designed to bring the community together to celebrate music by day and stars by night. Organizers expect between 10,000-15,000 attendees per day.

SideOneDummy Records Restructures Drastically

SideOneDummy Records was the glimpse of hope to many indie music artists and fans. Late December, they announced that they were signing Kississippi and Mom Jeans. They had just relocated from Hollywood Heights to Glendale. The new offices composed of a unique pop-up shop that served as a retail space and as an area for artists to perform. The L.A based label, formed 22 years ago, had a back catalog of music from early artists and bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, and as well as recording groups like PUP, Worriers, and Rozwell Kid. The label had interests with punk veterans, Against Me. The group was on the verge of producing a new album. Top of it all, the label’s staff had successfully created a unique identity and built a crowd of loyal fans.

Unexpectedly, on January 3rd, the founders laid off the entire staff save for Thomas Dreux, the general manager. Armstrong, the co-founder said that the move was necessary as the label was restructuring. He considered the move as an evolution. The label had active projects which were not affected by the restructuring. As Armstrong said, the co-founders were in good terms with its former employees. He has, on a frequent basis, employed Coletta while handling the active projects. On the other hand, Armstrong helped Johns to land a job with Hopeless Records.

Artists signed with SideOneDummy refused to make comments to Noisy as their fate was still under determination. Some are working on promotional strategies with the label while others are working towards obtaining the rights to their music. SideOneDummy was home to mid-level acts and artists. As a result, many of them hardly had lawyers and managers. Lack of legal representation left them to make negotiations on their own. Mom Jeans, a California based band, became a victim of the unfortunate timing. They were left out in the list of active groups in SideOneDummy. The band has since signed with Counter-Intuitive Records. According to Armstrong, the label may sign new bands but will scale back on the number.

Kwes Releases New Enigmatic Track “Midori”

British producer and performer Kwes is back in the recording studio, and this time he is working on his own material after five years of producing for other musicians. The first song released by Kwes, whose 2013 debut album featured a new and exciting strain of R&B, is completely devoid of vocals. “Midori” is the first song in a forthcoming EP tentatively named “Songs for Midi,” and it suggests an electronic music departure for the talented musician.

The new song by Kwes sounds as if he has an ongoing love affair with older synthesizers spliced with analog recording equipment. “Midori” is a fun instrumental track that evokes a musical landscape without being pretentious. The sound effects that Kwes compiled for “Midori” include a hint of a human voice, but that is as close as the song gets to any vocals.

Kwes is not known as a solo artist; his 2013 album “ilp” was released on a smaller label when it could have been published by just about any major record production house that he has worked with in the past. As a music producer, Kwes has worked with Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack and Solange Knowles. He has also collaborated with Dan the Automator and Gorillaz on critically acclaimed recording projects. In 2011, Kwes was part of an ensemble that traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to record the “Kinsasha One Two” album, a special project with Damon Albarn that mixes traditional African music with electronic beats.

By the sounds of “Midori,” Kwes seems to be ready to return to his Kinsasha electronic phase, and this may not be the most ideal direction for fans of his R&B crooning. Kwes has always been attracted to experimental music; “Midori” makes this very clear, and he stands to gain many new fans who enjoy different takes on electronic music.

Dallas Homegrown Music Festival Becoming a Favorite of Local Indie Scene

Showcasing North Texas’ hottest local talent, Dallas’ Homegrown Music Festival is proving to be a popular venue for local indie music fans.

The Dallas area music scene has wanted a festival that features their music talent for quite some time.

Unofficial rival Austin has captured a reputation as the music capital of the lone star state, some would argue of the world, but that characterization dismisses a lot of the premiere up and coming talent that Dallas has to offer.

Whereas Austin’s three day psychedelic rock festival has been building a lot of buzz within that genre, Dallas’ Homegrown Festival lives up to its name, catering to the wide range of musical tastes of the area’s music scene.

Main Street Garden Park will host this year’s Homegrown Festival. meeting the needs of the event’s large audience with it’s 1.75 acres. As a side note, the public park was funded through the city’s bond initiatives in 2003 and 2006 for the amount of $17.4 million.

Set to begin on May 12th, Explosions in the Sky, Alvvays, The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, UME, Medicine Man Revival and Acid Carousel will be among the featured performances this year.

Josh Florence, the festival’s promoter, emphasized the deliberate efforts taken to keep the music scene diverse and hip. This year’s lineup features acts from funk, R&B, indie, psych, dance and good old fashioned R&R.

The two acts made up of teens, Sad Cops and Acid Carousel, will cater to the younger audience that the festival has attracted.

Homegrown shifts the spotlight back onto the Dallas area talent and as the event’s popularity over the past three years has demonstrated, there’s plenty of demand for it.

Tickets can be purchased through the Homegrown website. The website also features an FAQ section and info about the artists.

Indie music scene enthusiasts in the area or able to make it out on May 12th will definitely not want to miss out on this intense Dallas music festival.

Lucy Dacus Embraces Status as Indie-Rock’s Next Big Thing

At just 22 years of age, Lucy Dacus has already endured many of the trials and tribulations most indie rockers experience over the course of a career. She’s released an album on her own, become a critical darling, earned a big record deal, weathered challenges that have dragged out the release of her much-anticipated new album, and she’s been featured in the New York Times.

Her new record, “Historian,” was recorded in Nashville last year for the independent label Matador, yet it still has not been heard by the world. Unlike how it was with Dacus’ first album, which she quickly recorded for a school project without any expectations, her new effort has been slowed down by many of the trappings of the music business.

The Virginia indie-rocker’s first album, “No Burden,” featured “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” which surprisingly made Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of 2016” list. The reception of her debut has raised expectations for her follow-up, and Dacus is all too aware of this.

Without question, getting her new record expertly mixed and handled by real producers before, during, and after the recording of it has slowed down its release. But so too has Dacus’ own evolution as a professional artist.

She has been incredibly candid in multiple profiles, including one featured on The Ringer in which she displays awareness as well as confidence about her young career.

Dacus’ sense of humor and feistiness sometimes seem to belie the general mood of her songs. But a closer listen to her music reveals intelligence and confident wit that interestingly complements her emotional overtones.

The audio of her new album’s first track, called “Night Shift,” has already been released on YouTube, and has been listened to more than 85,000 times. The full album will finally be released on March 2nd.

Muse Releases Advance Hit Single From Unnamed Album

Alternative rock band Muse has been busy recording a follow-up album to the acclaimed “Dig Down,” but the name and concept of the new project remain unknown; nonetheless, this has not stopped the band from releasing a new single that gives fans an idea of what they should expect.

“Thought Contagion” is a highly political song that is supported by a colorful and strange music video. The new single is clearly influenced by the bizarre state of global politics over the last few years. Releasing advance material is something that Muse is not known for; this is a band that prefers to hold back on teasing their fans. With “Thought Contagion,” however, it is clear to understand why Muse has decided to do things differently this time around.

The popularity of Muse in the alternative rock world has developed over more than two decades; this a mature band that has come to realize that their fans have matured right along with their music. By releasing “Though Contagion,” Muse is offering a glimpse of the themes they will be exploring in their new album. Muse is ready to deliver an album that addresses gender dynamics, the 24-hour news cycle, the current strangeness that permeates the political stage, and the freedom to evoke sensibilities from the past.

The anthem-like rhythm and lyrics of “Thought Contagion” were envisioned by main songwriter Matt Bellamy and bassist Chris Wolstenholme; the foundation of the song was created with melodies crafted on the theremin and a five-string bass. The vocal delivery in this song is powerful, and the lyrics make allusions to political coverage by American news media outlets over the last few years. The band wants to call attention to the unusual attention that is being given to ideas that may have been dismissed as ridiculous in the past.

Muse lead singer Matt Bellamy admits that “Thought Contagion” is a pessimistic song, but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone he explained that fans will be able to find positive and hopeful material when the album comes out.

Indie Icon Offers New Music

It’s hard to think of a more inspirational and important figure in indie music than David Byrne. The leader of legendary alternative band Talking Heads in the 1970s and 1980s, Byrne has continued to release groundbreaking recordings in recent years. His latest effort is a song called “This is That,” and you can check it out on the Rolling Stone Magazine Website.

When the song begins, it sounds like nothing like most of his previous work, but of course you have to expect the unexpected when it comes to David Byrne. The song is dominated by synthesizers and electronic beats and has a bit of techno feel. Initially, Byrne’s voice is much, much lower than it is on classic Talking Heads tracks such as “Psycho Killer,” but about a minute into the song it goes into the higher register that fans are familiar with.

Rolling Stone asked Byrne why he made such a mainstream-sounding record, and the singer replied that he’s cool with a pop sound in a song as long as the lyrics are meaningful and not typical “boy meets girl” bubblegum fare. In the case of “This is That,” I’d say the lyrics are a bit ambiguous but in general appear to be about an ordinary person looking for guidance and hope from a powerful one. Perhaps the narrator of the song is looking for spiritual inspiration and is making financial contributions to a preacher.

No matter what the words mean, I think this is a solid piece of work by Byrne, and I’m happy to see him releasing new material instead of resting on his laurels. Personally, I think the strongest measures of the song are when all of the instrumentation cuts out except for a piano and Byrne’s famous voice.