Must-See Artists Playing SXSW Next Week

From authentic Americana to future electro-soul, there’s a gaggle of uber talented ReverbNation artists headed to BBQ-land to play SXSW in Austin next week. You’ll probably recognize at least a few of them. There’s the quirky pair that make up GRUMBY, the kid Rolling Stone labeled a “prodigy” – also known as Sammy Brue, and Future Thieves, who debuted their track “Ghosts” with Conan O’Brien. That’s just to name a few. Come hear the rest…

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Ready Those Engines: How To Survive As A Performer At Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Ozzy Osbourne. Aerosmith. Zac Brown Band. Kid Rock. The Doobie Brothers. These are just a few legends who have performed at the world’s largest motorcycle festival, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, and this year 5 bad-ass ReverbNation bands will be selected to play at the nine-day festival. The Best Party Anywhere® is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD, on 600 scenic acres of open land. Sturgis isn’t like any other festival; audience members rev their engines to show their approval of an artist, there are nonstop bike races and art exhibitions, and even though you’ll run into people from all walks of life, there’s a huge sense of solidarity.

For an emerging band this can be quite a memorable experience, and that’s why we got the scoop from festival organizer, Daymon Woodruff, on some essential things every artist needs to know before heading to Sturgis Buffalo Chip: have few good covers in your arsenal, consider playing more than one night, read the Essential Guide, and most of all don’t be scared to get a little dirty and have A LOT of fun.

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Define Your Unique Brand: Insights From Sunset Music Festival’s Organizer

There’s no doubt that electronic music has become of the fastest growing genres out there, and over the years we’ve seen the rise of EDM in festival circuits. Now in its sixth consecutive year, Sunset Music Festival has witnessed explosive growth to firmly position itself as one of the largest electronic music festivals in the United States. The 2016 edition housed 60,000 dance fans for a raucous Memorial Day weekend celebration, and this year they’re opening up a 45-minute time slot to one lucky ReverbNation artist. We spoke to festival organizer and Vice President of Donnie Disco Presents, Evan Bailey, to get an inside look at Sunset Festival. Keep on reading to find out what sets Sunset Festival apart, their booking process, and what you can do to become part of the festival movement.  

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Sync Licensing, Songwriting, & Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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What’s it like to be involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry? Just ask Nate Richert. Nate – who is widely known for playing Sabrina’s (Melissa Joan Hart) charming love interest Harvey Kinkle in the hit series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – is not only an actor in Hollywood, he’s a producer, occasional director, and Bluegrass musician. We caught up with Nate to learn about his songwriting process, the type of creative satisfaction from both acting and music, and his take on how music licensing is shaping the current music industry.

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ReverbNation As A BandPage Alternative: 5 Reasons To Make The Switch Today

If you’re a BandPage user that is wondering how to replace some of the recently discontinued features, you’re in luck. Here are five ReverbNation tools and services that will help you grow your music career twice as fast, at a fraction of the cost. Test them out for free today.

Discontinued BandPage Feature: Public-facing profiles

ReverbNation Alternative: Artist Profiles

  • Free artist page where you can showcase your songs, videos, photos, show schedule, social media updates, and more (here is an example). When a visitor chooses to “become a fan” on your profile, we collect their email on your behalf.
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What does Virtual Reality Mean for the Music Industry?

When the top players in music and media can’t stop talking about it, and it’s nearly impossible to go online without seeing a new story, we can safely assume that the next big thing is here.

The Weeknd and FOALS are doing it, Facebook is creating a team dedicated to it, and Universal Music Group and iHeartMedia are making groundbreaking partnerships around it. So what’s all this fuss about? Two words: virtual reality.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including reviews and premieres from Under The Radar, Redbull, My Old Kentucky Blog, and more.

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LadyGunn premiered Monogem’s dreamy video to her empowering single, “Gone.”

Last night Silverbird and Ron Gallo had a show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Check out CONNECT’s photo gallery.

Under The Radar premiered Philly rocker, Ron Gallo’s explosive and gritty tune “Put the Kids to Bed,” a new track from his upcoming compilation due for release in April. Additionally, Ron shared some of his thoughts on the song, his own label,  American Diamond Recordings, relocating to Nashville, and his upcoming sophomore LP Heavy Meta.

Grammy-nominee CFCF made an album, On Vacation, for Balearic label International Feel’s mini-album series, which is out February 19. Redbull says On Vacation is “a smooth, dreamy trip that’s equal parts Balearic sunrise music, Phillip Gass neo-classical and 80’s quiet-storm jazz.”

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Sammy Brue

Following the release of their well-received album Pureland, indie rockers Silverbird shared their new video to their nostalgic track “Smile” on My Old Kentucky Blog.

Just announced, ReverbNation CONNECT The Watch List artist, Sammy Brue returns to the 2nd annual Music on the Mesa Festival, June 3-5th in Taos, New Mexico. Headlining the festival will be folk legend Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin.

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Success Story Update

Throughout the week, our ReverbNation CONNECT team keeps track of industry news and artist successes. We’ve got your weekly recap of the top stories you’ve missed, including song and video premieres on Brooklyn Vegan, Yahoo! Music, and more.

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Cleveland, OH’s Thaddeus Anna Greene

Brite Winter Festival — a winter artist showcase and community celebration of fire, arts, music, games, and snow in Cleveland, OH — featured ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List band, Thaddeus Anna Greene in their “Artist Spotlight” feature.

TMRW Magazine premiered “Move On,” an infectious indie pop anthem by Birmingham five-piece band Cinema.

After Dark — an arts and music series presented by The Art Institute of Chicago and curated by ReverbNation — announced that ReverbNation CONNECT artists Ron Gallo and EchoDroides will perform on February 26.

The Deli’s Nashville Readers’ Poll Results are in, and Smooth Hound Smith snagged the number one spot for Artist of The Year. The rising Nashville

Nashville's Smooth Hound Smith

Nashville’s Smooth Hound Smith

Americana roots duo have been making a name for themselves with the release of their second album, Sweet Tennessee Honey, which landed them a feature on The Bluegrass Station for their single, “Forever Cold.”

Following the release of his beautifully haunting single, “You Can Now Let Go,” which received praise from The Joy of Violent Movement, The 405, and Under The Radar, Mark Roberts of We Are Temporary shared his latest single, “Who’s Going To Love Me Now?” on Yahoo Music.

Last week, Ron Gallo debuted the music video to his first single, “Young Lady, You’re Killing Me,” on Brooklyn Vegan. The song is a bluesy tale that received praise from the likes of The Deli Magazine, who described it as “a wooly-as-a-mammoth, jittery-as-a-jumping-bean little number.”

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