ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Present “Discover” Concert Series on April 4

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover,” returns on April 4 in East Nashville. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.

Join us on April 4th for the second edition of “Discover,” our new concert series in partnership with American Songwriter! The series, which aims to put the spotlight on emerging artists will feature ReverbNation CONNECT act Reuben Bidez along with Lucie Silas and Andrew Leahey & The Homestead. The free show will be held at The Family Wash in East Nashville, and we’d love to see you there! Head over to American Songwriter to meet the artists and RSVP at Do615.

P.S. If you missed #DiscoverVolume1, check out the photo gallery here.



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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 features and premieres on Gigwise, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.

Dublin singer-songwriter, Sample Answer shared his new single, “Collision,” off his forthcoming EP on Gigwise.

Sample Answer

Sample Answer

Shortly after premiering “Tuesdays” on FLOOD Magazine, folk artist Jaye Bartell shared another stunning and lonesome little number titled “Laundry Line,” on Brooklyn Vegan.

Are you in Austin? You won’t want to miss ReverbNation CONNECT and friends Shout It Out Loud Music Official Showcase, PURSUIT. We’re taking over Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday with a lineup you definitely don’t want to miss. ReverbNation CONNECT acts Lena Fayre, Ron Gallo, New Myths, Monogem, Carlson, Thaddeus Anna Greene, AKW, Coral Bones, and Phebe Starr will take over along with Porches, Chad Valley, and more! Get all the deets on Do512 and get stoked for the showcase with the playlist here.Take some rad pics and share with us by using #PursuitATX.

Lena Fayre

Lena Fayre

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter announce #DiscoverVolume2 on Monday, April 4 at The Family Wash/Garage Coffee featuring CONNECT artist Reuben Bidez! Discover is a new monthly music series curated by your friends at American Songwriter Magazine and ReverbNation CONNECT, which promises to bring you the best up and coming artists from Nashville and beyond. Head to American Songwriter for more details and meet the artists! Check out our photo gallery from #DiscoverVolume1 with Future Thieves, Warm Ryders, and Ryan Beaver.

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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.

Virtual reality (VR) is here to stay and we are excited to get onboard!

“One of the greatest things about technology is that it allows us to change the conversation around music. We can transform the listening experience to something more immersive,” said Mike Doernberg, CEO and co-founder of ReverbNation. “We think that over time VR will be one of the main ways people consume media and we want our ReverbNation artists to have early access to it.”

So what exactly is VR?

To break it down, VR technology allows us to transform traditional viewing into immersive, interactive experiences by using a combination of different cameras and rigs paired with special software (more on how to make a VR video soon!). Whether you’re on your computer, smartphone, or using VR goggles like Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift, you can explore a complete 360° view of what’s happening in a video.

For us, this means that we can film a live concert and allow fans to be on stage with the artist and see everything that is going on at the show – from rocking out on stage with the lead singer, to being in the front row with fellow fans. It gives us an opportunity to leverage the latest technology to bring music to more people – plus you’ll never have to worry about concert FOMO again because if you miss a show, you’ll be able to experience it in 360° later.

“These kinds of videos give the viewer a completely different experience than a typical edited video would,” said Mike Stipe, Creative Video Manager at ReverbNation. “For fans who haven’t been on stage and played music before, this is a way they can experience that feeling – even at bigger venues.”

We have been hard at work creating 360° videos for a variety of our artists as a way to introduce the technology to our artists and their fans alike. The first video we created was of Raleigh-based Americana/Country band American Aquarium. In the video below, you’ll be able to experience what it’s like to be a part of the band as they perform live at Lincoln Theatre all from the comfort of your computer screen, smartphone, or VR goggles.

Tip: On your phone? Move the screen to get the full 360º effect (or move with your finger). On desktop? Drag the screen and explore the stage.

Visit our YouTube channel to see more videos.


Have you tried VR yet? Share your experience in a comment below!

Stay tuned for more in our VR series: next up we’ll get a band’s perspective on VR, we’ll chat with Mike Stipe to learn how a VR video is made, and more!

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Artist Session: Database

Brazilian electronica duo, Database, recently premiered their newest EP ‘Another Love’ on THUMP and their debut album 'Vivid Expostion’ is due for release in April on Life On Planes Records. Lucio and and Yuri of Database curated a Collection for us featuring some of their favorite ReverbNation artists and gave us the 411 on how they met, what the Brazilian dance scene is like, and more!

How did you guys meet?

We met in school, we were about 5 years old.

What’s the dance scene like right now in Brazil and how would you compare it to the scene in the US or Europe?

I would say we have one of the best scenes in the world, we have an island called Florianopolis, which we could compare to Ibiza, we have 6 of the best clubs in the top 100 in the world, the biggest festivals, and so many Brazilian artists are getting big! We probably have the best dance scene in the world.

How did you get involved with New York’s Savoire Adore, J Migs and Luciano from Tweleves,  for the 4-track EP Another Love?

We meet Paul on the first day of our first tour in US, he showed us the first album of Savoir Adore, he’s one of the best musicians that we know, so it was just a matter of time before we worked together. Luciano and Joao are also friends from long time, we played a lot together around Brazil and we are obviously their biggest fans.

Who do you dream of collaborating with?

Soulwax, Dj koze, Basement Jaxx, The Glimmers, Zero 7, Mr Oizo, St Vincent, Jungle, Pompeya, Chemical Brothers

What can we expect from your new album? Any collaborations?

Well, we can say that our new album is also a Tribute to our heroes like Daft-Punk, Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Chic and etc. We did collabs with Savoir Adore, French Horn Rebellion, Patrick Baker, Tidal Caves, B.Starr, Bogan Via and Aldo The Band.

Tell us about your US Tour? Dates, Stops, and dream festival to play at?

We’re still booking dates for May, but looks like we’re going to be back in US after long 5 years! Obviously Coachella, Electric Zoo, Burning Man, Lollapalooza, EDC, Montreux Jazz Festival, Movement Electronic Festival, Governors Ball, Bpm, so many to say.

What’s currently on your playlist besides your fellow CONNECT peeps?

Falcon Punch, Autograf, Sugar Hill, Drunky Daniels, F82, Andras Fox, Lxury, Thundercat, El Guincho , Ben Khan, Swim Mountain, Fly Bear, Andras Fox, Lxury.

Check out Database’s curated Collection here, and if you have any questions for them feel free to leave it in a comment below!

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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 features and premieres on The Fader, NPR, Billboard Magazine, and more.


Ron Gallo

Philly-raised, recent Nashville transplant, and our fourth addition to The Watch List single series, Ron Gallo , premiered his new single “Kill The Medicine Man” and mini-doc on The FADER.

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben premiered his lyric video to the emotionally stirring track, “This Is Why I Need You” on Billboard Magazine! After two years of putting music on hold–due to Lyme Disease–Jesse Ruben bounced back with his heartwarming track “This Is Why I Need You,” a track dedicated to his longtime girlfriend.

Shortly after the release of her High Dreamer EP, singer/pianist Kylie Odetta’s track title got a dreamy rendition from LA producer’s, Free SliceEarmilk say “Free Slice manages to highlight her assets even more with their swirling melodies and heavy synths.

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Kylie Odetta

Nashville blues rocker Jack Berry shared his new gritty, electric song “Bad Dog” with CraveOnline.  CraveOnline says, “…we’ve got a feeling that this captivating firestarter won’t have much trouble carving out his own place on the wall alongside the greats in due time.”

NPR premiered Des Moines, Iowa-based singer/songwriter/pianist Max Jury’s video for his wistful, gospel-infused single “Numb.” The soulful song is off his upcoming self-titled debut album out June 3rd.


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The Watch List: Ron Gallo Premieres “Kill The Medicine Man” On The Fader

The Watch List follows ReverbNation CONNECT artists as they travel from their hometown to cities like NYC and Nashville to record new music and hone their craft, documenting the journey along the way. This month’s featured Watch List Artist is Ron Gallo, whose single “Kill The Medicine Man” premiered on The FADER, and is available via all digital retailers today.

We’re excited to announce the newest artist to be featured in The Watch List: Ron Gallo.  The Philly-raised, recent Nashville transplant just premiered his fuzzy garage anthem, “Kill The Medicine Man,” on The FADER along with a behind-the-scenes mini-doc as a part of our single series. Ron tells The Fader, “‘Kill the Medicine Man’ is about my personal ideology that’s stemmed from the last couple years since I’ve removed alcohol and any kind of drugs from my life. I’m angry, saddened and fed up with how easily “medications” of all kind are just being handed out and creating a plague of addiction, disease, and keeping people in a daze.”  Check out his new single on The FADER and if you’re going to Austin, be sure to catch him at our ReverbNation CONNECT and Shout It Out Loud Official Showcase

Learn more about The Watch List.

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ReverbNation’s Top 10 Must See Acts At South by Southwest 2016

Every March, Austin becomes the mecca for all things music, film and technology. With 10 days of showcases and panels, it’s hard to narrow down the possibilities. Here are our Top 10 Must See Acts for South By Southwest 2016, and our Can’t Miss Showcase!

Americana: Parker Millsap

Rolling Stone recently named Parker Millsap on their “Top Ten Country Artists To Watch: March 2016” list. He has opened for artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin and more. Millsap was also named one of Americana Music Association’s 2014 Emerging Artists of the Year.

Hip Hop: Pell

New Orleans hip-hop artist Pell is taking 2016 by storm, with appearances at Hangout and Firefly, after 4 showcases in Austin. He was previously featured on Complex’s “Top 25 Rappers to Know” and Pigeons & Planes’ “25 Rappers You Should get to Know Before They Blow Up” and was named Spotify’s 2015 “Emerge” Artist.

Pop: Secret Weapons

Recently appearing on the Today Show, and opening for Nate Ruess (.fun) and A Great Big World, pop duo Secret Weapons are making a splash on the music scene with their hit “Something New.”  After their SXSW show, they will be on tour with Atlas Genius and Skylar Grey.

R&B: Elhae

Atlanta-based Elhae is on the brink of becoming the next big thing, with multiple 1M+ tracks on Soundcloud, and playing shows with artists like Jazmine Sullivan. Kehlani and Goldlink.

Rock: Residual Kid

Teen rockers, and Austin natives, Residual Kid have been a must-see Austin staple for years. The punk rock trio has won several Austin music awards and played at festivals like CMJ, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Way Out West and more.

Alternative/ Indie: Air Traffic Controller

Real-life US Navy air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro and bandmate Casey Sullivan created an alt-rock, indie-pop blend that will have you hooked. They are on NPR’s Hot 100 List for SXSW and were named Guardian UK Band of the Day, and Best Indie Alternative Song in the Independent Music Awards.

Country:  Hailey Whitters

Newcomer Hailey Whitters is already turning heads with her old-school, outspoken style, similar to that of Kasey Musgrave and emerging Maren Morris. After SXSW, she’ll be spending spring on the road, opening for artists like Jon Pardi and Corey Smith.

Electronica: Monogem

Elle Magazine dubbed Monogem “the Female Answer to Passion Pit.” The Electronica songstress has also captured the ears of Noisey, NYLON, Elle Magazine, Hype Machine, and countless others with her synth-pop tracks and soulful voice.

Folk: The National Parks

Indie-folk group The National Parks released their second album last fall, which gained high recognition on NPR’s All Songs Considered, All Music, SLUG Magazine and PopMatters. They also climbed both iTunes and Billboard charts. Last week they were also named “Utah’s Band of the Year.

Blues: Jackie Venson

Blues singer-songwriter Jackie Venson is an Austin alum. The Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner has received praise from Guitar World Magazine (comparing her to Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse), Popdose, and Joonbug.

Can’t Miss Showcase: Pursuit by ReverbNation CONNECT & Shout Out Loud Music

ReverbNation CONNECT and Shout It Out Loud Music are taking over Cheer Up Charlie’s for a must-see Friday night showcase. The packed lineup includes Lena Fayre, Chad Valley, New Myths, Monogem, Ron Gallo, Carlson, Thaddeus Anna Greene, AKW, Phebe Starr, Coral Bones, Flying Turns, Learning Secrets, Nathan Ritholz, and Francis Garcia. Get all of the #PursuitATX details here.

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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 features and premieres on Paste Magazine, Resident Advisor, Mass Appeal, and more.


Max Jury

Singer/songwriter/pianist Max Jury chatted with The 405 about his upcoming self-titled debut album out June 3rd, his writing inspiration, experience at Electric Lady Studios, and more. Get a preview of the album with his gospel-infused song, “Numb.” 

Australian songstress Phebe Starr premiered her empowering single “Feel My Love” on Paste Magazine. She told Paste, “”Feel My Love” is a song about freedom from expectations to love perfectly and to be understood perfectly.”

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Phebe Starr

Resident Advisor caught up with GRAMMY®-nominated CFCF in a front-page feature that covered his “love of uncool sounds,” inspiration, and more.

Mass Appeal premiered Ogden Payne’s smooth new single “All Night.” With references to LL Cool J, Sean John, and Fubu in the effortlessly sexy track, Payne said, “If I could’ve lived my 20s in the 1990s, it would’ve sounded like this.”

Dark, electro-pop singer/songwriter Lena Fayre was awarded the 2015 Grand Prize – Session II in the “World Music” Category in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her song “Ophelia” claimed the top spot.

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