Artist Spotlight: Future Thieves, Ryan Beaver, Smooth Hound Smith, and The Rocketboys

Each week, ReverbNation CONNECT explores the site for great new music — this week get to know Future Thieves, Ryan Beaver, Smooth Hound Smith, and The Rocketboys.

Future Thieves

Nashville-based rock and roll band Future Thieves are kicking off the premiere of ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series on Monday night in Nashville. They released their debut album, Horizon Line, in 2015 and have played at major festivals including Bonnaroo and Summerfest.

Ryan Beaver

With a sound that mixes country and gritty rock and roll, Ryan Beaver has been catching the attention of fellow country music stars and fans alike. He’s currently touring with Lee Ann Womack and his third album Rx is due out on May 6.  He’ll also be taking the stage at the ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series on Monday night.

Smooth Hound Smith

Nashville rising foot-stomping American roots duo Smooth Hound Smith have been making a name for themselves with the release of their second album Sweet Tennessee Honey, which was described by Milk Crater as “Well deserving of the rare “put it on, listen to every song all the way through” medal.” Their song “Forever Cold” is no exception and we’re sure it will get you movin’.

The Rocketboys

Austin-native indie rock band The Rocketboys have had their music featured on hit tv shows such as Glee and Private Practice. They describe their song as one that, “reflects the Texas landscape from which they hail: vast, yet sparse, desolate, yet rich and abundant.”

 Learn more about the artists in Discover.

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Should a New Band Go to SXSW?

ReverbNation CONNECT artist manager (and former booking agent with The Windish Agency) Sharyn Goldyn has already shared her essential tips for how emerging artists can make the most out of their first tours. Today she answers the big question, should a new band go to SXSW?

Should a new band go to SXSW?

There’s a lot to think about before you decide. The amount of bands that go each year is insane. The venues are hit or miss, shows are rushed and the sound can be compromised. Almost no shows are paid unless you’re a big name and there’s a big sponsor, so you’re going to lose money right out of the gate. BUT if you have a new release with anticipation around it, money to pay for it, and an agent or someone else helping you get on the right shows, it can be very worth it. Having at least one really good look like a Fader Fort or Spotify House can push the needle for a new artist. Sometimes, smaller shows can be unexpectedly worth it. I had an artist play a really small show that about five people came to. She wasn’t excited about it but it happened to be the one show a journalist for the New York Times was at. She was the featured artist in his story, so the show turned out to be a success. International music industry people head to SXSW for discovering music and networking, so you just might end up playing in front of someone who books a huge festival in Europe. You just never know. I think its important to be strategic and remember that you don’t want to be the band who is at SXSW every year with nothing new going on and never making an impact.

Have you gone to SXSW? Share you experience in the comment section below.

Missed part one and two? Check it out here and here.

Sharyn started at the Windish Agency in Chicago at the front desk.  Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 4.56.25 PMAfter a year, she became the president’s personal assistant then his booking assistant, eventually working her way up to a full-blown agent with her own roster. In her six years at the agency, she has worked on tours for dozens of artist including The xx, alt-J, Hot Chip, Gotye, The Knife, and M83. Prior to Windish, Sharyn worked as an assistant talent buyer for two small venues in Chicago and did PR for a few artists. She now works in artist development for ReverbNation Connect and manages artists.

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Staff Picks: March Edition

Here at ReverbNation we're constantly discovering new music, sharing our fave songs with each other, and rocking out 24/7. So we figure, why not share some of our current picks with you? Get to know us in our Staff Picks: March Edition playlist.

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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 PAPER Magazine, THUMP, Flood Magazine, and more.

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Mark Roberts of We Are Temporary dropped a remix of Ke$ha’s 2012 massive hit, “Die Young,” and has removed all of Dr. Luke’s production, as a testament of unity with the singer after Friday’s ruling in favor of Sony. PAPER Magazine premiered We Are Temporary’s heavy-hitting and dark approach to “Die Young,” and a day later Refinery 29 featured the track saying “the result is a lot darker and weirder, but not less anthemic.”

Brooklyn native, D.C. living, hip-hop artist, KingKLA$$ shared his eerie new single “Rackson” on THUMP, giving us the first glimpse of his upcoming self-titled EP. The EP was initially brought to the attention of THUMP with blazing recommendations from CONNECT Manager, as well as artist and producer, Joel Ford AKA Airbird.

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Folk artist Jaye Bartell shared a new song called “Tuesdays” on FLOOD Magazine. The song can be found in his upcoming album ‘Light Enough,’ which comes out 4/29 via Sinderlyn.

Nashville rising foot-stomping American roots duo Smooth Hound Smith premiered the video to their dance-worthy song “Stopgap Woman Blues” on Milk Crater

Cinema shared their new visually-appealing video for their addicting single “Move On” on EarMilk.

Canadian rockers The Honest Heart Collective honor the Man in Black on what would have been his 84th birthday with the premiere of their Cash EP on PureVolume.

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Artist Spotlight: Max Jury, EchoDroides, Jude Shuma, Shah Jahan

Each week, ReverbNation CONNECT explores the site for great new music — this week get to know Max Jury, EchoDroides, Jude Shuma, and Shah Jahan.

Max Jury

A singer-songwriter with a mellow sort of swagger, Max Jury is busy at work finishing up his debut album due out on June 3rd. His newest track, “Numb,” premiered on The Line of Best Fit and perfectly layers Gospel-inspired vocals and unhurried riffs. If you’re in Europe, be sure to catch him on tour following his album release.

EchoDroides

The collaboration between Chicago natives Frank De La Mora and Trancid (Miguel Martin) marries synthpop with a dash of Italo and Nu Disco. You’ll start obsessing over their dreamy electro-pop sounds the first time you hear “Golden.” If you were lucky enough to score tickets, they’ll be doing a DJ set at the sold out After Dark event at the Art Institute of Chicago tomorrow night.

Jude Shuma

If you’re into psychedelic rock, look no further than the captivating Jude Shuma. The Chicago Tribune described his upcoming EP as “a bright, airy, instantly memorable collection of brisk tracks,” and “Might As Well” is no exception. Experience his hypnotic sound this Saturday at 1st Ward in Chicago along with fellow ReverbNation CONNECT artists Shah Jahan, Ron Gallo, and Glass Lux.

Shah Jahan

Bringing groovy riffs and a psychedelic, brit-pop-infused sound, Shah Jahan has been praised by The Minimal Beat and The Deli Magazine. Get lost in the groovy sounds of “Sunset Moon” before seeing them on Saturday night at 1st Ward in Chicago or during their mini spring tour as they make their way to SXSW.

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ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Launch New Concert Series, “Discover”

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter aim to put the spotlight on emerging artists and bands with the launch of a new concert series, "Discover.” Read on to learn more about the exciting series.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with American Songwriter for a new concert series called “Discover.” The series will aim to put the spotlight on emerging artists, and will kick off on March 7th at The Family Wash in East Nashville. For the series premiere, #DiscoverVolume1 will showcase Nashville-based Warm Ryders and ReverbNation CONNECT acts Future Thieves and Ryan Beaver.The show is free for fans who RSVP at Do615.

Get ready for #DiscoverVolume1 with the playlist below and head over to American Songwriter to meet the artists.

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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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Bailiff Secures Synch Placement on FOX’s Cooper’s Guide to Surviving Life

Can you imagine watching a hit television show on one of the most popular networks and hearing your song play? That’s what happened to ReverbNation CONNECT band Bailiff this past Sunday as they watched FOX’s Cooper’s Guide to Surviving Life. “I haven’t sat that embarrassingly close the television since the Ninja Turtles were on,” said Josh Siegel of Bailiff.

The Chicago-based indie rock band secured their first synch placement with the help of Hitcher Music. We recently partnered with Hitcher Music, a boutique music services firm specializing in licensing, supervision, marketing, and original music production, to gain access to licensing opportunities for our artists. When Bailiff’s addicting blend of jagged electro-pop, blues, and folk was presented to the music supervisor of the show, their song “Golden Hour” was selected.

“I was thrilled to hear that CONNECT got our song ‘Golden Hour’ placed in the soundtrack for Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life on FOX. Right now is a great time for new bands and new TV shows pairing up to be seen and heard. Bailiff has been hoping to get our music included in a high profile show and this song placement is huge for us,” said Josh.

Listen to “Golden Hour” and get to know Bailiff in the video below.

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