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Indie Band Playing Dead Release Debut Album

With the release of their debut full length In Your Head on Saint Elsewhere RecordsPlaying Dead deliver high-energy indie-punk that takes the genre somewhere new while remaining true to their roots.

Formed in 2004 by Sam Hoyos (vocals/guitar) and Dave Casale (bass), Playing Dead is a pillar of the Long Island and Brooklyn indie scene. The band has toured extensively throughout the East coast and tristate area, releasing three EP’s and building a strong following along the way. They were recently ranked #27 in the alt-rock category of Deli Magazine’s top 300 NYC artists.

Indie Duo Matt and Kim Tear Up the Charts with “Sidewalks”

Sidewalks is the third full-length release from Matt and Kim, who just wrapped up a 45-city US tour, which included sold-out shows in large-capacity venues in cities including: LA, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Tempe, DC, Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Carrboro, Philadelphia, Denver and Seattle. The album is available via Fader Label.

Recently, the indie band hosted the Sirius XMU morning show every day the week of their album release and saw their performance at the sold-out LA show aired on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.

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Indie Duo Oak & Gorski Play Shows in Support of Their Anticipated Album Release

In support of their highly anticipated album release, Oak & Gorski will be playing 2nd Street Jazz on November 12 at 8:00 p.m.

In an indie music world always craving something with a new edge, Oak & Gorski, bring exactly what is needed to the table. With Cello as a lead instrument they have created their own unique brand of “Cello Rock” that can be heard in full force on their soon to be released fourth studio album, Love Destroyer.

After raising $13,368 in 30 days on Kickstarter, having three albums under their belt and various placement on TV and film, there is no doubt this is a highly anticipated record. Love Destroyer will be released on December 14th via iTunes.

New Media Pioneer: Marques Lyons of Inside the Circle

insidethecircleInside the Circle is an online destination for news, information and conversation about Zune, Music and Community. The site began in July of 2008 as a place for readers to engage in open, thought-provoking and stimulating discussion. Inside the Circle is also proud to help give voice and exposure to musical acts of different genres and styles — both from the indie and mainstream areas. This is done through: interviews, reviews and free music downloads (both embedded from the blog and links to locations of free music).

Q) Tell us a little bit about your site. What inspired you to start it?

Indie Artist George Reefah Ready to Make the Next Move

George ReefahStraight out of Canada, George Reefah is making his mark in the hip-hop music world and broadening his reach to include the dance/remix pop realm. The indie artist’s newest single “Rollin” was just released digitally in May 2010, and reached #5 on the Masterbeat charts for two weeks.

Having been apart of the hip-hop community in Toronto since early 2003, Reefah has established himself as an entrepreneur and marketer in the hip-hop industry and serves as President and Co-Founder of Freshilystic Records. Reefah considers himself a wordsmith and was influenced by groups such as Wu-Tang Clan early on.

Reefah has worked with Major Music Productions, a large Canadian production house, and has 2 mixtapes, 3 full length LP’s, 1 EP, and 4 singles under his belt. In the spirit of staying truly indie, this artist is not looking to sign a traditional label deal.

Rdio Launches To An Uncertain Indie Future

Funny story. Remember waaaaaay back in 2001 when downloading music was still kind of new and weird, and it took hours to download one song from Napster or LimeWire?

Back then, Kazaa was another notable peer-to-peer music sharing network, kings of the dial-up connection, they were. That is, until they and all the other disruptive technology people got the pants sued off them by the music industry – a.k.a. Sony, EMI, UMG, and Warner.

Kazaa’s founders, Janus Friis, and Niklas Zennstrom, settled the case for $100 million just as they sold their next startup – Skype – for $3 billion. Kind of makes the music industry people and their settlement seems kind of puny, doesn’t it?

The Next Big Thing?

RdioMediaScreenshots_thumbFast-forward to today, and we find Friis and Zennstrom behind Rdio, a new music service that let’s you pay a monthly membership to stream like on Spotify, download like on iTunes, and share playlists, like Last.fm. Friis and Zennstrom are banking on the calculation that people are just about ready to start paying monthly subscriptions for online media, and that the memberships will start to roll in. Of course, up to this point, a similar approach has not worked for Rhapsody.

Indie-Pop Songstress Kina Grannis Announces Headlining Tour

stairwells_largeIndie-pop songstress Kina Grannis is thrilled to announce a Spring headlining tour of the US.

The incredibly talented 24-year-old from Mission Viejo, California of Japanese, English, Irish, French, Dutch, Welsh and Scottish descent is heading out in support of her debut full-length album Stairwells.

Self-released in February, the album debuted on the Billboard 200, #5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.

The release was accompanied by an official music video for the first single “Valentine” – which has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times on YouTube!