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Independent Artists Matt and Kim Release US Dates for Sidewalks Tour

Matt and Kim have set up a US tour that will kick off May 28 at the Sasquatch Music Festival and includes a performance at Bonnaroo June 10.

The official tour is dubbed, “Sidewalks,” which is the name of their recent release.

Each show will be a full night of dance debauchery and next day regrets. The independent artists will not be alone; The Thermals and DJ Autobot from Flosstradamus will be carrying the nonstop dance party through the evening and between bands.

White House Band Releases “The Stimulus Package” EP

The White House Band’s highly-anticipated new EP has been released. The Stimulus Package EP is the band’second studio effort and the follow-up to The Method EP (July 2010).

The EP is independently released via Cap City Records, and available online for free download.

“This is a very experimental EP, we’ve been working on it for the past few months and are very satisfied with the outcome,” said David E. Beats, lead singer of The White House Band.

Kirtland Records Set to Release 2010’s Breakout Artist Sarah Jaffe’s First Ever EP

Even Born Again was originally released in 2008 and only available through independent local record stores in her home state of Texas. Now the rest of the US will have their chance to listen to the earliest official recorded music from Jaffe.

Even Born Again, like Suburban Nature, was produced by John Congleton (Shearwater, Polyphonic Spree, Explosions In the Sky) and even with its initial limited distribution, the EP earned Sarah numerous accolades including a feature on NPR’s “Song of the Day” for the title track and awards at the 2008 Dallas Observer Music Awards: “Best Folk/Acoustic Act,” “Best Female Vocalist,” and “Best Solo Act.”

Sainthood Reps Sign with Tooth & Nail Records, Performing at SXSW

The Long Island rock band Sainthood Reps have recently signed to Tooth & Nail Records. The band will also be performing at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas at the Tooth & Nail Showcase on March 19 at Bat Bar.

As 2010 drew to a close, the band partnered with Tooth & Nail Records to begin working on their debut full-length, produced by Long Islander Mike Sapone (Brand New, Crime in Stereo, The Xcerts) and slated for release in 2011.

Sainthood Reps began when Francesco Montesanto created and recorded four-demos and played them for his longtime musical companion, guitarist Derrick Sherman.  Knowing that he was unrefined, Montesanto hoped to entice Sherman into joining his musical endeavor because of his experience and similar musical interests, and thought he could turn his project into something worth pursuing more seriously.

Indie Artist Colin Gilmore Releases “Goodnight Lane”

ColinGilmoreColin Gilmore’s new album Goodnight Lane, will be available nationwide on August 17th.

Goodnight Lane’s first track “Circles in the Yard” was produced by Bay Area producer Scott Mathews, an industry legend whose resume includes: Clapton, Jagger, Richards, Orbison, Costello, Hiatt, Santana, Ramone, and Wilson. Gilmore sent Matthews his first recording, the EP Four of No Kind, which led to the two co-writing and recording three songs.

Grammy-winning producer Lloyd Maines and Eric McKinney co-produced the album, with the exception of “Circles InThe Yard.” Colin also showcased at SXSW and NXNE.

Why Mid-Level Bands Cannot Make Money

moneyShane Blay is a guitarist/vocalist for the indie band, Oh, Sleeper. The Texas based group has been compared to Slipknot and Underoath. You can learn more about the band here. Follow the band on Twitter @weareohsleeper.

For the past five years my brothers in Oh, Sleeper and myself have sacrificed our lives, our time, relationships, birthdays, holidays, health (haha) to travel around and play shows for our fans. Not to say that isn’t been a fun ride!

I would just like to bring a few things to our fans attention.

I would like to show you guys an average day in finances for a “mid-level” band like us. I’m going to breakdown the average monetary ins and outs of a day on tour.

On tour, bands have two ways to make money – guarantees and merchandise.

Indie Artist Sarah Jaffe Set to Release Debut Album

SarahJaffeSarah Jaffe is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of her debut full-length album – Suburban Nature.  Due out May 18, 2010 on Kirtland Records, the album was produced by John Congleton (Polyphonic Spree, Explosions in the Sky).

Suburban Nature will be most people’s introduction to this incredibly talented 23 year-old singer/songwriter from Denton, TX.  However, Sarah has been turning heads with her memorable live performances over the past couple of years, recently supporting Midlake on their sold out European tour and select dates with Norah Jones.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

sxsw2010_logo1The South by Southwest Music Festival has been running strong, and getting stronger, since it originated in 1987. Austin considers itself the live music capital of the world, and though cities would like to battle that claim, musicians and music industry types clamor to the capital of Texas every March from around the globe.

Austin has had an entertainment district for several decades. As the home of the state government and the University of Texas, Austin has always had lively nightspots, some of which date back to the 1800s, when many of General Custer’s troops poured into clubs after the Civil War. The majority of these clubs were located along 6th street and 4th street, where the entertainment district is still located today, and the musical styles varied widely due to the mix of Mexican, colonial and German settlers. The area today hosts the highest concentration of original music nightclubs of any other city worldwide.