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Verbicide and Imprint Present Unsigned Band Contest, Vote Now

Verbicide_Imprint_UnsignedVote for the Best Band at Verbicide Unsigned 2010 Contest! Help Them Get Their Album Pressed For Free and More!

That’s right! Voting has begun at the Verbicide Unsigned 2010 contest, presented by and Imprint Indie Printing.

The first round is over and now it’s up to you to help pick the winner. Choose from a variety of artists over a range of musical genres; from indie rock, alternative, and folk, to punk, metal, and hip-hop. We’ve even got some 8-bit music. It’s really too hard for us to choose the best. That’s why we need your help.

Unsigned Bands: Verbicide Magazine Unsigned 2010 Contest

Verbicide_Imprint_UnsignedVerbicide Unsigned 2010 Contest is giving one lucky unsigned band the chance to receive press coverage and have their CD’s printed for free.

The companies recognize unsigned musicians have a tough time receiving press coverage and they want to give up-and-comers, no-namers and the next-big-things a chance to be seen and heard as they profile the best of the best. has also teamed up with an array of partners to award the grand prize winner free CD manufacturing, gift certificates for music gear and more.

Hey Unsigned Bands—Get in the Game!

KoolhausIMPKoolhaus Games just announced a new international contest for unsigned bands to enter to win the chance to have their music featured on the soundtrack of the next version of the iMP: Surf the Music game for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game available on iTunes Music Store.

According to the website, iMP: Surf the Music is an interactive funkadelic music rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Unsigned bands may enter songs until July 2, 2010 midnight (PDT). Submissions will be posted on their contest website and the winners will be voted on by fans from all over the world.

Hard Rock’s Wasted Space Rock Bar To Feature Indie and Unsigned Bands

ws_cover_low_res.Wasted Space is co-owned by Action Sports Super Star Carey Hart, Yankees baseball player Jason Giambi, and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Rockers Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte are partners. Hard Rock’s Cory McCormack will act as Managing Partner.

Wasted Space represents the ultimate depiction of the decadent rock n’ roll lifestyle. The first anti-club of its kind, Wasted Space melds the high-end rock n’ roll culture with fashion, art and design creating a one of a kind atmosphere and nightlife experience.

“I wanted a place where my friends and I could hang out and listen to some great rock music with a cool atmosphere…there were no options in Vegas, so I made my own,” said Hart. “Wasted Space will feature the top rock artists weekly, in addition to the hottest DJ’s in the country.”

All About Indie Artists

cdblankIndie or pop artists are somewhat independent artists, whose music does not comply with the trends of the common commercial music industry. Their music genre is thus, what makes them stand unique from the rest of the music fraternity.

To understand in better way, let us explore as how and why this trend of pop artists started. Indie artists started as aggressive bands during 1970s. They made music and songs for people, who shared similar ideology as theirs. The trend passed on and now, there are numerous pop artists in the music industry.

Indie Band IRival Set To Release Album, Release Tour Dates

irivalflyerIndependent band iRival are set to release their new full-length album, Don’t Wake Up Extended, on September 6th. The indie band will also embark on a US tour with some fellow unsigned bands.

“We are excited to announce that we will be touring with Family Force 5, Breathe Carolina, and Cash Cash on the DanceRawrDance tour in Sept.-Oct.,” said guitarist Johnathan White in a news release on the band’s Myspace page. “For the D.R.D tour we will be posting video blogs and updates on DANCERAWRDANCE.COM every couple of days so stay tuned!!!”

On the second-leg of touring, iRival will be joined by Hit The Lights, There For Tomorrow and Sparks the Rescue.

Should Indie Bands Book Shows Through

afton_logoI received an interesting message on my music page on Myspace today from “Kristine” explaining that she is “interested in getting you on some upcoming shows.”

“Kristine” said in her message, “i saw your prfile and seems cool.. i book afton shows in milwaukee and im thinkin youd fit well on shows i’ve got comin up- like maybe this one at miramar theater on aug 29th?”

I found this to be really interesting since I only have an instrumental track and an acoustic guitar track on my music page. Both are not show ready and do not prove that I can take on a performance at the Miramar Theater, which is a predominant venue.

Indie Bands: Look Over Terms On Music Distribution Deals

cdstackAs we see the significance of digital music downloading services dominating the competition, independent bands are utilizing digital music distribution as a method to market to the world.

There has been an increased amount of indie bands that are releasing well-polished music, which is ready to be marketed and sold. But being a sole proprietor of a product that you want to sell around the world could be a daunting task for bands.

Contacting a distribution company to help spread the word about the band’s music is an alternative, which is effective, but the bands need to read the fine print.