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Do The Devil’s Work For Him: How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It)

devilswork“How do I get into the music industry?”  You may have asked this question to yourself at one time or another.  For Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino, authors of the book Do The Devil’s Work For Him:  How To Make It In The Music Industry (And Stay In It), it’s a question they hear constantly.  They decided it was time to take things into their own hands.

Both successful in an industry that can sometimes be unkind; they’ve worked their way up to a place where they are now willing to share their combined knowledge with the masses.  The pair take their own real life experiences in the industry and give you the survival skills necessary to make it. Welcome to the Jungle baby….

Covering an array of topics from publicity to freelance writing this book really is the go-to read for anyone who ever felt that passion in their belly.  They take into consideration the constant changes in the industry and the current economic impact as well as the core values necessary for anyone to stand out above the crowd.

The best thing about this book is that it’s written by people who are out there in the trenches on a daily basis and who are not just giving you a bunch of manufactured boardroom bunk, they’re giving you advice based off of their own personal experiences in a fun and entertaining way coupled with advice from members of bands like Korn, System of a Down and Mastodon.

Co-authors Amy Sciarretto and Rick Florino took some time to talk to us about the book and how it all fell into place.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009
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Alice in Chains announce US Tour Dates and post new song

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

1569Alice in Chains are giving fans a sneak preview of their  upcoming album BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE by posting a brand-new song online. The seven-minute-long track, titled “A Looking In View,” can be heard on www.aliceinchains..com. A companion video for the song is forthcoming and its trailer is available on the band’s site. “A Looking In View” will appear on BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE, in stores September 29th.

The band has also announced some tour dates including a headlining set that kicks off on September 4th.  Check out the dates below:

Date                City                             Venue
July 18             Detroit, MI                    Comerica Park (with Kid Rock)
Aug 1               Dublin, IE                     Marlay Park
Aug 2               Stevenage, GB            Knebworth House – Sonisphere
Aug 4               London, GB                 Scala
August 6          Cologne, DE                Essigfabrik
August 8          Berlin, DE                    Columbia Club
August 10        Hamburg, DE              Grunspan
August 12        Amsterdam, NL           Melkweg
August 22        Pomona, CA               Epicenter
Sept 4             Washington, DC         9:30 Club
Sept 5             Philadelphia, PA          Theatre of Living Arts
Sept 7             Boston, MA                  Paradise Rock Club
Sept 8             New York, NY              The Fillmore
Sept 15           Toronto, ON                The Opera House
Sept 16           Cleveland, OH             House of Blues
Sept 19           Chicago, IL                  House of Blues
Sept 20           Milwaukee, WI             The Rave
Sept 21           Minneapolis, MN          First Ave
Sept 26           Portland, OR               Roseland Grill
Sept 28           San Francisco, CA     The Fillmore

Daughtry Tour Dates – First taste of new material live

Daughtry has unveiled plans for a quick run of shows in August at smaller venues to debut the new material from their forthcoming album “Leave This Town”.  The tickets are likely to sell out quick so don’t miss out!  Chris Daughtry is calling these dates a tribute to the fans and a chance to see the band up close at a reasonable price.

The first 50 fans in each market who pre-order the new album at the band’s website will receive a free ticket to their local Daughtry show.

For the remaining fans, tickets for the summer shows go on sale July 11, with a limited number of VIP packages available through pre-sales, which take place July 8-10.

August 2009

2 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
4 – Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
7 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
8 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
9 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
11 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
12 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
16 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
18 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
19 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box at Fonda
20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
22 – Las Vegas, NV – Pure

Cobra Starship announce “intimate” Tour Dates

Cobra Starship has announced a series of tour dates in support of their upcoming album “Hot Mess” with openers The Friday Night BOys, The Plastiscines, abd DJ Skeet Skeet.  They’re playing some small clubs so it’s a good chance to get up and personal with the Cobras!  Fangs Up!

Tour Dates:

8/3 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
8/4 – Stage Door – Madison, WI
8/5 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MI
8/6 – Bottle Neck – Lawrence, KS
8/7 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
8/11 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
8/12 – Club Congress –Tucson, AZ
8/14 – Emo’s Inside – Austin, TX
8/15 – White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
8/16 – HOB Cambridge – Dallas, TX
8/18 – The Rutledge – Nashville, TN
8/19 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
8/21 – Respectable Street – West Palm Beach, FL
8/22 – The Social – Orlando, FL
8/23 – Casbah at Tremont – Charlotte, NC
8/25 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
8/26 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
8/27 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
8/28 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/31 – Club Hell – Providence, RI

Stream the new album from All Time Low – Nothing Personal

June 30, 2009 by  
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For one week starting on June 30th, MTV.com will be the first place fans will be able to stream All Time Low’s new album, Nothing Personal, in its entirety. The premiere is a part of the website’s ongoing series called “The Leak.”   You can check it out here.

The first video from the album, “Weightless,” will debut on July 6th on MTV, MTV2, mtvU and HITS. Nothing Personal is the band’s second full-length record and will hits stores July 7. For a sneak preview of the album, check out the trailer streaming exclusively on Buzznet here.

Aerosmith Concert Photos from Mohegan Sun Arena & The Comcast Center

Aerosmith
June 28, 2009
Mohegan Sun Arena – CT
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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June 16, 2009
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
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ZZ Top Photos from Mohegan Sun Arena

ZZ Top
June 28, 2009
Mohegan Sun Arena – CT
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Stream the new single from The Used “Blood On My Hands”

June 30, 2009 by  
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theusedThe Used are pleased to announce their first single, “Blood On My Hands” is on sale now at iTunes and www.TheUsed.net.  For one day only (June 30th) the band will stream the song in it’s entirety at www.theused.net. The track, from their upcoming album “Artwork”, which guitarist Quinn Allman describes as the song that “sums up everything about The Used,” is confined chaos, brutally thrashing one moment and proffering a pop-driven, sing-along chorus the next. A very limited number of shirts featuring full tabs and lyrics of the song are also available for purchase with the single at www.TheUsed.net

The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Gala 2009

June 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Staff Insider

me-n-kosThe Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Gala 2009
June 18, 2009
By:  Missy Bejer


On June 18, 2009, I celebrated my birthday doing what I love most in this world – enjoying music.  The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame holds a gala to honor their inductees every year, and this year was no different.  The 40th Annual induction ceremony was held in New York City, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance.   The 2009 inductees included Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati of The Young Rascals; Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni and Stephen Schwartz.  There were also going to be several special awards presented to Sir Tom Jones (Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award), Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Johnny Mercer Award), Jason Mraz (Hal David Starlight Award), and the Towering Song this year was “Moon River” to be performed by Andy Williams. The evening started off just right with famed disc jockey – Cousin Brucie!  Believe it or not, he’s still playing his records over on satellite radio. The amount of historic music moments  Brucie must have witnessed over the years, from introducing The Beatles at Shea Stadium to helping to introduce the world to Elvis Presley, the good ole cuz is definitely a legend in his own right.

Ryan Tedder was the first to take to the stage, with his rendition of “It’s a Beautiful Morning” the classic The Young Rascals tune.   He then presented the induction to Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere who performed, “People Got to Be Free” – it was such a fantastic performance.  It’s unbelievable how those lyrics really hit home even now. I never realized the

Missy & Rob Thomas

Missy & Rob Thomas

power of that song. I think it was recorded in the late 60s, and you can certainly still feel the anguish of those times, but there’s also hope too.

John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting presented to inductee Stephen Schwartz.  Schwartz was the man behind the music for notable Broadway shows like Godspell and Pippen, but I think he is most known for the musical Wicked.  What a treat it was to hear Schwartz singing, “For Good” – of course, I couldn’t help but picture Elphaba and Glinda singing together.

It was Clint Black who presented to inductees Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.  Cook and Greenway had a great performance of their song,  “You’ve Got Your Troubles”, originally recorded by The Fortunes.

Crosby, Stills and Nash were inducted by James Taylor.  Taylor performed a classic acoustic medley of the Crosby, Stills and Nash tunes, “Love The One You’re With,” “Long Time Gone” and “Teach Your Children.”

The presentation of the Hal David Starlight Award was given by former Starlight Award winner, Rob Thomas.  Thomas had a very tongue and cheek message for the award recipient, Jason Mraz.   Thomas remarked, “Jason, you’re too good! You’re throwing off the curve for the rest of us!” Mraz delighted the shoulder dancers in the crowd (me being one of them!) with his hit, “I’m Yours”.

Missy & Chris Daughtry

Missy & Chris Daughtry

American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi presented Sir Tom Jones with his Hitmaker Award.  Jones thanked Burt Bacharach for convincing him to record the song, “What’s New Pussycat?” He told the story of how when he was first approached to do the song, he thought it was the most ridiculous thing he ever heard.  Thankfully for this fan, he decided to record the song!  Sir Tom belted out one of his greatest hits, “It’s Not Unusual” which was revived in the 1900s by Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I was ready to jump up and do the Carlton dance, but alas, I didn’t think it would be socially acceptable, so I settled for some finger snapping and (more) shoulder dancing.

The highlight of the night for me was the presentation of the induction award to Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.  Chris Daughtry gave a tribute performance of the Bon Jovi hit, “I’ll  Be There for You” that left the crowd stunned.  An absolutely amazing rendition of the song.  Chris then presented the induction award to Jon and Richie.  All the recipient speeches were very touching, but there was something about Richie’s speech that was so moving, it brought me to tears.  The way he spoke about music, and how important songwriting is – but it was also the way he spoke about Jon, and how he considered them to be more than brother’s. – I think everyone in the room felt that raw emotion during Richie’s speech.  Jon and Richie performed “Wanted Dead or Alive”, a song I’ve heard live more times than I can count, but there was something very special about this performance.  I think everyone else felt it too, as they received a standing ovation at the end of the song.

Missy & James Taylor

Missy & James Taylor

Motown founder Berry Gordy presented the Johnny Mercer Award to Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, Jr. of Holland-Dozier-Holland, or HDH.  HDH wrote songs for tons of Motown acts – from The Supremes, and the 4 Tops, to Marvin Gaye.

Hair composers Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Erick Ragni (the son of inductee Gerome Ragni) were presented their induction by Cousin Brucie, but the big finale came when my favorite Solid Gold host Marilyn McCoo and her husband Billy Davis Jr. took to the stage.  Together they sang, “Aquarius” and “Let The Sunshine In”.  At this point, I was standing at the back of the ballroom, there was no one that would

Missy & Desmond Child

Missy & Desmond Child

stop me from Solid Gold dancing to my Marilyn!  While I was cutting a rug, suddenly there was a mass invasion of people on the stage.  It was the cast of the latest Broadway revival of Hair.  They danced on the stage, and then made their way into the audience – lots of fun, and a great way to close the show!

It was an incredible night for me.  I was able to meet so many of great musicians, from so many different genres of music.  My appreciation for the importance of songwriting has grown significantly.  It’s such a rare talent, yet without it – our songs have no meaning.  Cheers to the inductees and award winners – they TRULY deserve it!

Our Lady Peace announce tour dates and new video for “All You Did Was Save My Life”

Our Lady Peace will release their 7th studio album “Burn Burn” on July 21st, 2009.
The first single off Burn Burn is “All You Did Was Save My Life” and the video stars fellow Canadian Shenae Grimes of “90210” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation” fame. You can watch the video in its entirety below or on the band’s  Myspace here. Also, check out Shenae live from the video set on E! here.

All You Did Was Save My Life

Upcoming Tour Dates:
7/3/09 Buffalo, NY Molson Canal Series
7/8/09 Calgary, AB Stampede Roundup
7/9/09 Grand Praririe, AB Summerslam
7/11/09 Sarnia, ON Rogers Bayfest
7/14/09 Ottawa, ON Bluesfest@ Lebreton Flats
7/18/09 Grand Falls, NFLD Centennial Park
7/21/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza
7/23/09 Edmonton, AB Edfest
7/24/09 Regina, SK Summer Invasion
7/25/09 Vancouver, BC Virgin Fest
7/28/09 Los Angeles, CA Troubador
8/2/09 Halifax, VS Rockfest @ Citadel Hill
8/8/09 Brandon, MB X fest
8/10/09 Dallas, TX House of Blues
8/11/09 Austin, TX Antone’s
8/12/09 Houston, TX House of Blues
8/14/09 Atlanta, GA Center Stage8/18/09 Boston, MA Paradise Rock
8/22/09 Chicago, IL The Vic

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