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Top 5 Venues to Play in New York if You're Still Building Your Fanbase

Pianos on the Lower East Side is a stellar spot for up-and-coming artists. (Image via

Everybody knows New York City is a hub for budding artists, but does everybody know which venues cater to musicians who are still building a fanbase? Each plays a crucial role in the independent music scene, and scoring a show at any of them can provide a big push to your career. Learn more about these spots below, and if you think your act is a good fit, give it a go. All of them are open to booking inquiries.

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Spotlight On: Sumo Cyco, Indie Week 2013 Winners

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconOct 31, 2014 11:30:00 AM

tag icon artist, Spotlight

Image courtesy of Sumo Cyco

The name Skye Sweetnam rings a bell with many pop listeners. Her debut album, Noise From the Basement (2004), launched her to mainstream success with her Billboard Top 40 hit "Tangled Up in Me." Since then, Sweetnam has experimented with different music styles, started going by the name Sever, and eventually started the metal/punk rock band Sumo Cyco, with guitarist Matt "MD" Drake. Sumo Cyco has gained a loyal fanbase and made a name for themselves by performing at festivals such as Warped Tour Toronto, NXNE, SCENE Music Festival, and KOI Fest (the latter three through Sonicbids). With their debut album Lost in Cyco City awaiting international release, Sever let us in on what to expect from the record, spilled exciting info on upcoming music videos, and explained how Sonicbids has helped Sumo Cyco open new doors – even for a veteran like herself!

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Last Chance! Perform at Folk Alliance International's 27th Annual Conference

Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen (Image via

What does folk mean to you? To the organizers of Folk Alliance International, it's all about community  a whole that's greater than the sum of its instruments, mixed genres, and deep history. One hundred Sonicbids artists will have the chance to immerse themselves in that community and perform in official showcases during the 27th annual Folk Alliance Internati

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Top 10 Spookiest Music Videos of All Time

pencil icon Clare Lanaux

date iconOct 31, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, halloween

"Lullaby" by The Cure (image via YouTube)

The spookiest time of the year is upon us, which means dressing up in wacky costumes, binge-eating bite-sized candies, and watching as many horror movies as possible. But it's not only tiny tots and festive partygoers who get to participate in the All Hallows' Eve fun. From Ozzy to Marilyn (Manson, not Monroe), musicians have always had an ongoing relationship with the out of the ordinary. So in honor of Halloween, we've rounded up the top 10 spookiest music videos of all time. Take a look below  and don't forget to check under the bed...

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4 Approaches to Out-of-the-Box Marketing That Will Put Your Band Ahead of the Rest

pencil icon Alison Shepard

date iconOct 30, 2014 12:30:00 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

Taylor Swift greets fans. (Image via

These days, there’s an extensive (and effective) list of best practices for marketing a band, including social media outreach, retail exposure, a strong publicity campaign, etc. But sometimes it takes more than these efforts to cut through the clutter. Out-of-the-box marketing campaigns can help to get your band recognized, your videos viewed, and your fans engaged. There isn’t, however, only one set of guidelines – a method that works for one band may not work for you. Instead, it’s all about building a unique campaign that’s specific to your band. Here are four tips to approaching creative marketing and challenging traditional methods for promoting music. 

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