Helping bands get gigs and people book bands.

Watch Dwight & Nicole's Flawless Performance of 'Johnny Gets High' at Sonicbids Office Gig

If bluesy, powerhouse vocals get you every time, you're going to fall head over heels in love with Dwight & Nicole's flawless performance of "Johnny Gets High" at their Sonicbids Office Gig in Boston.

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Spotlight On: Marty Marmor, Talent Buyer at the Famous Chase Park Plaza Hotel

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel (via redefiningthefaceofbeauty.com)

Playing with your band at a world-famous hotel, enjoying complimentary meals, and a nice paycheck. What could be better? For artists based in and around St. Louis, or those who might be passing through, the Chase Park Plaza Hotel is currently booking Sonicbids bands for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015. In an effort to provide guests and locals with live music each weekend, there are tons of opportunities to perform at the Chase.

We spoke to Marty Marmor, the Chase's talent buyer, about what he's looking for when booking bands.

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Why You Should Enter the International Songwriting Competition

Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter or an established one, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is known to be one of the most high-caliber competitions the music industry has to offer. Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, the ISC offers the opportunity to have your songs heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.

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Spotlight On: Balancer

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date iconAug 28, 2014 10:53:33 AM

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Photo by Yael Malka

Though at first reluctant to begin a musical venture together, New York psychedelic rock trio Balancer melded influences from Puerto Rico to Columbia, generating a sound that combines "electronic music, psychedelic music, pop, alternative rock, and coffee." Francisco Valentin (keys, synths), Felipe Piedrahita (guitar), and Gabriela Jimeno (drums) met in Boston, MA, in 2012, and released their debut EP, House In the Clouds, later that year. Their full-length debut, Tipsoo, followed in February 2014, after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the album. We spoke with the band about their recording process and and the inspiration behind Tipsoo.

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The Indie Musician Strategy for Getting Your Music on the Radio

pencil icon Dave Kusek

date iconAug 28, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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Photo by Andréanne Germain

Despite the bad rap about diminishing influence, radio is still a huge listening and discovery source for a lot of people, and college radio is a great promotion option for indie musicians. College radio promotion objectives are not the same as strategies employed by major labels. While majors try to flood the market in the short-term to sell albums, you are trying to create and build a long-term relationship with new and current fans.

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