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6 Ways for Musicians to Use Snapchat Spectacles

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Even if you're just a casual user of the photo-sharing platform Snapchat, you've probably heard about Spectacles. This special pair of glasses manufactured by Snap Inc., Snapchat's parent company, allows users to snap hands-free with a quick tap. Until recently, these chic gadget accessories were only available from roving bot kiosks, but as of last week, they're now for sale online.

You may already be using Snapchat as a way to share your daily musical activities, but with Spectacles, the possibilities are virtually endless. Here are six ideas to get you started.

7 Rock Biographies You've Never Read, But Definitely Should

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As humans, we often look to others for inspiration and guidance (hence why YouTube hair and makeup tutorials are so popular). The same goes for the indie musician, possibly even more so because there's such a brilliant array of sources from which to glean wisdom, marketing tactics, stage presence ideas, and even songwriting hacks. But one of the most popular, straight-forward, and easily accessible ways is to pick up a book (or download an e-book, whatever).

Learn from the Beatles' Mistakes: 6 Times the Fab Four F*cked Up

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The Beatles got a lot right. After all, you don't become the most famous and beloved band in music history if you're constantly effing up right and left. But they were also pioneers, close pals, big personalities, prolific talents, and – perhaps most surprising of all – only human, which means they made some mistakes along the way. Luckily, you don't have to do the same with your band. Here are six lessons to learn from when John, Paul, George, and Ringo screwed up big time.

10 Times David Bowie Inspired Us With His Magical, Mystical Words

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The news of David Bowie's sudden death from liver cancer bled through the post-Golden Globes coverage last Sunday, stunning fans around the world. Perhaps the most unbelievable part of Bowie's abrupt departure was its timing; he'd just released his 27th album, Blackstar, two days earlier – on his 69th birthday. For those intimately familiar with Bowie's liberally artistic style and life, however, the new album was an appropriate "parting gift."

"He always did what he wanted to do," said Bowie's longtime producer and collaborator, Tony Visconti. "And he wanted to do it his way, and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art."

Throughout Bowie's four decades in music, he took his fans on a musical journey that often ventured beyond the realms of Earth into unknown territory, challenging artistic and gender norms and creating a safe place for the "kooks" of the world inside his songs. His life, career, and mere existence inspired even those who barely brushed the fringe of his work. We hope that these 10 quotes from the Thin White Duke himself will continue to inspire you. Although David Bowie is gone, his legacy will truly live forever.