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How to Save Yourself from Music Industry Scammers (Like Annie Lennox Did)

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

On June 29, prolific singer and frontwoman of the Eurythmics Annie Lennox posted on Facebook about receiving an email from a music promotion company. That letter, like thousands of others sent every day to musicians all around the world, was a cold-call blast that, more than likely, was a scam.

Musician Life

May 22, 2017 06:00 AM

Allison Johnelle Boron

4 Rock 'n' Roll Road Trips to Take This Summer

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The wanderlust-inspiring days of summer are fast approaching, and even though the rest of your year might be occupied recording or touring, you're probably also looking for a warm-weather escape. Luckily, road trips are usually easy to convert into day trips, especially when they're located within driving distance of major cities. When your destination is music-centric, it makes all the more sense to take a little time off.

Here are five trip ideas tailor-made for musicians and creative types. If you've got a favorite destination, be sure to share it with us in the comments!

4 Things Music Journalists Expect After Reviewing Your Album

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It finally happened: that hot music blog called your album "inspired" and urged its voracious readers to give it a listen. You do a happy dance and text your mom to tell her you're on your way to bonafide rockstar status. This one 300-word post has made your entire day, week, and month.

But before you get too swept away by seeing your band's name in print, don't forget whose fingers typed it. You likely either cold called the writer or blog, worked with a publicist or PR agency to facilitate the review, or had a friend of a friend pass along your music to his or her music journalist pal.

Whatever route the review took to get written, pause your celebrations and make sure these four things are on your immediate to-do list.

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).