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Features, boston, nonprofit

Nov 27, 2014 10:00 AM

Amy D'Aureli

This Weekend: Boston Band Leo*Leo Gives Thanks by Giving Back

Leo*Leo (above) and The Dejas (below) will be playing the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert this Saturday.

It’s not every day that a band celebrates their upcoming tour and Pandora radio rotation by donating funds to a local organization. Boston-based duo Leo*Leo, aka long-time friends Sarah Hope and Vanessa Wheeler, are making big moves in the "nova rock" (bossa nova-inspired rock 'n' roll) world, and are about to embark on a tour with Boston’s own Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch/State Radio.

This Saturday, November 29, they’re headlining the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston. “Now that our music has been chosen for Pandora, we wanted to do something for the ARL – because that’s where our band bird, Meegs, was adopted from,” says Wheeler.

The Difference Between Being 'Undiscovered' and 'Epic' on Social Media

Rihanna is an example of a social media superstar. (Image via forbes.com)

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com.

Editor's note: All of the data included in this article is via research conducted by Next Big Sound.


There is little doubt that Rihanna is the definition of a superstar. Her discography is littered with multiplatinum albums and singles. She has successful worldwide tours under her belt, countless Grammys, AMAs, Brit Awards, and even a nod for The World's 100 Most Influential People from Time magazine in 2012. And her level of celebrity is reflected in a vast online following.

With close to 90 million page likes, Rihanna is one of the most popular artists on Facebook. She counts more than 37 million followers on Twitter, and has surpassed 7 billion total video views on Vevo. But that hasn't always been the case. As artists increase in popularity, so does the size of their social following. In fact, it does so by the rule of proportionate growth, meaning that the more fans you already have, the more fans you will add.

6 Things All Musicians Should Be Thankful For

Bob Dylan was a pilgrim, right? (Image via babybluecafe.blogspot.com)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to reflect on the things that we're most thankful for. Musicians have many more things to be grateful for than the average person; music is a skill that requires a lot of talent to do well, and even more talent to do at a level that keeps you steadily employedThis holiday season, take a minute to be grateful for the gift you have, and express gratitude to the support system that has allowed you to develop it. Here are five things all musicians should be thankful for.

Features, streaming, spotify

Nov 25, 2014 11:00 AM

Doria Roberts

Taylor Swift, Spotify, and the Musical Food Chain Myth

Doria Roberts (Image via performermag.com)

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now.

3 Ways to Design Your Musician Business Card

What do you think using an obviously generic stock image says about your band? It isn't a positive message, that's for sure. (Image via overnightprints.com)

Read part one of our Simple Guide to Musician Business Cards series on what to do – and what not to do – with your business cards.

We've discussed the dos and don'ts of musician business cards already, so now that you know the basics, you're probably ready to get a batch printed. Generally, there are three ways to get this done: use a template online, work with a designer, or create your own image. Here's a basic rundown of each to help you decide which option is best for your budget and design skill level.