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Kait DiBenedetto of 18th & Addison talks music, collaboration, and the importance of honesty in songwriting

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18th & Addison is a rock/pop-punk band from Toms River, N.J., that was formed in 2013 by longtime friends Tom Kunzman and Kait DiBenedetto, who met while playing in local bands. Kunzman was in the punk group A Criminal Risk, while DiBenedetto was one of MTV’s first recording artists, fronting a solo project called Just Kait. They launched 18th & Addison as an acoustic duo, but soon realized that they missed the fullness and energy of playing with a group of musicians.

Anna Coogan: The road to making ‘The Lonely Cry of Space & Time’

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Anna Coogan’s new album, The Lonely Cry of Space & Time is a departure for the artist best known as a singer/songwriter expressing herself on acoustic guitar. Joined by her longtime collaborator Willie B (Brian Wilson) on drums and Moog bass, Coogan combines elements of rock, pop, and classical music. It is, she admits, a far cry from what fans have come to expect, but it is also a labor of love, and one that she felt driven to write and record.

Product Review: Taylor Guitars GS Mini Bass

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I’ve been a fan of short scale basses for some time, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to test out the new Taylor GS Mini Bass.  At 23-1/2-inch scale length, this small-scale acoustic bass is around 10 inches shorter than a standard bass guitar.  It has a solid Sitka spruce top and Sepele layered back, and comes with a built-in tuner and the Taylor ES-B system pre-amp with volume and tone control.

Product Review: Fender Harmonica Hot Rod Deville

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The Fender Hot Rod DeVille 10-hole diatonic seven piece harmonica set is great for any harmonica player from beginner to advanced.  The sleek look and feel of the Hot Rod Deville really sets it apart from other more traditional instruments in this space.  I noticed right away that the body has balance and weight which makes it feel like a quality instrument, and the smoothness of the fit and finish along the note holes makes blowing, inhaling and moving a breeze.

Rock Band No Small Children talk music, instruments and “I Feel Better”

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School teachers by day, rockers by night, this rock band based in Los Angeles features Lisa Pimentel (guitar and vocals), Joanie Pimentel (bass and vocals), and Nicola Berlinsky (drums).  We interviewed Lisa about the band back in 2013 and you can read the interview HERE.

Brand Spotlight: Belladonna’s Cupboard Cosmetics

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Belladonna’s Cupboard is an independent brand of cosmetics that believes in cultivating a self-expression revolution. Worn by various types of performers all over the world, founders Rachel and Beth have created a diverse and vibrant line of cosmetics that is not only used as stage make-up but for anyone wanting to express one’s self freely and define one’s own beauty through the artistic medium of cosmetics. After releasing a multitude of stunning new products shortly after the New Year began, we spoke with ladies of Belladonna’s Cupboard about the beginnings of the brand, what they stand for and what’s coming up next for the company.

Product Review: LEWITT DGT 650

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Just a few short years ago, it was very difficult to buy affordable recording equipment that could be compared with professional equipment found exclusively in recording studios. Fast forward to the present – the wonderful people at LEWITT have released a game changer for musicians looking to achieve high quality results on the go while not breaking the bank. The LEWITT DGT 650 is a user friendly, versatile piece of equipment that combines a great microphone with an easy to use recording interface.

Tift Merritt on Stitch of the World and the songwriting process

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Tift Merritt, is known for her sweet melodies and intricate lyrics, and has recently graced her fans with her latest album, Stitch of the World. On this album, she collaborated with Sam Bush of Iron and Wine and really focused on her roots and upbringing, reminiscing of what her father taught her, in creating this record. We had the pleasure of talking with Tift about her new album and the collaborations featured on it, her background in photography, and how her songwriting has shifted now that she’s a mother. Find out more about this exquisite musician, and her love of music, and the arts.

METALLICA ANNOUNCES HIT THE STAGE CONTEST

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LOCAL BANDS TO COMPETE FOR THE CHANCE TO
OPEN FOR METALLICA THIS SUMMER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 7, 2017 – This summer Metallica’s WorldWired tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests Avenged Sevenfold and openers Volbeat or Gojira to join them through out the summer. However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since Metallica have had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for to open the shows in other parts of the world (Central/South America, Copenhagen and Mexico City), it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band. This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on their own five-city tour!

Janey Street to Release New Album “In My Own Skin” on June 23rd

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SINGER-SONGWRITER JANEY STREET
Early Clive Davis Protégée Sets Her Musical Sights Beyond the Horizon,
Steps Out of the Norm and Deeper Into Herself
On New Album
 IN MY OWN SKIN
Out June 23rd via Blue Élan Records 

(Los Angeles, CA)— April 6, 2017 – Blue Élan Records is thrilled to announce the new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter, JANEY STREET. The album, In My Own Skin, continues the meteoric comeback for STREET and will be released on June 23, 2017, nearly one year to the day after the release of her award-winning debut, My Side of Paradise. “When Blue Elan signed me, they didn’t know if I could still sing or if I was a heroin addict!” Lucky for us all, STREET is healthy, writes great songs and can still sing her ass off!