Great Ways to Get Your Band Discovered

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Have you ever thought of starting a band…on Spotify? It’s not as far out an idea as it sounds, and these days it can be a smart and convenient way to find talented people in your area and collaborate with other musicians. Not only can social media help you put your crew together, you can also use it as a tool to help your band reach the spotlight. Here are some ways to help your band get discovered.

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Automatic Loveletter: Truth or Dare


RIYL: Pink, Alison Iraheta, Paramore

Rock band Automatic Loveletter is a bit of an anomaly. On the one hand, this sounds like one of those Warped Tour, Fuse-era bands that winds up on those tween TV shows. But on the other, this female-fronted outfit is just a damn good rock band with a singer that is clearly gifted. That singer is Juliet Simms, who has one of those voices you just can’t peg – it’s equal parts Janis Joplin and a female Butch Walker. Sound interesting? It is. But it’s more, because this young band has some killer songs on Truth or Dare, their debut album on Sony’s SIN (Sony Independent Network). That said, Simms’ voice can be shouty and one-dimensional at times, and that can distract a bit. But for the most part, this one is worth checking out. Among a solid set of 12 tracks, the best of the bunch are the opening anthem “Heart Song,” which is like one of those Pink/Butch Walker hybrids; “Fade Away,” which sounds like one of those teen summer romance songs; and “Day They Saved Us,” which is a combo power ballad/balls-out rocker. Yes, at times Automatic Loveletter defies description – you just have to hear it for yourself. But it’s all good. (Sony Independent Network 2010)

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Rock Band lands live Paul McCartney tracks

McCartney

Paul McCartney will be the first Beatle to have his solo work featured in Rock Band. Earlier this year, McCartney released a live album, Good Evening New York, to favorable reviews. On January 5th, three tracks from that album will be available for download on the Rock Band and LEGO Rock Band marketplace. Billed as the “New York Pack 01,” the songs include “Band on the Run,” “Jet,” and “Sing the Changes.”

The tracks will become available for XBox 360 and Wii on January 5th, while Playstation 3 users can get their hands on the content on January 7th. McCartney becomes the first of the Fab Four to have their solo material feature on the Rock Band series, and continues a partnership with Harmonix and MTV Games that saw the release of The Beatles: Rock Band on September 9th.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, more than 40 years after Beatlesmania took over Shea Stadium, McCartney was chosen to headline the first concerts at Citi Field in July. The sold out run of three concerts found Macca touching upon all aspects of his discography, from the Beatles to Wings to his solo catalog. Billy Joel, who recruited Paul McCartney during the final string of Shea Stadium concerts, also made a guest appearance at the first Citi show.

I generally avoid video games, but a Rock Band purchase seems inevitable.

  

Billie Joe promises “Green Day: Rock Band” in 2010

Green Day

Following the success of “The Beatles: Rock Band”, Harmonix announced they were developing a version for The Who. But why stop there? Harmonix and publisher MTV Games will unveil “Green Day: Rock Band” in 2010.

“We’ve worked with the Rock Band team in the past year to enable our fans to play tracks from 21st Century Breakdown, and we’re excited to now be working on a game, spanning our entire career,” Billie Joe Armstrong said in a statement. “We want people to fire this up, choose their favorite Green Day tracks, and play along with us as Rock Band avatars so they can feel what it’s like to perform onstage as Green Day.”

Like The Beatles: Rock Band, the Green Day game will allow players to put themselves in venues and environments specific to the NoCal trio, and will feature key moments from the band’s three-decade career.

A specific release date and the game’s track list are unknown. They should just take the songs from International Superhits! and the singles from the last two albums. Better yet, “Green Day: Rock Band Dookie” is good enough.

  

I would definitely buy “The Who: Rock Band”

Who

Given the success of The Beatles: Rock Band, it’s logical to think other prominent bands could get their own version of the game in the near future. Thankfully, we haven’t heard anything along the lines of Fall Out Boy: Rock Band or Paramore: Rock Band, but anything is possible these days.

The people behind Rock Band must have some serious musical taste. They are supposedly working with The Who. Roger Daultrey, the band’s frontman, confirmed the rumors:

“The game, yeah, yeah, they’re going to be doing a Who one next year. There is one planned. [The idea] is fabulous. Anything that gets non-musical people interested in music is wonderful.”

It seems appropriate that the legendary band would go with Rock Band over Guitar Hero.

Given the cinematic and conceptual nature of the Who and Pete Townshend, Rock Band seems like a better fit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band than Guitar Hero. Whereas GH has created lifelike avatars and restored famed venues for their artist-based games like GH: Metallica or GH: Van Halen, MTV Games upped the ante with The Beatles: Rock Band, crafting entire dreamscapes to accompany the music and offering replicas of the Fab Four’s instruments, an approach that would work well with the Who’s concept albums like Tommy and Quadrophenia.

A release date hasn’t been announced.

  

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