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It may come as a surprise to music lovers on this side of the pond, but “Fire Within” is not Birdy’s debut album. “Fire Within” is actually the poetic songwriter’s second album, releasing in the U.S. while Birdy is amid a whirlwind stateside tour with Christina Perri. At the ripe old age of 17, Birdy

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Eugene Foley | Foley Entertainment The Advisors

Personal managers, lawyers, and booking agents can be very instrumental in  advancing a recording artist’s career. Assembling the right advisors can often be the  difference between success and failure for an artist. Qualities to consider  include: Experience, contacts, knowledge, enthusiasm, competence, personality, fees and commissions. 

Years ago, talented acts would often be discovered

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The Winery Dogs are rock n' rolls newest addition to the scene but make no mistake, the members are anything but newbies in the biz.

Singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen made himself known with Poison and Mr. Big while bassist Billy Sheehan (whom we've interviewed, also with Mr. Big has also been with Talas and David Lee

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Bands...Is Facebook Enough?

As I stroll around the internet from time to time looking up bands for various reasons (choosing an opening act for my band, etc.), I see a growing number of artists who have gotten away from having their own website and just utilizing Facebook as their main page. Well, what's interesting is I remember writing a post on a discussion forum similar to the blog I'm writing now. Except exchange the word Facebook for Myspace.

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  • Birdy - "Fire Within" +

    It may come as a surprise to music lovers on this side of the pond, but “Fire Within” is not Birdy’s debut album. “Fire Within” is actually the poetic songwriter’s second album, releasing in the U.S. while Birdy is amid a whirlwind stateside tour with Christina Perri. At the ripe old age of 17, Birdy has a way with songwriting that is well beyond her years. Each of the 11 tracks has a life of its own, telling stories of love, loss, and hope, while displaying Birdy’s gift of not only song-writing, but musical talent. An extremely talented pianist and

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  • The Winery Dogs +

    The Winery Dogs are rock n' rolls newest addition to the scene but make no mistake, the members are anything but newbies in the biz.

    Singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen made himself known with Poison and Mr. Big while bassist Billy Sheehan (whom we've interviewed, also with Mr. Big has also been with Talas and David Lee Roth. Another BackstageMusician.Com Alumni, Mike Portnoy rounds out the line-up who has been in (takes a deep breath), Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Avenged Sevenfold, Flying Colors and Adrenalin Mob (to name a few). 

    With this lineup, it was hard to imagine what would

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  • Mongrel Mix +

    New EP Breaks Out of the Pack

    Tooling any band to its strengths can be hit and miss, but to Grammy award-winning producer John Seymour, it’s something of far greater certainty. Perhaps that’s because he knows well enough to lay odds on the quality of a well-crafted song rather than on the quantity of heavy handed embellishment. It’s a bet that pays off in the new EP from Philadelphia’s own Mongrel Mix – a talented four-piece group veering into fresh power-pop territory for the first time.

    Right from the gate, Mongrel Mix leans into the propulsive beat of Images of a

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  • Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth +

    If skeptical fans can uncross their arms long enough to give this  Truth  a fair listen, they’ll embrace the conjoined twins of rapid-fire riffage...

    “Told you I was coming back. ‘Say you missed me,’” whispers David Lee Roth on  Blood & Fire , one of more than a half-dozen blasts of hard rock glory on Van Halen’s reunion release, A Different Kind of Truth .   The setup is classic VH swagger, so much so that when Roth pleads, “Say it like you mean it,” it doesn’t come off forced; it seems natural.

    While story of how the band got to this point

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  • Transatlantic Whirlwind 2010 – DVD +

    In 1999, Mike Portnoy formed the prog-supergroup of a life time featuring Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and Roine Stolt (Flower Kings). They had their last release in 2003 and haven’t been heard from since.

    They all went on with their full-time gigs and as we waited for the day when hopefully, Transatlantic would be back.

    2009 rolled around and sure enough the release of a new record! They followed the release up with a world tour in 2010 and this, live DVD; A Whirld Tour, 2010.

    This is an epic prog-rock masterpiece brought to you in high-def

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