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Iwrestledabearonce say the Internet is “a gift and a curse”+

Among our plethora of Warped Tour interviews, our chat with Iwrestledabearonce probably best exemplified the conundrum facing musicians in today’s Internet...

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Anti-Flag drummer says failing labels make “a much better world”+

We always knew that Anti-Flag pride themselves on being a politically outspoken band — like a punkier version of Rage...

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Marduk guitarist talks about lasting over 20 years in black metal+

We caught up with Marduk‘s lead ax-wielder Morgan “Evil” Steinmeyer Håkansson in a dark corner of San Francisco’s DNA Lounge this...

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Can’t take credit cards at your merch booth? Well, you can now!+

Ever been at a show, seen an awesome shirt, but didn’t have the cash for it? As a fan, this...

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Book your own shows with ‘Indie on the Move’+

We always tell artists to be as self-reliant as possible — which includes booking your own shows! However, with most...

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Your iPod is worth… $700 million???+

Copyright dinosaurs have a well-documented history of filing lawsuits for absurd amounts of money against people who share music online.  Sure,...

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How to turn your fans into SUPER fans+

We’ve talked about how a loyal fanbase can work wonders for your band, but most artists probably are thinking “So, how do...

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Fear Factory frontman “not surprised” with record labels collapsing+

We talked to Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory right before Memorial Day in San Francisco. After giving some behind-the-scenes...

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Shadows Fall frontman says “be careful of signing a record deal”+

Right before Memorial Day, we hit up the Fear Factory/Shadows Fall show in San Francisco and had a chat with...

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FanCulture: Quality of fans vs. quantity+

In the Internet Age, it is essential for bands to talk to their fans. (the sophisticated douchey business term for this...

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PledgeMusic: Only for the squeamish?+

A few weeks ago, we talked about PledgeMusic as a great fan-funding alternative to Kickstarter for bands outside of the...

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Roadrunner Europe is dead — kill abusive indie labels next!+

Two weeks ago, Roadrunner Records (arguably the biggest metal label in the world)  saw all of their international offices shut down...

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Aborted frontman compares touring Europe vs. U.S.+

We talked to Sven de Caluwé of Belgian brutalists Aborted yesterday in San Francisco. Sven really elaborated on the differing aspects...

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Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter talks pros and cons of DIY+

Chimaira frontdude Mark Hunter is no stranger to calling out bullshit.  Whether it’s on his Twitter or in subsequent interviews, Mark...

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The Zombie Apocalypse Tour!+

We talk a lot about organizing your own tours and releasing your own albums and merch. So, it’s about time...

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The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz says record labels need to “dissolve”+

We were back in San Francisco last night to talk to the Agonist frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz before their set opening for...

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The Devil’s Blood guitarist talks touring as an international band+

We talked to Devil’s Blood ax-slinger Selim Lemouchi last night in San Francisco, before they took the stage opening for...

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Can’t use Kickstarter internationally? Then try PledgeMusic!+

We’ve professed our love for Kickstarter here before (and crowdsourcing funds for your band, in general) so you don’t have to rely...

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How the Internet is changing metal+

A few weeks ago, we previewed Metal Injection‘s five-part On the Record documentary about the past decade metal.  We especially were geeked...

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Metalhead stereotypes+

If you saw the title of this blogpost and expected it to be some in-depth analysis of misconceptions in metal,...

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Software guitar amps vs. Real guitar amps+

When it comes to tracking guitars, most players — including myself a few years ago — usually rely heavily on...

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Layne Staley: Ten years gone+

I was reading Audriana Gate‘s article about the passing of Layne Staley, and felt I should write a quick post. You...

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New Threat Signal video with a Metalluminati cameo (well, sort of!)+

A few weeks ago, Jeff went to Vegas to ambush our buddies in Threat Signal for one of our first interviews everrrrr....

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The History of Beards!+

Beards are regarded in especially high esteem among metal audiences.  Combine our love of beards with our love of infographics,...

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Jeff Loomis offers advice to young bands and “bedroom guitar players”+

We caught up with guitar god Jeff Loomis last night in San Francisco, before his band’s opening set for Periphery...

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Studio Recording and Production for Metal (Part 2)+

In Part 1, I talked about effective rehearsing and getting your songs arranged correctly.  Hopefully, you are now at the stage...

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The metal zodiac!+

Since this was such a hit on our Facebook Page, I figured I’d throw it up here too. I’m not...

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Wasn’t tape-trading also “piracy?”+

Many people today condemn file-sharing as “piracy,” especially those who are deeper entrenched in the media cartel (obviously Lars, among others).  From...

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“The Internet — the thing that’s going to make my job obsolete!”+

“The Internet — the thing that’s going to make my job obsolete!” That’s a half-joking remark made by Decibel Magazine...

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Fan voting? Seriously???+

As many of you know, it’s that time of year again when young, up-and-coming bands campaign online for fan votes...

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