Thank you for reaching out and saying you'd like to help us. We are lucky people. We get to travel the world and play music. We are alive. We are blessed with a lot of wonderful people who we get to call friends.
But yeah, our luck ran the fuck out today. Our van got broken into... all our guitars, pedals, cymbals, hardware, and clothing got stolen. I've been on the phone with the SF police department for about an hour itemizing all of the shit that got jacked, and I'm pretty sure they just lost the list (edit: yes, they lost the list.)
Big Joanie have only existed for just under two years but in that time we played to packed shows across London and earned a name for ourselves as a black feminist punk band. We would like to make more of an impact outside London across the UK and hopefully in the future in Europe and America. Hopefully through funding this 7" we will be able to tour more widely and become more accessible to young black punks who haven't be able to find out about us yet.
Publishing giant Conde Nast has acquired Pitchfork Media for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will take place starting today. To celebrate, I will analyze the buyout in the replies in a 25,000 word think piece.
Pandora announced early Wednesday that it would acquire Ticketfly for $450 million, in a mix of cash and stock. The deal further expands Pandora’s interests in providing services to artists. Last year, it introduced a data system, the Artist Marketing Platform, or AMP, that shows musicians which songs are most popular on the service and where. And in May, Pandora bought Next Big Sound, another data service, which studies the listening and online searching patterns of streaming music customers.
Under the new venture, Concord Bicycle, which includes Concord Music Group and publishing company Bicycle Music Company, will administer Razor & Tie Music Publishing, support the expansion of the Kidz Bop franchise, and provide other strategic resources.
Collect Records have severed ties with Martin Shkreli.
Today, Collect Records — with the support and encouragement of all of our artists — have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.
When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.
Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every...
United Talent Agency has acquired The Agency Group.
UTA artists now include artists across all genres including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Muse, The Black Keys, Paramore, Foster the People, Nickelback, Guns ‘N Roses, David Gilmour, Ringo Starr, A Day to Remember, Pierce the Veil, Milky Chance, X Ambassadors, Foals, Dolly Parton, Rachel Platten, Ms. Lauryn Hill, A Great Big World, The Kills, Jeff Bridges, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Hanson, Boy George, Rodriguez, George Benson, Deep Purple, Merle Haggard, and Rush.
$51,573.42?! As I was writing this it was difficult for me to look at these numbers now 5 years later and see how irresponsible and ignorant I was. All of the band expenses were on top of my living expenses including school debt and personal loan payments totalling around $48,000. During the course of three years, I’d spent more money on the band than on my own living expenses. I could write an entire post breaking down the mistakes in my spending, and I will comment on it more in a later post, but for now, I’m going to focus on a lesson that was very...
Tom Alderson, drummer of Philadelphia, PA hardcore band Crosscheck, was badly injured Sunday night and is currently hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been set up.
Our good friend, Tom Alderson, has experienced many heavy burdens recently, but more-so now than ever he needs our help. Sunday night, Tom suffered an incredible amount of physical injury and trauma to his head and other parts of his body. Currently hospitalized, he is going to be spending his 24th birthday laid up in a hospital room hooked to machines and barely being able to do much of anything for himself on his own. The injuries he has sustained are so severe, that they will be keeping him out of work for an undetermined...
Furman Mitchum, an AP.net reader (who once toured with Midtown and Cobra Starship), recently woke up to his house in flames. A GoFund Me page has been created to help.
On Sunday May 10th, Mothers Day 2015, I awoke around 11:30pm to the sound of something crashing to the floor in the kitchen and the smell of smoke. I got up to find the entire back wall behind the stove was engulfed in flames. The flames had already reached the cabinets and ceiling above and the heat was already too intense to warrant getting closer.
Front Gate Tickets, the Austin-based ticket seller that was partially owned by area concert promoter C3 Presents, has been purchased by ticketing giant Ticketmaster, a division of Live Nation Entertainment.
After the events of the last few days, I'm donating to RAINN tonight. I hope others will join me. Thank you.
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Film and Music Video Director Ian McFarland (Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon, The Outlaw: Dan Hardy, The Problem Solver:Joe Lauzon, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Fear Factory, Agnostic Front) is crafting an intimate portrait of the two industry leaders, two of the most respected individuals in the 35-year history of hardcore punk music. In addition to inspiring and nurturing multiple generations of bands that followed their lead, Miret and Stigma have remained close friends through great adversity that sometimes threatened their very existence.
In a statement on his GoFundMe page, Fekete says his cancer is so rare that there is little research on it, and the alternative treatment plan his team of doctors is recommending as a complement to chemotherapy is only partially covered by insurance.
Of Machines have canceled their crowdfunded EP after their vocalist Dylan Anderson has apparently gone missing for months. No refunds will be given out as Anderson is apparently the only band member with access to the PayPal account.
Square has launched a new feature as part of their Cash app called "$Cashtags." The basic idea is that you can register a tag (kind of like a username) and then anyone can send you cash directly to that tag. The blog post announcing this feature talks about how the company envisions this being a great way for artists to collect money, tips, and things like that. Bands, labels, and artists may want to register their names if you think you're ever going to use the service. And, if you'd like to send me some money to go buy beer and fast-food, you can do that at $chorus.
We think $Cashtags are a fantastic marketing service that lets your customers, donors, fans, or even friends pay you...
Sounding like Fugazi or Shudder to Think fronted by a younger, more vicious Morrissey, they were an anomaly, in Toccoa, or almost anywhere. They brought together such disparate influences that one could barely imagine them co-existing in a band, much less pulling it off as a thoroughly distinctive sound. The English melodicism laid on top of such pummeling instrumentation was a study in contrasts, but it was of a piece, as there was enough of the melodic in the instruments and enough brutality in the lyrics and vocal delivery that it hung together, just so. As singer, Lee Bozeman describes it, "I write these beautiful, nice...
Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink - even the water in our toilets is clean! But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, 1,400 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand Filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world. We, NEVER SHOUT NEVER, have started this fundraising campaign to help CHARITYWATER build these types of...
Relevant staff member Jesse Carey will be listening to Nickelback on loop for a week straight (Feb 16-22) in hopes of raising $5000 for a well for those in need. So far, $450 has been raised, and has 51 days to go. For more information, head here. If he wanted a real challenge, I'd suggest listening to Attila for a week straight.
A giant pick-up truck barreling through your house and car at a very high speed does a lot of damage and complicates life to a ridiculous point. Since then, we have been on roller coaster after roller coaster, trying to get things back in order and also seeing if it was going to even be a possibility to go out on tour. Setting house stuff aside- there is now no longer a gaping hole and our house is now not being supported by a large, Chevy truck, but there are still many things to fix- we still have to deal with issues with our van. The insurance company won't let us move it- let alone use it for tour, and things aren't moving fast...
If you're looking for a heartwarming story to make your Friday a little better, look no further. Hardcore bands may have a notorious reputation to some, but to many it is known for being among the most united and loyal. One of the scene's most well-respected veterans, Nate Gluck, a bassist and manager for many bands throughout his career, has been stricken with stomach cancer. Due to the overwhelming bills that this illness brings, a GoFundMe was started. Less than 24 hours since it has been started, over $50,000 has been raised. We wish the best for Nate and his family during this time.