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We Shot the Moon (ex-Waking Ashland, ex-Sherwood) are streaming "Me Vs. Myself," the first single from their upcoming 3rd album over at their Kickstarter page.
Jason Tate on 05/29/12 - 11:24 AM
Amanda Palmer's Kickstarter has broken a million dollars, well past her original goal of $100,000.

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Adam Pfleider on 05/29/12 - 10:34 AM
That's Outrageous recently began asking for donations in an IndieGoGo project to fund their second record. Many questioned the $7,500 goal the band was trying to reach, so the group has outlined that budget in a blog here. The budget includes $2,500 for CDs, $1,000 for travel, $1,500 for start-up merch costs, $500 for mastering the album and $1,500+ for studio time.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/27/12 - 10:06 AM
A fascinating new kickstarter has been making the rounds the past week or so, it's called the gTar. Basically, it's a fully digital guitar - that you can hook up to an iOS device and it can teach you how to play as well as a few other tricks.
From the KickstarterYou may be asking yourself what it means for a guitar to be "digital." While most guitars have pickups to amplify the sound of vibrating strings, the gTar has none - instead, we've designed the gTar with sensors that detect exactly what you're playing in real-time and relay each note to your iPhone, which then produces the actual sound. This makes it possible for us to do all kinds of exciting things ...
Jason Tate on 05/26/12 - 05:00 PM
We Shot the Moon has launched a Kickstarter to help release their 3rd album Love & Fear. Singer Jonathan Jones has teamed up again with former Sherwood members Dan Koch & Joe Greenetz, the same lineup as the first WSTM album back in 2007. Koch co-wrote and produced the album, and Joe played drums. All backers of the project will receive immediate downloads of 4 new or remixed songs.
Jason Tate on 05/25/12 - 05:06 PM
We reported a couple days ago the Kickstarter project of former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan, where Colligan originally said he wanted to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas to play in a new band. The Kickstarter page has changed - Colligan says the $1,000 will now be used for both record and to make a pitch for a reality TV show - and you can read a piece of the new description below.
From the KickstarterI originally wrote a less descriptive band bio on this to leave an element of suspense for those interested in this, which back-fired. Transparency is necessary with Kickstarter and you people should know where their money is going, every last...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/24/12 - 07:57 PM
Former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan has started a Kickstarter to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas so he can play drums in a new band. They're looking for $1,000, and according to the project description, "It would make ZERO sense to not have Alex Johnson become a part of this project that WILL CHANGE MUSIC. He knows nothing about this project, though I'm sure when we go live it will be hard to keep the secret." For pledging $100, you can get a whopping email and three tweets from Alex. We've had plenty of Kickstarter debates on this website - where do you think this falls in the spectrum of Kickstarter's niche and usefulness in the music industry?
Thomas Nassiff on 05/22/12 - 02:52 PM
Oceana has reached its Kickstarter goal and announced they will record in July and August. Any more money raised will go toward buying a tour van and the band hopes to have the new record out in fall. You can also see the group's full 40-minute set from RaleighPalooza in the replies.

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Thomas Nassiff on 05/13/12 - 07:14 PM
Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls / Evelyn Evelyn fame) is funding her new record via Kickstarter and set out for a $100,000 goal. The Kickstarter currently stands at over $618,000 with over 11,000 backers and still has three weeks to go in its lifetime. What are your thoughts on Kickstarter campaigns that blow up like this? Discuss in the replies.

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Thomas Nassiff on 05/10/12 - 09:16 AM
The Stellar Life has launched a Kickstarter to fund the completion of the band's album.
Christian Wagner on 05/09/12 - 07:18 AM
Heart to Heart have a Kickstarter page to fund the recording and production costs of their full length debut. They are very close to their goal, so if you like what you hear please help them out.
Dre Okorley on 05/08/12 - 01:25 PM
Family Force 5's have started a kickstarter for their new video.

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Jason Tate on 04/20/12 - 10:35 AM
Oceana has launched a Kickstarter to fund their new record. They're shooting for $10,000, currently have about $4,500, and have 42 days left.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/17/12 - 10:03 AM
MC Lars has started a new kickstarter for his greatest hits on vinyl as well as the new Edgar Allen Poe EP.

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Jason Tate on 04/16/12 - 10:35 AM
The Dangerous Summer has reached their kickstarter goal.

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Jason Tate on 04/12/12 - 09:46 AM
Look Mexico has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming 12", So Crucialtine, which will contain the So Byzantine EP and the Crucial EP on vinyl. With profits from their sales of the LP, the band are looking to put the money back into releasing other artists' projects under a new label.
Adam Pfleider on 04/05/12 - 10:20 AM
Update: April Fool's, obviously! Here's what the band had to say about the joke:
April Fool's April Fools. We want everyone to know that we are in no way serious about the previous post, and we're hoping you understood that with the massive amount of money, the really really bad perks you would get for donating, and the fact that we say we ask for things all the time. To be honest, our band rarely, if ever asks for favors from people. We pride ourselves on working hard and hoping people help us out when they realize that.

We think KickStarter is a really useful tool for helping anyone raise money, but it shouldn't be abused like it seems to be lately. When we need your help, we'll...
Thomas Nassiff on 04/01/12 - 09:05 AM
A lot of folks around these parts have been clamoring for a more in-depth look at Kickstarter and other crowd-funding models. I did some research, interviewed a couple dozen people and ended up with my Too Long; Do Read article for March, called Kickstart This: Crowd-Funding Websites Help Creators Bypass Traditional Forms of Investment. As you'll see from the beginning of the article, it's not just about music - crowd-funding websites are used by many different types of people, so the article is a more business-oriented look into the increasing popularity of these models and offering some insight from bands like The Narrative and Five Iron Frenzy as to what their Kickstarter experiences...
Thomas Nassiff on 03/29/12 - 10:04 AM
Jason Tate on 03/27/12 - 01:18 PM
The Dangerous Summer are thinking of doing a kickstarter for a new DVD release, but they wanna know if anyone is interested before setting it all up.
From Facebookmany of you know what we were planning to release a dvd + live DVD sometime this year... unfortunately we had our camera stolen from us while we were in canada. We have no choice but to scrap the idea of doing the DVD or to do a kickstarter to make it happen. Anyone who would donate to the cause would recieve a free copy of the DVD and anyone who donates a little more would recieve a signed physical copy of the DVD. Let me know if this is something you guys would be interesting in supporting and we will make this happen....
Jason Tate on 03/26/12 - 09:50 AM
Pacific Ridge Records has started a kickstarter to fund a tribute compilation to The Movielife.
From the ArticleI want to make it crystal clear that this compilation will be released whether this Kickstarter succeeds or not. If the Kickstarter is a success it simply means that there will be an additional three or four artists added to the project, more of your favorite Movielife songs will be covered and most importantly it means that the album will be released this Fall as opposed to 2013. The entirety of the backing of this Kickstarter will go to properly compensate the artists that are contributing their talents.

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Jason Tate on 03/25/12 - 02:55 PM
Showbread has set up a kickstarter for their new (free) album and movie.
Jason Tate on 03/13/12 - 10:03 AM
The OC Supertones have reunited and will record their first new album in eight years. They have begun a kickstarter to fund the new album and are offering their first new song "On the Downbeat" for free download.

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Jason Tate on 03/11/12 - 02:25 PM
The Classic Crime vocalist Matt McDonald has posted a blog regarding the negative reactions that his band has received from their recent kickstarter campaign.
From The BlogI want to say that part of me finds this pretty funny. Why would someone hate us for having fans that love us? If a fan sees a package and wants it, then purchases it, why would somebody hate that? It's ridiculous. This isn't charity, nobody is giving us anything. People are purchasing products.
Jake Denning on 03/11/12 - 09:18 AM
In an overwhelming show of support from fans, The Classic Crime's $30,000 Kickstarter for their new album has already been funded and then some in less than a day. Any money beyond the goal will be used to support the upcoming tour and on the marketing of their new album.
Message from the BandEarlier today I filmed a video at the studio. In the video I thanked everyone for the overwhelming support of our project, and shared that we were more hopeful than ever that we would reach our goal.

I'm not posting that video right now because it's completely irrelevant. We have to make another, better video, in order for us to properly thank you profusely for giving us the ability to make...
Jason Tate on 03/09/12 - 09:33 AM
The Classic Crime have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their new album.

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Jason Tate on 03/08/12 - 10:13 AM
Showbread have announced the new details on their upcoming album Cancer, and have launched the kickstarter campaign for it. They say they're looking at doing "a science-fiction concept album with an elaborately detailed universe fleshed out with music, lyrics, visual art and a movie."

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Jason Tate on 02/27/12 - 09:57 AM
Who doesn't enjoy a late-night discussion about something like Kickstarter? I'm writing up an article about the crowd-funding platform for my March feature and I'm looking for some input from AP.net users. Check out a poll I made in the poll forum, and feel free to answer it and the questions I attached to it. Probably the most interesting question is saved for last - if your favorite band had to use a Kickstarter to continue or end their career, what would you give them?
Thomas Nassiff on 02/21/12 - 09:06 PM
A Kickstarter page has been launched for All About Friends Forever, a compilation re-release with bonus material featuring Trial, Coalesce, Botch, Indecision, Harvest, and more.
Dre Okorley on 02/17/12 - 11:50 AM
Strange Vacation (ex-That Was Something, The Boys Of Summer) has released a b-side called "January" which you can listen to here, and have opened a Kickstarter to fund their vinyl pressing.
Christian Wagner on 02/17/12 - 07:21 AM
Last Call has started a Kickstarter after their trailer was stolen several days ago.
Christian Wagner on 02/10/12 - 10:00 AM
Five Iron Frenzy raised more than $200,000 through their Kickstarter, over six times as much as their goal of $30,000.
Jack Appleby on 01/23/12 - 07:15 AM
The Paper Melody is currently raising money via Kickstarter to help fund their next record.
Christian Wagner on 01/04/12 - 07:46 PM
The Riot Before have made a Kickstarter account. Because they were very first band on the label, SAY-10 Records is working with them to release their early discography onto vinyl.

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Dre Okorley on 12/24/11 - 09:51 AM
Ally Burnett has made a Kickstarter to help fund her new EP.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/19/11 - 05:53 PM
Dave Smalley (DYS, Dag Nasty, ex-ALL) has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the recording and production costs of his debut solo E.P. The release date is set for February 2012.
Dre Okorley on 12/14/11 - 09:22 AM
Project 86 have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new album.

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Jason Tate on 12/13/11 - 11:10 AM
Sparks The Rescue has launched a Kickstarter to help fund their new album. In addition, the band will be making an announcement at 8 PM EST here.
Christian Wagner on 12/02/11 - 02:33 PM
Dr. Manhattan have announced that if they double their initial goal on kickstarter, they will record a new album.

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Jason Tate on 12/01/11 - 11:01 AM
The Spill Canvas is set to record their next album in January at Cathouse Studios in Sioux Falls, SD - the same studio where Sunsets and Car Crashes was recorded. The band have started a kickstarter page to help fund recording.

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Jason Tate on 11/03/11 - 11:06 AM
If you pledge to The Audition's Kickstarter from now until November 4th, you will receive a free download for the demo of "You Make Me Sick."
Christian Wagner on 10/26/11 - 09:21 PM
Corey Warning (The Graduate) and Tony Peck (The Forecast) have started a new band called Lincoln-Douglas Street Fighter. They are playing one show in Quincy, IL on December 10th at the State Room with Asa Dawson's (Junior Varsity) new band Palace Flophouse. If anyone donates to either The Graduate's Kickstarter or The Forecast's Kickstarter, they get $2 off the $10 admission price.
Christian Wagner on 10/17/11 - 04:01 PM
The Audition has launched a KickStarter to help fund the band's new EP, Chapter II. You can watch a video from the band and hear a new demo on the band's page.
Christian Wagner on 10/06/11 - 02:55 PM
Abel (Come&Live! Records) have launched a kickstarter to raise the funds to record their next full-length in January. As of today, the band has already reached 10% of their goal. They are comparable to the likes of As Tall As Lions and Brand New; you can read a review of their latest album Lesser Men here.
Matthew Tsai on 09/20/11 - 11:38 AM
The Graduate have a kickstarter up for helping put together their "farewell DVD." They have already reached their goal; however, after talking with Corey -- they really want to make this thing amazing and go all out - so they're looking to raise as much as they can.
Jason Tate on 09/19/11 - 09:13 AM
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