Author: Josh Brennan

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Malik evolves, embraces vulnerabilities with “Spectrum”

After two albums launches in two years, and another project coming soon, Malik looks to be an unstoppable creative force in the Austin scene.

With his new project, titled Spectrum, Malik is aspiring to forge a new, more vulnerable, more honest version of himself. “This project is about me celebrating being secure in myself,” he says, “talking about things I’ve been afraid to talk about.”

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It’s a woman’s world: Girl Guitar empowers women in music

Ten years ago, after moving back to Austin from New York City and finding herself broke and unable to find a job, Girl Guitar founder and local singer-songwriter Mandy Rowden saw an opportunity to capitalize on a market that has very much been left untapped: female-only music lessons. She had previously taught at the Austin School of Music, and while there, she “noticed there’s a hole there – no one’s teaching a class just for women.”

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Album review: Windows by Indoor Creature

I love nostalgia. I live for nostalgia. The comforting feeling it provides, the great memories it brings up – nostalgia is a powerful feeling. Listening to Indoor Creature’s latest release, Windows, gives me these feelings of intense nostalgia that I love, feelings that are such a consuming experience, that it’s hard to find many faults. The breezy electronic instruments and ethereal smoothness remind me of beaches, hot summer days and youthful romance.There are many albums that provide the perfect musical setting for driving down the coast of California in a classic American convertible, or stargazing on humid August nights — and Windows fits right into this list of albums.

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Blockchain: How it will entirely disrupt the music industry

Co-written by Amy Berryhill.


Since the early days of the music industry, artists have struggled to get their fair share of royalties from the purchase of their music. With overhead from publishers, record labels, streaming services, and so forth, artists struggle to maintain direct relationships with their finances. All of this overhead is crippling for artists’ incomes. As Jonathan Chester, contributor at Forbes, notes “artists lose up to 86% of the proceeds from their music.” With all the dramatic shifts that have taken place in the music industry, revenues are currently unsteady – and artists are taking the brunt of it all – but blockchain may fix that.

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Modernized ticketing: the double-edged sword

Unlike most aspects of the music industry, ticketing has remained largely untouched by the hands of time – save for digitalization. Ticket digitalization has streamlined the process of buying tickets significantly. However, with increasing digitalization comes greater ticket reselling through third-party platforms. These platforms make it easy to sell show tickets at drastic price increases.Tickets ending up on secondary markets is often a huge disadvantage to both artists and fans. To counteract the negative effects of outdated ticketing and to prevent tickets from ending up on secondary sites, big industry players are stepping up to revolutionize the way both bands and fans interact with ticketing.

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Hunter Sharpe finds solid ground with “Forced Landings”

Rock lovers, rejoice! Local alternative rock artist Hunter Sharpe recently released first EP, Forced Landings, after a successful Kickstarter campaign made the EP go from dream to reality.

Forced Landings couldn’t have come at a better time, with Sharpe and his band gearing up to play at South by Southwest for their third year in a row.