The late-’90s were kind of a dark time for pop-rock aficionados. In the time between faux-grunge and rap-rock, it was every man for himself. Luckily, our attention was grabbed by the fuzzed-out, off-kilter debut from Jonny Polonsky, who made the bulk of Hi My Name Is Jonny in his childhood bedroom. His demos found their way to Pixies frontman Frank Black, who pitched them to his then-label, Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings. The LP was not a smash, but those of us who heard it really loved it. Meeting someone else who got it is like finding a long-lost brother. “You know about this?! It’s fantastic, right?!”
Polonsky released an acclaimed second solo album in 2004, then went on to a diverse career as a supporting member of many high-profile acts, including Puscifer, Johnny Cash, Nightwatchman, Pete Yorn, Dixie Chicks, and more. He’s finally back to writing and recording his own stuff, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release a new record, titled The Other Side of Midnight. It promises to be less crunchy and more dreamy, inspired by David Lynch (it was recorded at Lynch’s Asymetrical Studio) and Depeche Mode. In addition, Polonsky is performing living room webcasts on Concert Window, starting TONIGHT. Do yourself a favor and check out both.
Here’s his Kickstarter video. It’s funny.
Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as having “the soul of old country [but a] die hard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix,” Georgia-based Hannah Thomas isn’t afraid to play around with genres. Having released her latest album over a year ago, Thomas has been busy traveling the country, playing shows, and writing new material” but in order to help that last one come to fruition, she’ll need your help. Thomas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her latest album, and is seeking $10,500. Though the album title is still in the works, she hopes to record the album in late spring/early summer for a fall release. You can pledge here and watch her video below. You can also catch Thomas on tour this March and April across the U.S. (more…)
I always get really excited when I hear about an artist launching a Kickstarter. There’s nothing that quite compares to a fan’s dedication to their favorite artist, and Matt Bailie is about to prove that all over again. After all, he did take home the country prize for our 2010 Intel Superstars competition, and then emerge as the big winner of our 2011 OurStage Panel”there’s no doubt this artist has talent and a surging fan base to back him up.
With a dream to fund his sophomore release, I Wanna Live Like That, along with the music video for “Dress Down,” Bailie has launched a 30-day Kickstarter. Having worked with ACM and CMA award winning producer Darran Smith on the album, Bailie is seeking funds to cover the cost of everything from manufacturing to promotion, with the aim of getting the attention of industry giants CMT and GAC. Some of the pledge prizes include the new album, handwritten lyrics, recording session, cover video, and a full band house show. Check out the Kickstarter video below, and pledge right here to be a part of Bailie Nation. (more…)
There are a lot of reasons I have a burning desire to move to Nashville, not the least of which is the legendary music scene. In addition to the old school music business, and the attendant wealth of singer-songwriters, the city also boasts a history of cutting edge bands. Take for instance Satellites and Sirens. Citing influences like Jimmy Eat World, and 30 Seconds To Mars, these Nashville natives have perfected their craft well enough to earn themselves not only a sea of loyal fans, but a spot on the Rock Boat back in 2012, alongside acts such as NEEDTOBREATHE, and Bronze Radio Return.
But making music isn’t easy, and it definitely isn’t cheap, which is why the band has launched a 30-day Kickstarter to help fund their third full-length, One Noise. With a March 2014 release date, the band is offering some pretty cool prizes to help incentivize fans. Aside from the usual rewards of digital downloads, CDs, posters, etc., some of the more creative rewards include a phone call from the band, custom artwork on a guitar pedal, a Fender Telecaster, an in-home acoustic concert, or being flown out to be in the band’s next music video. You can check out their Kickstarter video below, and pledge here. The band is also currently giving away a copy of their last album, Frequency, which we highly recommend picking up. You can grab that here. (more…)
If you haven’t heard the tale of Bradley Manning yet, you’re either under a rock or actively avoiding national news. Manning is the United States Army private arrested in May 2010, accused of passing classified material to the website WikiLeaks. The case has created a great deal of controversy, with passionate detractors and supporters alike. Manning’s trial has been all over the papers this summer, and now Kevin Devine has written a song with him in mind. You can stream “Private First Class” over at Absolutepunk.
Nearly eight LPs into his career, Kevin Devine shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. In fact, we dare say “Private First Class” is his best song in a long time. The fury of his early work is there, just below the perspective he’s gained as an adult, and the combination of those two elements makes for undeniable music chemistry. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the new track.
OS Members Nemes have launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising funds to cover the cost of recording both an EP and LP in the coming months.
At this point it seems a bit silly to recap the purpose of crowdfunding through sites like Kickstarter, but essentially Nemes are asking fans to send them donations with the promise of receiving new music (as well as other donation prizes) in return. Nemes are seeking $7,000 to fund the recording of an LP and EP, one electric and the other acoustic, in hopes of showcasing as many sides of their group as possible. A message posted on the fundraising page by Nemes reads:
Nemes is releasing two new bodies of work:
The new EP:
Our brand new EP, “Five Minutes EP” is available NOW with any Kickstarter incentive over $20. It is an acoustic EP recorded live in a studio with Grammy winning producer Ducky Carlisle. This EP is exclusively available to Kickstarter backers. (more…)
Welcome to the new music economy, where distribution channels are paved with fiberoptic cable and shipments are packed into .zip files. The greatest aspect of the music industry in its current form is that there’s a lot of money to be grabbed. It’s just that the methods of securing said cash may require a bit of attention and diligence outside of the realm of music creation.
Nobody is selling records. But there are still tours to plot, t-shirts to sell, and music to put out. In the vacuum created by a lack of revenue from music sales, crowdfunding has taken hold as an appealing, if not the only, viable alternative. And as crowdfunding becomes bigger and moves more into the mainstream, the innovation in the use of the medium is growing as well.
What I’m saying is, what you can crowdfund is limited only by the scope of one’s imagination.
Venture Guitars is an independent custom guitar company based out of Pawtucket, RI. It was founded in 2009 by four friends, including Travis Alexander of the band Ghost Thrower (formerly of Therefore I Am). They have handmade high quality 100% custom guitars for major artists including Steve Klein of New Found Glory, Dallas Green of City and olour (ex-Alexisonfire), Bryan Donahue of Early Morning Blues (ex-Boys Like Girls), and more. Now they are hoping to push their business to the next level by entering their first original design into the professional guitar market, but they need your help! The guitar is called the Anna-Lee, and through Kickstarter, they are hoping to raise at least $15,000 to afford new parts and equipment to expand their business and build more of this model. If you would like to help fund this project and support an ambitious, independent, all American-made company, click here to learn more, donate, and receive some cool pledge rewards!
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The concept of the struggling artist is nothing new and in fact, it’s more prominent today than ever before. Playing frequent shows, selling merch and making quality music aren’t always enough to pay the bills these days. Often times, you may find yourself aching to create a new album, some new music videos, or invest in better equipment. But without the cash, what’s a struggling band to do?
Enter: crowdfunding. Most are familiar with the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. However, Kickstarter isn’t your only option and in fact, not always your best.
Did you know that Kickstarter only accepts 60% of applications and only has a 44% success rate? Read on after the jump for our comparison of three of the top crowd funding sites: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and Crowdtilt. (more…)