Your DeliRadio data is safe from Heartbleed

Editorial Apr 16th by Kevin

How many passwords did you reset because of the Heartbleed Bug

We lost count. 

Luckily, your details are 100% safe and protected on DeliRadio.

In fact, it only took us about 10 minutes to fix any potential issues on our end.  

Of course, if you're one of those can't-be-too-careful folks, then it's never a bad time to refresh your password.

View a full list of the recommended places where you should reset your password because of Heartbleed here.  

Philly's underground punk scene featured in documentary short

Editorial Apr 9th by Kevin

 

When someone mentions the Philadelphia music, you might first think of hip-hop acts like The Roots, or veteran R&B artists like Boyz II Men, or maybe even indie acts like Dr. Dog or The War On Drugs.

A recent documentary, My Basement Is A Sh*thole, makes the case the case for paying attention to another scene: underground punk rock. The 22-minute doc explores basement show culture in Philadelphia, how the shows get promoted, the DIY venues, and what keeps the scene going. 

Check it out below, and listen to punk bands from Philly here

 

What Causes Audio Feedback?

Editorial Apr 7th by Kevin

 

If you've been at any rock show, especially of the local variety, you've probably experienced the unintended, screeching sounds of feedback

Unless you're using it for dramatic effect, like at the very beginning of Nirvana's "On A Plain", the ear-bleeding screeches of audio feedback are generally something to avoid. 

According to Mental Floss, audio feedback is a result of an audio loop amplifying its own frequency, and this usually happens when a mic is in front of a set of speakers. "The continuous sound created by the initial resonance that ends up coming out of the speakers is then picked up by the microphone," Audio Floss says, "which creates a circular audio loop that amplifies its own frequency—and creates the uncomfortable, high-pitched screech known as feedback."

Thankfully, there are different things you can do to try and prevent feedback. One is to try and make sure your speakers are at a far enough distance away from the mics. Another would be setting your loudspeakers in front of, and pointing away from, your mics.

That is unless you're trying to create audio feedback, which actually is an excellent way to clear out a room. 

[Metal Floss: What Causes Audio Feedback?]

 

How to Have Conversations at Concerts (If You Must)

Editorial Apr 3rd by Kevin

 

Nobody likes people talking at concerts over the music, that's a given

If you absolutley have to speak with someone while a show's happening, it's not always as easy as it, er, sounds. Especially if the music is really loud. 

According to the good folks over at WonderHowTo, the trick to being heard by someone close to you at a show is not to shout, because then your voice is competing with the blaring music (not to mention annoying the heck out of everyone in your vicinity). 

Instead, you want to face your friend, and speak slowly, at a normal tone, while plugging your ears with either your fingers or earplugs— a trick that helps you focus on what's being said by increasing sound clarity.

Of course, not screaming at your buddy also benefits everyone who paid good money to enjoy the show, and signals respect for the artist performing. So it's a win-win-win, really.

[WonderHowTo: The Trick to Hearing Your Friends Better at Loud Clubs & Concerts (And Having Them Hear You)

7 Career Tips For Musicians From Dave Kusek

Spotlight Apr 2nd by Kevin

 

If you're a musician looking online for advice about building your career, you have a lot of options. 

You're also going to find a lot of conflicting information, and not all of it is golden. 

If you want professional, personalized guidance, you can study the music industry in college, but that can wind up being extremely expensive.

So Dave Kusek, founder of berkleemusic.com, an online branch of Berklee College of Music, recently launched the New Artist Model— an online music school that's teaching aspiring musicians everything from how to book gigs, to copyright and licensing, to creating super fans. 

“I always felt  there were more people that wanted access to high quality education, but couldn’t afford it,” Kusek says. “So the inspiration was, ‘Can I create a very affordable and accessible program for independent musicians that is more tuned to where they are in their career and the marketplace?’”

We've spoken with Kusek before, and he's always had interesting views on the industry. And with someone like him behind the lessons (viewable here), you at least know you're gettting professional instruction. To give you a taste of the kind of strategies taking place in the New Artist Model, here are seven tips from Kusek for musicians who are still trying to get their careers off the ground.

1. Run Your Band Like A Business
“That’s a big challenge for a lot of people. Creative people tend to be creative, and want to write music and play, but they often ignore the business side of things. And you do that at your own peril. That’s a challenge for people.

"It’s hard to have a career in music. It’s very challenging and complicated. It’s way more than writing a great song and putting out a great record. You’ve got to get yourself organized, you’ve got to have goals. You’ve got to figure out how you’re going to finance things. You’ve got to figure out how you’re going to promote. And figure out what’s effective in your marketing and promotion.

"So there’s all those things on the business side that I’m trying to help people with through the (New Artist Model). Whether you do that on your own, or with management or a team member, somebody has to be paying attention to business."

2. Careful Working With Friends
“Working with your friends is always problematic. If you’re in that position, have open communication with your bandmates and team, regular band meetings, about: ‘What are we all about? What are we trying to accomplish? How can we split up the work so that we can get more things done? Who’s good at what, and can you combine what you need to do with that interest or skill?'…

"It’s all about regular communication, being open about what you’re trying to accomplish, and calling people out when they say they’re going to do something and they don’t.”

3. Streaming Music Is Marketing
“Listening to recorded music is very hard to monetize in the way we used to. Yes, you do want to try and sell CDs or get money from downloads or streaming, but I don’t know you can rely on that as your number one source of income, or even your top five, given the environment. So (streaming) is a form of marketing. There is some potential to sell music to people, sell recordings to people, but it’s not going to be your number one source of income. Certainly not in the early stages of your career.”

4. There’s More Ways To Make Money Than Selling Music
“Publishing is still a fairly healthy income stream, if you work it. Merch is a very under-exploited income stream. If you think merch, in a bigger defintion, beyond a t-shirt, and you really start creating tiered offerings of merch, that you can offer at different price points to different types of fans, for many people, that can be very lucrative.”

5. Build Some Buzz
"Word of mouth is such a marketing and awareness-building vehicle. How do you harness that? That’s a big challenge, because if you can’t get radio airplay, and you have a limited budget, and perhaps limited experience, how do you break through the noise?

"That’s probably the fundamental challenge for musicians and artists of all kinds: how do you break through and stand above the crowd? Or at least make some noise in the market, so people will know about you. Whether it’s controversial or otherwise: how do you get people to know about you? Because obscurity is the enemy of all artists."

6. Ask Yourself If You Really Want To Be A Full-Time Musician
“It’s always been a slog to break through the noise, and build a crowd, and build a business. If you’re going to sell records, or put people in seats, or sell merch, or get your songs covered by others, or licensed on television or on commercials, it’s a business you’re in. If you don’t think you need to pay attention to that, then maybe you should do something else for a living, and have music be your hobby. Which is a cool thing too.

"If you really love music, but hate business, maybe music should be a passion and a hobby. And you do it for love. Get a job somewhere to make money.

"Unless you can see yourself combining those two things, these days, it’s virtually impossible to make a career as a musician in 2014. Unless you’re paying attention to the business side of things, or at least have somebody on your team who’s really good at that. Or at least as good as you are at performing and writing.”

7. Creating Your Job Is Becoming “A Thing”, So What Do You Want To Do?
"I do believe that this sort of entrepreneurial environment that we have today is going to become more important, not just in music, but across the board. If you look at the idea of 'make a job' versus 'get a job', that’s a fundamental choice that you have.

"If you’re trying to get a job, then that’s all about a great resume, and networking, and trying to plug into a situation where someone will hire you and pay you money to work for them.

"If you’re going to make a job— and I think creative people are in a very good position to be able to generate intellectual property, like music, art, film, or illustrations, whatever it might be, photography. And then to figure out ways to monetize your art, and build a fanbase.

"I think that that entrepreneurial economy is going to become important in more of a mainstream, lifestyle decision that people are going to make. And so I think that bodes well for musicians, just because I think there’s going to be more infrastructure for companies and products and services to support that."

DeliRadio Exclusive Release: Nova Albion

Spotlight Apr 1st by Mike

Despite what we can only hope is a release day full of April Fool's pranks, the new music from indie-pop foursome Nova Albion is no joke. This fresh batch of songs, Seasides, is a collection of B-Sides from the past year. It now gets to see the sunny light of day for a limited time exclusively on DeliRadio. Listen to Seasides here, and, if you like what you hear, grab a download of the release from Nova Albion's account

As their namesake may imply, the San Francisco-based group, which specializes in singalong chants and bouncy rhythms, have embedded themselves in the local scene with dance-igniting live sets and the release of its fantastic Nature EP in 2013.

When asked about Seasides, here's what bassist Eli Meyskens had to say:

“The first two [songs] "The Final Line" and "Temperature Falls", were actually recorded in the same sessions as the songs on Nature, but just didn't make it on the record. The other two, "All My Heart" and "Sunshine", we recorded ourselves in various apartments, and decided we liked those versions so much that we didn't want to re-record them. Putting together a record to release can be a long, arduous, and democratic process, so it's nice for us to finally get these songs out of our hands and into the hands of people who like our music, and hopefully they'll like these songs too.”

And if you're reading from the Bay Area, you have two chances to catch Nova Albion this month. Join Jayson, Eli, Nick, and Ryan at the Make-Out Room for a benefit show April 13th, followed by a free show April 23rd at Milk Bar with Solwave.

Staff Picks: Best SXSW performances 2014

DR NewsEditorial Mar 24th by Stefan

Every year, the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals draws thousands to Austin, Texas, for ten day's worth of concerts, film screenings, tech launches, networking, and panels. 

We sent our director of artist engagement, Mike Chouinard, and our art director, Stefan Aronsen, to this year's SXSW to check out as many DeliRadio artists as possible. Here are their top five performances from the DeliRadio musicians they caught at SXSW, with a little background from each. 

Mike Chouinard, Director of Artist Engagement (pictured at left): Music festivals are tiring for a fan where having to choose between two acts at the same time occurs. SXSW takes this tenfold and is a labyrinth of trying to see how many acts you can catch. This is why I've decided to stray from bands I know well and will be able to see once they come to my town. Here are five I either found by exciting accident, or by well-timed shortcuts and videogame-like pedi-cabs:

 

  • Modoc
    Where:
    Casa de Applauze
    Walking into an average-sized living room, having only listened to a few songs from the Nashville rockers a few hours before, I was vastly unprepared for my imminent fate. Harnessing the full force of a Nashville tailored-beard, vocalist Clint Culberson gave me a bit of shell shock, undoing a minor hangover better than a dose of breakfast tacos three times over. Combining some elements new and old from the likes of Cold War Kids, The Soft White Sixties, and Led Zeppelin, I became hooked. This was a rock show, and my neck is still sore because of it.

  • Anna Vogelzang 
    Where:
    SoFar Sounds
    This Madison, WI-based songstress became the perfect escape from the onset of SX exhaustion. We first encountered Anna at a SoFar Sounds session, which was an environment she took control of with ease. Switching between guitar, ukelele, banjo, and, what very well may have been a toy, she played an eclectic mix of tales of woe, love, and the tribulations of southern men.

  • Psychic Twin 
    Where:
    Liberation
    Is it cheating if I actually saw this Brooklyn based psych-pop act under a pseudonym? Regardless, I had heard rumblings from Erin Fein's project, and can now let it be known more people should be listening. Their dreamy set had some natural enhancing as the sun went down over the first warm day of SXSW. The live rendition of "Strangers" was a top spectator moment for me. 

  • Joywave
    Where:
    Indie Shuffle/All Things Go
    After an eternity of walking around, I was fully convinced I could not physically show my excitement for one more band. When Joywave took the stage on Maggie Mae's packed rooftop, I was swiftly proven wrong. This place, like last year, became a high-ranking party showcase destination. 

  • Basecamp
    Where:
    ASCAP Showcase
    As I've had this recent batch of R&B to the likes of How To Dress Well and Sam Smith circling around in my head for some time now, I blame the rest of the world for not making me aware of Basecamp sooner. Despite catching this show midday, it felt like a private twilight experience. 

Stefan Aronsen, Art Director: Mike and I spent a lot of time hanging out with each other at SXSW. Thus I agree with a lot of his choices, however... instead of saying "ditto"... there were some instances where we were not together. These are my top five bands from SXSW that I had never seen live before entering Austin:

  • Baskery
    Where:
    #DynMMT
    They are a Swedish band that is based in Stockholm. Comprised of three sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson, their sound is best described as alternative, americana, folk-rock.

  • Deer Tick
    Where: #DynMMT 
    While I discovered Baskery at Dyn... I specifically went to see Deer Tick. They are five dudes from Providence, RI, whose layered songs create a fun rock 'n roll style that is super easy to get lost in.

  • Quiet Company
    Where: 
    Casa de Applauze
    Based in Austin, Texas, you might say SXSW was held in their backyard. Listen to their songs, I think you'll enjoy their blend of explosive energy & ambitious melodies, which create their amazing pop-rock sound.

  • Typhoon
    Where: 
    KUTX Live at the Four Seasons
    On Wednesday morning I woke up at 7:30 a.m. to catch a 8 a.m. Lucius show at Four Seasons for KUTX. Unfortunately, I was standing in a very long line while Lucius played... but the good news is I got to see Typhoon from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2005, you might say this 13 piece band literally fills the room. 

  • Girl Talk
    Where:
    Stubb's Secret Show
    Stubbs in Austin had many secret shows. I was walking by during one, and was pleasantly surprised to discover I had accidentally put myself in the middle of a Girl Talk set. This Pittsburgh-native creates sample-based dance tracks that mash-up recognizable samples of recent singles into super danceable new hits. 

DeliRadio News Roundup: Wall Street Journal, Evolver, & More

DR News Feb 26th by Kevin

With the release of the new app, a surge in music venue stations, and festival season on the horzon, it's been a busy month here at DeliRadio HQ.  Luckily, we've gotten some great press along the way.  Below you'll find a sampling of some of the awesome media outlets we've been fortunate enough to catch the attention of lately:

  • "The Concert Industry’s New Concept: Try Before You Buy"
    - The Wall Street Journal
    "Artists choose which songs to make available for free. The Counting Crows, Steve Winwood, Imagine Dragons and the Lumineers are among the acts who’ve put music in the system. Some bands, like the Milk Carton Kids, have made their entire catalogs available for streaming, though the company recommends only making one to three songs available at a time, so that venue stations don’t become lopsided, with more tracks in rotation from one band than from others."

  • "Show-Finder DeliRadio Adds Social Features, with Venue Deals to Come" 
    Evolver FM
    "...having other people around adds to the live music experience. It’s even nicer if you know some of these people, or at least know that people you know are at a particular show, and that’s where the latest version of DeliRadio’s free Android and iOS apps comes in. Log in with Facebook, and as you listen to a customized streaming radio station based on your favorite genres, your location, and ostensibly how you rate music within the app, you’ll see little icons representing the people you know who are also going to the show, or who have favorited those artists."

  • "DeliRadio Puts New, Touring Bands on the Menu"
    -
    Boise Weekly
    "With so many ways to get music in front of consumers--iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Freegal, Bandcamp, Facebook--it would seem this is an ideal time to be a new band, but it's also probably more difficult to snag a listener's attention than ever before. And without listeners, you certainly aren't going to land any big gigs. DeliRadio has launched a platform that allows venues to "connect with local music lovers and drive ticket sales ahead of events" by creating streaming radio stations comprised of songs by bands scheduled to play said venue."

The new DeliRadio app is here!

DR NewsSpotlight Feb 13th by Kevin

We're excited to announce the new DeliRadio app is now available for both iPhone & Android! Grab it now in the App Store or Google Play Store.  Once you've downloaded, the first thing you'll notice is...everything!  We've completely redesigned & reimagined the DeliRadio mobile experience for 2014, with a sharp new focus on local, community-based artist and event discovery. 

LISTEN TO THE LINEUPS AT LOCAL CLUBS

If you like hearing the upcoming concert calendars at local music venues & festivals, you're gonna love what we've done in the new app. You're now able to browse the local lineups in the Venues & Festivals section of the app by scrolling through each club's station banners. Clicking on any venue banner will bring you to the venue's page, where you can explore the lineup, now filtered chronologically and by your music preferences, with friend recommendations included. 

FIND & FOLLOW FRIENDS

Now you can see, at a glance, which artists with upcoming nearby shows your friends are interested in.  First though, you gotta grow your social network on DeliRadio. To start doing that, find or invite some people you know by going to "Find Friends" from the main menu. You can search for friends on DeliRadio through Facebook, your phone's contact list, or by username, and you can invite them through a text message.  Once you have some amigos on DeliRadio, start following them to see, at a glance, who likes what upcoming artists with gigs near you.

EXPLORE LOCAL SHOWS

The avatars of friends & people you follow now appear directly alongside each event’s details—artist name, club name, date, ticket link. We think this is an easy, fun way to get local show recommendations, and see which ones your friends might be interested in going to. And the more friends you follow, the more concert picks you'll get.  

FOLLOW ARTISTS

When you follow your favorite artists on DeliRadio, your avatar will follow that artist around the app for friends and followers to see. You'll also be automatically alerted when said artist posts new music or adds nearby concert dates in the future.

For a full breakdown on the new DeliRadio app's features, go here. We'd love to know what you think of our new app as well! Send any comments or questions to news@deliradio.com. We're just getting started in 2014, so stay tuned for more epic updates coming very, very soon...

Listen to 56th Annual Grammy winners on DeliRadio

Spotlight Jan 27th by Kevin

As you might have heard, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles, and Pharrell Williams celebrated by wearing a distinctive hat. Maybe what you didn't know is that some of the winning artists are on DeliRadio, and that we're very proud of that. 

Mega-congrats to all the winners below, and be sure to visit their profiles to hear their music and see if they're coming to a town near you:

Ben Harper (with Charlie Musselwhite)

  • Best Blues Album - Get Up!

Del McCoury Band

  • Best Bluegrass Album - The Streets of Baltimore

Esperanza Spalding (with Bobby McFerrin, arrangement by Gil Goldstein)

  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) - "Swing Low"

Imagine Dragons

  • Best Rock Performance - Radioactive

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • Best World Music Album - "Live: Singing For Peace Around The World"

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea

  • Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - "A Mi Manera"

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Rodney Crowell (with Emmylou Harris)

  • Best Americana Album - Old Yellow Moon

Snarky Puppy (With Lalah Hathaway)

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

  • Best Regional Roots Music Album - Dockside Sessions