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It’s about to go down! #lolla #lallapalooza #UberOnLolla @lollapalooza @uber_chi #chicago

blwilliams11:

It’s about to go down! #lolla #lallapalooza #UberOnLolla @lollapalooza @uber_chi #chicago

— 12 hours ago with 1 note
News You Can Use Week of 7/28

In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.


1. “Next,” the Musician’s version of Tinder

We’re all familiar with the mobile dating app, Tinder, but what if we told you that there was a new, similar app, geared towards music? Next is a new indie music discovery app that provides users with similar capabilities as Tinder. You are presented with short video clips, then you can swipe in different directions to like or not like each video clip. Will the next superstars find their fame through this app? Probably not, but it still seems cool.

2. 6 Tips for Showing Up in Your Facebook Fans’ Newsfeeds

No, Facebook’s popularity is not going down. Perhaps other social media sites are increasing in popularity, but that doesn’t mean that Facebook should suddenly be dropped now. There are many people to be reached on Facebook, along with many tips on how to reach them. Here are six basic ones that should increase your engagement.

3. Sound Guys Are People Too

Your band could have possibly written the next greatest hit, but if the audience can’t hear your singer’s beautiful melodies because you turned your amp up to 11, then what’s the point? That’s what sound engineers are for. They do lots of work to make you sound great on stage, so don’t forget about them! Here are 4 major tips that can help your band build a healthy relationship with sound engineers.

4. Tips for Touring Abroad

Playing in other countries around the world can be the most inspiring experience…but it can also go terribly wrong. Perception and acceptance of music changes drastically in different societies around the world, so international touring could be very beneficial for your band. However, you might not know any venues, your fan base won’t follow you across the ocean, and you probably don’t speak the native language. So here are some tips for touring abroad.

5. Sparkplug: Renting Gear and Space from Each Other

We’ve all been in situations where we temporarily needed gear for practice, but we didn’t have the money to buy brand new stuff. Now, we can rent gear (and let people rent your gear) with this new service, Sparkplug. Seems strange, right? How could you trust someone with your guitar amp? How could you even trust these service providers? Well, it’s all based on trust. Sparkplug promises legitimacy, so we’ll have to take their word. Would you rent out your gear?


Check back every week for our weekly web roundup. Have any hot tips or web content you think is worthy? Send it our way to michelle@bandsonabudget.com or link us in on Facebook.

— 16 hours ago

So who saw that video of the 10 year old girl flawlessly playing a Slayer song? BUT is this viral vid real or not?!

If you haven’t seen this yet, you should watch it! 

— 1 week ago
Bands on a Budget Twitter: Get that merch! →
— 3 weeks ago

You don’t want your fans to go topless! …or maybe you do. Despite what you’re into, get some band tees today!

— 3 weeks ago
News You Can Use Week of 7/7

In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.


1. Everything Your Band Shouldn’t Be Doing on Social Media

This satirical article provides us with the guidelines needed to have an absolutely terrible social media presence. It reminds us to use terms like “direct-to-fan” and “value added” on all 15 of our social media accounts. Check it out and you’ll be doing everything wrong in no time.

2. Taylor Swift’s Music Industry Manifesto

After deciding to put down the acoustic guitar, T-Swift picked up her laptop and typed up her perspectives of the music industry, fandom, and the trajectory of record sales. Selfies are the new autographs, albums as economic entities will never be irrelevant, and stars of the future will have even less privacy than celebrities do now. Check out her full essay here.

3. 5 Different Ways to Release Your New Music

The traditional way of releasing your album has began to become obsolete. Many artists still practice this routine by recording an album, getting lots of press, dropping the album, going on tour, and then doing it all over again. But with the developing digital age, many other artists practice these 5 different methods of release.

4. What is Spinnup?

Spinnup is a hybrid digital music distribution service for DIY artists with an A&R component. This means your band’s music can be uploaded on iTunes and Spotify while keeping all rights and getting 100% of your royalties. According to their informative video, you can track your social media stats and even be discovered by talent scouts. This service provided by Universal could be the next step towards building awareness for your band.

5. 6 Artists Who Are Amazing at Twitter - And What You Can Learn From Them

Tweeting may seem easy because everyone seems to be doing it all the time. BUT using it as an effective tool to engage with your fan base may not be so easy. These artists seem to have mastered the art, especially @AndrewWK and @Grimezsz. Check out their techniques and enjoy a good laugh.


Check back every week for our weekly web roundup. Have any hot tips or web content you think is worthy? Send it our way to michelle@bandsonabudget.com or link us in on Facebook.

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note
Never fear, you don’t have to drink warm beer. #keepyourcanscool
Get some for your band!

Never fear, you don’t have to drink warm beer. #keepyourcanscool

Get some for your band!

— 3 weeks ago

African percussion studies + dude on acoustic guitar = this.

— 3 weeks ago

It’s summertime and you’re in a band. We know you’re already drinking, so do it in style. 

Get some can coolers here!

— 3 weeks ago