Chicharra by Eliza Lutz - Pyragraph

Chicharra on Chicharra

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

I asked all the members of Chicharra, a band I’m in, to come up with three questions for another player. And it’s like they’ve been giving interviews their whole lives. Their curiosity about the nuances of how music is made, how the other people in our band-fam experience practice and performance, was so spot-on. I loved hearing them talk shop.

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The Strings Behind the Fellow: Ken Stringfellow Tours with Tears of Silver

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“The extreme end of showbiz would be something like American Idol where people are trying to fit into this mold, have to athletically win this competition by making themselves as appealing as possible to a very broad denominator and it’s very bizarre and it doesn’t have anything to do with feelings.”

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Nightly Noodle Monthly by Eva Avenue - Pyragraph

Fast Heart Mart Out with New Book on US Music Tour

| St. Pete, FL | | 1 Comment

As long as I’ve been a fan, Martin has said the same thing: “If you choose a path to fall back on, you will.” Martin is balls to the wall.

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Disappointing yourself - Pyragraph

Mad Men and True Believers

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For the most part, I’ve had the good fortune of doing work that doesn’t compromise my beliefs. But a few years ago I wasn’t so lucky.

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Net neutrality - Pyragraph

No Internet, No Music: Why Musicians Need to Care About Net Neutrality

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Musicians and the music they create are critical to halting further attacks on net neutrality. When net neutrality protections were at risk of being destroyed in the past, musicians came out in large numbers during a multi-year campaign to save it. And we are needed this time around too.

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Performing musicians - Pyragraph

Do I Need a Booking Agent?

| Philadelphia, PA, US | | 0 Comments

Trust me, filling a ticketed show is hard work. Getting 30 people out to a gig on a Friday night in a large metropolitan city is like pulling teeth! That’s why bands split bills. If you’re at a place where you can fill the room, you probably could use a booking agent.

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George Braque and Juan Gris - Pyragraph

What Does It Mean When Someone Says, ‘Your Work Reminds Me Of…’

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Inevitably someone is going to compare your work to someone else’s. And when someone says, “This reminded me of your work” it’s hard to know what they mean.

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Lilah Rose with Monica Demarco, photo by Peri Pakroo - Pyragraph

How Do I Know If I’m Ready for Management?

| Philadelphia, PA, US | | 3 Comments

If your inbox is overflowing with booking requests and media opportunities, and you simply cannot handle the workload on your own, you need a manager.

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: Waste Not, Guilt Not

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Far too often in this country we throw things away that would still be wanted by someone else. Everything from perfectly edible food which places like Whole Foods throw away because the bananas are “a little too yellow” to the unwanted pets that get thrown away by fools who get a dog without wanting the responsibility of its care.

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Mona Lisa Resistere - Pyragraph

Dear Rich: Can I Be Sued for Modifying My Own Writing That I Donated to the Public Domain?

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I believe that a greatly modified public domain work would be a new work and therefore copyrightable, right? I couldn’t be sued for modifying my own writing, could I? What are my rights in this case?

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Knowbility Board, 2010 - Pyragraph

Choosing Board Members to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Effectiveness

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

The very best prospects for your nonprofit’s board will be people who share a passion for, and commitment to, the nonprofit’s mission. No matter what name recognition or professional credentials particular people may have to offer, they will not be assets to your nonprofit’s board unless they care a lot about what you do.

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Tour van - Pyragraph

5 Lessons I Learned From My Terrible Tour

| Philadelphia, PA, US | | 1 Comment

If you’re an independent artist, you have no choice but to roll with the punches. Things change. Things fall apart. Venues close down their business without telling you…and then you find out through their Facebook status update (yes, this actually happened).

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Want to Support the Arts? Start a Nonprofit!

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We artists and writers can’t afford to passively watch all the things we care about burn to the ground. Rather, we should be proactive in ensuring that the arts have a place to flourish and thrive in every town and community in the US.

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: Tired of Being Teased

| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Nothing makes me temporarily forget about Donald Trump’s disgusting treatment of immigrants quite like a quick and amazing fuck. It does not mean that we are bad people because we stop calling our congressperson long enough to enjoy having sex with our partner.

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The Cisco Kid Public Domain Shootout - Pyragraph

Dear Rich: Pancho’s Copyright Status, and Contract Questions

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Beware that the Cisco Kid’s sidekick Pancho’s copyright status is not as clear. Pancho did not appear in the O Henry story and was reportedly inspired by Don Quixote’s sidekick, Pancho Sanza. His first appearance was in the 1945 film, The Cisco Kid Returns (not to be confused with the 1939 film, Return of the Cisco Kid).

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Mental Health Care Is a Human Right (and Artists Are Humans)

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Guest Blogger Katie Alice Greer: “OK Sadness means the machine in my head is working just fine and Not OK Sadness means, just like a runny nose, upset stomach, or a hacking cough, that I am currently sick. Plenty of factors both genetic and environmental mean I’ll always need to keep an eye on how things are going in my head.”

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