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Start Jamming Early to The Sounds of CMJ 2012

CMJ 2012The 2012 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon may still be a couple of weeks off but we’ve already been excitedly penciling in our (exhausting!) show schedules and RSVP’ing to every party invitation that comes through the ol’ digital transom.

We’ve also assembled Spotify and Rdio playlists for some of our favorite Orchard artists performing at this year’s festival. Hopefully it makes some of your decisions easier.

We here present you with CMJ 2012: The Bands, The Music, The City. Happy CMJ!

Looking Back at The Great Escape: Rad Gigs, Insightful Panels and Impromptu Street-Dancing

the crookes, the great escape, brightonThe Great Escape, the UK’s own version of SXSW, is growing in prominence across the industry, with bands and delegates coming from far and wide to showcase their work in the lovely seaside town of Brighton.

This year, we hosted a showcase at the event for the first time ever and it was a huge success. A queue started forming at 11:30am and the venue — The Hope — was full to capacity by the time The Crookes (pictured) took the stage at 12:15 in the afternoon. Defying their early stage time, the Sheffield rockers produced hit after hit.

People came and went, but the venue remained packed to the rafters throughout the afternoon, with The Big Sleep shredding their way through a noisy set featuring tracks from their recent album, Nature Experiments.

Hey Sholay, a personal favourite, then produced one of the performances of the weekend — with a short but intense set featuring DiS-lauded singles “Wishbone” and “The Bears, The Clocks, The Bees” as well as their upcoming hit, “Burning.”

Headlining the stage, Hollie Cook Soundsystem, featuring the lady herself, Prince Fatty and Horseman changed the rhythm and delighted the crowd with their own unique brand of dub.

As for the rest of the festival, we had a whole plethora of acts represented, from the loud, loud Hawk Eyes to psychedelic rockers Weird Dreams and one of our festival highlights, Devin. The Brooklyn rocker is everything a frontman should be.

Now, for your “Best Of” run down of The Great Escape…

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Use FanRx To Spruce Up Your Facebook Page

May 14, 2012 Client Tool No Comments

FanRx, the Facebook app that helps you create super cool band pages, recently underwent a major makeover. Not only did it change its name from BandRx to FanRx — to better reflect its vast offering, which isn’t limited to music — it also revamped its features.

Now, FanRx allows you to take full advantage of Facebook’s latest updates, particularly the extra space allotted to apps, and has added highly anticipated features like customization and embeddable Spotify playlists — one of the few apps along with FanBridge to have incorporated the Spotify Play Button.

In more detail, new features include:

  • Widescreen Tabs: With the intro to Timeline, tab apps can now fill up 810 pixels in width. Never one to let an opportunity like this slip by, FanRx has widened the app to fill out the extra space.
  • Two-Column Layouts: Still taking advantage of new screen real estate, widgets are easily arrangeable into one or two columns.
  • Custom Themes (Premium): Stand out with 12 visual color themes – for premium users only.
  • Duplicate Modules (Premium): The more the merrier! Premium users can now have several modules of the same type: Banner Images, Audio Players, Contests…
  • Spotify Play Button: Now incorporated into FanRx’s Audio Player, you can access your Spotify playlists super easily.

Needless to say, we’re fans of FanRx here. We’ve used it for some of our artists already, like Devin, where we took advantage of the full size banner to promote his latest release Romancing with a music video and a Like-to-stream lock to access the album. We also used the BandsInTown importer to list upcoming concert dates in the Events module. As a result, Likes increased by 14% through the FanRx page alone, and paired with strategically placed Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories, they skyrocketed by 82.2%.

For Riverboat Gamblers‘s FanRx page, we took advantage of the Spotify Player and the two-column look. Add a sleek wide banner to that and a module with Twitter updates and you have a simple yet effective band page that does exactly what it should: it imprints the name of the band in your mind; it allows you to stream the music easily [and get it monetized]; and it establishes a social connection with the band through photos and social updates.

FanRx, along with all its new features, is available at your fingertips in The Orchard Marketplace.

Did Someone Say Candy? Get Your Hands On Suckers’ New LP “Candy Salad” Out Tomorrow!

April 23, 2012 Artist News No Comments

suckers candy salad frenchkiss records devin young manLook out! Suckers‘ sophomore LP Candy Salad is coming out tomorrow on Frenchkiss Records. It’s already available for streaming in full on Paste Magazine if you want to check it out early and you can download the track “Turn On The Sunshine” in exchange for your email on Pitchfork.

In support of their new release, Suckers will be embarking on a spring US tour starting May 1st with Frenchkiss labelmates Young Man, whose next release Vol. 1 is slated to hit stores on 5/22, and Devin, who just released his album Romancing earlier this monthThe tour will kick off at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY and continue all across the country.

Find out more about the making of Candy Salad here, and get your calendars out because here come their tour dates for May:

5/01 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
5/02 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/03 – Club AE – Pittsburgh, PA
5/04 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
5/05 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
5/07 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN*
5/09 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
5/11 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT*
5/12 – Neurolux – Boise, ID N*
5/13 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA*
5/14 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC*
5/17 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA*
5/18 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA*
5/19 – Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA*
5/20 – Casbah – San Diego, CA*
5/22 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ*
5/23 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX*
5/25 – Red 7 – Austin, TX*
5/28 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA**
5/29 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC**
5/30 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD**

* w/ Young Man
** w/ Devin

Freeloader Friday: Devo, Ramona Falls, and Devin

Happy Friday, freeloaders! It’s Friday the 13th, and guess what? You’ve just stumbled upon a black bag of luck! Forget any worries you may have of unlucky things happening today, relax, and enjoy this virtual prize package of free music.

This week we’re bringing you connections to the theme song of Monster Man, a new show on Syfy, by Devo; a free track from Ramona Fall‘s upcoming record; and the entire album stream of Devin‘s Romancing. Perhaps you procrastinators out there should take a mini-break from doing your taxes? Lucky you!

Devo: “Monsterman” via Rolling Stone
Check out Devo on the season finale of Monster Man, Wed. April 18 at 10 pm ET on Syfy

Ramona Falls: “Sqworm” via SPIN
Prophet out May 1st on Barsuk Records

Devin: Romancing via AOL Spinner
Out Now on Frenchkiss Records

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