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You decide our Band of the Month by selecting your favorite unsigned/independent band narrowed down each month by us. You may vote once a day, EVERY day, so be sure to come back often to help your favorite band win! Thank you for supporting local and independent music!


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Comments Off on Silversage – March 2015 Band of the Month

Your March 2015 Band of the Month is Silversage, an alt rock band out of Las Vegas, NV. I have had the pleasure of booking them in large and small rooms and they not only pack the room with sound, they pack it with people! They are working on new recordings now, so be on the look out for that and their upcoming concerts. Read their bio below to get a glimpse of the band.

http://silversageofficial.com/
The Storm EP available now on: http://Silversage.bandcamp.com

MEMBERS:
Chris Kennedy- Vox/Guitar,
Michael Romano- Lead Guitar,
Austin Perry- Drums/Percussion,
Elias Trujillo- Bass,
Jon Trujillo- Guitar/Keys/Vox

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BIO:
Silversage is an Alternative Rock band based out of Las Vegas, NV. Silversage puts an emphasis on powerful vocals, soaring electric guitars, experimental keyboard/guitar textures, and contemporary drum and bass grooves to make up the core of their refreshing sound. Frontman and electric guitar player Chris Kennedy has story telling song writing, excellent guitar chops, and powerful vocals that make up a combination of skills that are unrivaled. Drummer/Percussionist, Austin Perry has a formal music education background, having been classically trained, and has also performed across the globe in both show productions and touring bands. Bass player Elias Trujillo has toured professionally throughout North America, along with having great melodic bass chops, developed through his several years of playing in praise bands. Rhythm Guitar/Keyboard player Jon Trujillo brings high energy, creativity, and versatility to the band. Lead Guitarist Michael Romano is a highly decorated musician who has attended Berklee School of Music and has years of professional music experience. Romano has played some of the biggest stages in the world, including the Lollapalooza festival in South America. Silversage has already played several major Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas venues since their arrival in late 2013. Silversage has created a buzz through sold out shows, TV performances, media articles and opening for national acts Steve Winwood,Lit, and Sevendust within the first year of existence. The band has also just released their self produced debut EP The Storm available through all digital music retailers. Silversage will be heading out to LA to work with critically acclaimed producers in early 2015.

Comments Off on Let’s Talk More with Matt and Figg – Ep. 3

Let’s Talk More with Matt and Figg about Tampons finally available in Cuba, Germany monuments, Travel, Blatantly false history accounts, Local Music rants, and more random conversation.

Catch up on all the episodes here: http://figgzillamusic.com/?cat=2816

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Changing your point of view as an independent artist

Negativity and laziness sucks the life out anything. Life, work, parties and relationships are all fodder to the dark and passive cloud that anyone can harness its great power at any given time. As a human being its nearly impossible to not get negative once in awhile, and yes, I know I can be a whiny bitch with the rest of em from time to time. There’s also constructive criticism some like to mask and label as negativity, based on if the subject is open minded enough to realize their faults. We all have faults and most of us have trouble taking the words of someone else. Musicians, artists and other creative minds have the worst time differentiating the two, and often times that’s what keeps them from reaching their full potential and taking advantage of presented opportunities. Sometimes that negativity or incorrect perception causes people to not even try after such.
Pouring your soul into something and presenting it to the world is a fragile exchange. This is where you need to be true to yourself and your art and decide where you want to take it. The second you want to play live or have your recorded music heard, you have to respect not only the audience, but the outlets that you submit your music to. Whether it be a live music venue or a digital store like iTunes, they all offer things you can use to your advantage. Some outlets pay more than others, and thats when you have to leave the bullshit at the door. If you want your music heard and you want to gain an audience and a foundation to have a career off of, you must go where listeners are. Know the difference between royalties from a single user play and a terrestrial radio play that potentially hits thousands of people. This day and age you can own all the rights to your music and gather royalties as a song writer, performer and publisher. This is critical to gather the max potential from your initial and early releases.
Once you get your music recorded, published and registered with performing rights group, put it in every place people listen to music. Spotify, youtube (lyric or audio only if you dont have a concept video and make sure you monetize it), iTunes, google play and the list goes on and on. Submit to satelite, terrestrial and internet radio stations that pay royalties, and work on licensing your music for ads, movies, tv and video games. These are all things that most independent bands bypass, waiting for their music to speak for itself and the magical record label to come in and take care of everything they dont want to do.
The biggest resistance I see from local bands is advertising themselves. From the concerts they play to the music they release, the social media generation has become reliant on free avenues. Fewer and fewer bands are advertising on websites or in magazines, radio or tv. Of course immediately those in local bands are crying fowl by this statement, throwing their soap box down and once again making the excuse about how local bands and musicians have no money to waste on such things. You would be surprised on what some ads on a website or internet radio station can do when you line it up with your genre and split the costs between all your members. From $50-100 there are plenty of options that will yield results. When you have it listed everywhere, specifically when you advertise, you want to push the highest profiting, and cheapest way for your fans to get your music. Bandcamp and other similar sites are great ways to control the pricing and maximize profit, all the while connecting it to an offical website. Yes, even with a facebook page you will want to have your own domain that can be your central launching point for all your fans and potential fans can connect with. Rotate your focus to see what each outlet can produce, and give things a chance to catch on. You get what you put in and the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
After all these things are in play, you will also find promoting live events and tours become more impactful, as the most engaging thing for a band is the music being heard, not a witty social media page or a update bitching about how many people arent seeing your posts. Who cares what your stats are on any social media page, just keep it updated and engaging, and focus on presenting your music, maximizing your time on practicing and creating more music.
Its a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice, but putting out music with a positive presentation in every outlet possible will always go further than a bitter sounding negative bitch. So you go now, get your shit together. Fiber up your band with a smile.

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Comments Off on The Solid Suns release video for single “Flesh and Bone”

Las Vegas three piece rock group The Solid Suns posted up a new video for their latest single Flesh and Bone. Check it out below and download the song from them directly here on Soundcloud:

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A new podcast, talking about stuff. Hosted by Matt of Days After Hail and Figg of FiggZillaMusic.com. Please share and enjoy!

Comments Off on Bobby Meader releases new video for “Patti Mayonnaise”

Vegas singer/songwriter/beardbadass/semi-funny and overall punk Bobby Meader Music has released a video for Patti Mayonnaise. The atmospheric tune is a bit of a departure from the videos I have watched of his in the past genre wise, but its a hauntingly inviting dreary toned lullaby. Pretty sure this is a neat attempt at getting higher quality panties thrown at him during his many tours. Either way, his new album on vinyl is available for PRE-order now HERE. Its limited to 300, and all orders gets the digital download of the album free, so hurry up and do that.

http://bobbymeadermusic.com/

Comments Off on Stolas announce Spring 2015 tour with letlive.

Vegas based progressive rock band Stolas has just announced a 12 date tour, 6 headlining and the other 6 of those with rising Epitath recording artists letlive. The band recently released a full length album “Alomaterial” and is available for download now HERE or stream below.

You can catch them February 20th at Eagle Aerie Hall for an all ages gig with Amarionette, Mad Arrow and more before they head out, snag tickets HERE

3/26 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive
3/28 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
3/29 Little Rock, AR @ Juanitas
3/30 Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
3/31 Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom*
4/1 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
4/3 Melbourne, FL @ Boondocks Music Venue*
4/4 Tampa, FL @ TBA
4/6 Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen*
4/8 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock*
4/9 Lubbock, TX @ Backstage Lubbock*
4/10 Albuquerque, NM @ The Works*
*= w/letlive

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Comments Off on Bounty Hunter Brothers release new album “They Are Always With Us”

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Vegas four-piece Alt rock band Bounty Hunter Brothers are set to release their new full length album “They Are Always With Us” on January 24th, 2015. The 11-track album will be available both physically and digitally on their website and at their live CD release show, also on 1/24/15, held at Backstage Bar & Billiards in Downtown Vegas.