Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips on Partnering with Sierra Club for Clean Energy Campaign and Summer Tour

By Laura Ferreiro Toad the Wet Sprocket’s upbeat pop melodies garnered them a string of hits in the ’90s including “Walk on the Ocean” and “All I Want.” But dig a little deeper and you’ll find poignant, introspective lyrics and … Continue reading

Musicians from Countries on Trump’s Travel Ban List Speak Out Ahead of Performance at ContraBanned: #MusicUnites SXSW Showcase

By Tamara Syed The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival has always served as a melting pot of cultural movements and musical talents, but this year’s ContraBanned: #MusicUnites showcase is bound to be an especially resonant and meaningful event. The showcase … Continue reading

Whole Planet Foundation Teams Up with Shani Rose & Katie Ferrara for Tour to Support Women Entrepreneurs

By Laura Ferreiro While most people may not see many similarities between independent musicians and small business owners, it’s surprising just how many things they have in common. Independent musicians and entrepreneurs must both find creative ways of using their … Continue reading

Keb’ Mo’, Ronnie Spector & Non-Profits Put Music Education Front and Center at NAMM 2017

By Laura Ferreiro A record number of musicians, non-profits, music technology and equipment brands descended on NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2017, making it the largest in the conference’s 115-year history. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center January 19-22, … Continue reading

GIRLSCHOOL Founder Dishes on Festival with Deap Vally, Chelsea Wolfe & More Benefiting Girls Rock Camp

By Tamara Syed Move over boys — GIRLSCHOOL is setting the stage for a music festival packed to the brim with talented women who really rock. The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles will play host to GIRLSCHOOL’s second annual women-fronted … Continue reading

Violinist for Smashing Pumpkins Ysanne Spevack Creates a Feast for All Five Senses

By Laura Ferreiro Renowned composer, chef and Smashing Pumpkins violinist Ysanne Spevack is orchestrating a unique, immersive experience featuring live music, plant-based, locally sourced food and much more, dubbed “Cacao in E Major.” The event will take place September 22 … Continue reading

Shana Halligan on Teaming Up with Children’s Music Fund: “Music Releases Endorphins and Restores Lost Abilities”

By Laura Ferreiro Music can fuel dance parties, fill stadiums and make our rush-hour commutes much more bearable, but many studies confirm that music does much more. It can help heal numerous physical and mental conditions and ailments, ease pain … Continue reading

Giving Back at SXSW: A Rewarding Service Project for a Local Homeless Shelter

This year’s South by Southwest Music Festival was a whirlwind of great music, thought-provoking panels and of course beer and barbecue, but one thing that made it even more memorable than usual was taking part in a service project to … Continue reading

Jack Johnson Interview: The Musician & Environmentalist Illustrates How Easy It Is to Be Green

By Laura Ferreiro Jack Johnson has long been known for his laid-back, beachy vibes and his feel-good music. But beneath his calm surface and easy-going demeanor lies a very thoughtful, calculating artist and environmental activist who knows exactly what percentage … Continue reading