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Gear Review: Mackie MC-450 Headphones

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Headphones are a crucial, but often overlooked, piece of equipment required for a home studio. This is the way you, your bandmates or your...

Gear Review: Mackie’s New EleMent Microphone Series

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With the music industry moving quickly into the realm of DIY content creation, it is super important for you as a songwriter to...

Gear Review: Check Out This Demo Of Fender’s Jimmy Page Mirror...

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Fender debuted the Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster in 2019 and the guitars are making the rounds in retailers now. The Fender replica is painstakingly...

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Raye Zaragoza Shares A New Video for Her Feminist Rallying Cry, “Fight Like A Girl”

One of the first images in Raye Zaragoza’s new video for her feminist folk anthem “Fight Like A Girl”—premiering below—shows Lisa Simpson delivering a timely political message: “The whole damn system is wrong!”

Freedom Fry Delivers Track-by-Track for ‘Songs from the West Coast’

Last week Los Angeles folk/pop outfit Freedom Fry dropped their aptly-titled sophomore album, Songs from the West Coast, which sees the husband-and-wife duo of Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll delivering a series of warm, glowing dispatches from...

J.S. Ondara Embodies the American Dream

J.S. Ondara | Folk & Roll Vol. 1: Tales of Isolation  | (Verve)Four out of Five Stars  It’s one thing to aspire to the American dream. Countless immigrants have risked...

Varsity Explores New Territory On New Record ‘Fine Forever’

“I do think that musicians are kind of historians, whether they know it or not,” Stef Smith of Varsity told American Songwriter. Smith’s assertion of musicians’ hidden secondary occupation is...

Quarantine Covers: Check Out The Band Geeks Challenging Re-Creation of Van Halen’s “Right Now” With Constantine Maroulis

The Band Geeks, led by Blue Oyster Cult’s Richie Castellano, are making some of the most musically accurate and challenging cover song videos online today. If you haven’t seen them, head on over to Castellano’s YouTube page...

Pitch List Podcast Talks With Kree Harrison

This episode, Chris sits down with singer/songwriter Kree Harrison. A seasoned writer and performer since a very young age (accolades include repeat performances on the Rosie O’Donnell Show as a child, a runner-up...

The Music Lab: The Magic Behind One-Chord Songs

Welcome to “The Music Lab,” a new column powered by SongTown and featured in American Songwriter every month.  I’m obsessed with looking under the hood of great songs to figure out what makes them...

The Most Popular Words in American Popular Songs

Through the decades, the ever-shifting vocabulary of popular song reflects cultural changes in America Through the decades, the words used most in popular songs has changed as the culture changes. Songwriters of...

U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr. Donates $100,000 to Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

KINŁANI, DINÉTAH, (FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA) — Larry Mullen, Jr., Irish musician and co-founder of the rock group U2, has joined the wave of solidarity from Ireland for Indigenous Peoples disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by donating $100,000 to the...

Recording Academy Releases New Version of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery”

All proceeds to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund A diverse group of elected leaders from the Recording Academy have recorded and released a new version of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” with...

Watch The Raconteurs Storm Through A Raucous Set At Electric Lady Studios Spotify Session

The Raconteurs stormed New York City’ Electric Lady Studios in September 2019 for a exclusive Spotify session and it’s all captured on audio and video, including a raucous cover of “Blank Generation,” originally performed by NY punk...

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