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BY: Tim Brennan
In the third installment of In The Mix, a series of seminars on the Music Industry led by Mark Bryan as part of the course he teaches at the College of Charleston, the panel talked about Touring....
BY: Tim Brennan
  Band of Horses’ latest CD is a collection of some of their best songs performed live in April of 2013 at Nashville’s Ryman theatre. The band stripped away their effects pedals and big amps for...
BY: Tim Brennan
Whenever I get invited to a benefit concert, I politely take the information I’m given, and file it away. However, in my own head, all I can think is that the only entity that benefits from a local...
BY: Tim Brennan
The other night at the College of Charleston, I was treated to a songwriter’s dream. I got to be in the room with Grammy award winners, incredible singers, famous personalities, and those who make...
BY: Tim Brennan
The Graduate   Young musicians, during this season of family gatherings, beware of those relatives and family friends trying to “help you.” You don’t need a job that requires a suit and tie....
BY: Tim Brennan
"They can't put anything on the Internet that's not true." —gal in State Farm insurance commercial   Actually, don’t call it lying. It’s fiction. Entertainment. Reality. Comedy. Ethical? Who...
BY: Tim Brennan
Getting high. Aw, man, it's better than therapy. When life gets frustrating, I like to get high. It's cheaper than talking to a therapist in an office, I can do it on a whim, and sometimes it opens...
BY: Tim Brennan
Last week Rick Pflueger, a band mate of mine in Rambler 454, got married. Congrats to he and his awesome bride, Jennifer.    Sadly, our lead singer and I were in Charleston playing for...
BY: Tim Brennan
  After every good show, I make an effort to be generous and appreciative to the people working the show. If we make a little extra, I try to tip the house sound guy. When the tab comes and I...
BY: Tim Brennan
Damn, do we need a break.   Armageddon has come in the guise of Miley Cyrus.   Billboard   Kardashian infants are tweeting before they’re peeing.     DIY Fashion  ...
BY: Tim Brennan
Gaslight Street   Anyone who has ever been in a band with me knows I try to hold to certain rules about scheduling shows.   1.     Don’t play too often. No more than...
BY: Tim Brennan
All Events   When I asked for submissions to this contest, I definitely had these guys in mind. A rising modern rock band with a big sound and big vision. Their videos for early demos showed a...
BY: Tim Brennan
Rachel Kate – With Love And Hate Releases September 14, 2013 The first thing that hit me when I started playing this CD was what a great voice Rachel has. The second thing that struck me was her...
BY: Tim Brennan
  This past Monday morning, I did not visit Facebook once. Silly me. I was in my recording studio working with a guy who had written a heartfelt, well-crafted song, meant to ease some troubled...
BY: Tim Brennan
  This entry into my Lowcountry video contest is from Tyler James Mechem, the former lead man for Crowfield. Since disbanding one of Charleston's most popular groups, he's been feeling his way...
BY: Tim Brennan
Back in the mid-1990s, I almost exclusively thought about music, and baseball, and girls. Because of my obsession with the first two, the girls were not around that much. I'm sure this surprises you...
BY: Tim Brennan
I’ve got to be one of a very few people who would buy tickets to The Lumineers at the Family Circle Stadium just so I can see J Roddy Walston and the Business.   In reality, I bought the June 14...
BY: Tim Brennan
Toward the end of the Spoleto Festival, I decided to go off the beaten path for one show. Well, I should say off the citified asphalt strip and onto the beaten path that is bluegrass music. The...
BY: Tim Brennan
(l to r: US magazine, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Babe Walker)   When I found out that I was going to be a dad, I was thrilled. The word “thrilled” is so appropriate because it sounds like I was...
BY: Tim Brennan
At this moment in 2013, we may be seeing a golden age of rock bands in Charleston. Shovels and Rope have hit the big time and continue to climb, but they are not the only band with potential. I have...

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