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BY: Tim Brennan
  When I first moved to South Carolina, I was hungry to see the great local scene I’d heard about. Yet, all I saw was one earnest, sublime guitar-strumming songwriter after another. Each trying...
BY: Tim Brennan
I spent most of my musical life playing in original bands. We wrote our own songs, released our own CDs, and usually played to people we knew. We started out playing to friends and family, and the...
BY: Tim Brennan
The Tarlatans are a damn fine rock and roll band. If you’ve heard them called a “roots rock” band, forget it. Their debut six-song EP, Good Luck, shows that they are a rock and roll band rooted in...
BY: Tim Brennan
Last week I lost it. Control, that is.Summer break had just begun for my pre-teen son and newly teen daughter. No longer could I rely on rules related to homework or getting to bed early on school...
BY: Tim Brennan
“In the midnight hour / Mullen cried ‘No more whoa-oh’ With a Rebel Yell / Riley cried ‘No more whoa-oh’”- Special lyrics adapted from Billy Idol’s Rebel YellIf you haven’t heard yet, this past...
BY: Tim Brennan
In recent years, the long hot days of summer have meant only one thing: how to cram as many musical acts into one corporate-sponsored day as possible. We’ve got our own version of Bona-Chella-Palooza...
BY: Tim Brennan
Ahh, very soon Alice Cooper will be shouting “School’s out for ever!” from every rusted out Chevy Cavalier in Wando’s parking lot. Then again, do high schoolers drive Cavalier’s any more? Do kids...
BY: Tim Brennan
“Oh wow, that's so cool that you're in a band. What are you guys called?” If you don’t have a band name, are you really IN a band? You've got to get a band name. One that will announce to the world...
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...


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