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Friday, May 1st, 2015

Houston's Austin Jones Band Sets Showdate at Last Concert Cafe

Hoola Hoop contest adds to fun night of musical entertainment.

Houston, Texas based the Austin Jones Band is scheduling shows to support the release of their long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind. The popular indie rock band known best for their original and unique music woven with beautiful melodies and textures is proud to present the 5-song set to fans worldwide both old and new. The Austin Jones Band has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and Kings of Leon.

The show at Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nuance St., Houston, TX will be held on May 16th beginning at 5PM. Other bands performing are The Rest of the Guys, Lyle Harrison, American Martens, Spacebear, Solitude Endeavor, Erase the Virus, and Cosmic Serenity. For directions to the venue, please visit the venue web site at http://www.lastconcert.com.

Admission for all 8 bands and the hoola hoop contest is $10 advance; $15 at the door. Bring your own hoola hoop! You can purchase advance tickets at https://www.stubwire.com/venue/lastconcertcafe/houston/1929/

The Austin Jones Band has also released the debut video from Chasing The Wind for the song "Living It Out". The video is available on YouTube here.

A live video from the release party is located here.

Additional Austin Jones Band tourdates at austinjonesmusic.com

link: http://www.austinjonesmusic.com/

Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015

Houston's Austin Jones Band Releases Long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind

Houston, Texas based the Austin Jones Band has released their long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind. The popular indie rock band known best for their original and unique music woven with beautiful melodies and textures is proud to present the 5-song set to fans worldwide both old and new. The Austin Jones Band has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and Kings of Leon. "We are so proud to release our follow-up EP to On Sin and Cynicism, remarks Austin Jones. "It's a thrill to bring our new music on Chasing the Wind to the world, hoping our fans will truly love and relate to our original songs." As described by the band members, their songs are written with important reasons featuring their light and dark life experiences, and presented to the audiences in a macabre, desolate, but beautiful and hopeful way. In addition, The Austin Jones Band has released the debut video from Chasing The Wind for the song "Living It Out". The video is available on YouTube at the link below.

link: New video debut accompanies EP release

Monday, Jan 19th, 2015


Sinead O'Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, and More Sign On As Judges

December 17, 2014 - Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only.

Artists may enter into any of the following categories: Adult Album Alternative (AAA) Adult Contemporary (AC); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot; Teen; and Vocal Performance.

Screen Shot is a new category that has been added this year, and it is geared toward helping artists get their music in film, TV, video games, and advertising. Music execs who are looking to place music in various projects will be judging this category and will also provide advice on music licensing to the winner of the category. Included are: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); and more to be announced.

"Last year Screen Shot was a special promotion that we ran for entrants," says Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. "The response was huge and was a great success for many artists who were able to secure licensing deals for their music. This is just another way for Unsigned Only to help its entrants, and we are excited to be able to open these new doors for independent artists."

Judges include: Aimee Mann; Alt-J; Dustin Lynch; Sinead O'Connor; The Killers; Rosanne Cash; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Jason Gray; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post); and more to be announced.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Guitar Center, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Master Tour by Eventric, and The Music Business Registry.

For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

link: http://www.unsignedonly.com

Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

link: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."

Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.

Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.

For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases

ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)


Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.

The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.

link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Name: Edward Chavez
Original band (Currents&Coastlines) looking for a male vocalist. We Will be hosting auditions in search for replacing our former vocalist. You must have your own transportation, no egos, be able to make rehearsals, play gigs, travel, record, and write. We have music you will need to learn but will also be working on new material little by little.. We are in our early 20's but encourage anyone if you feel like this is you.. Our influences include : Deftones, Incubus, the killers, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, minus the bear, a perfect circle, taking back Sunday... And much more. Shoot us an email, but serious inquiries only please. I encourage that you send us recordings or videos of your vocal work. Thanks!
Email: currentsandcoastlines@gmail.com

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Name: Martin Benson
I am a seasoned lead guitarist both live and doing studio work; specializing in Blues, Southern Rock, Classic Rock, and Alternative rock styles. I currently in a band playing and gigging around Houston and am ONLY LOOKING FOR SESSION GUITARIST WORK ONLINE OR IN STUDIO *I have my own Studio setup for recording *Just send me the track you want me to lay down a lead for and I will send back a uneffected DI guitar track along with a track with the effects I would use. *You can then send me back any suggestions or changes you would like me to make, and I will send you back two tracks again until you get what you want. *I do charge for my services and it depends on the work I actually have to do.
Phone: 2817951393
Email: MFBenson.III@gmail.com

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Name: Alex
Main songwriter and singer for Descent Into Madness is looking for musicians for solo project. I am mainly working via internet studio collaboration and looking for drummers, vocalists, lead guitarists, keyboardists, you name it! Style is metal, usually on the heavier side: prog, thrash, speed, industrial. To check out the music to get an idea: http://www.reverbnation.com/egregoreband
Email: alex@descentintomadness.com

Thursday, Apr 30th, 2015
Name: Bill
Rhythm Guitarist & Drummer looking for Bass Guitarist & Lead Guitarist for 60s Cover Band. Influences include Beatles, Bob Dylan, Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys, The Who, and British Invasion. Serious Players Only!!!! We're getting tired of all the bs, so DO Not Call UNLESS YOU'RE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. Will start getting gigs as soon as we get the right people. Must have own gear & Trans. No drama, huge egos, trouble makers, drug addicts, posers! If this what you like and want to give a try, give us a buzz & let's Rock out.
Phone: 2817031430
Email: littledrumerboy5@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
Name: Toni
Female vocalist/song writer looking for a band members. Looking for lead guitar, bass and drums. May add in keys and rhythm at a later date. Looking to do some alternative/heavy rock with melodic vocals. Prefer to have someone in the band that can "growl" when needed and backup vocals. Songs are aready in the works...just need my band members to help finish them up and start gigging. Anything you can bring to the table in the form of writing would be awesome! I'm very familiar with the local scene and people are itching to see what's up my sleeve. Only asking for committed and serious inquiries please.
Email: tonidrake33@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
Name: Jesse Watson
Electric Guitarist – For a youth camp during the week of June 29 – July 3. Needs to be able to play lead and rhythm for Christian contemporary/ Gen X songs from Hillsong United, Planet Shakers, Passion, and others. As with all camps, you will have to pass a background check. Pay will be $300 - $400 total for the week plus meals and lodging. Bring your own gear. We would like video of you playing along three references, one from a pastor.
Email: jesse.watson@myfamilylifechurch.com

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
Name: John
I am a vocalist looking for a band to preform with. I have been in music my whole life with 19 years of experience in the band format and 12 years experience in the business aspect of it. In addition to vocals I also play guitar, bass, drums, and a little piano. I am currently recording my own original music as of now in my home studio but I am looking for a band to help me reach full potential. My influences range from heavy and aggressive styles such as drowning pool, disturbed, to guitar effected styles much like incubus, APC to styles of breaking benjamin, and alt erbridge. I am looking to start a rock/hard rock/alternative style. I work weekdays and have weekends off. I am not looking to become famous (yet or if the opportunity arose and the money was sufficient for my family and their needs)so if you have experience, and are looking, send me a message. I am looking for for people in the northeast (humble, Huffman, Kingwood, Conroe, Crosby, splendora, new caney, porter, etc.)
Email: nailscarrecordsllc@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2015
Name: Joe Prichard
Spring/ Tomball AREA..I am a blues/ country guitarist ISO a new band. I have 20 years playing experience. I am looking for a band that is or plans to be playing out. My influences include Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, etc. I have been playing Texas Country for 3 years n ow. Hit me up.
Email: jamminman66@gmail.com

Monday, Apr 27th, 2015

Drummer Available for fill-ins; 20 years experience, play all styles. Paid gigs only. Thanks!
Email: method.oz@Hotmail

Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
Name: Level One Band Productions, LLC
Level One Band Productions, LLC is in search of Pro-Level Lead Guitar Players due to an overflow of work. Level One Band performs more than 48 weekends a year. The ideal candidates will be of a quick study and well versed in Billboard Top 40 dance band repertoire. For more information concerning performance opportunities with our company contact the owner Reginald Wheatley (281) 989-9516 or Email: rw@leveloneband.com if you can meet the minimum requirements listed below. We are seeking serious inquiries only. You will need to provide high-quality HD audio/video samples of your work. Also, you'll need to provide professional references and a music bio about yourself. For more information visit our Facebook page "Level One Band Kingwood" or website www.leveloneband.com (make sure you checkout the website). 1. Professionalism 2. Promptness 3. Must have Stage Wardrobe 4. Dependable Transportation 5. Learn New Material within 7 Days 6. Must be currently Employed
Phone: 281.989.9516
Email: rw@leveloneband.com

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
8:00 pm

Lady Antebellum
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520 Texas Ave.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Friday, May 8, 2015
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713 772 5900

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 am

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900 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002

Experience t he awesomeness of Texas at TXFEST 2015 – a one day festival featuring live music, craft beer, shopping, and good times! Texas country superstar Kevin Fowler will headline the festival alongside more than 25 Texas bands including performances from Jamestown Revival, Wild Child, Scooter Brown, Wild Moccasins, thelastplaceyoulook, Not in the Face, Midnight River Choir, We Were Wolves, Downfall 2012 and more! Join the fun on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Hermann Square Park in Downtown Houston. Get tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/792249?utm_medium=houbands Follow TXFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #TXFest

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