Types of Heavy Metal Bands

There are many types of heavy metal styles that have come out of the original heavy metal movement.  It can sometimes be difficult to tell differences, but the most noticeable difference are in tempo, vocal style, instrumentation, lyrics, drumming style and guitar playing style.

What we now call Traditional Heavy Metal is usually a grouping of some of the original Metal bands that were around before the Metal genres split into many smaller sub-sets and styles.  Some examples of these groups include Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple.

Black Metal –

Originates from Speed metal, Thrash metal and hardcore punk in the early 1980’s.  Black metal has had much opposition from mainstream culture due to many of its bands having an anti-Christian worldview. Typical instruments include vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums.

Death Metal –

Originates from Thrash metal and early Black metal in the mid-1980’s.  Uses heavily distorted guitars, blast-beat drumming, and deep growling vocals.  Inspired by groups such as Slayer, Celtic Frost and Kreator.

Doom Metal –

Originates from classic heavy metal, especially Black Sabbath albums of the early 1970’s. Uses slower tempos and a much heavier and “thicker” sound.  Lyrics tend to evoke a sense of dread, doom or despair.

Drone Metal –

Became more popular in the early 1990’s.  Drone metal melds Doom metal with the long duration tones of  drone music.

Folk Metal –

Developed in Europe in the mid 1990’s.  It fuses classic heavy metal with traditional folk music through the use of folk instruments.

Glam Metal –

Also known as “hair metal”, it arose in the late 1970’s and stayed popular through the 1980’s.  It combined the looks of glam rock with the power chord hard rock style of music.

Gothic Metal –

Combines heavy metal with gothic rock.  Originated in the early 1990’s from a mixture of death metal and doom metal.  Popular bands include Paradise Lost and Anathema.  Lyrics are brought out through gothic fiction and personal experiences.

Groove Metal –

Sometimes referred to post-thrash, originated in the early 1990’s from genre’s including thrash metal and hardcore punk.  A popular Grove Metal album would be Pantera’s  Cowboys from Hell.

Industrial Metal –

Draws from heavy metal and industrial music using sequencer lines, distorted vocals, sampling, and repeating metal guitar riffs.  Established in the late 1980’s, popular bands include Fear Factory, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.

Metalcore –

Gets the name from a fusion of hardcore punk and heavy metal.  Metalcore is different from other punk metal bands because of the emphasis on slower and more intense breakdowns that are conducive to moshing.

Neo-Classical Metal –

Heavily influenced by classical music, Neo-classical metal is a very technical music performance that was established in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Nu-Metal –

Developed in the 1990’s, this music blends both hip-hop and  grunge with classic heavy metal.  Popular bands include Korn, Deftones and P.O.D.

Post-Metal –

Originated in the early 2000’s, post-metal is characterized by minimal vocals with distorted guitar and heavy atmospherics.  The group, Isis, is usually credited with originating and making popular post-metal music.

Power Metal –

Originating in the mid 1980’s, it is a mixture of classic metal with speed metal which adds in a symphonic element, usually through the use of keyboards.

Progressive Metal –

Established in the mid 1980’s, progressive metal is a mix of classic heavy metal with progressive rock.  Early bands mixed heavy metal from groups such as Metallica and Megadeath with progressive rock bands, namely Rush and King Crimson, who were already fusing some heavy metal into their music.

Sludge Metal –

Originating in the late 1980’s, sludge metal is a mix of both doom metal and hardcore punk.  It is aggressive with shouted vocals, contrasting tempos and heavy distortion.  It moves through slow paced songs that have brief hardcore tempos.

Speed Metal –

Established in the 1970’s and 80’s, speed metal is characterized by extremely fast and technically demanding song sets.  While still popular today, more prevalent is the toned down version of speed metal called thrash metal.  Motorhead and Judas Priest were two of the most influential bands of this genre.

Thrash Metal –

Originating in the early 1980’s, thrash metal descends from speed metal.  It is characterized by low-register guitar riffs and shredding style lead work.  The “Big Four” of thrash metal are Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax.

Find out about the Christian Heavy Metal genre, or Learn to Play Heavy Metal Guitar with your favorite groups at www.playheavymetalguitar.com. Learn in Hours, Not Days!

Twitter For Musicians and Bands: A How-To Guide

Part of the beauty of Twitter is that it can be many things to many people. As part of my effort to recruit as many people to Twitter as possible, I decided that I should write posts about how Twitter can be used in different situations. For example, of course you can just use Twitter to make plans with your friends, but the interactivity of Twitter can be very useful for people in all sorts of different professions. I’m going to attempt to come up with as many different uses for it as I can and I’m going to start with the one I feel (for better or worse) qualified the most to talk about: using Twitter to promote your band or music.

Your Fans Really Do Care What You’re Doing

Believe it or not, if you’ve been making music for a while, you’ve probably accumulated a not-insignificant group of fans who are interested in what you do on a daily basis. These are the fans that download all your songs (whether you want them to or not), go to all your shows and buy all your t-shirts. Every band has these, no matter how long you’ve been around or how bad your music is. These are the people that you can cater to with Twitter.

I suggest updating at least twice a day. Once when you get up you should post what you’re going to be doing that day, whether or not it’s related to your music, and once when your day is done to let them know how it went. Believe me, if Cedric and Omar from The Mars Volta or Daft Punk were on Twitter, you better believe I would be following them and would get super excited whenever they updated, even if it was just to let me know that they were eating a bowl of Cheerios.

Promoting Your Shows

Twitter can be an extremely effective promotional tool because you can ask people to come to your shows on several different occasions. If you are booking a tour, I suggest updating on Twitter when the dates are finalized and linking to the posted dates on your web site. Also, the day before the show, as well as the day of, you can update reminding everyone to come out to see you.

If you have enough fans and followers, you could make them feel extra special by having exclusive shows or afterparties that you only mention on Twitter. Once your fans find out that you are having these secret events, they will start following you on Twitter, thereby increasing your reach.

Take Requests

Since Twitter makes it so easy to interact with your fans, why not ask them what they want to hear when they come to your show? Maybe you’ve been neglecting to play an old fan favorite. Twitter is an easy way to find out what your fans want to hear, straight from the source. All they have to do is either direct message you or reply to you using the @ symbol.

Twitter-Exclusive Downloads

Say thank you to your biggest fans by giving your Twitter followers the heads up on exclusive new songs and videos. Posting a link on Twitter and NOT your web site says that you really value your fans enough to give them something special. Of course, once word gets out that you have a new song available for download, your non-Twittering fans will download it, but your Twitter followers will feel special because you gave them the heads up first.

Get Instant Feedback

Not sure if that hook you’re writing is trash or gold? Post a clip on Twitter and if you have enough followers, you’ll get instant feedback in minutes! Jason Calacanis, founder of Weblogs Inc. and Mahalo, uses it to get feedback on new designs for Mahalo. Sure, you could say that the fans should have no impact on the music you make, but if you want, you have an instant focus group that has your best interests at heart, wants you to succeed and would love to have you take their feedback into consideration.

Twitter-Exclusive Contests

This falls along the same lines as taking requests via Twitter, except it’s more fun. You could create a contest in which they plug your new song or upcoming show in one of their updates and that enters them into a drawing where the winner gets free tickets to an upcoming show in their area. You get free promotion, they get to come to your show for free and their followers check out your new song. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

This is really just scratching the surface of how musicians can leverage Twitter to build their brand, increase their audience and get more people to hear their music. I’m sure as time goes on and more and more bands adopt Twitter the way they did MySpace, we’ll see some really innovative ways to use Twitter, but these ideas should be enough to get you started. Good luck and follow me on Twitter!

Ryan Gutierrez is a technology expert, specializing in internet marketing. Visit his site at http://www.ryangutierrez.com. There, you will find articles about upcoming technology trends and making money online. You can also keep up to date with what he’s doing by following him on Twitter.

Top Five Bands Beginning With B

A number of essential bands’ names begin with the letter B, prompting me to point readers in the direction of just a small selection of accessible and unforgettable groups in this category.

Before beginning this selection, I would like to point out that I will be focussing on bands in the following genres: rock, metal, punk, indie and emo. As such, the omission of both The Beatles and the Beach Boys is entirely intentional, since works by these should be in every music collection already!

Brand New: One of my favourite finds of the past few years, Brand New’s seminal work – 2003’s Deja Entendu (French for ‘Already Heard’) – instantly leaped to the top of my playlist. The simplicity of the music coupled with the captivating and moving lyrical melodies of vocalist Jesse Lacey ensured that every song on the album was instantly unforgettable.

I had the opportunity of catching Brand New live at a festival in Austria and the heartfelt emotion of the performance made it the standout performance of the weekend. For fans of traditional emotional rock music – i.e. before haircuts made bands emo – Brand New should hold a special place in your music collection.

Jeff Buckley: Perhaps the greatest vocalist of his generation, the death of Jeff Buckley at just 30 ensured his legacy as a musical genius. Yet, whereas others only prospered posthumously, Buckley was held in high regard by his peers during his short career. Although only completing one full studio album, Grace was a musical masterpiece that remains unsurpassed to this day and is a must-have for anyone – and I mean anyone – with ears!

As superb as the album is, I feel that the Live At Sine recording represents a true representation of Buckley’s talent, with his intimate one man performance a sad reminder of the music we could’ve had.

Biffy Clyro: I had the pleasure of watching Biffy Clyro play a small club in my hometown a couple of weeks before the release of their third album. At the time they were well respected by those in the know, yet the crowd at this gig seemed oblivious to who they were.

Fast-forward three years and their fourth album Puzzle could be seen at number two in the UK album charts with their singles receiving extensive airplay. For a band that has worked extremely hard to create their own sound – which at times seems somewhat dissonant yet brilliant – I for one am delighted with the growing success they are experiencing. Each and every album contains a number of memorable tunes, but the debut album Blackened Sky remains a must have.

Buckethead: One for the musos! Buckethead may well conjour up the image of a man with a bucket on his head, and you would be right. What the name doesn’t tell you is that the man behind the mask and beneath the KFC bucket is one of the most phenomenally gifted guitarists of all time, and one that has trod the boards with bands such as Guns ‘N Roses and played sessions with countless others. For an introduction to the world of Buckethead, the most accessible route must surely be the album Monsters and Robots. Guitarists be warned: listening to Buckethead in full flow may cause you to give up!

Bloodhound Gang: For a little light entertainment, nothing can beat a listen to the Bloodhound Gang. Some of it may be gross, some of it disgusting, but all of it funny! Plus, any band that can write a song using only phrases from The Simpsons deserves a listen!

Max Clarke is a copywriter for holiday services company, Holiday Extras, currently writing about Gatwick airport parking,Manchester airport hotels, Heathrow airport parking and music.

Top Five Bands Beginning With A

The first in a series of articles brings music fans a listed of recommended rock, indie, punk and metal bands to look out for and reminisce over. And what better place to start than by recommending five essential bands and artists beginning with the letter A.

This list is by no means comprehensive and represents only the tastes of the author, but I hope it will inspire you to go out in search of great artists of your own.

At The Drive-In: Perhaps the finest and most influential exponents of the hardcore/screamo scene, At The Drive-In is a truly inspirational act whose legacy continues to affect the rock scene some seven years following their split. Relationship Of Command may well be seen as their seminal work and features such hits as Cosmonaut, Invalid Litter Dept and the world-renowned One Armed Scissor, but earlier works including the Vaya EP and In/Casino/Out represent, in my opinion, the true essence of the band’s unique talent.

Arctic Monkeys: In the face of my other selections, this may well seem a slight mainstream departure, yet the debut album from the Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – is an essential recording that deserves a place in any music collection. Musicianship that seems to go underrated – in particular from drummer Matt Helders – and the wit and raw lyrics of Alex Turner have spawned a host of imitators, none of which come close to the Sheffield band.

Alice In Chains: Many of us remember the days when all things Seattle graced the radio stations and music channels, and there were certainly a great number of influential and iconic bands from that era. One of those that never seemed to achieve the recognition of the big three – Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam – were Alice In Chains. With guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s dirty, heavy riffs and the nasal vocal style of the late Layne Staley combining in perfect unison, the dark and haunting Dirt remains one of the most compelling albums from the early 1990s.

Alexisonfire: Having only discover Alexisonfire a couple of years ago with the release of Crisis, I was blown away by sheer size of the sound and the excellent vocal interplay. The Canadian band have acquired a reputation for exciting, energy-packed live shows, but if you are unable to see them yourselves, simply plug in your best headphones and experience the bombastic production of the record.

Audioslave: No, they may not have been Rage Against The Machine and no, they may not have been Soundgarden, but the ‘supergroup’ that was Audioslave at least managed to produce a great first record. Considering the talent of the rhythm section, it was always going to need a big personality to take on the vocal duties for Audioslave. Fortunately for Tom Morello, Timmy C and Brad Wilk, the mighty voice of Soundgarden was on hand to step up to the plate. And for all the doubters the debut record, let me say one thing: it must’ve worked since even my mum recognises the riff to Cochise!

This provisional list was drawn up from little more than the few bands beginning with A that are currently on my iPod so I implore you to ignore any glaring omissions. As soon as I get the one with the bigger hard drive, there will doubtless be many, many more.

Max Clarke is a copywriter for holiday services company, Holiday Extras, currently writing about Gatwick airport parking,Manchester airport hotels, Heathrow airport parking and UK music.

Progressive Rock Bands That Inspired the World

Progressive rock appeared in the late 1960s when rock artists wanted to break down the barriers of radio formatted pop and rock and progress this music genre to a place where it could achieve a more sophisticated sound, similar to that of classical music or jazz. Progressive rock is very hard to define in one conclusive way and we have progressive rock bands to prove that. Some of the most important bands of the 70s that defined this rock form did not have the same sound.

Psychedelic music is believed to be the starting point of progressive rock. Some people also believe that bands like The Beatles contributed to the progressive rock movement. However, the two progressive rock bands that most people see as being the first of this new- found genre were King Crimson and Yes. These progressive rock bands appeared at the end of the 1960s and although the first band was attributed to hard progressive rock sub- genre and the second to symphonic rock, they were both catalogued as progressive rock bands, as their sound was unique and more sophisticated. Genesis is yet another rock band that aspired to progressive rock. Their third progressive rock album set things straight for this band. They were a symphonic rock band and thus a progressive rock band.

Great Britain was the first country that started the progressive rock movement, but Italy was not far behind either. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorco and Premiata Forneria Marconi were progressive rock bands that led the way for all rock bands all over Europe to progress and define this rock genre. As far as the progressive rock movement is concerned, these two European countries were the ones that opened all doors and invited all rock bands to evolve and give the world great progressive rock albums. However, Great Britain is still the top promoter of progressive rock bands, with Caravan, another progressive rock band from this country, being the one that defined the third sub- genre of progressive rock: Canterbury. So, at the end of the 1960s, progressive rock bands established three sub- genres: hard prog, symphonic and Canterbury.

The 1970s represented the crowning of progressive rock as a genre and some of the greatest progressive rock albums were released in this decade. Jethro Tull’s “Thick as a brick” or Rush’s “2112” are only two of the most appreciated progressive rock albums released in the 70s. Moreover, this decade brought another ten sub- genres of progressive rock to life, and many progressive rock bands came forth in this period. As if progressive rock was not complicated enough, art folk, classical prog, folk prog, ambient, Rio, pomp prog, jazz fusion, electronic, Zeuhl and krautrock were listed as sub- genres of the 60s rock genre.

In the next two decades, progressive rock did not progress as much as it had up to that moment. In the 80s, it was dethroned by the punk movement and progressive rock bands chose to give birth to another sub- genre: neo progressive. There were few progressive rock albums released in the 80s, some of the most prolific ones being Rush’s “Moving Pictures” or Fate’s Warning’s “No Exit”. Progressive metal rock was also listed as a sub- genre in this period. The 1990s were dominated by the development of metal prog, through Dream Theatre. This decade is mainly characterized by the revival of the progressive scene of the seventies.

For more resources about Progressive rock bands or even about progressive rock albums please review this web page http://tormanmaxt.com

For more resources about Progressive rock bands or even about progressive rock albums please review this web page http://tormanmaxt.com

Rock Bands: What are They?

A rock band is a group of musicians specializing in rock music. This music is a form of popular music with a major vocal melody accompanied by guitar, drums, and bass. Some other types of rock music uses keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, mellotron, and synthesizers. Rock music is characterized by having a strong back beat, which usually revolves around the guitar. The guitars used could be either solid electric, hollow electric, or acoustic. Usually a rock band is made up of a lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer which form a quartet.

Some rock bands only make use of the lead singer who plays an instrument while singing, forming a trio or duo. Other bands have extra musicians such as one or two rhythm guitarists and a keyboard player. In rare cases, some rock bands use stringed instruments such as violins and horns such as trumpets. Rock and roll has influenced many young generations due to its rebellious attitude. Rock bands’ lifestyle has created significant impact globally on trends, styles and fashion. The band’s lifestyle has created an impact on styles and fashion. Fans show their appreciation by wearing rock and roll clothes and merchandise or their favorite rock band T-shirts. Fans of rock bands wear rock band T-shirts having imprints of their favorite rock band symbols, names of musicians, photos of performers, and concert photos. This style in rock band clothing defined the artist’s intent and relationship to the audience.

Rock and roll fans are determined to promote and encourage rock bands.

Fans show their appreciation by wearing rock and roll clothes and merchandise or their favorite rock band T-shirts, and by displaying rock music posters, rock concert posters and other band posters on their walls.

Rock music and fashion have been inextricably linked. The tough, leather-clad image of early rockers influenced a generation of young people. In the mid-1960s in the UK “Rockers” wore rock band T-shirts and leather. Rock band musicians were early adopters of hippie fashion and introduced such styles as the Nehru jacket; bands such as the Beatles had custom-made clothing that influenced much of ’60s style.

Rock fans nowadays are more inclined towards wearing rock band T-shirts having imprints of their favorite rock band symbols, names of musicians, photos of performers, and concert photos.

Punk rock clothing and t-shirts are offered for fans ranging from vintage and modern concert clothing having rock goth classic from 60s 70s 80s 90s t-shirts as well as selection of baby dolls, hooded, long sleeves, t-shirts, girly top, sweatshirts, girly, tees, to unisex tees, and unisex apparel clothing.

As rock music genres became more segmented, what a rock band artist wore became as important as the music itself in defining the artist’s intent and relationship to the audience. Musicians continue to be fashion icons; pop-culture magazines such as Rolling Stone often include fashion layouts featuring musicians as models.
Rock Bands: Girly Tops Rock Tees

C Mega Mall, shirts123@yahoo.com, http://www.cmegamall.com, C Mega Mall

Rock Bands & Rock Music

Rock music began to develop and show up as a new type of music in the 1940s and 1950s, and it quickly developed and spread throughout the United States and the world. Rock bands used a mix of many other types of musical styles and genres that had come before it to develop a brand new and exciting sound. Rock punk gothic, heavy metal and many other types of rock bands today can all trace their roots back in history to the original rock bands and the start of rock’n’roll.

Popular cultural figures have inspired fashion trends for generations, and rock bands are no exception. In fact, rock bands are often the main influence in many popular styles since it first developed in the music scene. Vintage clothes, dressing glam and wearing other related merchandise not only represents your musical style but also makes a personal statement. Rock bands have also greatly contributed to the popularity of the t-shirt.

The t-shirt developed from longer underclothes worn during the turn of the last century. By World War II, the t-shirt as we know it today had been developed and began to grow in use and popularity, although most often was still used only as an under garment. In the 1930s, companies such as Sears, Hanes and Fruit of Loom began to mass market the t-shirt. In the 1950s, James Dean forever popularized the look of the t-shirt as outerwear. This decade also ushered in the first uses of promotional messages seen on t-shirts. The sixties brought in the era of the tie-dye t-shirt shirt and other t-shirts with political and social messages.

The music industry began to realize the fashion and marketing potential in the music band t-shirt throughout the 1970s and 1980s. By this time, there were also better fabric blends as well as better picture and lettering methods that created higher quality. The era of music band t-shirts also came at a time when clothing could now be mass-produced on a much larger scale. The black band t-shirt is now thought as much a part of rock bands as any other accessory. This includes rock, punk, gothic and heavy metal as well as the many other branches of rock music.

Music band t-shirts not only advertise the rock bands of your choice, but are another way of representing your personality with the vast array of choices in styles and colors available today. Glam and vintage clothing can also add to your own unique statement as can additional merchandise to represent your musical tastes, ideals or an era gone by. Rock bands have enjoyed an exciting cultural influence throughout history and continue to inspire a changing creative fashion edge.
Rock T-Shirts & Bands Rock Punk

Rock t-Shirts Punk, New York City/Manhattan, New York State/USA Rock Music Bands

How To Get Promote Your Unsigned Rock Bands And Metal Bands

Welcome to Myspacedotcom – the online directory for artists around the county. All styles provided for – from house to hardcore, and grunge to metal. With our Record Scout publication going to hundreds of music and record shops around the country it is a great place for exposure for your group, productions to get reviewed and noticed.

Whether they’re into punk music, grunge bands, vintage music, or hard rock and roll music, fans want more from their favorites and want to hear the voices of new, unsigned bands. They show their appreciation by wearing rock and roll T-shirts or their favorite band T-shirts, and by displaying rock music posters, rock concert posters and other band posters on their walls.

Myspacedotcom have launched its online charts of unsigned rock bands. Myspacedotcom provides unsigned band reviews and information to many publications throughout the world wide and to online sites throughout the World and came across this cool new site….not seen anything like this before. If you are an unsigned band of any kind you can email them your Myspacedotcom link- looks uncomplicated and you could get a review from some music industry people……

Does anyone know of anything else this promising…..if so I would like to hear from you as I am finding it difficult to get beyond playing a few gigs here and there ….have sent press kits to some magazines and record labels but nothing has come of it yet!

Promotion and internet publicity for musicians to genre specific radio stations, online music magazines, directories, blogs and other media. Submits your music to genre-specific radio stations, online music magazines, online music directories, blogs, podcasts, indie record labels, and other electronic music media.

Myspacedotcom promotes Unsigned Rock Bands providing imaginative ways to get Bands noticed. We pride ourselves on being different to other Music Websites refusing to become a Website that focuses on Member Numbers.

The biggest difference you will find with Rock bands is that you can not Join our website or create a Band Profile. Why become a needle in a haystack fighting with the thousands of other Bands using profile Websites? Who actually goes looking through these profile sites? The truth is, no one! We have come up with new ways of Promoting Band’s that offers quality exposure. We also come with the personal touch, all our services are handed edited and not database driven, you will talk to real people and not auto responses.

Promoting Metal Bands is our speciality, we spend day after day forming relationships, submitting press releases and begging for features. We also happen to be very good at it! Myspacedotcom has always been about Unsigned Bands and all our staff has either been in a Band or worked very close with one at some point. We understand how Bands work and the finances that are available.

We work for you, no fixed contracts, terms, limitations. You control your projects by setting how much time and money you want to invest in them. Whether you’re looking for a few graphics designed or a full Website development, we will be happy to work with you.

Think this through and move things around on the calendar until you’ve got one or two great ideas listed for each month. Doing this will give you a promotional roadmap so you know the best ways to spend your time and energy every month. Your efforts will be more focused this way and more likely to generate results. Our site will be giving this great idea. Our site will be promoting your Metal and Rock bands.

The biggest challenge when planning a PR campaign for you band is getting contacts. You can spend months looking up publication/zine contacts on the web only to have your press packs returned undeliverable. This is especially true with webzines, they are often started with fantastic exuberance by the people behind them, then left to rot after a few weeks.

Promoting unsigned metal bands is our speciality, we spend day after day forming relationships, submitting press releases and begging for features. Myspacedotcom promotes unsigned rock bands providing inventive ways to get Bands noticed.

How to Find other Bands to Share the Stage With

Many of the biggest names in the music business began as opening acts. Christina Aguilera was the opening act for TLC. Taylor Swift has opened for Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flats. And Destiny’s Child opened for Britney Spears. Occasionally, as in the case of Swift, by the time the tour ended, the opening act was as famous as the headliner.

So it’s a long standing tradition for performers and/or bands to share the stage with other acts. If you are a headliner, you want a performer that compliments your music. For example, if you’re a hip hop act, having a pop singer partial to ballads is probably not the best match. Conversely, someone like Harry Connick, Jr. probably wouldn’t team with a punk band. Sharing the stage means complimenting one another. The opening act preps the audience so their energy level is peaking when the headliner takes the stage.

For established bands and performers, opening acts are typically arranged by the labels or the artists’ agents and managers. Performers who haven’t reach a national level of fame find bands to share the stage with on their own. There is no set way to go about it, but here are some tips that will make the process more productive.

The most obvious way is to scour local clubs and open mike nights for a band that matches what you’re looking for. If you like their sound, go back and see them at least one more time, preferably a couple times more, to see if they are consistent performers and if their stage presence and energy engages the audience and leaves them clamoring to hear more music.

You can also advertise for bands in music publications or by posting notices at clubs, recording studios and at local colleges. Send a Tweet and post on Facebook.  Go to music social sites and put the word out. You can then schedule a time to go hear them play. Or, arrange for both bands to play together in your rehearsal space. While it’s not essential to become best friends with other bands you share the stage with, it can prevent future conflicts if the personalities are a good match.

If both bands are just starting out, take turns to give both the experience being an opening act and a headliner.

Visit our sites for more great free information just like this http://www.EZHitSongs.com and http://www.EZRecordDeal.com

40 More Bands You?ve Never Heard Of But Should


American heavy rock band with female lead

Jumpers Knee

Indie-electro-rock band from Glasgow. Clever electric beat-mixes coupled with danceable tunes


From Boston, USA, experimental rock band with heavy use of instrumentals

Miss The Occupier

Glasgow indie-punk band, honest-sounding female lead


English fast-paced indie band, uses synthesisers and good multi-vocals

The Anomalies

Hereford-based ‘new rap’ rock group. Very original and catchy


Steady pop-like band from LA. Like Cold War Kids but slower.

The Bloodsugars

Quirky NY band, does clever covers with good dancy backbeat

The Fazed

“in a daze”-sounding band from Leicester, repetitive guitaring with effortless vocals

Little Boots

One-to-watch for 2009, disco-pop mixed with dance

Porcelain and the Tramps

Hard rock swirled with industrial electronica from Detriot, USA. Female lead with full-powered vocals

Soho Dolls

Simple electric pop with funky pauses and changes in tune.

Sufjan Stevens

Happy go lucky male from USA, easy and slow with piano accompaniment

Uh Huh Her

Actress Leisha Harvey makes up one half of this rocking electric-pop duo.

The Weakerthans

Indie band from USA, their track “Aside”  featured in film Wedding Crashers

Young Love

Rocking-beat band from NY, alike to, and supported, Academy Is

Marnie Stern

Obscurely progressive indie-pop artist with influential drumming and quirky beats

Beat Union

Punk-rock male band from Birmingham. Debut album out in Japan

Cocteau Twins

From Grangemouth, Scotland. Sometimes-Christmassy trio with easy-listening vocals and and epic-sound.

Collective Soul

Featured on the ‘Twilight’ soundtrack. Pure-of-heart classic-rock/pop band from Atlanta, Georgia.

Giant Drag

Female artist from LA. Uses weird lyrics and usually-constant musical backing

Camera Obscura

Upbeat classic indie band  with ingenious lyrics and warming female vocals

Hollywood Undead

Band made of a third rock, third hip hop, and third metal. Slightly distorted vocals, easily make a crowd rowdy. From LA, USA.

Voluntary Butler Scheme

Lounge/house music-makers from Stourbridge. Simplistic and seemingly-meaningless vocals

My Dying Bride

UK version of Rammstein. Gothic death metal, medium speed

Johnny Foreigner

Small, quirky, random three-some from Birmingham. Jamming sound with very original and easily recogniseable vocals.


Typical emo-pop-indie band, sounds like the younger brother of New Found Glory

Midget and Giant

Acoustic duo from the UK. Low vocals with plucky guitaring and a slow pace.


Metal band from Denmark. Starts slow but gets faster. Think Nickelback mixed with Switchfoot.


Electric indie band from Derby. Conjures images of manga and retro computer games. Had radio play from Steve Lamacq and Jonathan Ross.


Hotly tipped by Kerrang, kid emo band from London. Despite being in the emo category, can be generically liked.

Your New Escape Plan

Mix of Placebo and Angels and Airwaves with a slower pace. From England.

Janet and the Boowalks

Melodramatic acousticy pop by a group of upbeat females.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Set for stardom Glasgow foursome. Arctic-Monkeys x Futureheads indie band signed to FatCat Records

Arval specialises in fuel cards and contract hire.

Powered by Yahoo! Answers