28 03, 2020

Finding Love “In the Reading” with Kierstin Sieser

By |2020-03-28T08:07:38-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Album Review, Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , |

Sailors carry a shark’s tooth as a talisman against drowning. In a time when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, singer-songwriter Kierstin Sieser’s solo album, Shark Tooth Moon, is a seven-song talisman for a journey through deep waters and dark forests. "They are love songs, really," she explains--though not always in a traditional sense. “I think songs are like spells or a subconscious humming—they have a power when you sing them,” Sieser explains. While songs she wrote with band Tiny Ocean were about alienation, these songs emphasize “being seen… being found.” It’s a view achieved through glimpses in mirrors and still reflecting ponds. The lead single, “In the Reading,” starts with a wish to connect. With the feel of a folk song as old as mountains, it spirals into a refrain of “we’re going down and we don’t know how to [...]

20 03, 2020

Finding meaning with Austin James’ “On Life & Love”

By |2020-03-20T06:19:00-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Guest Author, Music Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are days... days spent wondering what makes life worth living.” Connecticut soul/folk/R&B fusion artist Austin James’ new song, “On Life & Love,” begins with guitar and soulful vocals resolving out of discord to ask this question. The song’s journey to release is a story of honesty and love finding a way. In times of trouble, it has special resonance. Its release includes being featured in an Abbott Global commercial--a placement that started with James’ efforts to manage his Type 1 diabetes. In January, James spoke and performed at an Abbott Global event where influencers shared their experiences with the FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitor, designed for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. The device has “completely altered the way I manage my health on the road,” he explains. His story and song so moved Abbott's team that they made [...]

2 03, 2020

Jackie Lipson Opens Up on “Someday” and Loving Your Mistakes

By |2020-03-04T13:36:34-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Guest Author, Song Review|Tags: , , , |

“I wrote it when I was at a precipice in my career and my desire to pursue music seriously,” says pop singer-songwriter Jackie Lipson of her dark-and-danceable new single, “Someday.” Intended as an “honest love letter to herself,” the song tackles self-blame. While it was inspired by a break-up, Lipson notes that it also speaks to the ups and downs of an indie music career. Written with Vanessa Wheeler, the song veers from the traditional empowerment anthem by accepting change isn't one easy leap. “We both were familiar with the feeling of being stuck, of making the ‘wrong’ choices,” Lipson explains. “The love letter also speaks to my career and giving myself the freedom to make mistakes along the way.” Finding Her Way About three years before writing the song, Lipson had made her bold move from the East Coast [...]

14 11, 2019

Act of the Month Samantha Preis Interview @SamanthaPreis

By |2019-11-14T06:25:01-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Act of the Month Event, Artist Interview|Tags: , , , , , |

By Candice Anne Marshall IMB - Hello Samantha! Congratulations on becoming the Act Of The Month with Indie Music Bus! Where were you when you first heard about this and what was your reaction?   Hi, Candice! Someone from your team informed me on Twitter :) I’m flattered. Thanks a lot for choosing me!   IMB - I am in love with the ethereal song ‘Spaceship’ that was released in September 2019. I have read in your bio that you often write lyrics that relate to your travel experiences and ‘touches upon consciousness, morality, and the human condition.’ Can you go a little more in the the travel aspect of your songwriting?   Thank you. I travel a lot as it gives me inspiration for my music. Traveling has shown me that there are many beautiful ways one can live [...]

29 10, 2019

Can You Be Creative As A Songwriter If You Are Sober? by @ROCassataMusic

By |2019-10-29T08:03:12-04:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When people find out that I’m a singer-songwriter who is sober, they usually have one main question for me. “How has being sober affected your songwriting? Can you still write?” Photo by David Yerby One of the major concerns I had about committing to a sober life was my songwriting. I wondered how it would affect my writing. Would I still be as creative? Would I have enough juicy stories to tell? Would I feel inspired as much? Would I ever write another song again? When the drama of constant partying, dangerous situations, and the highs weren’t there anymore, would I still feel compelled to write music and lyrics? This was a major concern for me. Being a songwriter is something that has always defined me, not only that, it’s my true passion. During my first month of [...]

19 08, 2019

Music Review: I Can Feel It by The National Parks @TheNatlParks

By |2019-11-14T06:34:03-05:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walter Here! I remember the first time hearing The National Parks. I believe it was "As We Ran" that Spotify had suggested. After I listened to it, I had to hear more and ended up spending the day listening to all their songs on repeat! Shortly after that I bought, The National Parks - Young CD and a shirt! We hope to catch you guys on tour during your next visit to Florida! We will be watching our Bandsintown notifications and your emails! Keep doing what you do best! Please visit and buy stuff from The National Parks Store! Music Review Greeting from Florida! Darlene here, listening to the national touring “The National Parks” “Young” (2013) is the EP where I first heard (TNP) perform “Anchor and Wind,” now being a favorite of mine and their half [...]

18 08, 2019

Mini Indie Music Bus (Photos)

By |2019-08-28T11:15:54-04:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Official|Tags: , , , , , |

Here are the before photos of the emergency van we purchased to convert to our first mini Indie Music Bus™. Next the red stripes will be removed and our logos added. We will be using it to attend music conferences and to camp during VIP concerts with camping options like Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival On the inside, we will be removing some things and adding two swivel chairs and computers on the side where the black bench is now. The computer's will be used for signups, promo videos, mobile Indie Music Bus™ Engine promotions, live video news feeds! It's feels so amazing knowing that we will soon be on the road doing live video feed band interviews, venue and concert reviews and meeting many of our favorite independent acts! #IndieMusicBus #Mobile There are [...]

10 08, 2019

Music Review: A Decade In by Letters of Transit @LOT_Band

By |2019-08-10T19:01:00-04:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Music Review, Song Review|Tags: , , , , , |

Walter here! During a visit to Facebook I received a notification from the Official Indie Music Bus Facebook group. It was a new music preview opportunity from Letters of Transit! They sent me the song "A Decade In". I gave it a quick listen and was immediately impressed! Letter of Transit - Theme and Variation with be available everywhere on August 29, 2019! Music Review Letters of Transit “A Decade In” from “Theme and Variation” Dear readers, Darlene here, to remind you not to judge a book by its cover.  “A Decade In,” is the latest song title by “Letters of Transit” and I urge you to steam open this envelope and listen, because, truly, a lot of energy will unfold.  I felt this song has an alternative-rock sound with a touch of grunge and a pinch [...]

10 08, 2019

Guest Author About Music Related Topics

By |2019-08-10T06:39:02-04:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Guest Author, Official, Opportunities|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest Author Hello again, Walter here! Will you be a guest author at Indie Music Bus? We would like to give folks more exposure and give our readers more diversity in subject matter! That's why we are opening up our blog to guest authors. There is no monetization on our site so we are not going to make any money for your content. If you're interested, read on! Content Types We are looking for content on just about anything that's music related! Authors can be musicians, songwriters, radio people, bloggers, or music fans! 800 words minimum! Music Reviews Interviews Stories From the Road DIY Help Guides Music Release Backstories (Self Promotion) General Music Commentary or History Product Reviews   What's Needed We are looking for unique content that has never been published! You can repost your content on other blogs [...]

6 08, 2019

Independent Bands & Artists Benefit from the Partnering of Bandsintown, HypeBot and Billboard

By |2019-08-07T06:57:33-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Industry Interviews, Music Industry News|Tags: , , , , , |

In this quick email interview with Bruce Houghton we inquired about Billboard partnering with Bands in Town Group and why Hypebot and Music Think Tank are now owned by Bands In Town. Good day and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us! IMB: What is Bands in Town for Artists? Bruce Houghton: Bandsintown For Artists is our free app and toolkit that helps artists grow their fanbase and sell more tickets. That includes uploading tour dates and spreading them across the web, building a fanbase of “trackers,” messaging them about upcoming shows and other offers, and using Bandsintown’s analytics to tour and market more strategically. IMB: How did you land the job of running their Twitter account or is there more to it than that? Bruce: Bandsintown acquired my blogs Hypebot.com [...]