Tag Archive: independent music

Everyone at Earbits was crushed to hear that Sharon Jones passed over the weekend after a long, hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be sharing one record of hers each day for the next six days. She and her backing band, The Dap Kings, made some of the funkiest, most impeccably crafted Soul music since the genre even had a name. Her voice was deep and powerful, tinged with pain, joy and hope all at once; in other words, it was the embodiment of soul itself.

After losing so many musical giants this year, we can only hope that Sharon’s passing will be the last.

Barons of Hiddenhausen, is a mysterious and hidden secret, with it’s origins in Vienna.  Although the project sounds like a full-fledged band, the mastermind behind the project is one person: Moritz Kofler.  Kofler is no stranger to the genre – after he recorded “World Withdrawal,”  he collaborated with Digital Noise Academy in L.A., a project by Ken Andrews (Failure, Beck, A.P.C. NIN), Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and others. That experience shows in this record.

Listen to Barons of Hiddenhausen on Earbits

Rabbit & The Hare is proof that good things can happen on Craigslist.  The band formed after singer/songwriter Neill MacCallum posted an ad in NYC’s section of the website in search of a “female multi-instrumentalist.”  Marisa Duchowny, a person that happens to fit both of those requirements, also happened to read and respond to that post.  Just like that, with the strange power of the internet, a duo was born.  Marisa became the Rabbit, Neill the Hare.

Listen to Rabbit & The Hare on Earbits!

Eso Tre is one-half of the hip hop powerhouse, Substance Abuse

If you were a rapper who lived in or around the 510 area code in the ‘90’s, you knew what it was like to gaze at the beautiful east bay hills with a sense of hope, knowing that being fiercely lyrical and unwilling to “grow up” (a euphemism for when rappers put out boring stuff) was not an impediment to a major label deal and stardom that transcended what rapper Encore referred to as “street buzz”.  As an L.A. transplant living in Oakland I only caught the tail end of this period of optimism, but such were the times and geographic setting that produced one of the Left Coast’s most enigmatic and underrated lyricists, an emcee known as Motion Man.

by Steph Rodriguez

Chris Zukowski may be an environment artist for the video game industry first and foremost, creating backgrounds and scenery to fulfill his day job, but he’s also dedicated the last six years fine tuning an alternative career choice under the moniker Z4.

Listen to Z4 Music on Earbits

An electronic and house music artist based in Chicago, Z4 recently released his debut EP Dance Around the World, on March 2 available for free download on  Z4-music.com.

Three Of Swords, by Mimi, an eclectic Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, begins with a song called “Goodbye Heartbeat.”  The track contains soft-spoken, airy vocals with varying rhythms and melodies over a frantically pulsating bass line.  An acoustic guitar plucks along steadily.  The song has a dreamy, ethereal quality that’s consistent throughout it’s nearly 4-minute run-time.

Listen to Mimi on Earbits

That pleasant tone is maintained throughout the rest of the album, although the ways in which Mimi delivers her songs greatly vary in style and arrangement.  The second track on the album, for instance, is rife with Latin flair— propelled by a cornet part played by Patric McGroarty and spot-on use of Spanish-language vocals.  The song is entitled “Porque Te Vas,” and it’s a cover of José Luis Perales’ 1972 song of the same name (originally performed by Jeanette).

We are excited to announce a big improvement to the Earbits service.

Last year, we generated over 70,000 fans for our artists through Earbits Radio. Today we’re launching something that we think is going to dramatically increase the results we’ll be able to provide to our artists and labels. We think this news is exciting and that you’re going to want the full scoop, but if you want the short version, just read the bold parts.

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All artist profiles will now have mailing signup capabilities so that our users can give you their email address.

Are you sitting down? We have some news that might make your knees weak.

Earbits is excited to announce Groovies, a new Earbits currency that you earn whenever you take actions that support our bands.

Share a track with friends, earn 100 Groovies. Join a fan page or mailing list, earn 50 Groovies.

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Okay, but what do I do with Groovies? We’re glad you asked.

Along with Groovies, we’re launching a ton of improvements to the site and a bunch of new on-demand listening features.

by Charles Rojas | Metal/Hard Rock Manager, Earbits.com

Nowadays, you’ll find most Hard Rock bands trying to outdo one another by playing the same guitar riffs louder than each other. It’s an endless sea of Rock n Roll cliches and a lack of originality. Amazingly, Los Angeles natives Rooftop Revolutionaries have managed to rise above the noise and pose a unique brand of sound. 2013 is seeing the release of their new album, Resolute.

Listen to Rooftop Revolutionaries on Earbits

Roku

Meet Roku, the easiest way to watch what you want to watch – instantly. Whether you’re in to exploring over 700 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies and shows, delving into what really interests you, or just stumbling across something new, Roku makes it happen easily, instantly and affordably.

Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. And there is no monthly fee for Roku, simply access your existing subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus or HBO GO. Enjoy all the free movies, shows, and music. Or browse the latest blockbusters on demand. And with our new Earbits Channel, you’ll never have a reason to leave the couch!