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The New Art Book 'The Art of Touring' Moves Past the Mythology of the Roadnew

A multimedia tribute to the road life, the book includes photographs, essays, journal entries, comics, paintings, collages -- and, on the accompanying DVD, plenty of footage by and of touring bands, onstage and off.
Chicago Reader  |  Miles Raymer  |  08-10-2009  |  Nonfiction

Eyes Wide Open: Blind Pilot Really Sees the Roadnew

For touring bands, a bicycle may not be the optimal form of transportation, but for Blind Pilot, riding velos and seeking adventure along the West Coast sent them soaring down the fast track to success.
Boise Weekly  |  Mathias Morache  |  07-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jackson Pop-Punkers At Cliffs End Know How to Go Through Vansnew

In the less than two years since the band formed and began touring, the group has seen one burn due to wiring problems, another destroyed when they collided with a tree, and a third is currently under repair.
Jackson Free Press  |  Candace Parker  |  12-29-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

A-list Indie Tours are Once Again Dissing San Antonionew

For a brief shining moment, San Antonio was the hotspot for indie music in Texas. It was a glorious time, when local alt-rock fans didn't have to drive at least an hour to see their favorite bands.
San Antonio Current  |  Johnston Farrow  |  09-17-2008  |  Concerts

Bands On the Road in Hard Timesnew

Nowhere does the old adage about the journey being more important than the destination ring truer than in the average band's tour van. But lately, the cost of taking your act on the road has skyrocketed to the point where it might not be worth leaving home at all.
Boston Phoenix  |  Michael Brodeur  |  09-04-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

How Jack Johnson is Making Musicians, Venues and Fans Rally 'Round the Earthnew

While playing mellow campfire rock to sold-out crowds worldwide, Jack has been fostering a message of environmental responsibility, giving support to regional and international nonprofits, and teaching the masses that small steps toward a healthier future make all the difference.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Matt Kettman  |  08-25-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Get Out of Our Van! Where Bands Play, Thieves Follownew

Recent notable ripoffs of touring bands' gear show that musicians make ideal targets for a quick theft.
The Coast, Halifax's Weekly  |  Sean Flinn  |  08-18-2008  |  Music

Music for Fuel: It's Harder than Ever to Jam Econonew

"Last year, I was worried about getting out to the West Coast with gas at $3.20 a gallon," says Dan McGee, the frontman for heavy-touring Chapel Hill band Spider Bags, "and this year, I'm worried about getting to work."
INDY Week  |  Chris Toenes  |  07-10-2008  |  Music

Music Biz's Latest Villain: The Price of Gasnew

Bands are scaling down their crews and itineraries.
Seattle Weekly  |  Karla Starr  |  04-14-2008  |  Music

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