Poppy Ackroyd Tore Apart a Grand Piano to Compose and Produce Her Debut Classical Album. The Result is Startlingly Beautiful.

In an industry full of explosive overnight successes, it is rare and refreshing when a musician arrives slightly more of an enigma, with a quiet determination and sincerity to make art—and a simple dream in their heart. Oftentimes, this type of artist displays a strong desire to think outside of the box in order to realize a specific artistic vision.

London-born Poppy Ackroyd is a perfect example. Now based in Edinburgh, the composer has many years of classical training behind her in both violin and piano. Learning music in such a rigid academic environment may seem daunting to some, but Ackroyd is clearly distinguishable from many classical musicians. Her desire for reinvention has allowed her to branch out and create something wholly new and original. This came in the form of her debut album Escapement (Denovali Records, 2014). Continue reading

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Press Release – Official Venue List Released for the 2014 IMR Music Festival in Atlanta, GA


PRESS RELEASE – 4/11/2014 – Atlanta, GA

Who:  The 2014 IMR Music Festival

Headline:  Official Venue List Released for The 2014 IMR Music Festival in Atlanta, GA


IMR Magazine and Indie Music Reviewer are proud to announce the official venue list for The 2014 IMR Music Festival.  The 2014 festival will take place in Atlanta, GA from June 11th through June 14th at newly owned and operated Music Room, Atlanta’s infamous Smith’s Olde Bar, and East Atlanta’s indie music favorite The Basement (under Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta).   Exact times, schedule, tickets, and complete list of artists to follow soon.  For updates, please visit:  http://www.imrmusicfestival.com/about

Where and When:

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
The Music Room
317 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

Friday, June 13th, 2014
The Basement (under Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta)
1245 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
The Basement (under Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta)
1245 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

The 2014 IMR Music Festival will be one of Atlanta’s largest gathering of independent musicians and indie music fans with over 40 artists performing.  Tickets on sale soon at http://www.imrmusicfestival.com with sponsorship packages available for as little as $150 by emailing info@imrmusicfestival.com.


Nate Kieser, Festival Director
IMR Music Festival
Email:  info@imrmusicfestival.com
Phone:  678-600-2771

See attached post image for press use.


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Jason Howell – “Cathy” – Live Indie Acoustic Performance – Atlanta, GA

Singer/songwriter Jason Howell came out to our new spot and played this great version of “Cathy” for us. We’re so glad he did and hope you will share his music. What do you think?

Last year, Jason performed at the 2013 IMR Music Festival (http://www.imrmusicfestival.com). Submissions are now open for the 2014 IMR Music Festival to be held in Atlanta, GA on June 11th through the 14th. See you there!

Check out the video below:

Listen to more of Jason here:https://www.facebook.com/jasonhowellp…

Jason’s latest album is available via Bandcamp: http://jasonhowell.bandcamp.com/

Tell us what you think in the comments.

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Submissions open for the 2014 IMR Indie Music Festival. Artists, submit your EPK.

Submissions are now open for artists to perform at the 2014 IMR Indie Music Festival.

Calling all artists to perform at the 2014 IMR Indie Music Festival located in Atlanta, GA in June of 2014.  The website announces June 12th through the 15th as official dates, but we’ve got some special things lined up and may have a full week of music!

Previous artists of this festival have played at other festivals including the Hijacking Music Festival, Counterpoint, Bonnaroo, Moogfest, Electric Daisy Carnival, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Forest,  Coachella, Tomorrowland, and more.  This year’s line up will continue in it’s tradition of great artists from all over the world, so please take the time to submit while there are still spots left.

35 spots available right now as of this post.  All genres are encouraged to apply including rock, electronic, indie rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, goth, metal, acoustic, alt country, americana, country, dance, dixieland, dreamgaze, EDM, dub, dubstep, bass, spoken word, jazz, fusion, trap, rap, hip-hop, RNG, Christian, soul, gospel, emo, experimental and more.

To submit your press kit, please head to:  http://www.imrmusicfestival.com/artist-submission-submit-your-epk-to-the-2014-imr-indie-music-festival-atlanta-ga-united-states

Official details and more to be announced on the festival’s facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/IMRMusicFestival

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2014 Binary EDM Festival is now accepting artist performance submissions. Submit to play!

As always, we’re here trying to give you the best opportunities possible and this one is a great one.  Straight from the source:

Headquartered in Atlanta, and just a hop, skip, & jump away from some of the world’s largest EDM Festivals (Counterpoint & Tomorrowworld), The 2014 Binary EDM Festival is now accepting submissions to perform in one of Atlanta’s newest and best EDM festivals. This year’s festival includeds a variety of EDM genres including dub, techno, trap, house, bass, jungle, rap, hip-hop, and more along with an amazing light show.

Date is set for 2/21/2014 held at The Basement underndeath the infamous Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta, GA.

All genres are subgenres of electronic dance music artists are encourage to submit. Several spots have been opened up for selection with a few artists already selected from Madison House Artists’s world-famous roster.

Apply to perform at this year’s festival on the festival website’s submission page.

Sponsored by IMR Magazine and Indie Music Reviewer, this year’s festival is sure to have some of the best indie and major EDM artists from around the country.

General Inquiries:  info@binaryedmfestival.com
Festival Director:  director@binaryedmfestival.com
Sponsorship Opportunies:  sponsors@binaryedmfestival.com

Original link: http://binaryedmfestival.com/2014-binary-edm-festival-accepting-submissions-to-perform-in-atlanta-ga/

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Dog Society – The Sir Session

Dog Society’s current LP, Emerge, has been cutting its way through the thick fuzz of internet hype this past month, impressing it’s 90’s rooted alternative vibes on a renewed audience. The band’s creative claws have been sharpened with years of experience; they disbanded decade ago and just recently caught a second wind which they are riding like a well-muscled stallion.

To support Emerge the guys held up in a groovy little Brooklyn studio, putting down some deeper cuts from the album. The proof is in the pudding as they say. The live takes which have been dubbed The Sir Session shine with immense talent directly into the board with no overdubs. These guys hold the songs down beautifully with lead singer Brian Shnaak delivering a trance like vocal that walks a mystic line between Robert Plant and Wayne Coyne. Continue reading

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Advertising Special for Indie Artists – Get Your Music “Out There.”

Hello everyone!

We’re offering an advertising special for indie artists, labels, and anyone doing things themselves trying to get their music “out there.”  For only $30, you can get a square ad listed on the IndieMusicReviewer.com (and also IMRMag.com) website which reaches over 55k+ unique visitors a month and over 1.6 million hits per month.

To take advantage of this deal, head to our advertising page, or click on the buy now button below.

30 days for $30 ad – sidebar placement:

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This offer won’t last long, so take advantage of it now.  If you are wishing to advertising for 90 days or more, we have a special offer for you too.  Email us:  info@imrmag.com for more information.

Thanks, and take care!

-The IMRMag.com advertising team.

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Live Video – The Oarsman – “Dreamcatcher” live in Atlanta, GA – The Porch Session

Hey readers & viewers!

This weekend, we had the pleasure of seeing The Oarsman at a few different venues in Atlanta.  After the first song, we were instantly new fans.  We contacted the band and they were happy to perform for us.  We won’t say too much, so just have a listen and look at the video and photos below.  We’re getting a Band of Horses meets The Tallest Man on Earth and Bob Dylan type vibe.  We think the music speaks for itself, but we’d love to know what you think in the comments.

Continue reading

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Blues Legends: Bob Koester and Eddie Shaw Receive Lifetime Achievement Award & Recognition from Blues Blast Magazine

Today, we have news that blues legends Bob Koester and Eddie Shaw received the prestigious lifetime achievement award by publisher Bob Kieser of Blues Blast Magazine, just ahead of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards to be held October 31st in Chicago, IL at the world famous Buddy Guy’s Legends.

As an independent music source, we pride ourselves for supporting those artists, individuals, and organizations, who survive and stay positive in this ever-changing music world.  Today’s press release couldn’t be more on-focus to our mission of sharing independent success stories as both Koester and Shaw’s stories are unique and truly worthy of this lifetime achievement award recognition. Continue reading

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Kiya Lacey – Kiya Lacey

One of the greatest things a music-lover experiences is the discovery of a new artist so exciting, it makes the listener want to write about it.  Sometimes, such jewels are found “underground” rather than mainstream media, but then again, that’s just one of the reasons why the indie scene can be so fascinating; It is a stage designed for creative people, a platform to let their art be seen, and in this case, be heard.  Kiya Lacey is one of these aforementioned discoveries with her self-titled debut album

Born and raised in Nashville, Lacey is a vibrant woman who, with the creative help of Joe Croker and M. Scott Myrick, produces an eclectic mix of jazz, R&B, pop, folk, blues, and soul.  In her album, Lacey displays this mix of genres, but her voice is the highlight of it all. Her singing – delightful, soulful, and magical, is the perfect soundtrack for a lazy, cozy morning, accompanied by a delicious cup of coffee.  These eight tracks have a special element though that improves what is already a fine piece of work; passion. Continue reading

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