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We have this friend…

27 Mar

And his name is Kevin Healey. He has literally done everything in the music business and has given us so much advice as we embarked on the adventure that has become Unsung Mag.

He recently released this song and we love love it!

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Underground… good? Absolutely!

10 Feb

The other day we saw a retweet of this:

“Underground is underground because it sucks.”iheartindiemusic

Obviously, they are not a subscriber to Unsung Mag. I’m guessing their thinking is that if a band were good then they would be popular. Hmm, seems logical. And very narrow minded.

I think as co-owners and best friends, Kamryn and I have this unbreakable bond with underground music. We say it all the time: it’s intimate and close. The musicians care about the fans and the fans worship the musicians. It’s more of a friendship and its fun, and I think for an underground artist with a large(ish) fan base, it’s rewarding.

Underground is underground because it’s under appreciated, not because it sucks. I think we could shoot off a ton of popular musicians who really don’t have any talent. (cough, Nikki Minaj, cough, cough)

We get it, it’s all about perception, but if you go your whole life thinking that undeground music sucks… Well, then, you are missing out! We love this lifestyle and we wouldn’t ever trade it for Hollywood, over-remixed beats.

Keep Rockin’

Kara- Unsung Mag.

Lessons in Line, Lessons in Life

22 Jan

Lessons in Line, Lessons in Life

By Kara Mason @karanormal
To be featured in Unsung Mag
 
At first I wasn’t sure I was the best person to write this piece. An introvert writing about the experience of standing in line for a show? I’m not sure there are many people who like watching people as much as I do, but in case you are, here is my go at it.
For most of my life I’ve been more laid back than outgoing and quite frankly it has gotten to the point where I don’t even notice it anymore, but sometimes when I’m with a slightly more sociable group I snap out of my observer state of mind and take mental notes on how to be better at faking amiability.
I was sent to cover a CD release party a couple of weeks ago, unfortunately, even when you have a press pass, you sometimes have to wait an hour in line. Being December in Colorado, it was definitely not sweatshirt weather; another reporter, his wife and I were bundled up, waiting for the doors to open.
While Kevin, the other writer I was with, desperately reached for a cigarette and stepped around the corner, his wife and I were left standing in line with the one man standing in front of us. He was wearing a fedora (complete with a feather) and a Native American-esque leather, fringed jacket. He appeared to be in his mid 60s.
He introduced himself as Allan; he was excited for the show. He also talked non-stop the entire hour we waited in line. When Kevin returned he asked Allan what his story was and so he told us.
The whole chat was nonchalant. Kevin didn’t even think twice before striking up conversation with the man. I probably would have never said anything but I’m glad Kevin did.
We learned he was pretty much the definition of a groupie, though a bit older. He had been to every Grant Sabin and Haunted Windchimes show in the last two weeks, which took place all over the state.
“I don’t have a job, so I just take off,” he said, “I just call my sister and tell her to pick my dogs up and I go.”
The longest he had “taken off” at one time was four months. He didn’t tell anybody where he was going; said he didn’t even know where he was going but he just felt the road calling.
I think at that point we felt our roles were reversed, we twenty-somethings confessed that we wished our lives were that way, we said that the real world was kind of a drag but the bills had to get paid somehow and the 60 year old man with the eccentric sense of style was telling us of his unbounded adventures.
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See how it ends in the next issue of Unsung Mag, out on iTunes Newsstand in a couple of weeks! 

Music is Our Life; and Probably Yours

21 Jan

tumblr_m5nowwmGJn1qzr04eo1_500So many people say that they live off of the music they listen to; and we totally believe you. We are the same way! It’s very rare to see us without our headphones in or music coming from our Mac computers at the office. Our life revolves around music and we can imagine yours, in a way, does too.

Every genre of music speaks to us. We may not thoroughly enjoy each one but we press play with an open mind and heart ready to learn. Unsung hopes that you do the same. We hope that you never gag at a certain lyric because that lyric that makes you upchuck may resonate with someone you passed by today.

Each lesson we learn from music comes at different times in out lives. They say you enjoy music when you are happy; you understand music when you are sad.

Please, don’t ever shut out any new kind of music. Listen with intention and soon you will learn with intention.

Keep Rockin’

Unsung