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Touring veteran Tara Theisen of Sharkmuffin shares her tips for surviving life on the road.

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Surviving SXSW

I’ve been called a masochist for going to Austin, TX's South By South West festival so many years in a row. SXSW 2018 will be my eighth return trip and this year I’ll be an official artist with all three of my projects - Sharkmuffin, Ex-Girlfriends and Kino Kimino - totaling 17 sets in five [...]

By | 2018-03-12T13:12:57+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: DIY Merch Making

Do you have too many band t-shirts? I have so many that I recently I gave my college bestie, favorite neighbor and Gustaf front woman, Lydia Gammill, about 30 of them to send to her cousin to make into a queen size blanket for me. I still have at least 15 band shirts remaining in [...]

By | 2018-02-19T15:46:20+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Tour Promo

Caro reads about her next tour date in Rolling Stone. Photo by Jose Berrio While I was dancing around my middle school bedroom screaming into a hairbrush dreaming of my future rock stardom, I had no idea how many spreadsheets and e-mails I would have to send to make it happen. Even after [...]

By | 2018-01-22T13:32:50+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Best DIY Promoters, Collectives, & Venues of 2017

Ex-Girlfriends tour routes by Tine Hill After spending 21 weeks on tour in 2017 with four bands (playing in Sharkmuffin, Ex-Girlfriends, Kino Kimino and tour mama-gering for The Big Drops) in three different countries, here are my picks for the best promoters, collectives and venues that I’ve been lucky enough to experience in [...]

By | 2017-12-18T17:22:32+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Band Vans

Every band who tours frequently has an unspoken member who doesn't play on any records, yet is instrumental in reaching fans' ears in far away places. I'm talking about the vehicle responsible for getting the band to their next show, and hopefully, the show after that. If you want to go on tour you have a [...]

By | 2017-11-20T14:54:10+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Booking Basics

Booking a tour is basically planning a road trip with the goal of playing music every night and (hopefully) making enough money for gas to your next destination. Booking your first tour is a grind, so it’s helpful to have higher purpose that is fun and motivating. Bands usually plan a tour to promote an [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:00:24+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Attitude is Everything

Hello! Thank you for checking the monthly DIY tour guide. I play on tour with three Brooklyn-based bands and have been on the road for at least a week each month this year (aside from one). Going on tour is a goal of many bands and in today's super connected world it is easier than [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:00:43+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|0 Comments