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About Tarra Thiessen

Touring musician, writer & hot sauce lover.


  When I grew up dreaming of rockstardom, I never realized how many spreadsheets I would have to make. But they've become so indispensable to me that I've even named this column in their honor! Below I’ve included the spreadsheet templates my projects use to stay organized for booking, advances, finances, merchandise inventory, and our [...]

By | 2018-10-24T15:09:46+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|

NEWS ROUNDUP: Music Lawsuits, New Music from Marianne Faithfull & More

Music Lawsuits Spotity One of Spotify’s former sales executives, Hong Perez, is suing Spotify and her former boss, head of sales Brian Berner, for gender discrimination, equal pay violation and defamation in New York’s Supreme Court. Perez’s complaint accuses Berner of taking mens-only employee trips to the 2016 and 2017 Sundance FIlm Festival, as well [...]

By | 2018-09-21T17:21:51+00:00 September 21st, 2018|NEWS|

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Girl Gaze “Suddenly”

It’s time to accept this summer's end with the autumn equinox quickly approaching this Sunday. New Paltz five-piece Girl Gaze, formed out of a childhood friendship between Izzy Deranieri and Michaela Passero in Izzy's basement during the winter of 2017, captures the seasons' shift with their first single “Suddenly.” The lengthy piano intro sounds like a [...]

By | 2018-09-21T17:03:48+00:00 September 21st, 2018|FEATURES, Track of the Week|

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Touring Across the Pond

Sharkmuffin charms Robert Plant The story goes that Jimi Hendrix was unknown in the States before he traveled to the U.K. It was only after his time across the pond that he returned as our beloved shredding icon. It can happen to you too! His spirit is still there, and Sharkmuffin may have [...]

By | 2018-09-17T15:03:54+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|

NEWS ROUNDUP: RIP Mac Miller, Fashion Week, Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized & More

RIP Mac Miller Last week on September 7th, Mac Miller died at the age of 26 from a drug overdose in his LA home. Since his passing many celebrities such as Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Ariana Grande and many more paid tribute to the rapper. Earlier this week thousands of Mac Miller fans [...]

By | 2018-09-14T17:30:07+00:00 September 14th, 2018|NEWS|

VIDEO PREMIERE: Code Anchor “Hoist”

Do you remember a time when bands could pack venues with zero social media presence? That was the case for Code Anchor only 8 years ago, who had a significant following in Long Island, NY before their breakup scattered its members across the country. This distance didn’t stop them from rekindling their musical partnership and [...]

By | 2018-09-04T02:22:11+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|FEATURES, Premieres, Reviews|

NEWS ROUNDUP: Remembering Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson & More

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool) In Memory of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest today with services fit for the Queen of Soul. This morning more than 100 pink Cadillacs lined the street leading to Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, a reference to her 1985 single "Freeway of Love." Musical tributes from [...]

By | 2018-08-31T17:29:26+00:00 August 31st, 2018|NEWS|

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Ecstatic Union “Neurons”

  Neurons are specialized electrically excitable cells that receive, process and transmit nerve impulses. “The neurons that you’re born with are the neurons that you die with,” says the late Terence McKenna sampled in the title track of  Ecstatic Union’s new record. Lyrically, the track explores the intention to fully connect with the energy around [...]

By | 2018-08-31T17:40:12+00:00 August 31st, 2018|FEATURES, Track of the Week|

INTERVIEW: Pecas Glows on Latest LP After Dark

photo by Matt Allen On their third album, After Dark, Brooklyn duo pecas creates a dreamy dance party that invites us to explore our own morbid self-reflections, embrace the darker sides of ourselves, and change our situations in spite of what fate had determined them to be. It’s a catchy and relaxing listen where [...]

By | 2018-08-31T17:13:54+00:00 August 28th, 2018|FEATURES, Interviews, Reviews|

NEWS ROUNDUP: VMAs, Nicki Minaj Tour Rescheduled & More

2018 VMAs The VMAs aired Monday night, with Camila Cabello taking home the video for the year for “Havana (feat. Young Thug).” This year had the most high profile celebrity no shows, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Drake, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, and Halsey who stated she didn’t come because she wasn’t nominated [...]

By | 2018-08-24T17:15:40+00:00 August 24th, 2018|NEWS|