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About Tarra Thiessen

Touring musician, writer & hot sauce lover.

AF 2018 IN REVIEW: Hardest Working DIY Bands on Tour in 2018

Below is our list of the Hardest Working DIY Touring bands of 2018 keeping the DIY dream alive! We asked each band  about their favorite moments, what they have learned, and/or are most proud of from this past year. photo credit: @zb_images North By North (Chicago, IL) 212 shows I caught North By [...]

By |2019-01-09T09:12:50+00:00January 1st, 2019|FEATURES|

AF 2018 IN REVIEW: Best DIY Promoters, Collectives, & Venues

After 121 shows touring and at home this year with my five projects - Sharkmuffin, Gustaf, Gesserit, Kino Kimino, and Ex-Girlfriends (RIP) - here are my picks for the best DIY promoters, collectives and venues of 2018! We chatted with everyone about their favorite shows, stories, and overall reflections on what they've accomplished and are [...]

By |2019-01-10T17:21:53+00:00December 31st, 2018|FEATURES|

NEWS ROUNDUP: Music for your Holiday Hangover + More

Music for Your Holiday Hangover We have officially entered the holi-daze time between Christmas and New Year's Eve, so let's review all the beautiful-to-bizarre Christmas music released last week. Spider-Man released a Christmas album. The Flaming Lips covered David Bowie and Bing Crosby's Christmas Medley. Mac DeMarco collaborated with Kirin J. Callinan and covered Nat King Cole's [...]

By |2018-12-31T12:45:10+00:00December 28th, 2018|NEWS|

NEWS ROUNDUP: Rock Hall’s Newest Inductees, New Music from Amanda Palmer + MORE

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees Announced The inductees to 2019's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced this week and include Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Radiohead, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, The Cure, and Roxy Music (with Brian Eno). Stevie Nicks is the first woman to be inducted twice - first with Fleetwood Mac [...]

By |2018-12-15T16:18:43+00:00December 14th, 2018|NEWS|

NEWS ROUNDUP: RIP Pete Shelley, Primavera Sound Festival Lineup Announced + MORE

RIP Pete Shelley Lead singer, guitarist and prolific songwriter Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks passed away from a suspected heart attack on December 5th. The Buzzcocks formed in 1975 after Shelley and Howard Devoto saw The Sex Pistols. Shelley perfected the three-minute power pop song with hits like "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You [...]

By |2018-12-15T16:31:23+00:00December 7th, 2018|NEWS|

NEWS ROUNDUP: Celine Dion Accused of Satanism, New Music from Grimes, Neil Young + More

Celine the Satanist What do Robert Johnson, Black Sabbath and Celine Dion all have in common? They have all been accused of devil-worship. This week, Dion has joined this category thanks to comments made by priest and exorcist Msgr. John Esseff. Dion hasn't visited the crossroads or beheaded any doves. She's launched a gender neutral [...]

By |2018-12-01T14:45:35+00:00November 30th, 2018|NEWS|

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Homes Away From Home

After a show in Lawrence, Kansas my old band Ex-Girlfriends pulled up to a random house where we were going to sleep that night. There were garbage bags covering the garage windows, conjuring images of the mutilated dead bodies hidden inside. Our bandmate had set up these accommodations last minute and assured us it was [...]

By |2018-11-28T02:13:35+00:00November 19th, 2018|Check The Spreadsheet, COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays|

CHECK THE SPREADSHEET: Getting Organized

  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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 21st, 2018|FEATURES, Track of the Week|

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