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  • THE MUSICIANS RESOURCE

    MARCH 16FREE

    WolfmotherAdvice to Indies: Control Your Publishing

    ONSTAGE FREEDOM WITH WIRELESS STOMPBOXES

    THE BEST DAW FOR BANDS ON A BUDGET

    KILLER APPS TO BOOK BETTER GIGS

    12 COOL NEW PRODUCTS FROM NAMM

    interviewsMICHAEL NAU THE SHRINE VANDAVEER GILLES

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  • PERFORMER MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 3

    VOLUME 26, ISSUE 3

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    4. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

    5. VINYL OF THE MONTH:

    Antlered Aunt Lord

    6. RECORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:

    Aloud

    28. DIY: How to be a Better Front Person

    30. DIY: Showslinger: The Killer Booking &

    Touring App

    32. TOUR TEST: Audio-Technica Wireless

    Stompboxes

    34. RECORDING: Prep Your Tracks for

    Mixing

    36: SPECIAL REPORT:

    The Best of NAMM 2016

    38. GEAR REVIEWS: PreSonus; BeatBuddy;

    Yamaha; Mixcraft; Steinberg; TASCAM;

    KHDK; Blue Microphones

    47. MY FAVORITE AXE: Shannon Hayden

    48. FLASHBACK: Vintage Shure SM57

    Piper FergusonCover

    Wolfmothercover story

    by Taylor Northern

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    Vandaveer Gilles

    The Shrine Michael Nau

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    12 20

    by Jaclyn Wing by T. Ali Eubank

    by Taylor Northern by Benjamin Ricci

  • 4 MARCH 2016 PERFORMER MAGAZINE

    ABOUT USPerformer Magazine, a nationally distributed musicians trade publication, focuses on in-dependent musicians, those unsigned and on small labels, and their success in a DIY environment. Were dedicated to promoting lesser-known talent and being the first to in-troduce you to artists you should know about.

    MUSIC SUBMISSIONSWe listen to everything that comes into the office. We prefer physical CDs, cassettes and vinyl over downloads. If you do not have a physical copy, send download links to edito-rial@performermag.com.No attachments, please. Send CDs to:

    Performer Magazine Attn: ReviewsPO BOX 348Somerville, MA 02143

    CORRECTIONSDid we make a heinous blunder, factual er-ror or just spell your name wrong? Contact editorial@performermag.com and let us know, cuz were big enough to say, Baby, I was wrong.

    EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONSIn the words of our esteemed forefathers at CREEM: NOBODY WHO WRITES FOR THIS RAGS GOT ANYTHING YOU AINT GOT, at least in the way of credentials. Theres no reason why you shouldnt be sending us your stuff: reviews, features, photos, recording tips, DIY advice or whatever else you have in mind that might be interesting to our readers: independent and DIY musicians. Who else do ya know wholl publish you? We really will...ask any of our dozens of satisfied customers. Just bop it along to us to editorial@perfor-mermag.com and see what comes back your way. If you have eyes to be in print, this just might be the place. Whaddya got to lose? Whaddya got?

    Just back from NAMM, and still cant believe all the cool new gear we got to play with. Seems like amps are getting smaller, synths are getting bigger (and more complex) and just about everyone is cashing in on the 500 series trend on the recording side of things.

    Weve been bombarded with post-NAMM new gear showing up at the office almost daily, as manufacturers try to get reviews booked for all their latest goodies. Which means two things: a) we get to test out all the new shit before everyone else, nanna nanna boo boo, and b) were gonna need more people to review the aforementioned new shit.

    Soif you reside in the metro Boston area, know your gear inside and out, have the ability to shoot video and arent a complete asshat, drop a line to ben@performermag.com.

    Aside from that, the prerequisites are simple: be able to write coherently, be able to get to the point, and most importantly, be able to extract the value and benefits that a piece of gear possesses.

    Remember, our readers are fellow musicians and audio pros, so they dont have time for bullshit we want you to be honest, concise, and able to speak musicese (yes, Im sure thats a word). And hell, you might even get free gear out of it. Not bad, huh?

    To see what we dug the most at NAMM, you can dig through the obnoxiously large number of photos we posted on Instagram during the convention, or just flip ahead a few pages to our annual NAMM roundup.

    Howdy, yall!

    Benjamin Ricci, editor

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    P.S. now, if you ARE an asshat, we still might want to hear from you, but only if you score correctly on the following pop quiz.A) Who was the original bass player for REO Speedwagon?B) Which song did C.C. DeVille fuck up live on MTV to get booted from Poison in 1991?C) Who was still listening to Poison in 1991? D) Was C.C. DeVille aware that he was still in Poison in 1991?E) Have you, at any point, played guitar for Poison?

    Volume 26, Issue 3

    PO BOX 348Somerville, MA 02143

    CONTACTPhone: 617-627-9200

    Fax: 617-627-9930

    PUBLISHERWilliam House

    Phone: 617-627-9919bill@performermag.com

    EDITORBenjamin Ricci

    ben@performermag.com

    DESIGN & ART DIRECTIONCristian Iancu

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANTBob Dobalina

    editorial@performermag.com

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERSBenjamin Ricci, Chris Devine, Don Miggs, Enon David Gaines, Henry Beguiristain, Jaclyn Wing,

    Jordan Tishler, Michael St James, Shannon Hayden, Taylor Northern, Tony Eubank, Zach

    Blumenfeld

    CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERSBen Rains, Benjamin Ricci, Brigette Adair Herron,

    Cendino Teme, Julia Robbs, Kurt Godhe, Olivia Jaffe, Piper Ferguson, Whitney McGraw

    ADVERTISING SALESWilliam House

    Phone: 617-627-9919bill@performermag.com

    2016 by Performer Publications, Inc.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any method whatsoever without

    the written permission of the publisher. The magazine accepts no responsibility for unsolicited recordings, manuscripts, artwork or photographs

    and will not return such materials unless requested and accompanied by a SASE.

    Annual Subscription Rate is $30 in the U.S.; $45 outside the U.S.

  • PERFORMER MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 5

    Athens, GA(HHBTM Records)

    Antlered Aunt LordOstensibly Formerly Stunted

    (and on fire)

    If the reports are to be believed, then AALs Jesse Stinnard is either a bizarre genius that Athens has been hiding for the past decade, or an equally bizarre manifestation of said geniuss cosmic brain waves. Er, where was I? Oh yes, the new vinyl release by this band from Athens. Well, lets not bury the lead any further: its a friggin winner.

    Melodic, oddly dark and inviting, and at times invitingly grating (yep, that makes sense), the record is an amalgam of tracks culled from (if we believe what were told) hundreds of songs in Stinnards crazy backlog. There are so many damn songs its hard to tell where you are at any given time in the tracklist, but thats kinda whats bat-shit awesomesauce about the journey. Records arent typically made that way (usually for good reason), but the experimentation is oddly enveloping in a fuzzed-out acid-trip sorta way.

    Nominally, its a shoegaze-meets-noisepop-meets-punk album. Well, sorta. If inexplicable Pavement-esque stabbings at warbling rock n roll float your boat, this is gonna give you an instant pants-tent.

    Its hard to say too much more about the record. Its weird. Its fun. Its catchy (seriously) and it doesnt seem to take much for granted when it comes to standard songwriting formats. We dig eccentric shit like this. Cant wait to hear the rest of the backlog, Jesse.

    A mysteriously melodic collection YEARS IN THE MAKING

    Benjamin Ricci

    Follow on Twitter: @HHBTMrecs

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  • 6 MARCH 2016 PERFORMER MAGAZINE

    REVIEWS

    RECORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

    The StrokesIs This It (2001)Jen and I were 19 and just three months past our move from Miami to Boston when this album dropped. Is This It was the unexpected and necessary breath of fresh air which forever altered the way we think about and approach our guitar parts to this day.

    Fiona AppleTidal (1996)Fionas debut provided me with a vital lesson on the power of writing solid lyrics, rhymes be damned. Her lyrics are fearlessly meaningful. The musical component to Tidal is nothing to scoff at, either. Carrion is among the best album closers Ive ever heard.

    The BeatlesSgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)Where would any list be without the background radiation of all popular western music? I obsessed over this album during my early teens, particularly focusing on Pauls bass parts. The albums spirit of experimentation and screwing with peoples expectations of your work has been a guiding force all these years.

    If nothing else, I am creature forever on the run from boredom, so I listen to as much as I can get my insatiable, slowly decaying earholes on. Allegedly, Ive been listening to music since the day I was born, beginning with McCartneys Tug of War -- and its been downhill ever since. It