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Touring: A Cautionary Tale

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October 9, 2014
by Tony Thaxton

When I was growing up, playing music for a living seemed like the dream job. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My 11-plus years of touring the world with Motion City Soundtrack were incredible. I just don’t know that I handled it the best that I could. I’m not here to complain, I’m here to help you learn from my mistakes.

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Social Anxiety in Punk: Anyone Who is Making You Feel Ashamed of Your Anxiety Shouldn’t Be In Your Life

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September 30, 2014
by Maryam Hassan

This is part of a recurring series of essays on social anxiety in punk. For more, click here.

There I was, locked in a toilet stall in the restrooms of the Forum in London, shaking uncontrollably. I was trying desperately to muffle my crying because I didn’t want anyone to know that I was having an anxiety attack at a show. Anxiety attacks are shitty at the worst of times but to have one during a show, in a dirty restroom full of loud people was unbearable. There was no one at this show that I could call to help calm me down, I’d already been told on more than one occasion that I had to learn to hold myself together because people were starting to think I was weird. This was the lowest point of my social anxiety, which was triggered by falling into a crowd of people who weren’t really good for me and feeling like I’d isolated myself as it all started to go really wrong.

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Your Local DIY Band Probably Isn't Ready To Tour (Yet)

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July 9, 2014
by Brandon Gepfer

Being in a band costs money but honestly, who other than people in bands really care?

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I could not disagree more. I went out on my first tour with a cd-r of our demo tracks and a big dream to experience as much as I could in…

I think playing to ten kids in California is awesome, too. Being in a band had been my most significant and awesome experience. remember burning CDs on my first tour with Handguns. HOWEVER! My article isn’t about stopping, it’s about trying to focus on a community and build a music scene.

Ramones Are Dead; Long Live Ramones

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July 12, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

With the sad news of Tommy Ramone’s passing at age 62 from complications related to bile duct cancer, which sounds like a particularly painful way to exit this mortal coil, all four original members of Ramones—Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy—are dead and gone. Literally, Ramones are dead.

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