independent music

Mikey Wax U.S. Headlining Tour


The very talented independent artist Mikey Wax has two special updates I’m sharing which Mikey announced today.

First, I’m thrilled to officially announce this spring I’ll be doing a big U.S HEADLINING tour! This is my first tour as the “main attraction” and also the first time I’ll be taking my band on the road. Details below. Second, I’m very happy to share that my song “You Lift Me Up” is being featured in the TV commercial of a very popular show! Can you guess which show? Read on to find out.

The past few years I’ve had the privilege to open for many talented artists and grow a fan base at these shows. Your support has been invaluable, which is why I’m so grateful to now have the opportunity to go on my own headlining tour. I’m hitting 20+ cities across the country, and I will have my best show possible if you are there! Tickets are on sale NOW! Dates and tickets are to the right.

Want to hang together backstage and have me serenade you acoustically? All you have to do is get some friends out to a show! Purchase 5 tickets to the show of your choice, forward your receipt to my e-mail (, and you and your friends will get to join me backstage pre-show. I’ll sing your favorite song, take some photos, and maybe we’ll even grab dinner, you never know!

You can also help me promote this tour simply by sharing the photo below to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #MikeyWaxTour.

Now for the answer you’ve been waiting for… I’m thrilled to say “You Lift Me Up” is being featured in the new Keeping Up With The Kardashians season 10 promo commercial airing on E! Be sure to tune in and hopefully you can catch it over the next few weeks 🙂

Can’t wait to see you at a show and thanks for all the support! Buy tickets now before they sell out!

In New York, Mikey is playing at one of my favorite venues, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 196 Allen St. The show is Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

Why I Quit Spotify


Independent artist Joshua Radin posted the note above on his Twitter on New Year’s Eve, 2014. It’s about integrity as a consumer of music and integrity as an artist. It completely affirms my decision last year to quit using Spotify.

When Spotify started its streaming music service in the US I became a premium member. For $9.99 a month I could stream unlimited songs and albums and listen to my favorites on my smartphone. As an avid music consumer it seemed like a great deal. There was no longer a need to buy music. And that’s the problem with Spotify. Artists are paid a fraction of a cent per streamed song and consumers don’t own anything.

After my Spotify years, I have a huge gap in my music collection. For my $9.99 I could have bought an album per month. The fact that I wasn’t buying any music hurt the independent artists whose music I value. I have written about several independent artists on this and previous blogs. This year, I will start buying songs and albums again with the money I am not giving to Spotify.

Joshua Radin’s new album “Onward and Sideways” drops on January 6th. I will regain integrity as a music consumer and buy it, supporting a great artist.