best drum solos of all time
The drum solo is where the dance of drama and timing take place. When all the other players give them space, the drummer can step into a place to express a truly novel form of musical expression through percussion. But not all drum solos are created equal. That’s why we’ve […]

The 10 Best Drum Solos of All Time

best winter concerts in nyc
Music in New York City is as pervasive as the asphalt that makes the roads. With so many venues to choose from, you would be hard pressed not to find something that suits your tastes in this city. For this article, we’re going to take a look at exciting winter […]

Five Best 2018 NYC Winter Concerts NOT to Miss

The Three Best Independent New York City Music Labels
New York has been a music mecca for decades. From big name acts and mainstays to the hottest indie and underground music scene this side of the Mississippi, New York City has been THE place to be for the recording industry since the radio age. We’ve decided to compile a […]

The Three Best Independent New York City Music Labels

best guitar solos of all time
Ahh, the guitar solo. The key element in any raging rock tune, the guitar solo is the most compact and often most dramatic part of a song. Each and every professional guitar player has their own particular approach and character, which means no two solos sound the same. But not […]

The Five Best Guitar Solos of All Time

Have you ever recorded a song and just know that something sounds a little off? It may not be that the single is necessarily bad, but there is definitely an element that’s lacking – one that keeps your song from sounding truly professional. Now, if you are in this bind, […]

How You Can Make Your Songs Sound as Professional as ...

Best NYC live Music Neighborhoods If you’re someone who loves live music, New York is a veritable heaven. From all the legendary spots with reputations decades in the making, to the tiny haunts serving up the best of the local scene, there’s no place like the Big Apple for live […]

3 Best NYC Neighborhoods for Live Music

How to play double bass pedal
Double Bass – A Quick and Definitive Guide Double bass is a staple in lots of metal music, and is one part of a larger arsenal of tools a drummer can use to create dynamic and novel rhythm patterns. But, using double bass requires lots of practice. It’s one part […]

Learn How to Play Double Bass Drum

As the city that never sleeps, New York City is a place defined by its nightlife. With world-class clubs—definitive destinations for all manner of acts—often closing late, it can be tough to find a place for a great post-show meal. As musicians ourselves, we have some experience navigating the late […]

Best Late Night Restaurants for After a Show in NYC

We get it. Having a day job is a part of life, but as a musician you’re always balancing the dream gig with the one that’ll pay the bills. Unfortunately, the second part is the one we hate the most but is often required for us to continue on our […]

The Definitive Guide for How to Have a Day Job ...

Busking is a tradition as old as music itself. Another arm in a musician’s public performance arsenal, busking is at once a fun pastime and an opportunity to be heard by passersby on your own terms. All around NYC you can hear music in the air. In fact, some might […]

BUSKING IN NYC: A Definitive Guide

We at Rivington Music believe seeing live music inspires us to play. A lot of times witnessing a truly fantastic spectacle of live performance will have us waking up the next day feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to play. 2018 is chock full of some incredible performers on national tours. […]

The Best Summer Concerts in 2018

You’re a guitarist with a tonal range as wide as the great blue sky. You’re ready for your next gig, but have eleven different pedals that all require their own power source and connection to your amp. You could just splay them all out on the floor in front of […]

The Definitive Guide to Building a DIY Pedal Board

williamsburg bridge
Williamsburg has carved itself a niche in terms of live music venues. Local legends and nationally-renowned greats alike take to the Brooklyn neighborhood’s hallowed venues in hopes of expanding their reach and playing to more intimate audiences. Based on the caliber of entertainment, ability to be a definitive spot for […]

The Definitive Guide to the Best Williamsburg Music Venues

how to book gigs for your band
You’ve got the band together, and you’re ready to book some gigs. Yet, especially in the New York City area there is a lot of competition—with over eight million people in the area, it’s pretty easy to believe there are thousands of bands out there. So, presenting your band to […]

How to Book More Gigs for Your Band

best live music bars nyc
Hotspot Bars for Live Music New York City’s bar scene is perhaps one of the most diverse in the world. With many locations featuring live music, the possibilities of catching local acts or those traveling through are nearly endless. But not all live music bars are created equal. The best […]

Best Live Music Bars in NYC

Setting up guitar pedals is fairly simple if you just have one, however, when there are multiple FX pedals in the mix, you may need a little help. Check out this super useful guide to guitar pedals from Zing Instruments. Via

How to Set Up Guitar Pedals – Infographic

NYC open mics
Open mics are a mixed bag. While they can be fun, what with almost all kinds of acts taking the stage, they can also be a frustrating experience. Often, open mic nights are where people just starting out playing music—or any other kind of performance act, like stand-up comedy—will hone […]

Your Guide to Open Mics in NYC

how to tune a drum kit
As a drummer, tuning your skins is part of the job. How to tune your drums, while being a craft in and of itself, is largely dependent on the type of sound you want. The thing to remember is that you can tune your drums to the key of a […]

The Need to Know about Tuning Drums