What Is This Place? Who Are You? What Have You Done With My Wallet?

Ampeater Music is a web­site devoted to bridg­ing the gap between unsigned (or just plain under­ex­posed) artists and music lovers every­where. Every day we fea­ture a dif­fer­ent artist on what we call The Ampeater Review. Each fea­tured artist sub­mits a “dig­i­tal 7-inch” which we then com­ple­ment with a detailed review and offer as a free down­load. Our mis­sion is to help music lovers every­where con­nect with new artists, and in turn help artists reach out to new listeners.

What is a dig­i­tal 7-inch?

A dig­i­tal 7-inch is essen­tially a pro­mo­tional sin­gle. like the clas­sic vinyl 7-inch format, an ampeater dig­i­tal 7-inch includes two songs–an A-Side and a B-Side. The artist may choose both songs, but we encour­age artists to come out strong with an A-Side designed to hook new lis­ten­ers and a B-Side crafted for some­one a bit more adven­tur­ous. The tracks can be stu­dio record­ings, demos, or live tracks — new or released.

Nice Things

The Ampeater Review is a new blog/record label that fea­tures free down­loads of “dig­i­tal 7-inches” from unsigned bands every week­day. Designed as a means for pro­mot­ing fledg­ling artists, the site is a ver­i­ta­ble gold­mine for adven­tur­ous music lovers look­ing for some­thing new, as well as a much needed out­let for bands in search of expo­sure.

– Owl And Bear

I truly believe in what this site is doing, bring­ing back the heart and warmth, care and atten­tion to the cold cyn­i­cal blo­gos­phere. In depth reviews from peo­ple who truly care and think about their music for peo­ple who feel the same.

– Mr. Reader

Casual Business

CASUAL BUSINESS is an in-studio performance series happening at Serious Business Music in Manhattan. Each installment will contain two unique live performances captured on 2-inch tape and will appear as a free downloadable digital 7-inch, along with photos, videos, and 1,000 perfect words on The Ampeater Review. This series will represent a beautiful collision of the live-in-studio radio broadcast (Peel Sessions, BBC), old-school shotgun studio-hit-making (Motown, Stax), and instant digital dissemination.

The information age has introduced an unthinkable expansion of musical technologies, styles, choices, as well as distractions, hoaxes, and false promises. CASUAL BUSINESS will inject some musical truth serum through the veins of the zeitgeist. Our mission is to provide unique artists with a platform to celebrate their uniqueness in real time, live in a great recording studio, and then to share the results with the universe. Performances will be live and spontaneous. We encourage artists to use this platform to debut new material, unheard nuggets, alternate arrangements, covers, freakout jam free-for-alls, to wildly experiment or to simply and powerfully deliver their hits. This is the artists’ time.


  • Strawberry Hands, Boy Without God, Weyes Bluhd, RAUL, Amazing/Wow, Extra Life, Pet Ghost Project @ Pianos (2009 Launch Party)
  • Shark?, Cuddle Magic, Morning Benders w/ Hype Machine @ Housing Works (2010)
  • Twin Sister, Memoryhouse w/ Manic Productions @ Cafe Nine (2010)
  • Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Electric Tickle Machine, MiniBoone, Translations w/ QRO Mag @ The Knitting Factory (2010)
  • Boy Without God, PS I Love You, MiniBoone, Thieving Irons w/ QRO Mag @ Bar Matchless (Northside Festival 2010)
  • Young Mammals, Emanuel and the Fear, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Freedom or Death, Saadi, Kidstreet, Motel Model w/ Paper Garden Records @ The Living Room (CMJ 2010)
  • PS I Love You, Holiday Shores w/ Manic Productions @ Daniel Street (2010)