Below are answers to questions you might have. Please refer to this list before emailing us. Also, read our About section for more info on the Red River Noise editorial staff.
How can I contact Red River Noise?
• Email us at [email protected]
Do you accept album review submissions from bands?
• Yes, if you’re in a band (or represent a band as manager or publicist), you can mail us physical copies or email us a download link to your album in high-quality mp3 files. Note: We don’t guarantee that we will review your album if you mail or email us. We are very busy and selective, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Just email us for our physical address if you want to send us a CD.
Where is Red River Noise based?
• We are based in and around Austin, Texas. It’s the Live Music Capital of the World, you know.
Can I write or shoot photos for Red River Noise?
• I don’t know, can you? Email us your resume and samples of your work. We’re currently only looking for contributors in Texas (preferably Austin). We may expand to accepting material from national and international contributors in the future, but for now we prefer keeping it in our backyard. An ideal candidate has experience writing or photographing for other publications (including college newspapers) and is knowledgeable and passionate about at least one of the following genres: indie rock, metal, punk, hip-hop, Latin alternative, electronic music, etc. At the same time, we only want young people who are enthusiastic and completely open to learning, being critiqued and being held to high standards. A journalism background is preferred, as most of our staff have studied journalism at a university or college. That education is what separates us from “bloggers” and we like to emphasize the journalist part of the phrase “music journalist.”
Can I advertise on Red River Noise?
• Contact us via our email at [email protected]
What kind of music does Red River Noise cover?
• Every kind, pretty much. Our personal iTunes and Windows Media libraries are filled with everything and anything, and we believe the same is true for most independent-minded music fans. Anyone who only listens to one kind of music is probably boring and we don’t want to hang out with them.
What does the name Red River Noise mean?
• The first half of the name refers to the independent music district in Austin. It runs along Red River Street and includes parts of 6th and 7th as well. Red River is where most of our favorite shows take place, so it’s only natural to pay tribute to it in the name of our all-encompassing music site. The Noise part comes from the belief that people consider music they don’t care for or understand to be nothing more than noise. We’re here to defend and respect that “noise.” Well, most of the time.
Why do you hate (insert band name here)? They’re totally awesome, you morons!
• We don’t hate any bands or musicians. We just see it as our duty to be brutally honest about the music we listen to and write about. Would you rather read a website that panders to you? If so, stop reading review sites and only read press releases instead. If you feel we’re being too harsh about your favorite band, that’s why there’s a comments section. And just because one writer thinks a certain band sucks, that doesn’t mean that the entire RRN team feels the same way. But we respect our writers enough to let them speak their minds, even when we disagree. If we hate anything, it’s insincerity and disingenuousness.
If you have any other questions, just email us.