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  • 5 Tips to Avoid Music Industry Scams

    New England's Best Artists
    Donavon Parker
    27 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Remember Q-Tip’s infamous line, “Industry rule #4080, record people are shady?” What a clever jab at the sinister side of the music business! It underscores how important it is to be aware of “sharks” looking to profit off the hopes and dreams of unsigned artists. Many other major artists have made their disdain known and warned about the music industry’s shady underworld. With the popularity of social media, these con artists have discovered a new method to find victims. Technological advances have made it so easy for con artists to target and scam…
  • Why Music Is Good For Your Health

    Turned Up To Eleven
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Music is undoubtedly one of the most popular forms of media in the world. But did you know that there are many benefits to yield when listening to music? We take a look at what a good dose of your favourite music can do for you. It Helps Ease Pain The medical journal Frontiers in Psychology published a study that found fibromyalgia patients experience less pain when listening to 10 minutes of music liked. The music was slower than 120 beats-per-minutes, and saw the patients experience more mobility with the music. Music Can Help You Focus A 2007 study carried out in the Stanford University…
  • #HHERePost Chuck Taylor – “YOU HEARD!” [The Buzz Is Real / Instant Download] @VirDiKO @ChuckTaylorLive

    Hip Hop Encounter
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    VirDiKO Music Promotion: Proudly Serving The World̵ […]
  • Just Got Back – Examining The Booty

    Power Pop Review
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:13 pm
    One of the first things we do when we get home from each IPO festival is unzip the suitcases and have a look at the booty. Well not the very first thing but after a cup of tea and a contemplate, the delay in coming down from the high of a week of solid good pop music is certainly eased and extended, and maybe relived a little by taking it all in... Please click this link to see bigger version of this pictureOut come the clothes, the toiletries and whathaveyous, we burrow down and retrieve every last item – a bevy of CDs which says you have been watching and listening to all this...We…
  • U2's Bono injured while cycling, 'Tonight Show' gig delayed

    Latest Music News and Blogs from Gigulate - Sorted every second.
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    (Reuters) - U2 frontman Bono was injured while cycling in New York's Central Park, forcing a delay in the Irish rockers' return to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon...Relates to: U2From: Reuters
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    Kings of A&R

  • Jared & The Mill

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Kings favorite Jared & The Mill continue to impress with their popular track Breath Me In. They kicked off their fall tour alongside Canadian singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson and Patrick Droney. They hit the road in June 2014 with Barry Gibb performing for thousands of fans across the country at sold-out shows. They have also shared the stage with notable artists including Flogging Molly, Cake, The Killers, Y La Bamba, Joe Pug, Horse Feathers, and playing at Summerfest 2014 in Milwaukee with The Zac Brown Band. They are currently working on their next EP, which is slated for release in…
  • Ed Prosek

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Buzz Track: Hold On Tight Californian singer-songwriter Ed Prosek is creating a buzz with his latest work. His latest track “Hold On Tight” hit 100,000 plays in less than 3 weeks, and reached #1 on Hype Machine. With comparisons to James Vincent McMorrow, Patrick Watson, George Ezra and Ben Howard, he has dramatically announced himself as one to watch on the scene. Prosek has toured the UK, the West Coast of the US and Germany and just completed a 12 date UK Tour that took him all the way up to Aberdeen. Ed Prosek is an artist to watch… Contact:…
  • The Creative Life with Tom Sturges

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Renowned music industry executive Tom Sturges literally wrote the book on creativity. In his most recent work, Every Idea Is A Good Idea, he explores the two primary types of creativity- individual and collaborative. While the book is a must-read no matter what you do, filled with excellent advice and exercises to help anyone find their creative center and learn to access it more efficiently, many of us work with artists every day in a non-creative capacity. We followed up with him to find out a little more about how to have a successful relationship with truly creative people, and see what…
  • Corsica Arts Club

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Since our last feature on Corsica Arts Club this indie duo has released a new single Untamed. They’ve captured the attention of tastemakers at NME, MTV, and KCRW, and were invited by the band Spoon to open for them in Los Angeles. As far as the new single, it was inspired by New Order, Bryan Ferry, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, and Iggy Pop’s “The Idiot”. Their last single California I follow immediately made us fans. Contact:
  • Jaime Payne

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Buzz Track: Figure It Out This is a great track by Jaime Payne, a Toronto folk-pop singer-songwriter. Upon the release of her new MuchFACT video which landed #3 on the Fresh Five Countdownon The Verge/ SiriusXM 173, in October, Payne says, “I play music to share my own stories. I want to sing songs that say something important, not just popular. Something that resonates. Music that you feel to; a song that makes you think.” The track also reached #1 on Top 20 Countdown on Hunters Bay Radio. Payne is an artist to watch. Contact:
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  • LISTEN | KUČKA - 'Divinity'

    Jeremy Daniel
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Hailing from Perth, Australia, KUČKA (pron. Coo-ch-ka) will release her alluring new single 'Divinity' on Tuesday November 25 as the inaugural release on newly-launched Sydney label, Midnight Feature. The single represents the latest glimpse of KUČKA’s forthcoming EP, due early 2015. Co-produced with fellow creative James Ireland (Hamjam, Savoir), 'Divinity' is a signature shard of neo-R&B, equally steeped in hypnotic charisma and gently asphyxiating pop menace. Photo Credit: Robert Simeon Born Laura Jane Lowther, KUČKA has already carved herself a foreboding presence…
  • WATCH | Lionface - 'Stronger'

    Jeremy Daniel
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Last month we premiered the newest single 'Stronger' from Bristol alt-pop artist Kat Marsh (better known as Lionface) and she's returned with a video for the single which you can watch above. 'Stronger' was recorded with producer Peter Miles (Dry The River, The Skints and We Are The Ocean), and was written from Lionface's late grandmother's perspective. “My Grandad was killed when my dad was a teenager. 'Stronger' is about finding the strength to survive and to not let what happened destroy your family” The 'Girl/'Stronger' double A-side single is out now and available to stream and…
  • Review: Röyksopp - The Inevitable End [Album]

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    You may remember a few weeks back we at AltSounds pondered the future of the physical album release. Well, it looks like we weren't the only ones thinking about this, because the Norwegian electro-pioneers Royksopp have announced their latest album will be the last to be released as a full-length physical copy. That's not to say Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland have grown weary of their near twenty year partnership. Instead, the twosome have announced this will be their last release in the 'standard album format'. This might not come as such a blow to some fans, who view their best work…
  • NY-based garage-rockers Sun Voyager announce split EP release

    Nuno Saque Ferreira
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Psychedelic-garage rockers Sun Voyager are dropping their newest split release Grease Voyage on December 9th. Sun Voyager’s hard charging, three track half of the split comes in tandem with Brooklyn-based band Greasy Hearts, label mates on King Pizza Records. Since their inception in July 2012, the trio of Carlos Valle (guitar/vocals), Stefan Mersch (bass) and Kyle Beach (drums) have pumped out two other EPs, Cosmic Tides and Mecca and most recently released a demo entitled "Gypsy Hill". Radio-blog The Obelisk praised Mecca saying, “it blends the classic with the modern and captures a…
  • Sons Of Kemet get Remixed and spawn new Label Vinyl Series 'White On Black'

    Nuno Saque Ferreira
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    When London quartet Sons of Kemet released its debut album Burn last year (out now on Naim), no one could have predicted the impact that it made. The band won a MOBO, featured on many 'Albums of the Year' and 'Best Of' lists from iTunes to the Quietus and gained a reputation for incendiary live shows. Unsurprisingly, remixes started to appear, but two in particular caught the eagle eyes of their record label Naim. Rather than consign these masterful reinterpretations to the digital domain, Naim decided to go one step better and release the tracks on vinyl. 'Going Home' was the Sons of Kemet…
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  • The Alpine Drums - Making music with toolbox and spanners

    oritteropo (/music/member/oritteropo)
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Armed with toolboxes, spanners, and traditional Bavarian dress, the Bavarian Alpine Drums group plays for German television, in a segment called "Wirtshausmusikanten" (Tavern musicians). YouTube Description: Alpin Drums - Blechlawine | Wirtshausmusikanten | BR Die Alpin Drums mit der "Blechlawine" bei den Wirtshausmusikanten beim Hirzinger. Mehr unter
  • Burning Spear -- Slavery days

    kulpims (/music/member/kulpims)
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Winston Rodney (born March 1, 1948), also known as Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Like many famous Jamaican reggae artists, Burning Spear is known for his Rastafari movement messages. Rodney was born in Saint Ann’s Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica, as were Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey; who both had a great influence on Rodney’s life. Garvey in his philosophy, which Burning Spear greatly took to, and Marley in directly helping Burning Spear get started in the music industry. Burning Spear was originally Rodney’s group, named after Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime…
  • Amazing Voice and Nice Shoulder Checks...

    Arkayas (/music/member/Arkayas)
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Amazing Voice - love listening to her sing. Great Cover of Blondie's Heart of Glass
  • Honest Trailers - The Little Mermaid

    PlayhousePals (/music/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    "Surround yourself with friends who are dumber and badder than you." YouTube: It's been 25 years since Disney took us under the sea. Now, relive the film that saved Disney before Pixar did - The Little Mermaid!!
  • Happy Thanksgiving all! (Hamster style...)

    SFOGuy (/music/member/SFOGuy)
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Ok, it's not original, because Gawker posted it first. But it is cute. Happy Thanksgiving,'s nearly here!
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    Unreality TV

  • Melissa McCarthy To Play Tinker Bell In New Shawn Levy Comedy

    Damen Norton
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    People tend to forget that Melissa McCarthy is an Academy Award nominee.  In fact, she accomplished something that only a select group of actors/actresses have been able to do it the past – she was nominated for a purely comedic performance.  The role was the cantankerous and unapologetically profane Megan in the 2011 Kristen Wiig hit Bridesmaids, and it’s been McCarthy’s world ever since – we just live on it.  Immediately, she propelled to the top of the Hollywood A-list as the go-to performer when a film was in need of a fearless comedic talent, and she was…
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Star Chris Pratt In Talks For Universal’s COWBOY NINJA VIKING

    Damen Norton
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Chris Pratt’s ascension from doughy, pie-eyed TV star to suave, charismatic movie star has been the talk of 2014.  As lovable loser Andy Dwyer on NBC’s hit comedy Parks and Recreation, Pratt was able to cut his teeth in a project that could give him the opportunity to showcase his comedic flair, and he translated that success into a subsequent career in film, with memorable turns in films like Bennett Miller’s Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty alongside Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, and Mark Strong.  But,…
  • Is This The Entire Plot Of The Upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot?

    Damen Norton
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Earlier today, a synopsis appeared on the internet which reportedly reveals the entire plot to Fox’s upcoming reboot of Marvel’s The Fantastic Four.  During the very low-key production, director Josh Trank and his crew successfully blocked out any major leaks, but in recent weeks, the film has already started generating severe backlash. The trouble began when actor Toby Kebbell began speaking about his character, Doctor Doom, in interviews while out promoting the DVD release of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.  Through his comments, it was determined that Trank and writer Simon…
  • Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning Eyed For Jean Grey Role In X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

    Damen Norton
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Director Bryan Singer is moving full-speed ahead with production on his next film, X-Men: Apocalypse, the follow-up to this year’s critically-acclaimed X-Men: Days Of Future Past.  Singer quickly began working on the story, which will see the team of mutants take on the villainous Apocalypse, right after Days Of Future Past hit theaters.   Because of the shifting timeline of the newer, updated franchise, characters that have been portrayed on-screen previously are now being re-cast with younger stars.  The next film will likely take place in the 1980’s, meaning that some of…
  • Which TV Star Almost Played Star-Lord in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

    Damen Norton
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    This year’s biggest movie was Guardians Of The Galaxy, and it’s easy to see why.  James Gunn, a man who we normally don’t associate with big budget fare, found a way to make one of the more obscure Marvel titles a genuine hit.  The film netted Marvel a cool $770 million, outdoing their other summer hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which surprised several box office analysts.  Both films were critical successes as well, and the best surprise to come out of the whole ordeal was the star-making performance of Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt, who played the…
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  • Jack Garratt – “The Love You’re Given” (Stereogum Premiere)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Jack Garratt is one of those musicians who sounds both singular and familiar. The London singer’s aesthetic bears the marks of so many previous reference points — everything from the futurist electronic pop of James Blake and Son Lux to the downcast folk-rock balladry of Frightened Rabbit and Damien Rice — yet songs like the spooky R&B jam “The Love You’re Given,” which just debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show, don’t fit into any box. The song starts out with haunting operatic vocal akin to Coldplay’s “Another’s…
  • “Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips – “”Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”" (John & Yoko Cover) “

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Flaming Lips joined Yoko Ono for a studio version of John & Yoko’s now-classic Christmas song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which was originally recorded in 1971 with the Harlem Community Choir. The Flaming Lips and Ono have performed the track live together in the past, with Wayne Coyne adopting John Lennon’s lyrical parts. The song is a part of a Christmas compilation titled All Is Bright, which also features Liz Phair, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, and Escort, among others. Listen and check the tracklist below.Read More...
  • Nicole Atkins – “Red Ropes”

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nicole Atkins will release a deluxe edition of this year’s Slow Phaser accompanied by an eight-song live recording of a performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple when Atkins was the special guest of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The live sound of “Red Ropes” doesn’t differ much from the version found on Slow Phaser, but the scaled-back instrumentation makes the song noticeably heavier. Check out “Red Ropes” and the Live CD’s tracklist below. Read More...
  • Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album Policy

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    For a little while, we’ve known that Arcade Fire member Will Butler was at work on his first-ever solo album. Last week, we posted video of him playing a few promising solo songs at a secret show in Brooklyn. And now, we know a few details about the album. As Pitchfork points out, it’s called Policy and it’s coming out 3/10 on Merge. As of right now, that is all we know. But those songs he played live were good, so let’s get excited anyway!
  • Ghostface Killah – “Double Cross” (Feat. AZ)

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Ghostface Killah is a couple of weeks away from releasing his superhero-revenge concept album 36 Seasons, and we’ve already heard the R&B-flavored “Love Don’t Live Here No More” and the AZ/Kool G Rap collab “The Battlefield.” The verbose, hardnosed Queensbridge rap veteran AZ actually shows up on a handful of album tracks, which hopefully means he plays an actual character in the album’s narrative. One of those songs is “Double Cross,” probably the best thing we’ve heard from 36 Seasons thus far. It’s a strutting boom-bap…
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  • October Auto Sales Top Expectations

    Spencer Osborne
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    October saw auto sales beat expectations as October of 2014 was the best October seen in many years.  Sales came in at an impressive 1.277 million, an improvement over the 1.203 million sold in October of 2013.  The news sets up a good start to the Q4 numbers and should also bode well for SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  The SAAR for October of 2014 was 16.5 million.  This is not the highest SAAR we have seen this year, but it is in the top side of monthly SAAR’s during the year.  Truck sales seemed to lead the way. Most automakers saw month over month gains.  The year to date total on…
  • SiriusXM Earnings Look Good, But Look Deeper

    Spencer Osborne
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    SiriusXM reported earnings today, and at first blush it would appear that the company met expectations, and is performing well enough to raise some guidance metrics for the balance of the year.  The company reported record revenue, saw net income increase 117%, had a record $381 million in adjusted EBITDA, has repurchased $2.1 billion in stock, and raised guidance on subscribers, revenue, and free cash flow.  With all of that, what is not to like?  Churn went up to 1.9% quarter over quarter, and conversion rate from trial subscriptions to self paying subscriptions dropped from 42% to 41%.
  • Taylor Swift To Visit SiriusXM In Town Hall Series

    Spencer Osborne
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    SiriusXM announced today that global superstar and seven time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners for the SiriusXM “Town Hall” series on Wednesday, October 29.  The event will be moderated by SiriusXM Hits 1’s The Morning Mash Up hosts Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson.   “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Taylor Swift” will air live on Wednesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1. The “Town Hall Series” typically takes place in the SiriusXM studios, and an intimate group of…
  • SiriusXM Earnings Are On Tap

    Spencer Osborne
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    We are just a day away from SiriusXM announcing its Q3 earnings.  The company appears to have had a very good Q3 in that it raised subscriber guidance over a month ago.  Auto Sales in 2014 have been strong, and the company seems to have seen good traction in the used car segment as well.  Last quarter the company brought in $1.035 billion in revenue on $751 million of costs.  This allowed the company to report an income of almost $284 million and an EPS of 2 cents. Wall Street is expecting Q3 to deliver 2 cents again on revenue that grew slightly to $1.04 billion.  While these numbers…
  • Halloween 2014 On SiriusXM

    Spencer Osborne
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Halloween is upon us and as tradition would have it, SiriusXM is offering up a myriad of content surrounding the October 31st holiday.  SiriusXM’s exclusive Halloween-themed programming will begin Friday, October 24 at 6:00 pm ET.  The extensive programming, which will include everything from scary stories for adults to party sounds for kids and families and more, will air across SiriusXM’s multiple talk, music, and comedy channels.  Here is a sampling of what you can hear: SiriusXM’s Scream Radio will provide the ultimate scary sound-effect soundtrack for fun and fright,…
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    Roger McGuinn's Folk Den

  • Little Moses

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Little Moses – Click To Play This spiritual was made popular by the Carter Family. A.P. Carter had learned it from his aunt Myrtle Bays who had learned it from her mother. It goes back a long way! Lyrics: Away by the river so clear The ladies were […]
  • Henry Lee

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Henry Lee – Click To Play Derived from Child Ballad #68 “Young Hunting,” this classic tale of murder by a jilted lover is a good example of a Fatal Error. If Henry Lee had held his tongue about his love in that “Merry Green Land” he may have […]
  • Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now – Click To Play Derived from an old Scottish folk song “The Wee Cooper O’ Fife” with a nonsense chorus. It was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film “The Birds.” The tune sounds like dance music from another time. Lyrics: [A] I […]
  • Tell Ole Gil

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Tell Ole Gil – Click To Play We don’t know exactly what kind of trouble Gil ran into but one might suspect from the first verse it had something to do with those “downtown gals” or perhaps their male “protectors.” Lyrics: Capo on second fret [G] Tell old […]
  • Hard Times of Old England

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Hard Times of Old England – Click To Play As Camilla and I prepare for our extensive Concert Tour through the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, I’m reminded of this song. As part of the Folk Process, I’ve replaced the last line: “And soon I’ll have occasion […]
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    XLR8R News and Features

  • Listen to the Title Track from Egyptrixx's Upcoming LP

    XLR8R Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Over the past few weeks, Canadian producer David Psutka has gradually unveiled plans to launch the Halocline Trance label, for which his third full-length record as Egyptrixx will serve as the imprint's inaugural release. Now, the forthcoming LP's title track has been made available to stream in full. read more
  • Villain "Vantage (Subterranean Dub)"

    XLR8R Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Earlier this month, LA producer Villain became the latest producer to step up on local label Futra, delivering his Vantage EP via the label. Across its four tracks, the record sees Villain lacing heavy-handed rhythmic structures with dense sonic atmospheres, such as on the record's closing cut, a "Subterranean Dub" version of the EP's title track. Stretched across six minutes, the dub strips back the original effort's drum pattern, focusing on an industrial half-time step which cuts through a wide-spread array of moody chords and swelling pads. Out now, the rest of Villain's recent Vantage EP…
  • Check Out an Extended DJ Session from Galcher Lustwerk

    XLR8R Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    While in Germany for a string of dates, rising NYC producer/DJ Galcher Lustwerk stopped by Berlin Community Radio to play some records. Now, Lustwerk's two-plus-hour set is available to hear in full. read more
  • Jacques Greene Shares New Video for "After Life, After Party"

    XLR8R Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Earlier this month, NYC-via-Montreal producer Jacques Greene returned to the LuckyMe label with the four-track After Life, After Party EP, the title track from which has now received a video treatment. read more
  • S-Ampel "Playing Games"

    XLR8R Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A bonus cut to S-Ampel's forthcoming The Escapist EP for UK label Decay, "Playing Games" is an acutely focused dancefloor cut. An efficient tool of sorts, the track leads with sharp four-on-the-floor rhythms and undulating sub-bass, on top of which the Birmingham producer lays down dubbed chords, wordless vocal murmurs, and light touches of percussion and FX. Before S-Ampel's deep-rooted The Escapist EP lands next week (November 24, to be exact), the upcoming three-track record can be previewed after the jump. read more
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  • Popdose Conceptual Theater: Heavy Liquid

    Jack Feerick
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Paul Pope is a comics rock star. From his first self-published graphic novels in the early 1990s, his singular vision and staggering technique have led industry insiders to hail him as the future of comics — and as his self-bestowed nickname PulpHope indicates, he has embraced the role. I met him nearly twenty years ago, at a small-press expo in Montreal. The first and only issue of Buzz Buzz had just dropped, so this would have been 1996; Pope had only been publishing for two or three years at this point. But when he walked into the hotel bar, every head turned, as if Jim fucking Morrison…
  • CD REVIEWS: Led Zeppelin, “IV” and “Houses Of The Holy” (reissues)

    Rob Ross
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I don’t know how to find the right words for two albums that were almost “standard issue” when I was a teen and starting to move towards playing guitar and getting into “serious” rock (after a youth-filled power pop foundation).  EVERYONE  had IV; you had to.  It had fucking “Stairway To Heaven” (which, admittedly, I’ve grown to cringe at whenever I hear it).  It had “Black Dog” and “Rock And Roll”.  It had “The Battle of Evermore” and “Misty Mountain Hop”.  Did I love it when I heard it; did…
  • Soul Serenade: The Contours, “First I Look At The Purse”

    Ken Shane
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Statistics tell us that the economy is improving. The stock market is reaching new highs, lots of jobs have been created, and the unemployment rate is down. Here in Rhode Island however, it’s hard to see things getting better. The state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and in the recent election every single politician said that jobs were their first priority. In short, everyone here is looking at the purse, which brings us neatly to this week’s featured record. See what I did there? In 1958 a quartet called the Blenders got together in Detroit. Billy…
  • CD Review: Aerial, “Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak At School?”

    Dw. Dunphy
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Contrary to my usual statements that I don’t, I do like surprises so long as they’re nice surprises. All too often, surprise is rendered in the “We’ve come to harvest your kidneys for the black market” kind. When you are in the business of reviewing music, you are regularly met with the latter kind of surprise, attended by the thought that this is a new artist or a new band. They could really use some positive energy, and I’m just not getting into their album. I have a choice. Be honest, which could be severely unhelpful; or say nothing which, in its way,…
  • 5 current top 40 pop songs I actually like, so sue me

    Pete Chianca
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning, and because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally she’ll throw me a bone and put on one of “my stations” — she can sometimes find something she likes on Boston’s WERS or 92.5 The River — but most often we’re in top 40 territory, and I find myself gripping the wheel like a man being tortured by Katy Perry, because that’s what I am. But despite my avowed affinity for rock both classic and modern, sometimes I find myself actually grooving along to the hits (although singing along to…
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    The KEXP Blog

  • Thursday Music News

    Janice Headley
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    photo courtesy of the artist The snowstorm that has hit the east coast has trapped both Interpol and their tourmates Hundred Waters in their bus. After 50+ hours stuck on the road, and two shows canceled, they started moving a little bit this Thursday morning, only to get stuck again in Buffalo. You can follow the band’s progress on Twitter, thanks to guitarist Daniel Kessler. Sending good thoughts to the bands, their crew, and everyone stuck in the snow in New York. [Pitchfork] Retro-inspired duo She & Him share yet another charming video, this time for their cover of Dusty…
  • Review Revue: Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet

    Levi Fuller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I have a confession to make: I am just now listening to Mark Lanegan’s solo debut, The Winding Sheet, for the first time. I know, I should probably turn in my Seattle Rock Card (where did I put that damn thing, anyway?). I’m 38, I’ve lived here for 13 years; I have no excuse. Of course I’ve heard a lot of Lanegan over the years, from witnessing a transfixing live performance in Dublin (long story); to greatly enjoying his collaborations over the years with Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell, and others; to digging into at least a couple of the four solo albums…
  • Album Review: NAVVI – // EP

    Gerrit Feenstra
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seattle electronic duo NAVVI have enjoyed a steady climb towards full scene integration over the past year, and with the band’s first EP out this week to plenty of web hype, it looks like nothing is set to slow it moving forward. Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry introduced NAVVI to the world in October of last year with the James Blake-sampling “Weekends“, which took to the blogs like wildfire. The band quickly followed with the “Used to Feel” and “Glass” singles, with each track expanding the band’s sonic landscape bit by bit to keep fans and…
  • Song of the Day: King Tuff – Eyes of the Muse

    Jim Beckmann
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo by Amber Zbitnoff Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff from the 2014 album Black Moon Spell on Sub Pop. King Tuff – Eyes of the Muse (MP3) Kyle Thomas is his real name, but while wielding an ax, he’s King Tuff. Or Tuffy if he’s feeling fluffy. If you…
  • Wednesday Music News

    Janice Headley
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    photo courtesy of the band With the success of the recent Slowdive reunion and news that guitarist Andy Bell had been freed from his Beady Eye obligations, it’s no wonder shoegaze band Ride have announced they’ll be reuniting. Starting in May 2015, the band have scheduled some shows in Europe, including the Primavera Sound Festival and a headlining spot for London’s Field Day festival. One U.S. show has been announced, for June 4th at New York’s Terminal 5. [Spin] After this summer’s blazing performance at Concerts at the Mural, we’ve been waiting for new…
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    Create Digital Music

  • Bitwig Studio 1.1 Adds Lots of Details; Can It Escape Ableton’s Shadow?

    Peter Kirn
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Bitwig Studio has been quietly plugging along in development, adding loads of engineering improvements under the hood. Version 1.1 is the largest update yet. Here’s the summary of the update: Minus the marketing speak, the exhaustive changelog (here, for Mac): It’s an impressively long list of enhancements in quantity, though most of the changes are fixes and enhanced hardware and plug-in compatibility. For instance, you can side-chain VSTs, and there are new options for routing multiband effects and multi-channel…
  • Need a Tempo, Fast? Grab Your Web Browser

    Peter Kirn
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s the little things. This just got added to my bookmarks; maybe it’ll be on yours. Press the spacebar repeatedly, and you get an accurate BPM count for a song. It’s actually useful to help learn to recognize BPM, as well, if you listen frequently when at your computer. (The trick used to be to look at the second hand of your wristwatch, as two ticks would be 120 bpm – but that requires an analog wristwatch.) And yes, surely this will be one of the first native Apple Watch tools when its native SDK ships next year. Thanks to the wondrous…
  • AKAI Rhythm Wolf Review: Analog Doesn’t Always Mean Better

    Peter Kirn
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Dance music, it seems, has come full circle. Techno’s roots began with affordable oddball hardware, abused into new genres. And now, the appetite for cheap little boxes that make grooves is back. But does “cheap” and “analog” always make for a winner? Well, not necessarily. But let’s find out why. This is the AKAI Rhythm Wolf. When we first saw it, it was clear people would want it, because physically, visually, it has the things you’d want – even before you get to the accessible price. There are velocity-sensitive pads for each part, coupled…
  • Meet KORG’s New Sample Sequencing volca – And its SDK for Sampling

    Peter Kirn
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    The KORG volca sample is here – and it’s more open than we thought. We’ve seen KORG’s affordable, compact, battery-powered volca formula applied to synths (BASS and KEYS) and a drum machine (BEATS). I’m especially partial to the booming kick of the BASS, the sound of the KEYS (which despite the name also works as a bass synth), and the clever touch sequencing interface. Well, now having teased the newest addition to the family, we’re learning about the details of the KORG sample. It’s not a sampler per se – there’s no mic or audio input…
  • Hack Biology, Body, and Music: Open Call for MusicMakers Hacklab

    Peter Kirn
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    For the past two winters, CDM has joined with Berlin’s CTM Festival to invite musical participants to grow beyond themselves. Working in freshly-composed collaborations, they’ve built new performances in a matter of days, then presented them to the world – as of last year, in a public, live show. This year, they will work even more deeply inside themselves, finding the interfaces between body and music, biology and sound. And that means we’re inviting everyone from choreographers to neuroscientists to apply, as much as musicians and code makers. Playing with the CTM…
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  • 'ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality'

    Jason Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Shaun Ossei-Owusu, writing for the Huffington Post: Examining ODB, a fascinating personage in and of himself, also offers insights into institutions and logics that help shape black sociopolitical life -- specifically, the welfare state and the criminal justice system on the one hand and, not unrelated, distrust of government and racial suspicion on the other. Although Dirt's drug use and suspected mental illness obscured these insights, a critical inquiry into his life and archive highlights some of the unpleasant features of American race relations; it also illustrates the point that some…
  • Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Free on Google Play

    Jason Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lorde's album, Pure Heroine, is free this week on Google Play. Submitted by ignition
  • Andrew McMahon on Voice and Verse Podcast

    Jason Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Andrew McMahon is on the latest Voice & Verse podcast. Submitted by JohnR
  • Sweaters Unfold Themselves; 10 Years Later

    Jason Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Happy 10 years to Cartel's The Ransom EP. Still one of my favorite EPs.
  • Farro Post Song Clip

    Jason Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Farro have posted a clip of the song "Color Rush" on Instagram. Submitted by tubesb
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  • Hip-Hop Rumors: Suge Knight Knows Who Shot Him!

    illseed (@illseed)
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Here is something most people don’t know, including the music industry. We keep more secrets than we ever reveal over here at AllHipHop. So, this situation with the Suge Knight shooting earlier this year had everybody perplexed and there were definitely some theories floating around. Well, the crazy thing is, Suge know’s who shot him and it has been a feud that has carried on for years in the background over money, our sources tell us. I cannot say much else other than the streets are still heavily in the music industry even if the money has dried up. But, more importantly, these people…
  • ADD52 Celebrates Russell Simmons And Steve Rifkind, Brings Out Erykah Badu, 2 Chainz, Trinidad James And More

    Rea Melissa Davis @Reyonce_
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for All Def Digital Legendary music moguls Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind hosted a super exclusive event celebrating their music platform ADD52 in partnership with Samsung and Milk Music. The night kicked off with a set DJ’ed by the one and only Erykah Badu, who played a blend of R&B and funk to keep things lively. Shortly after her set, ADD52 presented NYC-bred Alus, who’s strong vocals and cute appearance made an impression with the crowd. She was followed by up-and coming MC RJ, who performed his newest single “How You…
  • DJ Just Dizle – “Throwback Thursdays Mix #9″ (Posse Cuts Edition Pt. 1)

    Scooby Wilson (@mcscoobins)
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    9th week and we don’t stop…this one right here…a mix nothing but Posse Cuts aka rap collabos between different cliques, crews, squads and this is only part one, heads are going to love this. Stream and tracklist down below. Tracklist: 01 – Dr. Dre – Lyrical Gangbang 02 – The Murderers – We Dont Give A Fuck ft Lady Of Rage, Kurupt & RBX 03 – LL Cool J – I Shot Ya (Remix) ft Keith Murray,Prodigy,Fat Joe & Foxy Brown 04 – The Firm – Affirmative action 05 – Onyx – The Worst f. Raekwon & Method Man 06 –…
  • Drumma Boy Addresses Possible Court Case & Copycat Producers

    Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    (AllHipHop News) Producer Drumma Boyburst on the music scene by crafting tracks for rap stars like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Juicy J, Rick Ross, T.I., and many others. But it was a recent song Drumma made with Jeezy that has a Wisconsin rapper named Big Chris crying foul. [ALSO READ: Drumma Boy Named A National Ambassador For Moreno BHLV] Chris reportedly filed a lawsuit against Jeezy claiming the Atlanta native’s Seen It All: The Autobiography cut “Me OK” was a rip off of his own song “13 shots.” Drumma was the man behind the boards for…
  • Joey Bada$$ Announces Release Date For “B4.DA.$$” Album (VIDEO)

    Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    (AllHipHop News) After gaining attention from Hip Hop fans with the mixtapes 1999 and Summer Knights, Joey Bada$$ is ready to share his debut studio album with the world. Joey revealed the release date for B4.DA.$$ in a trailer for the project uploaded to YouTube. [ALSO READ: Joey BadA$$ Featured In The Adidas 2014 Skateboarding Fall/Winter Lookbook] The video ends with the words “B4.DA.$$ 1.20.15″ on the screenThe Pro Era member also added a message with the visuals. Joey wrote: P.eace young world this is the Badmon Jozif and I just want to thank all of my supporters and…
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    Tracksounds (The Blog)

  • SoundCast Episode 77 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 2

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Episode 77 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 2For part 2 of of this Marvel Phase 3 discussion, Kristen Romanelli (Film Score Monthly), David Kociemba, Wendell Jones (Sideshow Sound Radio) finish out with Christopher Coleman and Richard Buxton on Captain Marvel, Inhumans and Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2.Episode Highlights00:21 — Let's Talk About Phase 3 ... part 201:42 — Captain Marvel24:07 — InHumans36:44 — Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 258:13 — Will Marvel Pull It Off?Music Selections00:00 — Extremis (Iron Man 3) by Brian Tyler07:58 — Main Title (The Cape) by…
  • Soundcast Interview: The Flight (Joe Henson, Alexis Smith) - Alien Isolation

    7 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Interview:  The Flight (Joe Henson, Alexis Smith)Marius Masalar talks to Joe Henson and Alexis Smith of ‘The Flight’ about their work on the multiplayer segment of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, as well as the full score to Alien: Isolation.From performing things live on esoteric instruments to the challenges of building on Jerry Goldsmith’s work, the duo discusses their process and offers a glimpse into their workflow and how their extensive experience producing for pop artists has informed their approach to media scoring.Episode Highlights00:00 — Intro00:45 — Getting the…
  • AmazonMP3's $5 Soundtrack Sale

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    AmazonMP3 continues to give us great weekly deals on soundtrack releases fans actually want.  This week they're offering some greats like E.T. (John Williams), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Ennio Morricone), An American Tail and A Beautiful Mind (James Horner).  There are several other less-known, but decent titles that you might have been on the fence about purchasing like:  Snow White and the Huntsman (James Newton Howard) or Halo 4 (Neil Davidge).  Check them out below or here for the full list of $5 titles!E.T.  The Extra-Terrestrial (20th Anniversary)by John…
  • Soundcast 76 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 1

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Episode 76 - The Music of Marvel Phase 3 - Part 1Kevin Feige recently unveiled the titles for the next massive phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Nine films will comprise Marvel's Phase 3 and will take us through 2019.  Christopher and Richard are joined by Kristen Romanelli (Film Score Monthly) David Kociemba (Adjust professor at Emerson College) and Wendell Jones (Sideshow Sound Radio Podcast) to discuss the announcement and who we'd like to see compose the scores for each of the upcoming films.Episode Highlights00:00 - Marvel Phase 3 Announcement Excerpt00:37 -…
  • Soundcast Ep. 75 - Top 10 2014 Summer Scores!

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Ep. 75 - Top 10 2014 Summer Scores!Christopher, Marius, Richard and Edmund reconvene to countdown their top ten scores from the very ripe, 2014 Summer movie line up!  It's been a few months, but we're back with  almost two-hours of episodic vengeance!Episode Highlights00:00 - Summer Countdown Mix01:00 - Intro and How We Spent Our Summer Vacation09:31 - #1027:35 - #937:10 - #845:08 - #764:49 - #673:10 - #576:07 - #480:00 - #393:19 - #297:14 - #199:31 - Scores that didn't make the listMusic Selections00:04 - "The Pod Chase" (Guardians of the Galaxy) by Tyler Bates09:55 - "Dochi…
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    Engine 145

  • The Mavericks, Steve Earle Announce New Albums; Billboard to Count Song Streams; The Voice Wants Jason Isbell

    Juli Thanki
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I can’t decide if this is funny-funny or sad-funny: a producer from The Voice emailed Jason Isbell to see if he wants to audition for the show. Isbell’s response is definitely funny, though. Steve Earle & The Dukes will release a new album called Terraplane on New West Records February 17. (via press release) Also out on February 17: Mono, by The Mavericks. Robert Reynolds is taking time away from the band to be with his wife, who is battling cancer. On February 10, Rhiannon Giddens will release Tomorrow is My Turn, a solo album produced by T Bone Burnett. Check out a couple…
  • Album Review: Walker and the Texas Dangers — Safety Third

    Ramona Martinez
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Walker & the Texas Dangers may not be on your radar yet, but they will be. And you’ll be wishing you knew about them back when they were an unknown, motley, psycho pseudograss group. They’ve been “mildly impressing hipsters,” or so they say on their website (warning: autoplay), since their 2011 release Pay the Fiddler, which was produced by Andy Gibson, known for his work on Hank Williams III’s Straight to Hell. They prefer more traditional instrumentation (bass, banjo, fiddle, guitar — although on this last album they’ve replaced the fiddle with a mandolin), but are…
  • Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett Announce Tour; The Gibson Brothers Salute Brother Acts; Guy Clark Documentary in the Works

    Juli Thanki
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Listen to The Gibson Brothers’ version of “Bye Bye Love” from their excellent forthcoming album Brotherhood, a salute to roots music’s finest brother acts. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are going to play a handful of East Coast shows together in late January. The Huffington Post premiered “Bossy,” a cut from JD McPherson’s next album, Let the Good Times Roll. Lonesome River Band released a video for “Her Love Won’t Turn on a Dime.” There’s a Guy Clark documentary in the works. Without Getting Killed or Caught is slated for release in 2016, along with a Clark biography. Both…
  • Jamey Johnson Records Christmas EP; Oxford American Celebrates Texas Music; New Album Releases

    Juli Thanki
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Adam Hood discusses songwriting and his new album in this CMT Edge Q&A. Bloodshot Records get some love from hometown paper The Chicago Tribune. If you’ve got an hour, check out this BBC documentary, Bob Harris: My Nashville. Here’s a new Punch Brothers song called “Blow It Off.” It’ll be on their next album, which will be released in early 2015. Rosanne Cash released a limited edition 45 to benefit the restoration of the Historic Dyess Colony and Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash. It’s already sold out at her online store On February 10, Aaron Watson will release his next…
  • Song Premiere: Jim Ed Brown — “When the Sun Says Hello to the Mountain”

    Juli Thanki
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    For Jim Ed Brown, the last several weeks have been something of an emotional and physical roller coaster. Shortly after the 80-year-old singer announced his forthcoming solo studio album, In Style Again, he also revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer and needed to take four months off from touring and performing in order to undergo treatment. In Style Again, which comes out January 20, 2015 on Plowboy Records, is 12 songs of smooth, solid country, with appearances from Vince Gill, Helen Cornelius, The Whites, and an on-point backing band that includes Chris Scruggs and Dennis…
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    Q Magazine

  • Tennis – I’m Callin’

    Paul Stokes
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    New single from Mr and Mrs Rile ahead of a new album next year The post Tennis – I’m Callin’ appeared first on Q Magazine.
  • All Of The Stars – Get Q342 for Ed Sheeran, 50 Albums Of 2014 & much more

    Paul Stokes
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Get our new issue from Tuesday (25 Nov) for the stories of the year by those that made them The post All Of The Stars – Get Q342 for Ed Sheeran, 50 Albums Of 2014 & much more appeared first on Q Magazine.
  • OSCA – Trumpet

    Paul Stokes
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here's the first stream of the track from the New Cross' band's current EP The post OSCA – Trumpet appeared first on Q Magazine.
  • Samantha Durnan – Who Would Have Thought

    Paul Stokes
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    New single from the chirpy Teessider The post Samantha Durnan – Who Would Have Thought appeared first on Q Magazine.
  • Listen again to this week’s Q Show on Absolute Radio (16/11/14)

    Paul Stokes
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Last night's edition - featuring Alan McGee and friends - is available to stream on demand right now The post Listen again to this week’s Q Show on Absolute Radio (16/11/14) appeared first on Q Magazine.
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    19 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    I tried this “one second” test on Slate and found it entertaining but perhaps a touch too easy (even if I did miss one).1 So I decided to sit down and randomly go through my hip-hop (digital) crates and pulled out a set of 16 “real heads” songs just the hell of it. One second is actually a decent amount of time to i.d. almost any song so I don’t imagine these are going to be that challenging for anybody but have some fun with it. Post your guesses in the comments and you can check your answers at the link at the end. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    This past summer, I gave myself a goal to finally get back to making some new mixes. In particular, I wanted to create a new hip-hop mix and a multi-genre party mix. I loved making these “back in the day” which loosely translates into “before I was a dad and had a full-time job.” In a few days, I’m going to make good on half that promise by releasing Let It Whirl, the party mix (and the hip-hop mix will follow in a few weeks after). To make room for these new mixes, especially since I’m selling them through my digital download store, I decided to…

    1 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Barbara Mason: Something You Got + Girls Have Feelings Too From Yes, I’m Ready (Arctic, 1965) I tend to ignore soul LPs (vs. 7″ singles) at my own peril but I’m glad I didn’t pass up this Barbara Mason LP when I saw it at the store the other day. Recorded for Philly’s Arctic label in 1965 (when Mason was only 18), it features her first major hit – “Yes, I’m Ready” – but I copped it because I wanted to hear what else was on here. It’s an interesting merge of styles, mostly R&B but also with a few conventional big band swing…

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Breton[sic] Wood: I Want Love From 7″ (Brent, 1966). Also on 18 More of the Best, Vol. 2 File under irony…an artist named “Brenton” gets signed to Brent Records but they misspell his name on his first single for them. In Brent’s defense, Wood hadn’t yet become anywhere near a household name yet. He had previously only released one other song under his nom de plume (real name: Alfred Smith) and it wouldn’t be another year until he racked up two national hits – “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign.”1 As far as…

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    When I first started taping the Shades of Soul, I made a conscious decision not to do them as podcasts, partially because I wanted to create a separate identity for them away from my pre-existing podcast series, The Sidebar. However, I’ve been taping SOS shows for over a year now and not coincidentally, The Sidebar has been silent for over a year now. It’s time I finally unite the siblings. I’ve started to upload specific SOS episodes into the Sidebar feed (RSS or iTunes links). Unless by specific request, I don’t think I’m going to upload every single show…
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  • STS9 Announces Special New Years Day Event

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    When jamtronica act STS9 announced a three-show New Year's Run they left an opening on January 1 as the three performances at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium take place on New Year's Eve, January 2 and 3. Today, the band has announced a special event for New Year's Day at the Fillmore Auditorium. On January 1 STS9 will present a special New Year's Day event to benefit Conscious Alliance. Ticket holders will be treated to a deluxe dinner prepped by Chef Ed Kammerer of Denver’s Highland Pacific Restaurant plus all inclusive cocktails, followed by an intimate set of STS9 music. The band's…
  • Stewart Copeland Talks Oysterhead In New Interview

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    For us, November always brings to mind the supergroup Oysterhead, since most of the trio's one and only tour took place during that month in 2001. If you're unfamiliar, Oysterhead consists of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Primus bassist Les Claypool and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland. The band originally came together for a Jazz Fest late night in 2000 and released their lone album and embarked on a lone tour in 2001. Though Oysterhead reunited for a 2006 appearance at Bonnaroo, we're still waiting for another tour and album. Copeland addressed the Oysterhead situation in a new…
  • The Main Squeeze Recaps Bear Creek 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written By: The Main Squeeze :: The Main Squeeze On Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2014 :: On November 11, 2010, The Main Squeeze set out on a 780-mile journey from Bloomington, Indiana to The Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Packed into three cars with no instruments and no amps, just camping gear and some warm clothes, we headed south. The band was young; less than a year together as a group and almost no time logged on the road at all. Little did we know then, we were setting out for one of the earliest and most significant experiences that we would share together…
  • King Crimson To Release Live Album In January

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Earlier this fall King Crimson embarked on a critically-acclaimed North American Tour that marked the legendary prog act's first U.S. tour since 2008. King Crimson mastermind Robert Fripp shared a video in which he reveals a new "mini live album," recorded during the tour, is coming out in January. The album, which is said to run 40 minutes, is due on January 13. Fripp reveals a version of "Starless" from the band's two-night stand in Los Angeles is among the tracks on the LP, though we'll have to wait for additional details and ordering information. Check out the video featuring Robert Fripp…
  • Happy Birthday Duane Allman | Live At Fillmore East 1970

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Duane Allman would have turned 68 today had he lived and after all these years we still think there are few guitarists better than "Skydog." As we've mentioned there's sadly little footage of Duane available for viewing, but the few clips there are show off why he's at the top of many "best guitarists" lists. The Allman Brothers Band's September 23, 1970 performance at Bill Graham's Fillmore East was recorded for a PBS special. A 30-minute segment of the amazing footage circulates and includes Graham's intro, "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," "Dreams," "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping…
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  • WEDNESDAY 13 To Release First Concept Album 'Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out & Plague'

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Former MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 will release his sixth solo album, "Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out & Plague", on January 12, 2015 via DevCo/Cargo Records. The follow up to 2013's "The Dixie Dead" and Wednesday's first concept album was recorded in Los Angeles, California and San Antonio, Texas and produced by Wednesday 13. The release will be available on both CD and 12-inch double vinyl, with different album covers and artwork for each. Check out the title track, "Come Out & Plague", using the SoundCloud widget below. Wednesday explains the inspiration to write a concept album…
  • BLIND GUARDIAN's 'The Bard's Song' Covered By HARP TWINS (Video)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt have covered BLIND GUARDIAN's "The Bard's Song" as an electric duet harp arrangement. Check it out in the YouTube clip below. The track is now available on iTunes. Known as the "harp twins," Camille and Kennerly perform internationally as a dynamic acoustic and electric rock harp duo. As the world's only known identical twin professional harpists, Camille and Kennerly have a passion and flair for arranging and performing contemporary music for harp duet. Camille and Kennerly are known for their remarkable duet harp arrangements of songs by artists…
  • METALLICA Bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO's 'Jaco: The Documentary' To Be Screened At Grammy Museum

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo will screen a nearly complete version of "Jaco: The Documentary" as part of the Reel To Reel program, set to take place at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Monday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Trujillo has spent the last four years working on the documentary about the legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. "Jaco: The Documentary" made its debut as a "work in progress" on October 6 at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The film features interviews with several high-profile musicians, including Joni Mitchell, and tells the story of Pastorius, a self-taught,…
  • ALL THAT REMAINS To Release 'The Order Of Things' Album In February

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS will release their seventh album, "The Order Of Things", on February 24 via Razor & Tie. The follow-up to 2012's "A War You Cannot Win" was helmed by producer Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD and GOJIRA. A new ALL THAT REMAINS song, "No Knock", taken from "The Order Of Things", can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. During a recent interview, ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte revealed that he thought "A War You Cannot Win" was one of the band's worst albums and has vowed to make up for it on their upcoming seventh studio…
  • PERIPHERY: New Song 'The Scourge' Available For Streaming

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Washington D.C.-based progressive metal outfit PERIPHERY will release dual albums, "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega", in North America on January 27, 2015 via Sumerian (one day earlier internationally through Century Media Records). The song "The Scourge", taken from "Juggernaut: Alpha", can be streamed below. "Given the nature and complexity of the 'Juggernaut' story, we've actually done something different and exciting in regards to the release," explains PERIPHERY drummer Matt Halpern. "'Juggernaut' is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully…
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  • UVA Reacts to Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation, Promises Change

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    An explosive Rolling Stone investigation into the campus-rape epidemic at the University of Virginia has left the student body and administration reeling. UVA president Teresa A. Sullivan has quickly responded to "A Rape on Campus," which reported on a student named Jackie who was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party —......
  • Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Light Up 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Barden Bellas are back — ready to wreak harmonious havoc on any and all a cappella challengers in the new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2. While the clip opens with a somber, aching rendition of "Cups" — the breakout track from the first movie — things quickly lighten up thanks......
  • Ty Herndon Comes Out as a 'Happy Gay Man'

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's been one of Nashville's worst-kept secrets for years, but Ty Herndon has always thought making his sexuality public would equate to career suicide. "I've dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old," the singer tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's my life, it’s what I do, it's who......
  • Calle 13 Have Won the Most Latin Grammys in History. What's Their Secret?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight's ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar......
  • Chart Watch: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 2 Million Mark

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data. Need any......
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  • Ty Herndon Comes Out as a 'Happy Gay Man'

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's been one of Nashville's worst-kept secrets for years, but Ty Herndon has always thought making his sexuality public would equate to career suicide. Chely Wright Talks Fan Support After Coming Out "I've dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old," the singer tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's my life, it’s what I do, it's who I am, and I went to great lengths to cover up [being gay] to  be a country star." Those lengths included getting married twice, to "some really amazing young ladies," Herndon says, claiming both ex-wives knew he was gay. "I had a lot of…
  • Calle 13 Have Won the Most Latin Grammys in History. What's Their Secret?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight's ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar (Residente) have evolved in many ways, adding more elements to their sound while denouncing the conspicuous consumption of their early years. This March, in the video for "Adentro," Residente went as far as to smash his Maserati with a baseball bat, then push it off a cliff. The…
  • Chart Watch: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 2 Million Mark

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data. Need any more evidence that sales are down and streaming is up? Taylor Swift's crusade against Spotify seems increasingly temporary. MAN MIGHT BE LOSING THIS ROUND: Let's take a break from you know who for a while and focus on Numbers Two, Three and Four—Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways pulled in 190,000 copies,…
  • Billboard to Include Streaming Data and Track Sales in Top 200

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Billboard will make a huge change beginning with next week's sales chart, incorporating streaming data and track sales into its formula for determining rankings. So an album like Maroon 5's V, which has been languishing for two weeks at Number 24 might have surged up the charts this week given the massive Spotify streams of recent hits "Maps," "Animals" and "It Was Always You." Garth Brooks Calls YouTube 'The Devil' The change reflects the record industry's transition in recent years – album sales have dropped by 13 percent this year, but streaming services such as…
  • Hear Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono's Psychedelic 'Merry Xmas (War Is Over)' Cover

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono have mistletoe and world peace on the mind, teaming up for a reimagining of Ono and John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" for Amazon's new playlist, "All is Bright." 40 Essential Christmas Albums While Lennon and Ono's original is a simple holiday song with an affecting message bolstered by the beautiful children's choir singing in the background, the Flaming Lips turn the track into a striking psychedelic carol. Anchored by spiraling synth lines and frontman Wayne Coyne's blown-out vocals, Ono descends from the sky with an ethereal…
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  • UVA Reacts to Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation, Promises Change

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    An explosive Rolling Stone investigation into the campus-rape epidemic at the University of Virginia has left the student body and administration reeling. UVA president Teresa A. Sullivan has quickly responded to "A Rape on Campus," which reported on a student named Jackie who was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party —......
  • Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Light Up 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Barden Bellas are back — ready to wreak harmonious havoc on any and all a cappella challengers in the new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2. While the clip opens with a somber, aching rendition of "Cups" — the breakout track from the first movie — things quickly lighten up thanks......
  • Ty Herndon Comes Out as a 'Happy Gay Man'

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It's been one of Nashville's worst-kept secrets for years, but Ty Herndon has always thought making his sexuality public would equate to career suicide. "I've dreamed about being in country music since I was six years old," the singer tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's my life, it’s what I do, it's who......
  • Calle 13 Have Won the Most Latin Grammys in History. What's Their Secret?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    Calle 13 have already won 19 Latin Grammys – the most of any act in history – and at tonight's ceremony, the Puerto Rican duo is nominated for nine more. A decade after they began making music together, producer Eduardo Cabra (known on stage as Vistante) and rapper René Pérez Joglar......
  • Chart Watch: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 2 Million Mark

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Album and track sales are down 13 percent this year. Apple may bundle Beats Music with its iOS on iPhones and iPads early next year. YouTube just launched its new streaming service. Spotify made a deal with Uber. Billboard will soon change its charts to reflect streaming data. Need any......
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  • video: Beverly – Madora

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    [directed by Alpaca Animation & Sound]
  • mp3: Chromatics – SHADOW (8 track version)

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    As long as Johnny Jewel keeps letting these gems go, we’ll keep posting:
  • Kero Kero Bonito – Build It Up

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another inspirational, empowering feel-good anthem from London’s KKB. Grab it here.
  • Recycle Culture – AYA

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Add this one to an already impossibly varied and consistently stellar year for the prolific Recycle Culture: soaring new single “AYA” — which RC calls a “strange oceanic blend of female vocal chant and balearic electro-pop” — joins that new Taylor Swift remix, Drown Me Up, “Back to the World“, In Transit II, the brilliant Doss remixes, Puzzle Logic, etc. in his expansive 2014 catalog, with the only real obvious common thread between his releases being that they’re all beautiful. Download the new 4-track maxi-single over on bandcamp. AYA by…
  • video premiere: Bully – Brainfreeze

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Definitely wasn’t expecting to be bowled over by the triumphant debut from Nashville’s Alicia Bognanno and her band Bully, and yet here we are: the new David Kleiler-directed video for the group’s infectious jam “Brainfreeze” (which we apparently slept on for way too long, oops), and the whole record, really, are currently evoking some very heavy 1994 120 Minutes nostalgia vibes in all of the most welcome and affecting ways. One of the year’s most pleasant surprises, Bully’s excellent self-titled EP is out now.
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  • Dwight Twilley: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

    Satisfied '75
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Dwight Twilley doesn’t care much about terms like “power pop.” It’s not that he objects, he just doesn’t care about the tag. “The Beatles were pretty much the greatest power pop band of all time, so if you want to put me in the same category as them, I’m fine with it,” he laughs, speaking […]
  • Every Sound Means Something: Wooden Wand Interviews Matt “MV” Valentine

    Satisfied '75
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    I have already sung the praises of Matt “MV” Valentine elsewhere. For the Google-averse, I can sum it up by saying that MV’s music–both with and without his partner, co-conspirator and constant foil Erika “EE” Elder–has been as crucial a catalyst for my development as a listener as I imagine the Stooges, Big Star, or […]
  • Flo & Eddie :: I Been Born Again

    Satisfied '75
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    In 1972, Mark Volman (“Flo” aka Phlorescent Leech) Howard Kaylan (“Eddie”), original members of The Turtles, took some time off from their gig with Frank Zappa’s band to record an album for Reprise called (of course), The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie. If you’re not curious already, what if I said this tune approximates something like a […]
  • Michel Polnareff :: La Poupée Qui Fait Non

    Satisfied '75
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Michel Polnareff :: La Poupée Qui Fait Non
  • Fred Neil: Skipping Over Oceans

    Satisfied '75
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    When Paul Simon turned down the chance to write the theme song for Midnight Cowboy and the rights of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” proved too difficult to pin down, someone suggested up-and-comer Harry Nilsson for the job. John Schlesinger liked Nilsson’s cover of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin” on Aerial Ballet, and had even been using […]
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  • !!! (chk chk chk) and Prince Rama playing New Year's Eve at Knitting Factory

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    !!! @ Central Park Summerstage in September (more by Amanda Hatfield) The NYC New Year's Eve options continue to grow. If you want to ring in 2015 with extra exclamation points and new age mysticism, !!! (chk chk chk) will be playing with Prince Rama on NYE at Knitting Factory. "Special Guests" are also promised and you also get a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 AM. Prince Rama DJ'd at Baby's last night with Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Anyone go to that? Continue reading "!!! (chk chk chk) and Prince Rama playing New Year's Eve at Knitting Factory" at…
  • Colleen Green releasing third album, 'I Want to Grow Up' (stream a track)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Colleen Green is back with her third album, I Want to Grow Up, which will be out February 24 on Hardly Art. She made the album in Nashville with JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch. You can hear their crunchy influence on first single, "Pay Attention," which is streamable below. She's got a few tour dates over the next month, but nothing in NYC unfortunately. Hopefully soon. Those are listed, along with the album tracklist and song stream, below... Continue reading "Colleen Green releasing third album, 'I Want to Grow Up' (stream a track)" at brooklynvegan
  • Arcade Fire's Will Butler announces debut solo album; other AF members talked punk roots with Damien Abraham

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge. In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below. Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its…
  • Greg Saunier & Brian Chippendale release LP & documentary; three shows left at DbA (tonight's lineup clues are posted)

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Saunier / Chippendale LP art There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i…
  • Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill releasing a split and touring together (dates & streams)

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    by Andrew Sacher Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong) Toys That Kill at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on 12/9 via Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now…
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  • Lana Del Rey + Marilyn Manson + Eli Roth = Major Controversy

    Taylor Ghrist
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Eli Roth’s leaked Marilyn Manson video features some explicit scenes depicting a warped dinner party, a woman drowning in water and blood, some dancing character wearing a Ladyfag getup, a birthday dinner with balloons that have “Rape” written on them, and a praying mantis, you know, just feeding itself with a ladybug. But what does it mean? Initially, online viewers were led to believe this was a setup for Marilyn Manson’s latest music video, as his latest album titled The Pale Emperor is set for a release soon. According to Marilyn Manson’s team, this video isn’t even going to…
  • Learning How to Paint with Kate Schelter and Cointreau

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Kate Schelter Earlier this fall, in SoHo House’s Club Room, artist and painter Kate Schelter hosted a delightful Watercolor Painting Party. Inviting a fabulous group of friends and family for a “dream come true” evening spent sipping cocktails and getting a taste of her creative world, the event was hosted by historical brand Cointreau–as one of several event activations that have taken place throughout the year in support of other creatives.  Schelter treated her guests to an instructional watercolor class as they sipped delicious “Cointreau Rickey”s and tested their…
  • See Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, and Rebel Wilson in the Trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Ahead of its May release, the trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 has now arrived. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, in her directorial feature debut, she also stars in the musical movie alongside Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, and many more. As the follow-up to 2012’s hit, this time we see “the Bellas participating in a global competition” (The World Championships of A Capella)—and the fans are excited. Check out the trailer for yourself below. The post See Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, and Rebel Wilson in the Trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ appeared first on…
  • The Webster’s New Men’s Shop is a Necessary Pitstop at Basel

    Sara Spruch-Feiner
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Heading to Art Basel? Of course you are. It’s not just the art, and the parties… but the shopping’s good, too. The men might have been wanting before, but with the opening of The Webster’s new men’s shop at Bal Harbour, well, they’re in for a treat. With Basel around the corner, it’s perfect timing. After all, contemporary art is a natural match for the goods at The Webster, like Peter Pilotto’s intricate prints and Edie Parker’s glittery lucite clutches. And now, men can have equally fantastic picks at the newly opened men’s…
  • Papa Don’t Preach: The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘AHS: Freak Show’

    Hillary Weston
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last night’s episode of Freak Show, “Test of Strength,” had me equally as confused as I was excited. Was it good? Sure, it held up here and there. Were certain narrative choices weak, especially towards the end of the season? Yes. But stay with me, as I further delineate the best and worst of it all. _______________________________________________ THE BEST Bette and Dot leave Dandy Mott’s evil playground. Sarah Paulson has really added such an extraordinary flavor to this season of Freak Show as Bette and Dot, the Siamese twins who are practically polar opposites. The beginning of the…
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    Digital Music News

  • Billboard’s New Math: 1,500 Streams = One Album Sale

    Paul Resnikoff
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
      Billboard refuses to count any album priced below $3.49, which dramatically affected historical counts for artists like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.  Now, Billboard’s charts will make even less sense. Effective December 3rd, streaming will count in Billboard’s Top 200 album ranking, a former bellwether of sales accomplishment.  “The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption,” Billboard just announced. “The updated Billboard…
  • You Can Now Pay Important People To Listen To Your Music

    Ari Herstand
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    It’s always been one of the biggest difficulties for an independent musician: how to get their music heard by ‘important people.’ Influencers. Industry people. Celebrities. Bloggers. Radio DJs. Music supervisors. Promoters. Booking agents. Managers. Labels. The issue has always been, these important people, let’s call them Influencers, get inundated with unsolicited music on a daily (hourly) basis. There’s no way these Influencers could possibly get to all of the music and the few they pull out of the pile to sample, usually suck. It only reinforces their policy…
  • Billy Bragg Apologizes to Taylor Swift, Says YouTube Featured Her Music in Demos

    Nina Ulloa
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    Billy Bragg has apologized to Taylor Swift for saying she “sold her soul to Google”. He’s now saying that he will support Taylor Swift if she’s looking for transparency for artists. Bragg says that YouTube had Taylor Swift’s music front and center during previews of YouTube Music Key. This gave the impression that Swift had authorized YouTube’s use. YouTube was also claiming that Swift’s back-catalogue would be available on the free version of their service (The Guardian confirms this). +YouTube Is About to Get Sued by Irving Azoff… So now the…
  • Executive Shuffles: YouTube, Justin Timberlake, PRS For Music…

    Nina Ulloa
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Justin Timberlake is now co-owner of Aftermaster Audio Labs. The company focuses on enhancing and re-mastering audio. Timberlake said: “The first time I heard audio, post AfterMaster, I knew that I had to be a part of this company and that we had something revolutionary on our hands.” YouTube has hired Kelly Merryman as VP of Content Partnerships and Eyal Manor as VP of Engineering.  Merryman was previously VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.  Manor is shifting over from display infrastructure and mobile. PRS For Music has appointed Stephen Davidson Chair of the…
  • Beats Music Is Reportedly Coming to All iOS Devices

    Nina Ulloa
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    All signs have been pointing to a dramatic shift for Beats Music now that they’re owned by Apple. iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music are currently operating side by side under the eye of Ian Rogers. Previous reports suggested that the Beats Music brand would be changed or axed, perhaps through an iTunes merger. Now we have a glimpse at what could be in store. The Financial Times reports that Beats Music will be integrated right into iOS. The service would still require a paid subscription, but it would be pushed out to devices in a software update. Financial Times sources say…
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  • CMJ Charts: November 18, 2014: Bill Frisell Is No. 1 Jazz

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    TW LW ARTIST & TITLE LABEL 1 1 CARIBOU Our Love Merge 2 2 KING TUFF Black Moon Spell Sub Pop 3 9 DEERHOOF La Isla Bonita Polyvinyl 4 108 TV ON THE RADIO Seeds Harvest 5 3 FOXYGEN And Star Power Jagjaguwar 6 4 FLYING LOTUS You’re Dead Warp 7 11 PANDA BEAR Mr Noah Domino 8 6 EX HEX Rips Merge 9 5 ALT-J This Is All Yours Canvasback-Atlantic 10 12 COLD WAR KIDS Hold My Home Downtown 11 14 MEATBODIES Meatbodies In The Red 12 25 HOOKWORMS The Hum Weird World 13 7 ZOLA JESUS Taiga Mute 14 27 RUN THE JEWELS Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal 15 22 STARS No One Is Lost ATO 16 8 TY…
  • Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album, Policy

    Lizzie Plaugic
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    There have recently been some rumors flurrying about regarding Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and his plans to release a solo album, fueled by news of his scattered live shows, including last week’s sudden appearance at the Brooklyn spot Baby’s All Right. Today, those rumors are confirmed with an album name (Policy) and a release date (March 10 on Merge). Until then, keep waiting! And watch a clip of Butler playing at that aforementioned Baby’s All Right show, below. The post Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album, Policy appeared first on CMJ.
  • Watch: Beverly – “Madora” Video

    Lizzie Plaugic
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Drew Citron’s sun-pop project Beverly dropped its debut album, Careers, all the way back in July, and since then we’ve seen videos for All The Things, Honey Do, Out On A Ride and Yale’s Life. Now, there’s another video, this time for the sweetly churning song, Madora. The animated clip follows a girl on a tricycle as she pedals through colorful turkey fields and neon forests. David Lamain and Martine Radmakers of Alpaca Animations direct. Watch the video below. The post Watch: Beverly – “Madora” Video appeared first on CMJ.
  • Artist Jesse LeDoux Will Watch Cartoons With You Anytime

    Eric Davidson
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Ever-busy indie Polyvinyl have announced their second monthly 7-inch single series. After Volume 1’s fun bunch of slabs from Cloud Nothings and Mikal Cronin among the 12, Volume 2 in 2015 will bring singles from Jacco Gardner, Deerhoof, Saint Pepsi and more. Subscription single series are always fun, but this one has a more intriguing set-up than usual. The label takes their beloved Tascam 4-track cassette recorder, sends it to the artist, the artist quickly records two tunes, and sends it back to the label. And not only are the musical surprises aplenty, but this time all the single…
  • Watch: Jacques Greene – “After Life After Party” Video

    Lizzie Plaugic
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Jacques Greene’s After Life, After Party EP dropped last week on LuckyMe, and today we’re reminded of the album’s celestially scrambled title track in the form of a video. The clip, directed by Melissa Matos, underscores the song’s corporeal pull by highlighting people dancing alone. Some dazed booty shaking here, some bored arm swinging there and a little bit of apathetic gum chewing makes for a delightfully internalized dance party. Watch it below. The post Watch: Jacques Greene – “After Life After Party” Video appeared first on CMJ.
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  • Where Creativity Thrives: BitTorrent Users Show Appreciation and Dedication to the Arts

    Laura Schneider
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    BitTorrent has tasked themselves with the building of a sustainable ecosystem for artists and fans alike. Fostering a community where fans can connect directly with artists and vice versa, BitTorrent demonstrated their commitment to sustainable art with the launch of BitTorrent Bundles, a publishing project that allows fans to access content via a key that becomes available when users provide an email address or a direct payment to the artist. In September, BitTorrrent asked 2,500 users about the presence of and interaction with content, creativity, music and film in their daily lives.
  • It’s Amazing That The Old Record Industry Existed In The First Place

    Guest Post
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Philip Kaplan on The world was abuzz this week with reports that Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify. She called the service “a grand experiment” and said she wanted no part of it. Music writer Bob Lefsetz said it’s just a PR stunt. 80's rocker Sebastian Bach (who looks kinda like Taylor Swift) said that fans appreciate music more when they have to pay for it.  Who knows.  But we’ve all been told a million times that the old music industry is dying, record stores are gone, and labels are closing. More specifically, record execs who were around in the…
  • Nielsen SoundScan Finally Add Streams, Downloads To Album Sales Chart

    Bruce Houghton
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    [UPDATED] In what most in the music industry see as a long overdue move Nielson Soundscan will add both streams and downloads to their weekly Top 200 album sales chart published by Billboard. Beginning with the Dec. 3rd chart (sales for the week ending Nov. 30 which includes Black Friday), music streams from Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Beats and others will become part of the ranking using the calculation of 1500 song streams as as equal to an album sale. Album Equivalents Neilson is calling this new measurement - 1500 streams + 1 album - "a stream equivalent album.”  Full album downloads…
  • How Facebook's Changes In Paid Advertising Will Affect Your Marketing Efforts

    Laura Schneider
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Facebook executives drew a line in the proverbial sand on Friday when they announced their plans to restructure the way posts placed by brands appear in newsfeeds. As if it hasn't been hard enough to gain organic reach, Facebook has essentially closed the door on anything other than paid advertising. Starting in January, as Facebook told marketers, if you want to reach customers on Facebook, you'll need to buy an ad. This change could arguably be long overdue for commercial brands raking in revenue at minimal advertising cost, but if you're a band on a budget or a musician trying to jumpstart…
  • 3 Predictions for the Over-Hyped Music Streaming Business

    Nia R Jones
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    The music industry has drastically changed in recent years. We no longer live in a world where we anxiously wait outside of a record store to get a new album. In fact, we no longer want to buy albums at all. Today, streaming music is the go-to way to consume music. Companies like Spotify have begun to fill the needs of illegal downloaders who want to support artists but not have the pressure of buying the music themselves. Although Taylor Swift believes that music streaming is one large experiment, Cherie Johnson believes that it is here to stay. Music Streaming has given a strong alternative…
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    OUPblog » Music

  • Bae in hip hop lyrics

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Oxford Dictionaries included bae on its Word of the Year 2014 shortlist, so we invited several experts to comment on the growth of this word in music and language. Today we’re here to talk about the word bae and the ways in which it’s used in hip hop lyrics. Bae is another way of saying babe or baby (though some say it can also function as an acronym for the phrase “before anyone else”). Here are some examples: Childish Gambino’s “The Palisades” In this song, Donald Glover sings “Now why can’t every day be like this…Hang with bae at the beach like this.” Judging from…
  • Ten facts about cumbia, Colombia’s principal musical style

    Michael Smith
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    In celebration of tonight’s Latin Grammy Awards, I delved into Grove Music Online to learn more about distinct musical styles and traditions of Latin American countries. Colombia’s principal musical style is the cumbia, with its related genres porro and vallenato. In the traditional cumbia proper, couples dance in a circle around seated musicians, with the woman shuffling steps while the man moves in a more zigzag pattern around her. The cumbia usually takes place at night while women hold bundles of candles in colored handkerchiefs in their right hands. Although traditional cumbia is…
  • The other side of El Sistema: Music education, discipline, and profit

    Raquel Fernandes
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Venezuelan youth orchestra scheme El Sistema is perhaps the world’s most famous music education program today. It’s lauded as a revolutionary social program that has rescued hundreds of thousands of Venezuela’s poorest children. Simon Rattle has called it “the most important thing happening in music anywhere in the world.” Classical music education is back in vogue, now aligned with the rhetoric of social justice. However, the training of social or ethnic Others (the poor, the destitute, the non-white) as classical music performers is hardly a new idea, and delving into its long…
  • Reflections on the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghoffer

    Catherine Fehre
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    The question is not whether it was appropriate for the Metropolitan Opera to stage this important and controversial piece, but rather, did they do it right? Did they mount it so that its poetic, dramatic and musical potential was well realized? The challenge is great. Poet Alice Goodman’s libretto operates on multiple levels. Using poetic imagery, she not only explores the stories of the individual characters and some elements of the complex relationship between Jews and Palestinians but also larger human dilemmas. She sets the specifics in the context of the elements: earth (desert), water…
  • Composer Michael Finnissy in 8 questions

    Catherine Fehre
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    We asked our composers a series of questions based around their musical likes and dislikes, influences, challenges, and various other things on the theme of music and their careers. Each month we will bring you answers from an OUP composer, giving you an insight into their music and personalities. Here’s what OUP composer Michael Finnissy had to say: Which composer were you most influenced by? Charles Ives, when I was twelve or thirteen. I think Anthony Hopkins introduced the Concord Sonata in his BBC Radio ‘Talking about Music’ series, from which I learned so much about…
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    Netlabels & News

  • Africa es tan pobre y Europa tan rica, ¿Por qué?

    Quetzal Contla
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
     Este trabajo cuestiona siete mitos clave invocados para explicar las relaciones entre países de Europa y África.
  • Tux Paint

    Quetzal Contla
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
     Sin título por Quetzal T. Tron por Quetzal T.Dibujo en blanco y negro por Jeshua Tux Paint es un completo software libre multiplataforma de dibujo digital para niños que incluye varios tipos de pínceles, sellos, efectos y fuentes tipográficas.
  • [angström:institute] – Unamica [SLNT055]

    Quetzal Contla
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
     Publicación del infalible netlabel Silent Flow.[angström:institute] describe este álbum dominado por beats alien electro, sonidos cinemáticos y distorsionados, melodías ambientales hipnóticas.Referencia obligada.  
  • Alex Cahe - My Call [Nu-Logic065]

    Quetzal Contla
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Alex Cahe, pseudónimo del dj y productor de origen venezolano y residente español Manu Heredia, nos ofrece un trabajo cargado de buenas vibraciones y con un gusto exquisito para la pista de baile.
  • Transmission 13 - Time Will Pass You By [AF11]

    Quetzal Contla
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
     Transmission 13 nos presenta su trabajo musical, esta vez mediante Assembly Field recordings, un netlabel dedicado al ambient, la experimentación y la música producida por medios electrónicos.En Time Will Pass You By nuestro artista ha plasmado una serie de pasajes sonoros fusionados en un solo tema de larga duración. Listo para disfrutar.
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    Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

  • Note about Meredith Monk

    Alex Ross
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Downtown Shaman. The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2014.
  • Picketing Verdi

    Alex Ross
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Virgil Thomson on the 1952 protests against Don Carlo at the Met: Just for pleasure, and also to impress a visitor from Europe, your announcer dropped in last Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo ... It was something of a surprise to learn that the performance was being picketed. Investigation revealed the following facts. The Archdiocesan Union of the Holy Name Society of New York, the American Society for the Preservation of Sacred, Patriotic, and Operatic Music, and the Children’s Drama Guild have all made protests to the Metropolitan…
  • Miscellany

    Alex Ross
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Strange days at Lincoln Center: according to Robin Pogrebin's Times report, the complex "is essentially paying the [Fisher] family $15 million for permission to drop the name" of Avery Fisher from the main concert hall, so that another donor can offer his, her, or its name to the forthcoming renovation.... On Saturday in Cambridge MA, Blue Heron presents a multimedia event celebrating Thomas Forrest Kelly's new book Capturing Music, a lucid and absorbing account of the emergence of musical notation.... On Friday at Spectrum in NYC, Cantata Profana plays a program of…
  • Judith Ring

    Alex Ross
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The Irish composer has a new album on Ergodos. Above is a piece called GONE, with footage and sound recorded at an abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf, outside Berlin.
  • Ashley Fure

    Alex Ross
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Until recently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, Fure will be featured at a Dal Niente Party Concert on Sunday.
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    wire to the ear

  • Nuggets

    Oliver Chesler
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    I don’t take a stand on drugs one way or another. Human morality and chemicals are a complicated subject. I do think the video above makes a cute and proper point about excess. “Do the drugs don’t let them do you.” For more info:
  • Stepper Acid

    Oliver Chesler
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    There has been a Eurorack module I’ve been watching develop on the Muffwiggler forums (link) that I have been watching. It’s called Stepper Acid from Transistor Sound Labs and it has just recently become available. It’s a sequencer somewhat influenced by the Roland TB-303. However the Stepper Acid has quite a lot more to offer. Watch the video above to see all it’s features. I love that it has a built in quantizer to pitch the sequenced lines. It looks amazingly intuitive with almost no menu diving and it’s beautifully designed! “Stepper Acid is a 16-step…

    Oliver Chesler
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    I am pleased to announce a very special event! For the first time ever in NYC: Belgian band Vomito Negro will take the stage and perform live! The pioneers in EBM (Electronic Body Music) are preparing something incredible for you. Also for the first time ever in NYC the notorious early 80’s LA synthpunk band Nervous Gender will play live! Nervous Gender are one of the most unique genre busting acts out there. I (The Horrorist) will also be performing LIVE a very, VERY special show! This is more than just the seriously crazy live shows though. DJ Andi, Reade Truth and DJ Blackwidow (from…
  • Radical G on Roland AIRA Gear

    Oliver Chesler
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Radical G is one of the absolute best EBM meets techno producers. He’s also a good friend of mine. I was excited to see Roland visited his studio to see how he liked the AIRA line. He agrees with me that Roland has produced some right hardware. Take a quick look at Glenn at work! “Dark electronic madness by Glenn Keteleer with pounding Rave sounds and techno hooks. No excuses regarding styles, Gloomy atmosphere’s ,Wave & Elektro infuences by legendary bands as TNJ and Front 242 are part of the game” – For more info:
  • Ninstrument Speak & Read

    Oliver Chesler
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I’ve had my eye on the Flame Talking Synth Eurorack module for a very long time. I just love speech synthesizers and the idea of having one in Eurorack is just well fun. When I saw the Ninstrument Speak & Read I looked for a buy now button. Luckily for my bank account Ninstrument is quite selling these yet. Watch the video above for joy. “I have had so many of these as bent toys that I thought it was time to make a eurorack module of one. Lots of time spent trying to nail down the right registers for the best phonemes and words. Very fast response means you can use quick…
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    The Boot

  • Kix Brooks to Receive Inaugural CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

    Gayle Thompson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Kix Brooks will receive the inaugural CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award. The honor is being presented to Brooks in recognition of his numerous charitable endeavors. Continue reading…
  • Alabama's Randy Owen Says Country Music 'Doesn't Have Any Soul'

    Gayle Thompson
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Alabama soared in popularity in the '80s and '90s, with unprecedented album sales and 43 No. 1 hits. But the band's lead singer, Randy Owen, says that while they were originally told their music was too different to be a success, a new generation of fans helped propel their career. Continue reading…
  • Gary LeVox Shares Rascal Flatts Tour Plans for 2015

    Gayle Thompson
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rascal Flatts haven't revealed many details about their touring plans for next year, but they did share one important piece of information -- who they will be sharing the bill with. Continue reading…
  • Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Debuts at No. 1

    Christina Vinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    After 13 years, Garth Brooks returns to the charts with 'Man Against Machine,' and to no one's surprise, he's at No. 1. Continue reading…
  • Ty Herndon Comes Out as Gay

    Christina Vinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    'Living in a Moment' singer Ty Herndon has a big announcement: He's gay. Continue reading…
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    Largehearted Boy

  • Atomic Books Comics Preview - November 20, 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics and graphic novels. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. The Mobtown Shank is his blog, and his comic Said What? is syndicated weekly in the Baltimore Sun's B-Paper. Atomic Books has been named one of Bizarre Magazine's 51 geekiest places on the planet, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America. Lunchmeat #8 edited by Josh Schafer / Ted Gilbert Not everything is streaming. Not everything in online. And not would care if it was.
  • Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists Updates - November 20th

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    For the seventh straight year, I am aggregating every online "best of 2014" book list I find. Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed. Daily updates to this list. Revisit previous years' lists from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade) online year-end book list collections. Today's updates to the master list of online "best of 2014" book lists: The Active Mum (best books) Canadianliving (best cookbooks) Inc. (best business books) Inspired by Literature (best books) Longitude…
  • Shorties (The 2014 National Book Award Winners, The Ride Reunion, and more)

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The winners of the 2014 National Book Awards have been named. Drowned in Sound interviewed Mark Gardener about the Ride reunion. 16 online "best books of 2014" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Tuesday, including Kirkus Reviews' best fiction, many year-end Barnes and Noble lists, and much more. The Los Angeles Review of Books podcast interviewed author Mona Simpson. CLASH is counting down the top 100 albums since its inception in 2004. VICE interviewed Blake Butler about his new novel 300,000,000. Stereogum listed essential songs from the NYC rock resurgence.
  • Daily Downloads (Michael Hearst, JD McPherson, and more)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: The Fleeting Ends: Can't Say No EP [mp3] Grand Vapids: "Tuned" [mp3] Hey, Sleeper: "This Doubt" [mp3] JD McPherson: The Rounder Records Collection EP [mp3] The Luxury Liners: Overbored album [mp3] The Luxury Liners: Believe EP [mp3] Michael Hearst: "No One Likes a Surprise" [mp3] from Songs for Fearful Flyers Shangrala: Build Your Own Snowman, The Christmas Album [mp3] Suzanne Jarvie: "Before and After" [mp3] from Spiral Road Free and legal live performances at other websites: Palehound:…
  • WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - November 19, 2014

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week. WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough…
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    CBC Music RSS

  • Junk in the Trunk: Drive’s Daily Blog for Thursday November 20

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world. RICH'S PICK: "Runaway" by Nadine Shah JUNK IN THE TRUNK: Cats with colourful autumn leaf-hats: Little dog, big stick: Kitten vs. mirror. Mirror wins: REAR-VIEW MIRROR: Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, The Clash with "London Calling." Joe…
  • After great performance, Letterman offers to manage Montreal’s Barr Brothers

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Playing one of the biggest late-night shows in the world has to be nerve-wracking, but when they played The Late Show with David Letterman last night, Montreal's Barr Brothers got a pretty big hint that they did a good job. After the group's fireside-warm performance of "Even the Darkness Has Arms" from their album Sleeping Operator, Letterman not only complimented the band; he jokingly offered to manage them. "I would like to come to Montreal with you. Do you still live in Montreal? Paul and I will come up. We would like to manage the band," he quipped. "I don't know what arrangement you…
  • Watch Ivana Santilli perform jacksoul's 'Unconditional'

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Nov. 25, jacksoul will release a greatest hits album. The 15 tracks include fan favourites like "Don't Stop" and "Still Believe in Love," along with deeper cuts from the band's catalogue. Greatest Hits also serves as a celebration of creator and lead singer, Haydain Neale, who died all too soon at the age of 39 from lung cancer. The album serves up three new jacksoul songs from Neale's previously unreleased demo files: "Got To Have It," "Whole Day" and "Spiralling". Today, we bring you Ivana Santilli and her cover of jacksoul's "Unconditional." Related: First Play: Jacksoul, Greatest Hits
  • Upcoming highlights on Inside the Music

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Inside the Music explores the whys and wherefores behind the lives of some of our finest musicians; through its regular feature My Playlist, where well known Canadian artists, from a variety of musical genres, share their favourite tracks, past and present, as well as documentary profiles of musical icons. Over the next few weeks, you can discover more great musicians who share their favourite songs and stories on CBC Radio's Inside the Music. Upcoming episodes include: Don "Mr. Downchild" Walsh - Nov. 23/14 & Nov. 26/14 Bob Dylan: The Complete Basement Tapes - Nov 30/14 & Dec 03/14…
  • The Wooden Sky picks 10 songs you should hear

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Change can be tough, but change can be very good. In the case of the Wooden Sky it appears this year has been a turning point for the band. After six years of making albums elsewhere, the band decided to record in their hometown of Toronto. They launched their own label, Chelsea Records and their new album, Let’s Be Ready, is the first record on the imprint. This new album is also the last to feature longtime bassist Andrew Wyatt, who recently left the band. On the heels of their Canadian tour, complete with two sold out hometown shows, the Wooden Sky aren’t stopping. They’re gearing up…
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    ACountry | ACountry

  • 2014 CMA Awards Rebroacast on CMT

    Jarrod Vrazel
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The 2014  CMA Awards will be rebroadcast on CMT Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Originally aired live from Nashville on ABC and hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA Awards features r performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Meghan…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Winners

    Jarrod Vrazel
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    2014 CMA Awards winners were announced live from Nashville tonight (November 5, 2014).  Congratulations to Luke Bryan - Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert - Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year "Platinum," Single of the Year "Automatic," and  Musical Event of the Year  with Keith Urban "We Were Us,"  Blake Shelton - Male Vocalist of the Year,  Little Big Town - Vocal Group of the Year, Florida Georgia Line - Vocal Due of the Year, Brett Eldredge - New Artist of the Year, Kacey Musgraves - Song of the Year “Follow…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Roundup

    Jarrod Vrazel
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Get ready - its time to roll out the red carpet - the CMA Awards are tonight!  Who will win Entertainer of the Year?  Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, or  Keith Urban ?  Tune in tonight on ABC as The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  
  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominations

    Jarrod Vrazel
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Miranda Lambert tops the list of  nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards with nine nominations.  Dierks Bentley received five nominations; Eric Church and Keith Urban eachreceived four nominations; Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations. Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.  The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominees To Be Announced September 3

    Jarrod Vrazel
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The 48th Annual CMA Awards nominees will be announced by Little Big Town  Darius Rucker  September 3, 2014 in New York City.  Airing Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC, The 48th Annual CMA Awards is broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," exclaimed Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking…
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    Music News Net

  • Bono's Biking Injuries More Serious Then We Thought

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Music News- U2's Bono is in a far worse condition that we were led to believe after his Sunday November 16 bike accident in NYC's Central Park. It was originally reported that the U2 frontman Bono had suffered "an arm...
  • Linkin Park Announces "The Hunting Party" Tour

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    MUSIC NEWS- Linkin Park have recently announced a North American concert tour (the Hunting Party Tour) that will start up in January 2015 in Orlando, FL. Joining them on the bill will be Rise Against and Of Mice & Men....
  • Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Finds U2's iTunes Move Devalues Music

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Music News- Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason is the latest musician to discuss U2′s Apple iTunes album marketing ploy for Songs Of Innocence. As did rockers Patrick Carney and Trent Reznor before him, Mason believes that the Irish rockers, U2, devalued...
  • CBC Dumps Q Host Jian Ghomeshi

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Music News- The CBC announced Sunday it's abruptly ended its relationship with pop culture radio host Jian Ghomeshi. He had been their host of the popular "Q" radio and TV show “Info came to our attention recently, that in CBC's...
  • Coldplay Announces Ghost Stories Live 2014 Film

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    MUSIC NEWS - Coldplay have announced a November 24 release of a new concert film and live album, Ghost Stories Live 2014, on DVD/CD, and digital formats. The release is available to pre-order via their website now . An exclusive...
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    Bob Baker » Indie Music Promotion

  • Buzz Hacking: The Secret to Word-of-Mouth Marketing

    Bob Baker
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Do you know why I call this website “The Buzz Factor”? Because I’ve always been fascinated by “Buzz.” Long ago I started asking the question, “Why do some artists, songs, videos and ideas become wildly popular … while most live in obscurity?” I’ve spent the past 20-plus years uncovering the answers to that question. That’s why I’m thrilled to finally release a brand new course called “Buzz Hacking: Word-of-Mouth Marketing Secrets.” In it I distill years of research and wisdom into the anatomy of buzz. I give you the…
  • Forget Black Friday! Here Are This Week’s November Music Specials

    Bob Baker
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Who needs to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Not me. The super deals start now! This month I am launching three different one-week specials on music courses, books, audio programs, and more. The 10-15-20-25 Music Sale! Here are the awesome deals for the week of November 18 through 24 … priced at $10, $15, $20 and $25 USD each … Buzz Hacking: Word-of-Mouth Marketing Secrets My BRAND NEW COURSE on Viral Marketing Secrets for Startups, Artists and Entrepreneurs. I distill years of research into the anatomy of buzz and give you the foundational principles that every artist…
  • The 11-11 Music Sale

    Bob Baker
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    On three Tuesdays in a row I will launch three different one-week specials on music courses, books, audio programs, and more. Who needs to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Not me. The super deals start November 11. The 11-11 Music Sale! Here are the awesome deals for the week of November 11 through 17 In honor of the magic numbers 11-11, all four of these resources are only $11 USD for one week only! (You must use the links below to trigger the discounted price.) Guerrilla Music Marketing Online Course How to Use the Internet to Create a Buzz, Attract More Fans, and Build a Thriving…
  • 36 – How to Promote Music if You Don’t Play Live

    Bob Baker
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Let’s face it. A lot of the marketing advice you hear is geared toward artists who perform live. But what if you have no interest in doing live shows? Are you out of luck? Oh no! On this episode Billy and Bob give you a lengthy list of non-performing promotion ideas and examples to answer the question “How do you promote music if you don’t play live?” Use these tips to spread your music and attract new fans. What do YOU think about our advice on promoting yourself if you don’t play live? Leave a comment below or do so on Twitter by using the hashtag #MMMchat.
  • Sell Music Downloads From Your Own Website – Here’s How

    Bob Baker
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    As I’m sure you know, there are many ways to sell music downloads. Most important, you should get your albums, EPs and singles into iTunes, Amazon MP3, and other major music e-tailers. All you have to do is use one of the approved digital music aggregators, such as CD Baby or Tunecore. Check out this page for a complete list of Apple-approved aggregators. But what if you want to sell your music downloads directly from your own website? Well, you could embed one of the music sales widgets from CD Baby, Bandcamp, or ReverbNation. However, what if you wanted even more control and profits?
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    Artists House Music

  • GhostTunes: Garth Brooks launches iTunes competitor and releases his new album

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. As a Grammy winning artist and a #1-selling solo artist in the U.S., Garth Brooks has interesting leverage and oomph when it comes to launching a new digital music platform called GhostTunes.  After resisting to sell his music through iTunes or any download store, Garth Brooks has begun selling his music digitally through the newly launched GhostTunes website.  Just this week, Garth Brooks released his new album “Man Against The Machine” on the service for $12.99 or in a “bundle”/package deal…
  • Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. Can I...

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. Can I copyright my website’s content? Yes – copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship including content on a website. For example, original text, videos, graphics, animation, photographs, music, sound recordings, illustrations, translations and other original content featured on a website can be copyrighted. Two ways to use copyright to protect original content on a website are: 1) to use a copyright notice on the website, and 2) copyright registration…
  • Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. Copyright...

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. Copyright Infringement: may not feel illegal but it is Three truths about copyright infringement: Making bootlegged copies of copyrighted movies available online for other folks to download and stream is a crime: copyright infringement The Motion Picture Association of America and other associations, artists and content owners spend time and money tracking down folks who are infringing their copyright Comments posted to an online forum acknowledging copyright infringement can be incriminating (despite a…
  • Using my photo? Did I inadvertently give rights away by posting it online?

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. ; @iplegalfreebies Using my photo? Did I inadvertently give rights away by posting it online? It’s so easy and fun to share photographs online that folks often give away rights to their photographs without even realizing it.  HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?  The terms, conditions and licenses that the photographer agrees to when posting a photograph to various social media and photo-sharing websites often grant other folks broad rights to use posted photographs.  Keep in mind that every social media…
  • Trademark: to keep bands called THE SUPREMES from popping up in every State

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Blog post submitted by: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M. ; @iplegalfreebies Trademark: to keep bands called THE SUPREMES from popping up in every State “Yeah, I know and can appreciate what you do (as a trademark attorney working with musicians). Back in the day, different bands called THE SUPREMES were popping up in every State. You can’t have that.” A jazz musician friend said this to me the other day and it was music to my ears. This is right on point. For a band like THE SUPREMES, who became the most popular female group of the Sixties, owning…
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  • Watch List: Elise LeGrow Looks For Redemption With 'Shine'

    Mark J
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    With diverse musical instincts spanning pop divas, 60's and 70's rock, and blues, jazz and soul, Canadian singer/songwriter Elise LeGrow's obvious talent saw her progress from singing on the Toronto live scene to inking a deal with Sony/ATV Publishing Canada, and from there going on to sign with... ....
  • JJ Rosa's Funky Insight On What It Is To 'Feel Loved' In The Spotlight

    Mark J
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    'Imagine Prince reborn as a woman, Jimi Hendrix through the prism of Amy Winehouse & cat suit refinery of a 70s Diana Ross' - with quite possibly the most intriguing, yet completely apt, bio blurb we have come across, Mancunian singer/songwriter JJ Rosa has had us convinced of her uniquely... ....
  • Watch List: Karen Harding Wants You To 'Say Something'

    Mark J
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Always on the lookout for the kind of vocal and/or songwriting talent that makes us stop and listen - anything from acoustic YouTube covers to fully produced originals - a couple of years ago we were struck by the rich, mature beauty of U.K. singer Karen Harding's vocals on her cover of Sade's... ....
  • Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind Present ADD52 Live in LA with Erykah Badu

    Andrew C
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    The night kicked off with a set DJ'ed by the one and only Erykah Badu, who played a blend of R&B and funk to keep things lively. Shortly after her set, ADD52 presented NYC-bred Alus, who's strong vocals and cute appearance made an impression with the crowd. She was followed by up-and coming MC... ....
  • Music Video: Nick Hakim - The Light

    Andrew C
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Nick Hakim takes us into a dream-like state full of abstract depictions that flicker between reality and the imagination. "The Light" comes off one of his recent EP's, "Where Will We Go Pt. 1" (on iTunes), which leaves listeners experiencing trance-like story telling. Nick explains: "Where Will We... ....
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    Power Pop Review

  • Power Pop Review Takes to The Airwaves

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Yes it's been a long time - it always is - you're probably fed up with the excuses - but this time we have something new & tangibleWe have taken our blog to the airwaves and have begun a programme we are calling 'Utterly Timeless'. This affords us the opportunity to feature material which will mix the present with the past to demonstrate that even if you love the pop's golden history of the 60's & 70's there is still much to love (perhaps even more than ever before) about the music of today. Not the commercial claptrap of glossy talent shows, the manufactured boys & girls who over…
  • PowerPop Review's Very Best of 2013 Albums – Part 1

    13 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    As with many recent years there has been an over abundance of phenomenal music being made despite the fact that a large percentage of it is not being heard via commercial outlets. Those of us who have had rock music as the backdrop of our lives will continue to seek out the music we love despite the forlorn state of the music industry. On a positive note there are more places to discover music than ever before be it via sites like SoundcloudBandcampCDBaby,eMusic, independent music blogs & streaming music services.This best of list reflects those particular albums that need to be heard. I…
  • Radio Days - Get Some Action

    19 Jun 2013 | 12:20 pm
    This is Pop - Yeah Yeah!Italian Pop Punks Radio Days have regrouped, remodelled and refashioned themselves as something radically different to their original mid 2000's blueprint. The catchy appeal and trademark precision is still strongly evident, but they've blunted the edges of their Ramonesque short snappy pop, relaxed the razor-sharp edges and endings, and replaced it with a purposeful nod, if not march, to a early Merseybeat.In an attempt for wider appeal to a bigger audience the band have almost wiped the slate clean of the shake 'em up of old and settled for an altogether sweeter and…
  • Just Got Back – Examining The Booty

    5 Jun 2013 | 6:13 pm
    One of the first things we do when we get home from each IPO festival is unzip the suitcases and have a look at the booty. Well not the very first thing but after a cup of tea and a contemplate, the delay in coming down from the high of a week of solid good pop music is certainly eased and extended, and maybe relived a little by taking it all in... Please click this link to see bigger version of this pictureOut come the clothes, the toiletries and whathaveyous, we burrow down and retrieve every last item – a bevy of CDs which says you have been watching and listening to all this...We…
  • IPO Liverpool Preview May 2013

    15 May 2013 | 4:40 am
    In absence of our usual regular review of last year's Liverpool International Pop Overthrow event we offer instead a preview of some of the very best bands and artists who are appearing this year who we've seen previously and need to see again. Additionally we provide song links to some of the artists who are new to us who we look forward to seeing for the first time.Boomin'weave pop, punk, rap, bubblegum & reggae into a heady, infectious mix of frankly outstanding proportions. They are a young, loud and irreverent tour de force, they deserve the world at their feet and if it isn't theirs…
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  • Le Common Diamond - Swedish Summer Dream

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    When a song tries to capture the sounds of summer, the melodies are bright and the drums are quick and upbeat. Le Common Diamond has taken the summer song into new grounds with the track “Swedish Summer Dream”… (in post Le Common Diamond – “Swedish Summer Dream” from Hearing Gold. More by this artist at )
  • The Bad Heat - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Demo and a cover by brother duo out of Melbourne. Psych country? Country psych? (in post Introducing | The Bad Heat from Don't Need No Melody. More by this artist at )
  • The Bad Heat - Escape Artist Blues

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Demo and a cover by brother duo out of Melbourne. Psych country? Country psych? (in post Introducing | The Bad Heat from Don't Need No Melody. More by this artist at )
  • Will Dailey - Castle Of Pretending

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    We’re thrilled to be able to talk to one of our favorite local crate digging establishments in Hollywood, The Record Parlour. Just over a year old, not only does the shop have an incredible collection in house, they… (in post Hey, Shopkeeper: LA’s The Record Parlour from The Vinyl District. More by this artist at )
  • Elephante - Shake The Earth feat. Lyon Hart

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Los Angeles based DJ/producer Elephante first popped onto my radar less than a year ago with his mammoth “Dark Horse”overhaul, months later the young talent has come a long way with the release of his first original track.… (in post First Listen: Elephante Ft. Lyon Heart – Shake The Earth from POP ON AND ON. More by this artist at )
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  • How To Successfully Develop Amway Online

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Are you new to Network Marketing? Have you been questioned to make a checklist of a hundred people you have acknowledged considering that Kindergarten – your Warm industry? Have you contacted individuals people? Like Dr. Phil suggests, “How’s THAT functioning for you”? Have you been told to adhere to the three foot rule, i.e., existing your chance to anyone who arrives inside of three feet of you? I don’t know about you, but for me to wander up to just anyone inside of three feet of me, who I don’t know, and commence talking to them about coming into my…
  • Voucher Codes For Do It Yourself Merchants

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Is your style icon James Bond? If you’re a guy with a grooming schedule do not concern. I have composed the pursuing post to inform you of the latest study details to preserve you rest confident that you are 1 of several. Look for 2nd hand clothing. This is a fantastic way to get fantastic high quality clothing at a fraction of the cost of new clothing. Usually 2nd hand clothing are virtually as great as new and have hardly been worn. There is a enormous option of 2nd hand clothing accessible through 2nd hand clothing internet sites. How straightforward is it to enter and update items?
  • Why Price Cut Retailers Are These Kinds Of A Strike

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    DiscountCodes.Television set is an online shopping web site which gives countless numbers of price reduction voucher codes, income conserving offers and freebies from more than 1,800 popular retailers. The web site tends to make online shopping rapid and straightforward, with powerful and revolutionary functions enabling you to find the freshest reductions and offers for all of your favorite merchants. You know that women love shopping, no subject if it is online or they must go from store to store. Buying is a passion for each lady. Not so enthusiastic buyers are gentlemen. They can be bored…
  • How To Use Vintage Lace To Develop Shabby Chic Kitchen Area Cupboards

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Thanks to Rachel Ashwell, the phrase shabby chic has become a home word. It is a style that combines cottage style and a French region affect. It is now really trendy to have your linens and your home furniture looked employed but not abused. If you are into Do it yourself, shabby chic is the ideal style for you to hone your ability on. With shabby chic nothing is ideal so if you uncover that you do anything a tiny mistaken, it won’t be a dilemma. I love these colourful quilt cushions provided by a British designer. She employs contrasting fabrics to produce fascinating shade combos…
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    RouteNote Blog

  • Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were (Music Video)

    Tom Newman
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Ben Howard releases the music video for his first single off his new album ‘I Forget Where We Were’. Not your usual video, this tells a story in a unique way.
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)

    Tom Newman
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    YouTubers Animeme combined everyones favourite TV Show ‘Breaking Bad’, with every Childs favourite musical film ‘Frozen’.
  • World’s Hottest Chili vs. Classical Orchestra

    Tom Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    What happens if you get an entire orchestra to eat the world’s hottest chili peppers and perform?
  • The Rip-Hoff – David Hasselhoff Raps ‘Yo! Home To Bel-Air’

    Tom Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Using cuts of The Hoff, this genius has re-created The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s theme song ‘Yo! Home To Bel-Air’.
  • Naim Mu-so Wireless Hi-Fi System

    Tom Newman
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Naim have introduced the world to their new premium hi-fi system ‘Mu-so’. This sees the companies first wireless music system. It blends both top of the range speaker technology, with top of the range build quality. Build quality is second to none, with a beautiful anodised aluminium skin and swappable coloured speaker grills from black, to vibrant red, deep blue and burnt orange. This system does away with awkward, fiddly, sluggish interfaces, with an elegant touch volume dial, giving you the absolute basic controls needed. Six digital amplifiers, 450 watts of power and a digital…
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    Judy Rodman - All Things Vocal Blog

  • How To Get A Record Deal-2: Steps To Attracting A Record Label

    Judy Rodman
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    Today I want to offer you some steps towards gaining the attention of a legitimate  record label. You must know something before you start - success in the commercial music business takes TIME. Every overnight success has taken years of dedication, creating, experiencing and networking to find a 'lucky' window of opportunity. Let us begin:> Maximize your artistic abilitiesYour physical, mental, emotional, social and secure well-being comes first. I don't believe in sick, unbalanced, sorrowful, failed human beings becoming artists. What's the use? Your wellness will help you not only…
  • How To Get A Record Deal-1: What Record Labels Want

    Judy Rodman
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    This is my first post in a three-part series I'm writing about "How To Get A Record Deal". First of all, it is VERY hard to get a legitimate record label interested in signing you as recording artist. If someone promises you otherwise, RUN, do not walk, and slam the door behind you. With that understanding...Before approaching a record label as an artist, you should understand two simple things.    - Record labels, like all viable businesses, want to make a profit.  - You want to make a deal that will profit you, the artist.  Look for that win-win deal,…
  • Singing While Old: How Vintage Voices Can "Rock"

    Judy Rodman
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Singing is a lot of things ... it is athletic, it is biological, it is psychological, it is spiritual,  it is technical and above all, it is art. Because of all these things, the voice changes as we age. And because of these things, aging is a good news/bad news balance we can tip in our voices' favor, if we know how! Let us consider...The bad news: We may have lost some vocal ability.We may not be as physically able as in younger days. Our energy and stamina may give out sooner. Our memories for lyrics may grow, shall we say, less reliable. We may have developed one or more health…
  • The Most Important Step To Vocal Improvement

    Judy Rodman
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    one foot in front of the other... you'll get there!Improving the voice is a multifaceted journey of exploration and surprise, filled with rabbit trails, pitfalls, toolsets, saboteurs, enablers, frustrations, u-turns, plateaus and sudden eureka moments. It is a journey of steps... and like a well-played video game, you want to take the ones that lead to victories, not defeat (and definitely not injury!)When a singer or speaker comes in for a lesson with me, I assess where they are at the present moment. Then I look for the key to the next level up for their voice. Whether it's the first lesson…
  • Studio Headphones: Tips For Best Use

    Judy Rodman
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Here's a video about recording with headphones half-off Recording vocals usually necessitates hearing something to sing to. In the very old days, singers recorded with speakers positioned in the vocal booth or studio room so as not to bleed monitor sound onto the vocal track. Well, maybe not SO old... Actually, I used this approach a couple of years ago when recording a large ensemble for a demonstration musical theater cast recording. We were doing in 'on the cheap' and so had to make do in a studio that was not equipped for the big group. It was kind of like wiring my bus headlights back to…
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    Soundtrack Geek V2

  • Soundtrack Review: Dragon Age Inquisition

    Jørn Tillnes
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dragon Age Inquisition Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Dragon Age Inquisition by Trevor Morris. At a glance: 38 tracks 95 minutes of score Geek Score: 96.3 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 83.58 Album Excellence: 88% Buy or stream? Buy How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Dragon Age: Inquisition is the long-awaited sequel to Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II developed by the RPG masters themselves and BioWare and released by Electronic Arts. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be set in the continent of Thedas, the fantasy world in which the two previous games…
  • Soundtrack Review: Aberdeen

    Jørn Tillnes
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Aberdeen Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Aberdeen by Zbigniew Preisner. At a glance: 17 tracks 41 minutes of score Geek Score: 100 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 41.25 Album Excellence: 100% Buy or stream? Buy How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? The Norwegian produced 2000 film Aberdeen by director Hans Petter Moland is about a woman trying to get to Aberdeen before her sick mother dies. On the way she goes to Norway to collect her alcoholic dad. The movie is scores by Zbigniew Preisner and this review is part of Polish Film Music Composers month. Ever…
  • Soundtrack Review: Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold

    Jørn Tillnes
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold by Michael Linn. At a glance: 12 tracks 33 minutes of score Geek Score: 83.3 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 10.13 Album Excellence: 33% Buy or stream? Stream How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold from 1986 is the sequel to King Solomon’s Mines. In came a new director, Gary Nelson, but the main actors Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone returned for their roles. The score was not composed by…
  • Soundtrack Review: We Own The Night

    Jørn Tillnes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We Own The Night Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score We Own The Night by Wojciech Kilar. At a glance: 13 tracks 22 minutes of score Geek Score: 69.2 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0 Album Excellence: 0% Buy or stream? Stream How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? We Own The Night is a 2007 thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. The movie is directed by James Gray and is about a New York nightclub manager who tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. The score is composed by Wojciech Kilar and this…
  • Soundtrack Review: Interstellar

    Jørn Tillnes
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Interstellar Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Interstellar by Hans Zimmer. At a glance: 22 tracks 91 minutes of score Geek Score: 84.5 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 28.8 Album Excellence: 32% Buy or stream? Stream How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? So Interstellar is finally here, the most hyped movie of the year, but not without reason. This is big, this is epic, this is Christopher Nolan. A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity. We have to wait for the ultimate edition…
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    Beat Lawrence

  • White Girl releases 7” “M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K.” b/w “Cocky”

    Beat Lawrence
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Monday, November 17th White Girl 8th St. Taproom 801 New Hampshire St 9pm / 21+ / $3 White Girl, the brain-child of Martin Bush, is a live electronic dance-infused romp through eternal fields of post-punk grasses and rolling new wave hills. Bush’s dual inspirations for the forthcoming 7″ were Kraftwerk’s Computer World and Prince’s Purple Rain.
  • Tennis at the Granada tomorrow night!

    Beat Lawrence
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Tennis partnered with the Urban Outfitters Live series to premiere their video for “Never Work For Free.” The video is taken from the band’s recent performance at a soundstage in north Philadelphia before wrapping up their tour in support of their third album Ritual in Repeat. They’ll be at the Granada tomorrow night. Doors open at 8pm!
  • The Bots Thursday 9/18 at the Replay

    Beat Lawrence
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The Bots Thursday, September 18th, 10pm Replay Lounge Los Angeles sibling duo, The Bots, have spent most of the year on the road and recently added additional live dates supporting Augustines. NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praised the band’s high-energy live set, stating, “You’ve got to see these folks live.”  
  • Sturgill Simpson at Knuckleheads in December

    Beat Lawrence
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’re a little far out to post this but Sturgill Simpson is such a breath of fresh air to country music that we had to. He’ll be at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on December 2nd. His sophomore album Of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is out now. Of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Rolling Stone heralds, “Sounds Like: Merle Haggard with a stack of books on cosmology and metaphysics,” while Garden & Gun praises, “Metamodern is what country music should sound like.” Moreover, The Washington Post calls him, “Country music’s most exciting new outsider” and The…
  • The Hostage Calm this Sunday at the Jackpot

    Beat Lawrence
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Power-pop, Connecticut rockers Hostage Calm will be at the Jackpot Music Hall on Sunday, September 14th. Their new album Die On Stage will be released on September 16th via Run For Cover Records.
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    Indiecision: Music Magazine: Indian indie music News, MP3s, Interviews, Videos, Giveaways, Awesomeness

  • Watch a Musical Performance by 75 Women at Dadar Chowpatty

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    Tomorrow, Dadar Chowpatty will see a very special gig. 75 underprivileged women from the city, will perform a musical and dance performance as part of the New Employment Skills For India’s project. NESI is a multi-faceted arts programme with the aim of providing support and employment skills to less privileged women in India. A London-based duo, B ‘n’ M,  comprising British beatboxing soprano and guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and Colombian experimental flautist Mauricio Velasierra, have been curating the performance and working with these women since September, along with the help of…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Harley Rock Riders Season V

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Harley Rock Riders promises to bring the house down this weekend, even if that house comprises the mighty precincts of Richardson & Cruddass. From 4pm, when the gates open, to 10pm, when they shut, the Byculla venue will host 13 of the most prominent Indian bands and showcase some of the meanest machines that Indian streets have ever seen. And, Mutemath will be headlining the second day. Plus, there’s a bit of comedy. Also, there are happy hours. In fact, there are quite a few other pieces of handy information about the festival that would help you find your feet better at HRR, and we…
  • Prateek Kuhad Releases New Single ‘FLAMES’

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Prateek Kuhad is all set to release his ten-track, full-length album In Tokens & Charms in January next year. Last week, he put out the first single, ‘Flames’, off this album. Raat Raazi, the singer-songwriter’s last release, was an intimate interlude, largely between Kuhad’s vocals and his guitar. In Tokens & Charms, if the single is anything to go by, things are going to get a little bigger, sonically a lot busier, with finer layers of melodies interspersed with each other in comparison to Raat Raazi. Also, the new album has been entirely written in English. Kuhad gave us a…
  • Bands Reveal Their Plans for Harley Rock Riders Season V

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:34 pm
    The hours are shrinking for the Harley Rock Riders festival to begin. It’s this weekend. The venue is the massive Richardson & Crudass in Byculla. There are 13 Indian independent music heavyweights on the bill. What can you expect from their setlists? Well, that’s exactly the question we asked some of the bands playing at the gig, and found out that, yes, they will be playing a lot of their existing material, but that doesn’t mean that one can’t expect surprises. The Circus: “We’re doing a lot of songs from our two albums (From Space and Bats) and also from…
  • Win a Chance to Open for Karnivool at Decibels 2015

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    IIT Madras’s annual cultural fest, SAARANG, is back, and so is DECIBELS — the resident battle-of-the-bands competition. As Madras is the country’s unwitting capital of guitar-driven music, DECIBELS is where you might just end up discovering the next Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets. The festival also boasts a stellar list of bands that have headlined previous editions – from Swedish prog-metal giants Opeth to British metalcore act Architects. The reason why participating in DECIBELS is a great idea for a young band is winning the festival gives you an opportunity to open for the…
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    Rob Fields
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
      Screenings and Venue: Wedns. Nov. 19, 12:15 PM at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas Thurs. Nov. 20, 9:30 PM at IFC Center NYC PREMIERE   The 1990’s was a tumultuous time in New York City. The Central Park jogger rape trial convicted five young Black and Latino men, who many correctly thought were totally innocent, and multiple racially involved homicides of Black men and women occurred, along with an increase in despondency by the drug problem and subpar economics affecting everyone, but primarily urban youth. It was no surprise why so many people wanted to escape the city. But you cannot…
  • Interview: ‘LITTLE WHITE LIE’ director Lacey Schwartz

    Rob Fields
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    filmmaker Lacey Schwartz (photo by Michael Hill)   Following our review of director Lacey Schwartz’ new documentary Little White Lie, we got a chance to chat with her and gained more insight into her very personal film which uncovers the secrets in her family regarding Lacey’s true full parentage.  For Lacey, what binds the film together is how people deal with denial: hers, her mother’s own (their current relationship is fleshed out below), her father’s and relatives own, and even audience members own. Little White Lie, which has played internationally, made its New York City…
  • DOC NYC review: ‘RUBBLE KINGS’

    Rob Fields
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Screening and Venue: Sunday, Nov. 16, 9:15 PM at SVA Theatre NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE   Its simple to think that the “Bronx is burning” and other negative interpretations of New York City’s most notorious borough are accurate without understanding why that may have been and how the stigma of urban decay affected the people within. 1970’s New York City was indeed a dangerous place, plagued with the failure of government-led urban renewal, a relative failure of the civil rights movement, a serious lacking of gender and sexual rights, and hard drugs becoming more of an everyday…

    Rob Fields
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
      Screenings and Venue: Sun. Nov. 16, 7:00 PM Wedns. Nov. 19, 10:45 AM IFC Center NYC PREMIERE   Lacey Schwartz grew up in an idyllic, mostly carefree, upper-middle-class Jewish household. While she knew she looked different from the rest of her family, yet never wanting to admit it, her parents contended that Lacey’s darker complexion and curly hair were traits inherited from her Sicilian paternal grandfather. But after going to college and experiencing life outside of her contained Upstate New York community, Lacey finally begins to probe her immediate family history and…
  • Documentary ‘TRUE SON’ Brings Hope to Inner City Politics

    Rob Fields
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Candidate Michael Tubbs (center) in TRUE SON   Back in March we first told you about the documentary True Son when it had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Well now the inspiring film is will be released this Friday in New York and in November 7th in Los Angeles. True Son is the story of Michael Tubbs, a 22-year old Stanford University graduate destined for an affluent career in the private, tech or political sectors. But instead he returns home to Stockton, California, considered one of the worst cities in the United States and riddled with financial crisis and crime…
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    YouTube: Music

  • One Direction - Night Changes (Audio)

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    One Direction - Night Changes (Audio) Night Changes is the second single from One Direction's new album FOUR. Available to pre-order now: Music video by One Direction performing Night Changes.... From: OneDirectionVEVO Views: 2851227 184017 ratings Time: 03:52 More in Music
  • Wheel of Impressions with Kevin Spacey

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Wheel of Impressions with Kevin Spacey In this Halloween edition of Wheel of Impressions, Jimmy and Kevin take turns doing random celebrity impersonations, such as Christopher Walken talking about... From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Views: 7779998 48960 ratings Time: 05:04 More in Comedy
  • Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics"

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" Jimmy challenges hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics." Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy F... From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Views: 26180897 281978 ratings Time: 04:01 More in Comedy
  • One Direction - Steal My Girl

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    One Direction - Steal My Girl One Direction's NEW single Steal My Girl – out now Taken from the new album FOUR. Pre-order the deluxe edition on iTunes and receive five tracks before... From: OneDirectionVEVO Views: 35214286 1043127 ratings Time: 05:19 More in Music
  • Jimmy Fallon feat. - Ew! (Official Music Video)

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Jimmy Fallon feat. - Ew! (Official Music Video) Jimmy and's teenage-girl alter-egos (Sara and rap about things they think are "Ew!" Download "Ew!" on iTunes: Liste... From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Views: 16770558 196639 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Comedy
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    Heather Fenoughty

  • The Aviatrix: Capetown to Goodwood

    2 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s November, and I’m just wrapping up the mix on a Christmas Ad (more on that when it broadcasts…). Where did the year go?! Earlier in the year I worked on ‘The Aviatrix’ (at the time, its working title was ‘Capetown to Goodwood’), a feature-length documentary about Tracey Curtis-Taylor’s recreation of Lady Heath’s first female-piloted biplane flight from South Africa to the UK in 1928. The trailer’s below, featuring some of the best bits of my tunes from the film! The Aviatrix won Best Film at the 1st Explorers Film Festival at…
  • New Album Release: The White Whale

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The soundtrack album of music from Slung Low’s The White Whale, an adaptation of Moby Dick by James Philips, is now officially released. It’s available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and all the other online retailers (soon to be on Spotify too, though their databases take a while to populate, so could be a few more weeks yet). Click here to read a few more thoughts about working on this awesome show, and links to images from the show are here.     Read the reviews: The Guardian: The White Whale review – a delightful dystopian twist on Moby-Dick (4*) Wow…
  • New CITV Promo Advertisement

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Featuring tunes by yours truly, this fun little promotional ad for CITV has been playing on all the ITV channels for the last month and will hopefully continue for a while yet… CITV Autumn Brand Image 2014  
  • The White Whale is Up and Running

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The White Whale is up and running. It’s sold out and the waiting list has been closed. Some people are resorting to turning up on the night just in case there are audience member no-shows (I’m not suggesting this as a viable course of action, but I understand that needs must etc.). If you have a ticket and are yet to see the play, I heartily recommend waiting ’til you have before you check out these images: there are photos from behind the scenes taken by James Phillips here; and very spoilery pics from the dress rehearsal here. For anyone of an animal-friendly…
  • What I’ve Learned (so far) from Scoring ‘The White Whale': Part 3

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    I’m in the process of scoring The White Whale for Slung Low. It’s on in September. Tickets are free but there aren’t many left… call The Carriageworks Theatre on  0113 2243801 for the last few remaining.  In my last two posts I talked about priming the subconscious to do the heavy lifting when it comes to idea generation, the need to capture ideas when they bubble up and the most efficient and effective way to do this; and using GoodNotes and Adonit Mini stylus on the iPad to mark up scripts. No. 3: Marked up scripts are easier on the eye for an overworked sound…
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  • The Art of Doubting Myself

    Nick Norton
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    If I write music that both satisfies and excites me, and is music that I want to hear, and I’m being honest about all of that, then I’m good. Anything beyond that is a lucky perk, and anything less than that can be worked on until it’s up to snuff in my musical worldview.
  • Susan Alcorn: Fearless Slides

    Molly Sheridan
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Composer, improviser, and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn came up playing country and western music, but her ear eventually led her down a decidedly more singular experimental path. "You've got be naked in your mind to be able to play and express yourself—you have to be naked and fearless and that's not easy, especially the older you get."
  • Incarceration and Musical Inspiration—Part Three: A Live Concert in Prison

    Julia Adolphe
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    We tried to describe what different instruments looked like and we realized that what we needed was a live concert. There was great concern among the prison administration that the violin was a dangerous instrument. The strings could be turned into a weapon. Emails and phone calls went back and forth for months.
  • Listen To Music, Dammit!

    Nick Norton
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Listening to and trying to understand as much music as possible, even music that you don’t enjoy, is an incredibly important part of becoming a better and better musician. Knowing, experiencing, and learning from more than I knew, experienced, and learned from yesterday is a worthwhile goal.
  • Island Exports & Descendants Broaden Jazz Expressions

    Willard Jenkins
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Haitian rhythms were perhaps of equal importance in early jazz developments as Latin ones. And now there is a growing cadre of jazz musicians of Haitian descent, as well as other Caribbean arrivals or first gens, who openly embrace elements of their rich musical heritages.
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    TRAEXS.COM Music Video News

  • Crowd Funding of Music Projects

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    rocketfuel is a new service to support musicians to finance their music projects. It is one of the latest crowd funding services enabling fans to support their favorite musicians. To do so fans have the options to either get a reward or merchandising stuff or just to make a donation. Fans of course stay informed more
  • Music Streaming with HiFi Quality

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The internet emerges more and more by by larger bandwith capacities more high quality services are offered. What is already common standard in video by hd now comes to music by streaming media in hifi quality. Lately tidal has been launched, a music streaming service dedicated to the UK and US market. The service is more
  • Social Listening with Milkshake

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Milkshake is a new social listening service to listen to music synchronously and having chat. But compared to other social listening services such as typically allowing unrestricted playlists and chat rooms at least for groups it differs. The service is aimed at the sharing between two people and the playlists always have exactly three more
  • New Podcast Player and Podcatcher

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Podcasting had its hype at the beginning of the development of the social web. Today it has become an everyday tool to fetch multimedia feeds of any kind like music or video updates without being mentioned by name, which gives reason for a little explanation. Newsfeeds mostly are provided by blogs to retrieve updates. Podcasts more
  • Infographic about the Evolution of Music

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Today music is very manifold. How manifold opposed to the former 200 years is shown by a nice animated infographic. This shows the development in time as well as the various interdependencies of music styles. By choosing a year the relevant interdependencies are shown as well. Of interest is the background of the infographic. It more
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  • A Mono/Poly Game

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1402419230000-0'); The 9th installment in our Synthesis series for beginners explains the concept of monophonic and polyphonic sounds. Read the article
  • Send It in an Envelope

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1402419230000-0'); The 8th article of our Synthesis series is all about envelopes, one of the many useful features to create and modulate sounds on your synthesizer. Read the article
  • Filter it Out!

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1402419230000-0'); In the seventh part of our Synthesis series, you’ll learn everything about filters: hi-pass, low-pass, band-pass, notch won’t be a mysterious feature on your synths anymore. Read the article
  • Swing It!

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    VCO, DCO, LFO, the sixth episode of the Audiofanzine Synthesis Series explains all these weird, yet unavoidable acronyms. Let’s oscillate!
  • Make Some Noise!

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From wave to noise, Audiofanzine takes this new step in the fifth article of our Synthesis series. Jump in with us!
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    The Journal of Gospel Music

  • JGM Christmas Pick of the Week: November 19, 2014

    Bob Marovich
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    “Christ Is Born” Maurice Griffin From the CD My Holiday (2014) Maurice Griffin’s new single, “Christ Is Born,” is a Christmas hymn and Praise & Worship song all in one gift-wrapped package (though I have a friend who thinks all P&W songs sound like Christmas songs). A finalist on the second season of BET’s Sunday Best, Stellar Award nominee, and an entertaining program emcee, Griffin is in great tenor voice on this selection. He and the background vocalists lift hallelujahs and announce Christ’s natal day like a choir of angels. Griffin,…
  • “Fix My Choir” Helps Gospel Group Find Its Soul

    Bob Marovich
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    “Fix My Choir” With Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 10 p.m. ET/PT Oxygen By Bob Marovich To borrow the main conceit from The Wizard of Oz, Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams helped the Harmonistic Praise Crusade of New Orleans find its courage on the premiere episode of “Fix My Choir.” On the series’s latest episode, to air on Oxygen this evening, the choir-mending duo visit the beautiful oceanside community of Hermosa Beach, California, to help the Coast Music Gospel Choir find its soul. Directed by singer…
  • Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others: Get In Union

    Bob Marovich
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others Get In Union: Recordings by Alan Lomax 1959-1966 Tompkins Square (released, October 28, 2014) By Bob Marovich Students of ethnomusicology and folk music enthusiasts fortunate enough to hear the two or three LPs of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers can tell you the thrill of hearing the group’s music for the first time. The singers’ dedication to preserving a music with roots that run all the way back to West Africa has enabled generations to hear something of the foundation of spirituals, the…
  • JGM Pick of the Week: November 17, 2014

    Bob Marovich
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    “I Got the Victory” Signature From the Birmingham Entertainment/Epic Entity Music Group album Bigger Than All (2014) “I Got the Victory,” the latest single from Birmingham, Alabama female trio Signature, pulls its extroverted beats and holy swagger from the musical playbooks of Mary Mary and Trin-i-tee 5:7. Signature sings several triumphal chants of joy for having favor, all prefaced by a dramatic movie-intro flourish. Comprised of Kristie Robinson, Bonnie Lett, and Michelle Lett, Signature garnered public attention after their single, “Bigger Than…
  • KSE Sunshine Band – Children in Perfected Praise: Live From Kansas City

    Bob Marovich
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    KSE Sunshine Band Children in Perfected Praise: Live from Kansas City (2013) Available from digital music retailers By Bob Marovich Early in Church of God in Christ history, founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason tasked the denomination’s Women’s Division to establish sunshine bands, or choral groups, to provide COGIC children with a musical outlet steeped in religion. For the past century or so, tens of thousands of saints—from everyday people to sacred and secular music superstars—have come up through a sunshine band. The forty-member Kansas East Jurisdictional Sunshine Band…
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  • Gear: Whipping Post Unveils “The Weekender” Leather Zip Top Duffle Bag

    Morgan Witt
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Atlanta, Georgia based leather crafter Ryan Barr has added a stunning new piece to his Whipping Post collection called “The Weekender.” The classic zip top duffle is constructed out of beautiful 100% vegetable tanned leather and features a heavy duty zipper across the top and an adjustable/removable leather strap. “The Weekender” was designed with the […]
  • Film: Ken Block’s Gymkhana 7 – Wild In The Streets Of Los Angeles

    Morgan Witt
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    After selling his ownership of DC Shoes, Ken Block shifted his business focus over to his Hoonigan Industries brand and his passion for precision driving. Block’s “Gymkhana” film series showcases his skills behind the wheel while doubling as a stellar marketing campaign. There must be some serious money behind these films now considering they’ve now […]
  • Art: Aitor Throup x Flying Lotus “Death Veil” Mask

    Morgan Witt
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Flying Lotus has recently incorporated a new addition to his mind-bending new live show. Those lucky enough to catch one of his gigs this month have witnessed the Death Veil Mask (v.002). The mask is the latest in the ongoing collaboration between Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus) and British artist and designer Aitor Throup. The Death […]
  • Tech: Pioneer DJ Introduces USB-Only XDJ-1000 Player

    Morgan Witt
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Pioneer DJ recently announced the first in a new line-up of USB-only, rekordbox™-ready digital players. The XDJ-1000 is Pioneer’s first foray into integrating touch screen technology into the familiar CDJ layout. The large, full-color LCD touch screen leverages a tab system for DJ’s to browse, analyze and prepare tracks directly from the player. This new […]
  • Music: Daft Punk Set To Reissue “Alive” Albums In Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

    Morgan Witt
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Some exciting news from the Daft Punk camp just in time for the holidays. A press release has now confirmed that both the “Alive 1997″ in addition to the “Alive 2007″ recordings are getting a vinyl reissue as a deluxe box set that will include a host of goodies for fans. “Alive 2007″ was originally […]
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  • Where to Find Pure Pop Music Online

    Peter Lee
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    I get a lot of emails from people asking, “Where do you find this music that you review? It’s not on my radio station?” It is a mystery why melodic pop/power pop/pure pop is not more popular on today’s radio. And I won’t turn this into a diatribe against corporate radio, although it would be easy to go off on that tangent. To tell the truth, I don’t even listen to music on traditional radio. Instead, I turn to Internet radio. There are torch bearers across the country broadcasting the gorgeous strains of pop music artists wanting to be compared to the…
  • Album Review: The Both

    Peter Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Aimee Mann has been caught in a bit of a rut. Her first three albums dazzled critics, with her debut album, Whatever, topping my all-time favorite album list. But without her collaborator, the amazingly talented Jon Brion, her songs lacked the power, quirkiness and melody that was so apparent in her first three albums. She showed some signs of breaking through that slump in 2012's Charmer, but it's taken a songwriting and performing partnership with punk/indie rocker Ted Leo to awaken her. Leo opened for Mann during her 2012 tour in support of Charmer, and the two decided to write some…
  • Guilty Pleasures: ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’

    Peter Lee
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Everything about the Captain and Tennille screams '70s, from the Daryl Dragon captain's hat to Toni Tennille's strapless tops and Breck Girl hairstyle. They were also ridiculed: The term "Yacht Rock," referring to the soft, soothing pop music of the late 70s and early 80s, was inspired partly by the "Captain." (Christopher Cross's "Sailing" also had a big part in it as well.) And "Muskrat Love?" A song about to rodents mating? Really? All of that falls by the wayside when you hear "Love Will Keep Us Together." The beginning is inauspicious: a piano playing a basic boogie-woogie line with a…
  • Concert Review: Glenn Tilbrook, Smith’s Olde Bar

    Peter Lee
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    During the early 1980s, amid such megastars as Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Def Leppard and Men at Work, there was Squeeze. The group, fronted by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, drew comparisons to Lennon and McCartney for their Beatlesque music. The group's fans were smarter than your average music fan, one notch up from Elvis Costello fans.  They marveled at lyrical references to Harold Robbins novels and William Tell.  They had their black coffee in bed. They were different. So was the crowd at Glenn Tilbrook's latest stop in Atlanta Thursday; about 80 of the 100 people gathered at…
  • Album Review: ‘Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion’

    Peter Lee
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Back in the early- to mid-80s, a second wave of British artists brought their music across the Atlantic Ocean, 20 years after the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Who invaded America. At its height in the summer of 1983, 20 of the top 40 singles (including 7 of the top 10 singles) were by British artists, breaking the previous record of 14 set in 1965. Unfortunately, many of these acts, who could have relied solely on their music, stressed their style in the new frontier of MTV. Wearing makeup and futuristic hairstyles and clothes, they were a New Wave of artists that made their mark with…
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  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
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  • For the Fallen – We Will Remember Them

    Phil Hollows
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon For the benefit of my mostly US audience, in the UK and many other countries we buy paper poppies around the 11th to commemorate those who served and those who fell during the World Wars. The poppies specifically memorialize the killing fields in France and Belgium during WWI where the “lions led by donkeys” on both sides killed each other in…
  • Resolved: Overnight click-through issues

    Phil Hollows
    2 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Although feeds were being served and email sent OK, some publishers experienced click-through issues overnight; the problem has now been resolved. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Any subscribers seeing an error message now need to simply refresh the page. Today, job 1 is to update our monitors to better detect this kind of issue, which unfortunately went undetected by our automated system health tracking.        Related StoriesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing TemporarilyFalse Alarms and Click Through Issues Aug 1 
  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
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  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • One Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio - South Yarra, Melbourne

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood. The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates). In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square…
  • Cj Hendry - New Playing Card Series

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.   The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.
  • Her Majesty's Pleasure, Toronto, Canada

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Toronto’s funky, ever-evolving King West Village has just gained another interesting entrepreneurial tenant at the brand-new, 12-storey condo and townhouse project, Fashion House, at 556 King Street West. The newcomer is Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a flexible concept by husband and wife, Jeff Armstrong and Sara Kardan. The sunny space functions as a hair, nail and beauty salon, a coffee and tea bar (during the day), a cocktail bar (at night), a shop, and even an event space, all tied together by a tightly controlled palette of colors (mainly black, white and wood) and materials. The…
  • Vienna's Steirereck

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer is a member of the Reitbauer family that operates the famous Steirereck restaurant and the Meierei café beneath it in Vienna, and the Pogush Country Inn in Styria, in the southeast of Austria. His family’s latest contribution to the Austrian culinary excellence is the complete and spectacular renovation of Steirereck that consistently places among the top of the world’s 50 best restaurants list. In 2005, the Reitbauers moved Steirereck from its home of 35 years in Weißgerbe Lände to Vienna, and took up the former Milchhauspavilion, an…
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  • Ft Loramie, OH Fan Club Pre-Sale

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Attention Ohio fans! Jake is coming to Ft. Loramie to play the Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lakes, and Fan Club Members will get first access to pre-sale tickets for the show! Concert tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 12 at 10am local venue time. A password will be required to access pre-sale ticketa. You can find your pre-sale password in your Account Dashboard. Not a member? Join Today Be the first to purchase tickets for the following Days Of Gold Tour date: July 10m 2015 - Ft. Loramie, OH @ Country Concert 15 at Hickory Hills Lakes For a full list of upcoming…
  • Jake Owen to Headline 2015 Winstock Festival

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The 2015 Winstock Country Music Festival lineup has just been announced, and Jake Owen is set to headline on the events opening night. The two-day festival takes place in Winsted, Minnesota on June 12-13, 2015, and tickets are available for purchase now! June 12, 2015 - Winsted, MN @ Winstock 2015 For more information head over to To find an upcoming Jake Owen show near you, please visit the Events Page. From
  • Jake Owen to Play Stagecoach Country Music Festival

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    The 2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festval lineup has been announced, and Jake Owen will join the lineup of over 60 of country musics hottests acts. The three-day music festival has been one of country musics most highly anticipated events for the past nine years, and Jakes performance will be a part of the opening night festivities on Friday, April 24. The festival will take place in Indio, CA with the tickets going on sale starting Oct. 14 at 10am local time. For more information, check out the Stagecoach Festival Website. From
  • Pit Tickets Available for Eighth Annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert in Vero Beach

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Country music superstar Jake Owen returns to Vero Beach for the eighth annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert to be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Vero Beach, Florida. The Concert will once again be held at Holman Stadium at Historic Dodgertown, and be the final stop of Jakes 75-plus city nationwide headlining tour Discover Boating Presents Jake Owens Day Of Gold Tour 2014 - and features special guest The Cadillac Three. October 25 - Vero Beach, FL @ Holman Stadium at Historic Dodgertown Additional Pit Tickets have been made available now for the Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert…
  • Jake To Host and Perform at 8th Annual ACM Honors Tonight

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Tonight at the Ryman Auditorium, Jake Owen joins the Academy of Country Music to host the 8th Annual ACM Honors in an evening of musical tribute performances and award presentations celebrating the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year. Jake will also join a long list of performers at the event including Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, and many more. Sept 9, 2014 - 8th Annual ACM Honors - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium Tickets are only $40, and are available…
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  • Another Time for Three Musician Denied by US Airways

    Viola da Voce
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    For the second time this year, a musician from Time for Three has been denied by US Airways. Bassist Ranaan Meyer, who was attempting to fly out of LAX following Time for Three’s appearance on Dancing with the Stars, posted a video on Facebook today in which he explained that US Airways would not permit […]
  • “Breaking Ice” Concerts to Benefit an Orphanage in Awassa, Ethiopia

    Viola da Voce
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    This weekend, the Fused Muse Ensemble will present three performances entitled “Breaking Ice” that integrate music, dance choreography, and video art. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Awassa Children’s Project in Awassa, Ethiopia. The Illinois not-for-profit project provides funding for an orphanage in Awassa with an environmental mission to plant trees, dig fresh water […]
  • Video Parodies Air Canada’s Ridiculous Musical Instrument Transportation Policies

    Viola da Voce
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A video came out on October 5 poking fun at a recent Air Canada blunder that enraged thousands of musicians. The airline’s musical instrument transportation policy had stated that violins and cellos could be accepted as carry-on or checked baggage, while violas could only be accepted as checked baggage. Given that violas are only slightly […]
  • Classical Musicians Step up to the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Viola da Voce
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Summer is finally over, and with it, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seems to be winding down. Curious about which classical musicians stepped up to the challenge? Below, you’ll find my picks for the best videos. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the challenge has raised over $100 million to date. My favorite is the […]
  • Janis Japlin Honored With Forever Stamp

    9 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Janis Joplin, the  groundbreaking singer whose powerful, bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom, was honored by the U.S. Postal Service by adding her to the Music Icons Forever Stamp series during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park. Joplin is recognized as one of the […]
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  • Should We Feel Conflicted about Enjoying ‘Serial’?

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Are we genuinely concerned about the legal process explored in this case? Or are we hooked by an entertaining story? The day after the latest episode of our new favorite show released, my friend and I went back and forth on theories of how the series would turn out. The new episode revealed more details about one of the show’s more complicated characters, changing what we thought about the ever-twisting story’s eventual outcome. But we weren’t watching AMC’s latest hit or a new HBO crime drama. We were listening to a podcast.
  • Well, What Do You Think About This Jesus Tattoo?

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Tony Wheeler is an Indianapolis-based tattoo artist who is trying to raise enough money to start his own studio. He's hoping this tattoo image, which he designed, will go viral and help his dream come true. Conceptually, this tattoo is on fleek. As a theological statement, well, what do you think? ...
  • When Marriage Is No Longer Exciting

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    What to remember when the honeymoon phase fades and marriage feels like a lot of work. We live in the culture of new. We expect quick fixes, instant access and immediate gratification. Millennials are known for valuing an abundant freedom of choices and are perhaps resistant to that which may tie them down, eliminating other options. This may explain why Pew Research Center found that millennials represent a record high in the number of people who are not married and will likely never be married. While economic factors play a role in their findings, cultural influences and expectations are…
  • The New American Version of ‘Luther’ Will Not Star Idris Elba

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    There’s been some interesting developments with the critically-acclaimed detective show Luther. Just days after it was announced that Idris Elba will not star in a new, American version of the drama being developed by Fox, the BBC announced that the actor would be returning to their network for at least two more 60-minute episodes. Even though series creator Neil Cross and Elba have signed on to executive produce the new Fox version of the series, Cross released a statement this week saying, “Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.” The…
  • 5 Mistakes People Make When Reading the Bible

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Contrary to popular belief, reading the Bible takes actual, real effort. As someone who grew up going to going to church, I’ve often viewed the Bible as both fascinating and daunting, but somewhat inaccessible. Hearing about all the stories in Sunday School was definitely entertaining, but they were harder to make much sense of once I got older and read them for myself. When I began reading the Bible on my own initiative, I found it difficult at first to get much out of it. I knew there was a lot to unpack, but it was hard for me to believe I’d be able to make much sense of what I was…
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  • Willie Alvarez on

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Fiery and Intense, that’s how Willie Alvarez plays. Salsa Dura has a notch on it with the initial s ’WA’. Willie borned and raised in New York,  just like Salsa Dura. He’s played with a who’s who’s list of the best bands in New York City. Willie Alvarez aka “El Trombonista del Barrio” currently has his own band along with some new recordings.. more here When dancers go to Willie’s event they’re assured of the swing and salsa music they expect from the best. Even with a band Willie is still in high demand by other bands. Check out the list of engagements that Mr. Alvarez…
  • Ray Bayona – Pre Thanksgiving Day Dance – 2014

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Ray Bayona – Pre Thanksgiving Day Dance – 2014 (11.26.14)   The 2014 Holiday Season is just about upon us, almost. Soon the preparations will get on the way, and you’ll lose yourself with all the chores, the hustle and bustle of shopping, attending to guests and visitors. But, before all of that gets to you there are treats in store for you. A Pre-Thanksgiving Dance has already been scheduled, just for you, over at LORRAINE’s, Bronx NewYork. On Wednesday Nov 26th. LORRAINE”s will be featuring, none other than RAY BAYONA. along with Ray will  Johnny MAMBO and friends …
  • Pete Nater on

    9 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you just started listening to Salsa Music or Latin Jazz music you’ve probably been hearing Pete Nater’s trumpet without even knowing it. If you’ve already been listening Salsa Music, you most are listening to Pete Nater’s trumpet, and STILL not know it. Pete Nater is a sideman, He is a member of many bands. Most notably, with today’s well known HOT bands, for you see, Pete Nater is GOOD at what he does. If this wasn’t the case he wouldn’t have been around so long, recorded so many times, and been called so many times, ever since he was 16 years old. When he received that…
  • Cita Rodriguez on

    8 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Cita Rodriguez on The name Rodriguez has been synonymous with great music through the years. It’s no surprise that a female with the same sur name is one of the lead singers in one of the most famed Big Band Orchestra of the day, The Mambo Legends Orchestra. If you don’t know of Cita Rodriguez you’ll find that she’s the daughter of a famous singer/musician Pete “ El Conde’ Rodriguez no longer with us. She was a natural when it came to music from an early age. She traveled everywhere her father went, while he was on tour, sharing the stage many times with him. She…
  • LORRAINE’s Calendar for November 2014 – La Salsa se IMPONE en Lorraine’s

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    LORRAINE’s Calendar for NOV 2014 LORRAINE’s 1410 UnionPort RD. Bronx New York 10462 Phone: 646.568.0787 Ladies & VIP Card Holders * FREE * until 11 pm * $5 after 1410 Unionport Rd Bronx, New York 10462 Always open Phone (646) 568-0787 Email Starting Saturday November 1, 2014 LORRAINE’S will be HighLighted The Best in Salsa music that New York City has to offer.. November 1 Frankie Vazquez November 7 Sergio Quijano November8 Conjunto Imagen November 14 Carlos Ortiz November 15 Pequeno Johnny November 21 Ralphie Sabater November 22 Tipica Novel November…
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  • Nashville’s Indie Rock Trio Colony House Announce November Tour with Augustana

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Nashville’s indie-rock trio Colony House have announced that they will be joining Augustana on their November tour that will take them to Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Boston, Atlanta, and beyond. The tour kicks off less than two weeks after the band finish off their Fall headlining tour with Knox Hamilton. Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger this past summer via Descendent Records. Watch the band perform new single “Silhouettes” on Late Night with Seth Meyers here. See below for remaining list of Colony House tour dates. Tour Dates: Nov. 15 –…
  • Photos: Andy Grammer Performs at espace in New York for Pandora Listeners

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Pandora Media)   Platinum selling recording artist Andy Grammer performed an exclusive show for Pandora listeners at espace in New York City for Toyota Sessions. Toyota Sessions is an online series of artist interviews and exclusive content that is only available on Pandora. Fans who attended the event were treated to a limited-edition event poster, onsite Instagram prints and an opportunity to check out the Toyota Prius plug-in and lift back. The show with Andy Grammer is just one of many events Pandora has hosted this year. Other artist events…
  • TRT Interview: Singer-Songwriter Hemming Talks Going Solo and Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
      It can be intimidating being dubbed Linda Perry’s protégé’ from the onset, but Hemming (aka Candice Martello) seems to be taking it all in stride as she embarks on her new path as a solo artist. Hemming initially joined the superstar producer’s VH1 reality show, Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, mid-season as half of Philly based punk band Omar, but she quickly caught Perry’s attention with her own original material. After an agonizing decision to leave her band-mate Nick, Hemming went on to win the competition including a recording contract with Perry’s…
  • First Listen: Pink Feathers Releases Solo Single “Ghosts” Produced by RAC

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Fans of RAC might recognize Pink Feathers‘ (aka Liz Anjos) delicate vocals on “Seventeen” or from live shows, but the indie pop singer is currently prepping her own solo endeavor starting with the release of new single “Ghosts.” Produced by Andre Anjos of RAC, “Ghosts” brings us that synth-heavy, electronic pop sound that we’ve come to love from the producer, but more importantly, it perfectly compliments Pink Feathers’ vocal dexterity as she dips in and out of tempo and melody.  The song is totally addicting. Pink Feathers is…
  • CMJ 2014: Ryn Weaver and Circa Waves Perform at Bowery Ballroom

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Yes, yes, we realize it’s now Mid-November, but we’re still sorting through thousands of photos snapped during the week-long party that was CMJ 2014 in New York City. Today we bring you photos of Ryn Weaver and Circa Waves who performed at The Bowery Ballroom on October 22, 2014. If you’re not up on Ryn Weaver by now – consider yourself warned! And if you are up on Ryn Weaver then you must read Buzzfeed, right? The pop songstress blew up this summer with her insanely catchy hit “OctaHate,” which includes production from an all-star team of Charli XCX,…
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    As The World Spins

  • DJ Jelly, DJ Gutta Down – Mix Monstaz 4

    DJ Jelly
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    DJ Jelly & Gutta Down return with their Mix Monsta series and bring you part 4. Stream the entire mix below and download your copy here.
  • DJ Hotsauce PULS Radio Mix (November)

    DJ Hotsauce
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Like every first Saturday of each month I was back on the air for German radio station “Puls” last week. You can now stream my entire 2 hour mix below and tune in live again in December at
  • In The Mix: DJ INT at Scratch Academy with DJ Jelly

    DJ Jelly
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    DJ Scratch Academy founded by Rob Principe and Legendary DJ Jam Master J in New York 2002 has finally branched in the Atlanta market. Now entering our fifth semester, Scratch Atlanta is successfully nurturing the next generation of elite DJs. I have been honored to teach DJ INT these past two semesters, a course that combines basic djing and the serato dj software application. I salute the students who have begun this journey and I look forward to the next semester beginning Nov 8th. For more information go to our site and find an academy near you! Check after the jump for a…
  • Royce Rizzy Feat. Sy Ari Da Kid “No Moe” (Video)

    DJ Hotsauce
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    The homie Royce Rizzy returns with a new visual to his latest effort “No Moe” featuring Sy Ari Da Kid. If you have been living under a rock and missed out on life the past couple of months then you should also check out Rizzy’s EP “Determination”, grad a free download here.
  • Scotty ATL – Spaghetti Junction (Mixtape)

    DJ Hotsauce
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Up and coming Atlanta artist Scotty ATL dropped off latest project titled “Spaghetti Junction” yesterday. I first really started following Scotty when the homie DJ Burn One put me on to him a couple of years ago. Burn One also executive produced this new project and contributed a couple of beats with his Five Points crew. Other production credits come from DJ Toomp, Childish Major, Sean C & LV and KE on the track. Stream and download the project below and check after the jump for full production and feature credits and keep following Scotty ATL here.
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    Piranha Bay

  • Mustachianism, Environmentalism, Me, and Us

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This post was originally published on UnevenEarth, a fantastic publication just getting off the ground trying to disect environmental news. Two years ago a friend tweeted this article from the Mr. Money Mustache backlog. The author preaches a gospel that struck me as true - if you're privileged, and you're in a lucky position to have a steady income, and you can be comfortable in that knowledge, than through frugality, research, and understanding, you can reach financial independence fairly easily. When that happens, you can focus on the things that you think are really important. The overall…
  • A Goodreads Alternative

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Goodreads lets me do a couple of things I like - easy tracking of the books I read - but Goodreads implementation of a social network is lacking, and probably misplaced. There are not enough active users for serious recommendations from other people I know. My feed is largely made up of people accepting friend requests and one or two prolific readers listing what they want to read and what they have read. I'm not a huge fan of crowd-sourced reviews, with the end result that every book has a 3.8 average rating. I would prefer reviews from a few critical reviewers who do this for a living, or…
  • Missed questions for Julie Zhuo, Product Design Lead at Facebook.

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Designer News recently got a chance to grill Facebook's Product Design Lead with some hard questions. Sadly, none of the questions that got answered seemed overly concerned with hard topics within modern design, and more concerned with portfolios, junior tips, and ramen. Working on a product that is used by billions of people, there's plenty of questions you could ask an experienced and good designer that you couldn't find answers for in any of their other writing or simply by reading a couple of books. These are questions about ethics in design, complex algorithmic influences on your work,…
  • Doing Violence to a Person's Privacy

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Recently I was in an IRC chat room where the conversation turned to harassment. Some folks had infiltrated the chatroom and were using bots to log the conversation. Ostensibly the plan was to use transcripts to harass minority activists present in the channel so the bots were identified and ejected. We are creating a safe space and it was important to the community that people should be able to say what they want to say without fear of being harrassed for it. One member took it upon themselves to investigate the bots and track down a potential owner, their university address, and their…
  • Artificial Intelligence in Dune

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    In Dune computers aren't inherently bad, humanity just chose to not live with them because they made us lazy and dependent on machines for survival. Collectively (I have read that in later novels this was defined as a rather vicious Jihad, but I'm sticking to the first book here) humanity decided that enough was enough. They took collective action to ban something that was ubiquitous, popular, and dangerous.
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    Flavorwire » Music

  • That Lana Del Rey/Eli Roth Rape Scene, Discussed

    Sarah Seltzer
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Editor’s note: This is a conversation between our staffers on the disturbing Eli Roth/Marilyn Manson/Lana Del Rey video that surfaced this morning, which Manson’s representatives claim he had no part in. As can be expected, it contains graphic content. SARAH: Torture-porn impresario Eli Roth (of the Hostel franchise) had previously told Larry King about a video he filmed with Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson in 2013 that was “so sick, it’s been locked in a vault” since being finished. Now, a sliver of film that appears to be from this very project has leaked online,…
  • The Billboard 200 Will Now Consider Streaming in Its Chart Listings

    Shane Barnes
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    In a move that is entirely rational but will probably be received with some anger from music purists, the Billboard 200 is now going to incorporate streaming numbers into its listings. It’s not so cut and dry as it sounds. It won’t be that, if one person listens to a whole album it counts as an album sale. Rather, if there are 1500 streams of an album’s content — not necessarily 1500 streams of each song of an album — that will count as a single album sale. So, the effect of the change isn’t necessarily going to be that small, Internet-popular acts get boosts on…
  • One Direction’s New Album Is Worth Your Time Even If You’re Not a Pop Fan

    Jillian Mapes
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    I never thought a boy-band would turn me on to Journey, but here we are. With its piano line highly reminiscent of Journey’s “Faithfully,” One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” has sent me down an ugly Steve Perry rabbithole. But in some brilliant twist, I don’t even have to switch the album to get my early ‘80s pop-rock fix: One Direction have it covered just fine on their fourth full-length, Four, out this week. If you haven’t followed the onetime UK X Factor finalists past their initial rise among tweens in the early part of this decade, you’ve missed a lot. I hesitate to…
  • Interpol Are Free

    Shane Barnes
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    This has been a harrowing week for anyone in western New York. But it’s been an especially harrowing week for Interpol, who were trapped on a tour bus in the middle of a highway for days. The pavements were all a mess, and nobody was supporting them, not even for a long time. But now, finally, just hours after Paul Banks looked out of his window and said, “Oh, look. It stopped snowing,” the bus is back on the road. Kind of. Finally just started making a move. 50+ hours later. Hoping for some luck today.-DK — Interpol (@Interpol) November 20,…
  • Is Amanda Palmer’s ‘The Art of Asking’ Good For Artists?

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The idea of reading Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help sounded faintly ridiculous — could I, too, learn the art of asking, just like Palmer, and maybe reach $1 million for my Kickstarter project? But as it turns out, Palmer’s book, an offshoot of her popular TED talk, “The Art of Asking,” isn’t really a how-to; it’s more along the lines of a memoir. Palmer figured out a strategy that works for her as an artist, and despite the fact that she’s undeniably divisive as a public persona,…
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    Mel's Internet Universe Music Blog

  • 10 Minute Documentary: Buy Sell Trade

    Melvin AhChing
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Over the years I have kept most of my vinyl records. Today vinyl has made a comeback and it is good to see that young people have rediscovered vinyl. This short film has been out for about a year, published to YouTube in April 2013.
  • Found The Cocktail Slippers

    Melvin AhChing
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Cocktail Slippers' "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"Every now and then I "find" a band or artist that I never heard of but then almost instantly fall for their music. A few years ago a friend of mine turned me on to the band Dengue Fever. Been a fan ever since.Recently while searching YouTube for any video of the old Connie Francis track "Don't Ever Leave Me" written by Ellie Greenwch, I found this band called Cocktail Slippers. Their version was released in 2009 and totally updates the original bringing the song into the 21st century with a sassy, electric, rock n roll edge it truly deserves.
  • A Thousand Years - Their Technology - The Video

    Melvin AhChing
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    Their Technology from King Deluxe on Vimeo. Addition to the previous post... their video. Very cool.
  • A Thousand Years - Their Technology

    Melvin AhChing
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    A Thousand Years - Their Technology - Click on their link to watch the music video. It's quite good. Category: Electronic.Listen on Soundcloud.
  • Mel's Weekly Top 20 - Week of July 20, 2014

    Melvin AhChing
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    First Aid Kit - My Silver LiningFirst Aid's "My Silver Lining" is #1 for a second week.First Aid Kit Holds @ #1;  Train Close BehindMel's Weekly To 20 - Week of July 20, 2014.This WeekTitleArtistLast Week1 My Silver Lining (2nd week @ #1!) First Aid Kit 12 Angel in Blue Jeans Train 33 Riptide Vance Joy 44 Night Like This LP 55 Love Runs Out OneRepublic 26 Fever The Black Keys 67 Try Colbie Caillat 98 Maps Maroon 5 149 A Sky Full of Stars Coldplay 810 Paris Magic Man 1011 Cool Kids Echosmith 2012 I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends) Neon Trees 1513 Happy (From "Despicable Me 2") Pharrell…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - SOCIETY HAE

  • #HHR #Rhymth & #Poetry #Mixtape

    Artist Notice
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Hip-Hop is back with a new mixtape titled "#HHR Rhythm & Poetry". #HHR has been making mixtapes for over 5 years. We look for artists that are looking to be heard in places they might not be able to reach. Every artist that sends in their music is​ guaranteed to be put on a mixtape. If you are looking to get in on keeping hip hop about the Lyrics, Flows, and Realness send your tracks with a pic and a bio to BOXONINC@YAHOO.COM Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by Related articles #HHR Mixtape Plan a Deck Update 5 Design Tips for Financial Report Cover…
  • Landmark Mandela Documentary to Headline BUFF Africa Season Coverage in December

    British Urban Film Festival
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    (from left to right: Leigh Odimah - The Africa Channel; Jason Bourque - Director, Music for Mandela; Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe - Director, BUFF Africa Season 2014; Ayshia Armani - The Africa Channel). Akua Gyamfi, editor of The British Blacklist has been announced as the host of this year’s inaugural BUFF Africa Season – sponsored by The Africa Channel. The season launches on The Africa Channel (Sky channel 209 and Virgin channel 289) on Friday 5 December with the UK television premiere of ‘Music for Mandela’ – a documentary which  highlights the influential role music played in the…
  • Styled in a Crown of Glory

    Urban Fashion Network
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Houstonians celebrated a week of fashion and philanthropy during the annual Houston Fashion Week showcased at the JW Marriott Hotel. Notable dignitaries in attendance were Ms. Trinelle Mc Hughes-Thomas from the City of Houston, Mayor's office, Miss Houston, Miss Teen Houston, Mrs. Texas Int'l, Miss Jr. Lone Star State and Miss Teen Texas. The event spanned six days; and is produced by a group of local models, fashion photographers and style enthusiasts who are in support of Houston's local Fashion Designers. There was a silent auction of dresses created by the participating designers to help…
  • Cultural Celebration at Inaugural African Fashion Week Houston

    Urban Fashion Network
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The first annual African Fashion Week Houston brought together Houstonians and international guests to celebrate the cultural traditions of African fashion, dance and music. The Fall of Signature Essence (F.O.S.E.) runway show and concert showcased creative African fashion designers including TeKay Designs and performers from around the world on August 16th, 2014 at the prestigious Ayva Center in Houston Texas. Guests were wowed by models wearing stunning African fashions in the elaborate ballroom decorated with chandeliers, covered chairs, ceiling drapes, floral arrangements, DJ, live band,…
  • Channel 4 pick 'Driftwood' and 'Sunny Boy' to receive network TV premieres

    British Urban Film Festival
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    The British Urban Film Festival can announce today that ‘Driftwood’ & ‘Sunny Boy’ have become the first festival selections to broadcast on network television as part of Channel 4’s short film strand The Shooting Gallery - showcasing brand new films from some of the UK’s best new film-making talent.‘Driftwood’ (directed by James Webber) was shown as part of last year’s BUFF shorts UK showcase at Oxford House in London’s Bethnal Green. It also went onto make the BAFTA longlist. The film will be broadcast tonight (Monday 25 August) at 11.55pm.‘Sunny Boy’ (directed by…
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    Feed Me Indie - The Best New Music from Indie Rock Cafe

  • In Dee Mail, Vol. XXV – Gems, Mighty Fox, Canopy Climbers, Ekos, The Etiquette, The Gifted Children, Cousin Dud (Indie Rock Cafe)
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    This latest installment of IRC’s longest running indie rock music series, In Dee Mail, marks the 25th volume, and includes a whole new bunch of music never before featured on IRC. The bands profiled below include Seattle band Gems; Chicago’s Mighty Fox; Little Rock’s Canopy Climbers; Mexico’s Ekos; Rochester’s The Gifted Children; Los Angeles band, [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
  • 50 Great Indie Halloween Songs – Beach House, Radiohead, The Kinks, Pavement, Beck, Cults, The Kills, The Black Keys (Indie Rock Cafe)
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Happy Hallowscream. Over the years, IRC has put together over 20 different Halloween playlists, featuring hundreds of Halloween, or Halloweenish, songs. Some songs were picked merely because the title is in some way, Halloweenish; you know, blood, ghosts, monsters, death, vampires, skeletons, darkness, and so on. You’ll also hear some tracks that don’t really *sound* [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
  • Band of the Week – Baltimore’s Indie Pop DIY Band Joy Classic (Indie Rock Cafe)
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Baltimore DIY band Joy Classic pumps out catchy, feel good psych pop sounds layered with bright guitar hooks and twangs, reverb-soaked vocals, and punchy bass lines on standout songs like “Ya Know” and “Blossom.” We know when we’ve hit upon a talented, promising band when it’s difficult to pick just a couple of songs to [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
  • Bands You’ve Gotta Hear – Evaline (Indie Rock Cafe)
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Evaline – UK and California With six members from California to the U.K.), indie rock band Evaline released their debut album in 2010, followed by their sophomore album, produced by Dan Austin (Doves, QOTSA, People in Planes). Since the release of their 2006 EP, Portrait of Skin, produced by The Used’s Quinn Allman, Evaline have [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
  • Bands You’ve Gotta Hear – Ivy Dye (Indie Rock Cafe)
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Ivy Dye Drop Their Second EP Ivy Dye is a Chicago band formed in 2011 by Chris Adams, the head songwriter. His best friends, who happened to be the musicians he played with regularly, were going off to college, so he needed a new outlet. Thus, Ivy Dye was born. Blending elements of ’90s alternative [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe
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    The Curious Brain

  • #rewind

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    i wanna be adored~stone roses from Perry Waring on Vimeo. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé! A big thanks to Brandy for bringing this to my attension
  • Celluloid

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Celluloid from ARTJAIL on Vimeo. stunning just stunning! Directed by Marco Brambilla
  • Red: A Kubrick Supercut

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A supercut examining Stanley Kubrick’s use of the color red. Edited by Rishi Kaneria
  • suck away

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    haha via johnythehorse
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    The Nahmias Cipher Report

  • Saudi Arabia Grapples with Women’s Right to Drive Within Existing Restrictions

    Rocio Flores
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Rocío Flores, Associate Editor Last Modified: 15:40 p.m. DST, 13 November 2014 SAUDI ARABIA – A common Western activity such as driving has been an issue for women in Saudi Arabia for ages. Although women over thirty have been allowed to drive, this right has been curtailed by the stringent restriction to which they are […]
  • Human Trials to Test Ebola Vaccine Begin

    Sarah Jakubowski
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 23:31 p.m. DST, 05 November 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Institute of Health (NIH) has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin human testing of a new Ebola vaccine. This will be welcome news for the millions of Americans who now face […]
  • Rwanda’s Leading Murderer

    Jessamy Nichols
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 01:40 a.m. EST, 26 October 2014 KIGALI, Rwanda – Ever since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the international community has been slow to criticize Rwanda’s new government and slow to intervene in matters there. This hesitancy to get involved is rooted back to their fear of being to blame for […]
  • Islamic New Year 2014 | The Prophet and Kaaba

    Sarah Jakubowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 16:52 p.m. DST, 24 October 2014 This year, the new Islamic New Year fell on October 24. The date will mark the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medina in year 622. He led his followers over 200 miles across barren desert to escape persecution. […]
  • Melkam Addis Amet 2014 | Happy Ethiopian New Year!

    Ayanna Nahmias
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 00:00 AM EDT, 09 September 2014 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian New Year, which in Amharic is called Enkutatash, commences on 11 September 2014.  The name of this festival harkens back to the revered Queen of Sheba, who upon her return from Jerusalem where she visited King Solomon, brought […]
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    Evigshed Mag

  • Watch Jessica Sutta Music Video for “Candy”

    Sylvie Lesas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Ex-Pussycat Doll, Jessica Sutta released her sweet new dance video “Candy“. Fans can also download the song for free at Jessica is also featured on “For Myself,” the new single from acclaimed Brit producer S-X, known for his work with artists such as Lil Wayne, Tinie Tempah and Childish Gambino, to name but a few. Available here,, “For Myself” has been generating buzz on the other side of the pond and garnering airplay on Radio 1. Jessica is…
  • Call of Duty : Heroes Available today on Mobile and Tablet

    Sylvie Lesas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
     Call of Duty®: Heroes is available now for download on the App Store and Windows Store for free to play. Gamers have the ability to customize their base and train elite forces, including these iconic heroes and more from the famed Call of Duty® lore, to take on enemies in fierce mobile battles with friends and other players. “Call of Duty: Heroes brings back these iconic characters from across the Call of Duty franchise to play once again in an all-new experience created for mobile players” In Call of Duty: Heroes players take command of a small outpost to build and upgrade it…
  • Odessa Announces 2015 Tour Plans Supporting the Lone Bellow

    Sylvie Lesas
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Odessa will join Brooklyn’s The Lone Bellow for a month-long North American Tour starting February 23, 2015. The run begins in Portland, ME at Port City music hall, traverses the country, and finishes on March 27 at the Paradise in Boston, MA. ODESSA EP Tracklisting: 1. I Will Be There 2. My Match 3. Hummed Low 4. Gather Round Tour Dates: 2/23​                 Portland, ME​​               Port City Music Hall 2/24​                 Burlington, VT​             Artsriot 2/26​                …
  • The Script Debut Music Video For “No Good in Goodbye”

    Sylvie Lesas
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Script have debuted the music video for their latest single No Good In Goodbye. The track is taken from their album No Sound Without Silence. Get ‘No Sound Without Silence’ here: iTunes –  Amazon – Google Play – Official Store –…  Streaming -
  • She & Him release Video for single “Stay Awhile” on Vevo

    Sylvie Lesas
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) have debuted the music video for their reedition of the Dusty Springfield classic “Stay AWhile”. The single is taken from their upcoming album Classics which hits stores December 2 via Columbia Records. Helmed by noted directorial team CANADA (whose video credits include Phoenix, Oh Land, Scissor Sisters, Battles, Justice, Vaccines, among others), the video depicts the ever-stoic M. Ward strumming a special brand of guitar, while Deschanel dances around the warmth of domestic life in an era-appropriate house, proving she can do it all,…
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    Turntable Kitchen

  • Single Serving: The Night VI – Fears

    Matthew Hickey
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    The sparkling and understated “Fears” is the latest serving from The Night VI‘s newly released DIY EP. Sparsely arranged and evocative, it’s the bands most personal and emotionally vulnerable song to date. Indeed, before flowing softly into a swaying middle eight, Sophie-Rose Harper sings, “Why can’t I tell a good day from bad? I’m so consumed by this life I have where nothing is clear. So I’ll write a song.” It’s yet another showcase of the band’s considerable promise. The DIY EP is officially out now but is only available at…
  • Single Serving: Daniel Wilson – If You Went Away

    Matthew Hickey
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Daniel Wilson has been on a roll this month. In addition to the release of his first ever vinyl single (through the Pairings Box no less), he’s released a pair of incredible new singles. The latest track “If You Went Away” is a springy, ivory-framed ballad that gently floats forward through a swelling, understated composition. It’s incredibly lovely and just another sign that Wilson is one of indie music’s most promising new artists. Take note. You can listen to it, along with the also recently released “Boy Who Cried Thunder” below.
  • Beyond The Artist: Dan Plunkett of End Of An Ear

    Shelly West
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s interview is with Dan Plunkett, co-owner of End of An Ear. If you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of the legendary South By Southwest that takes place every year in Austin, Texas then you’ve probably stumbled into End Of An Ear. End of An Ear is an (almost) decade old record shop that features the best of new and old music in the form of records, cds, tapes, and audio equipment. They put on in-store performances and host ticket giveaways for customers. Next time you find yourself in Austin, make sure to carve out some time to grab a taco and wander into this…
  • Single Serving: Adna – Living

    Andrew Brandt
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Swedish singer-songwriter Adna may have released her debut record, Night, this past spring, but she’s already churning out material for a second: last week, she dropped “Living,” a sweeping song that’ll be on Run, Lucifer, an album she plans on delivering in the New Year. “Living,” with its reserved verses and colossal choruses, finds Adna battling her melancholy on both extremes. And though she writes her lyrics in Swedish and then translates them to English, her vocal force on “Living” is strong enough to render her words—in whatever language they may be—futile.
  • Single Serving: Tobias Jesso Jr. – Hollywood

    Riley Beggin
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 2012, Tobias Jesso Jr. was eaten alive by Los Angeles. He’d moved there with dreams of becoming a successful songwriter, only to be chewed up like so many hopefuls heading to our nation’s entertainment capitols. He returned home to Vancouver, reflected and learned to play piano. Two years and a couple of breathtaking demos later, Jesso has refined his sound and regained his footing with the release of a new single, “Hollywood.” “Hollywood” is Jesso’s first studio recording, and with production help from Chet “JR” White of Girls, the song marks a deviation from the fuzzy…
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    Music Scene Investigation

  • MSI: Episode 183 – Ian Freedman

    MSI Lab Tech
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This is episode 183 of MSI:, where independent artists submit music for expert review by our panel. This weeks guest panelists was Ian Freedman, musician and Radio host.
  • Song of the Week for 11-16-2014

    MSI Lab Tech
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This is episode 183 of MSI:, where independent artists submit music for expert review by our panel. This weeks guest panelists was Ian Freedman, musician and Radio host. The following three songs were reviewed. 1. I Am Ready by Frank Palangi 2. Born To Roam by Roger Ratliff 3. Blessed by Young Gifted
  • MSI:Hitlist Winner for November 2014

    MSI Lab Tech
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    This is the November edition of MSI:Hislist, where MSI: Song of the Week artists compete to be selected as Band/Artist of the Month. They compete for prizes and PR packages from our sponsors and partners. November 2014. The artists appearing on this months Hitlist are: Silhouette Cities, Rhyn, Abandon Tradition and Fronz Arp.
  • The Sanitisation of Gigs… What happened to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll?

    Ian Husbands
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    It has been a while since I went to a large venue to see a band play, as these days I spend more time on the stage rather than in the audience, so news that a friend had bought me a ticket to see Black Stone Cherry at Wembley Arena on November 1st was a great […]
  • MSI: Episode 182 – Paul Hurst

    MSI Lab Tech
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    This is episode 182 of MSI:, where independent artists submit music for expert review by our panel. This weeks guest panelists was Paul Hurst, musician and producer.
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  • MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman: Part 3 On Sale Info

    Larry Fire
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    MONDO is rounding out their 75 Years of Batman release week today with posters inspired by the Dark Knight’s time on the big screen. Below you can check out the final wave of amazing work from Kevin Tong, Craig Drake, Phantom City Creative, Jay Shaw, DKNG and Jason Edmiston. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
  • Metaluna Five Media Releases 1966 Classic Batman Print By Christopher Franchi

    Larry Fire
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Metaluna Five Media announces a new exclusive pre-purchase offer! 27″ X 40″ (official movie poster size) print of the 1966 Batman classic series movie, illustrated by Christopher Franchi and printed on thick glossy card stock, hand-signed and numbered to 66 print sets. Message them HERE on Facebook to purchase this print prior to regular sale. The print price is $150 plus $15 for tube and shipping.
  • Disney’s Cinderella Trailer

    Larry Fire
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Today Disney released the trailer for the live action Cinderella film. The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and…
  • MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman: Part 2 On Sale Info

    Larry Fire
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    MONDO is continuing the 75 Years of Batman super drop today with posters celebrating The Dark Knight’s time on the small screen, featuring prints from Batman 1966, Batman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond!  MONDO will release a wave of diverse prints from Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Wenesday, November 19th.
  • MONDO Announces 75 Years of Batman: Part 1 On Sale Info

    Larry Fire
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week MONDO is releasing all remaining prints from the 75 Years of Batman gallery show, which came to a close in Austin this past weekend. They’re kicking things off tomorrow with artwork inspired by Batman comics, with posters from Jock, Francesco Francavilla, Alex Pardee, Matt Taylor, We Buy Your Kids, JC Richard, Tom Whalen and Brandon Holt. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, November 18th. Stay tuned this week for remaining prints from the show. Batman: The Black Mirror by Jock…
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  • The Other Night at Quinn’s: It’s Not About Time – The Spanish Donkey

    Go Metric
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    By Mike Faloon | Photos by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh / Studio MBK It’s chilly tonight, cold in ways our backyard thermometer can’t measure, cold in ways that slows down everything and induces a huddle-round-a-fire feeling, triggers the need to pull in...
  • The Other Night at Quinn’s: Iron Dog

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    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    By Mike Faloon | Photos by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh / Studio MBK There’s nothing quite like a quiet day at home, especially a beautiful, sweatshirt autumn day. Today is one of those. It’s also Rosh Hashanah, so there’s no school. I’m...
  • The Other Night at Quinn’s -- Peter Evans and Sam Pluta

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    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Mike Faloon | Photos by Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh / Studio MBK “If you put all the knobs on your amplifier on 10 you can get a much higher reaction to effort ratio…Just a tiny tap on the strings can rattle...
  • Barrakuda McMurder: A Cigarette Meet Date EP

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    27 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    By Mark Hughson Remember on Futurama when Fry was excited to blast off into space, but they had already reached the moon before he could finish the countdown? That is what I felt like when acquiring this new EP from...
  • Razorcake Podcast #331

    Go Metric
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Friends engage in any number of activities when they get together. Some compare monocles. Others debate Night Ranger vs. Styx. We dig spinning punk rock records and talking about them. This is what it sounded like one afternoon in August...
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  • Watch: Little Boots, ‘Taste It’

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Little Boots returns to make quite the comment on the vanity of today’s society in this Ish Sahotay directed video. Her new EP Business Pleasure is due out in December. The post Watch: Little Boots, ‘Taste It’ appeared first on
  • Watch: Kiesza, ‘No Enemiesz’

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Kiesza keeps dancing in the latest video off her album Sound of a Woman. The post Watch: Kiesza, ‘No Enemiesz’ appeared first on
  • Listen: Luca C & Brigante, ‘Invisions’ (feat. Róisín Murphy)

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Luca C & Brigante has teamed up once again with the esteemed Róisín Murphy, after their massive ‘Flash Of Light’ collaboration released back in 2012. Having had a break to work on their solo projects, here the duo conjure up one of their best releases to date. ‘Invisions’ is a wholly refreshing Italo House dream… The post Listen: Luca C & Brigante, ‘Invisions’ (feat. Róisín Murphy) appeared first on
  • Watch: Fergie, ‘L.A. Love (la la)’

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Fergie leads a west coast star studded video for the lead single off her forthcoming album. Watch as Fergie-Ferg rides around L.A. in a double decker bus with her pals in this colorful video, including YG, Ryan Seacrest, Wilmer Valderrama, Hilary Swank, Taylor Momsen, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Osbourne, and more. Do you la-la-love it? The post Watch: Fergie, ‘L.A. Love (la la)’ appeared first on
  • Listen: Daft Punk, ‘Computerized’ (feat. JAY-Z)

    Tevin Christopher
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    A futuristic storm erupts in the form of an EDM & rap collaboration from this years GRAMMY’s Album of the Year artist, Daft Punk, and rap’s reigning king, JAY-Z. “Computerized” features synthesized strings, an orchestral ambiance and some ardent, vocoder-tweaked rap from JAY-Z. The collaboration is quite the surprise but relevant and much needed regarding technologies… The post Listen: Daft Punk, ‘Computerized’ (feat. JAY-Z) appeared first on
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  • VIDEO: Jhybo ft. Orezi – Baba Loke

    Ovie O
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Jhybo ranks high on the list of most skilled yet underrated Indigenous rappers in the game at the moment. The free-flowing Yoruba-speaking lyricist releases the visuals to his latest single “Baba Loke” featuring Orezi. The video was shot in Lagos by MOfilmworks & Snybes Review –  a fun street video which compliments Jhybo‘s impassioned rap & Orezi‘s catchy hook that carries a simple but meaningful message: “Baba Loke Loke, don’t let me fall down“. Jhybo is now working under his new partnership LIMA MUSIC, so expect much more from the…
  • VIDEO: D’banj Surprises Africa (Beats by Dre Deal)

    Ovie O
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    D’banj goes for GOLD – Video of ‘Beats by Dre‘ Deal. “After Apple Inc. releases a tweet announcing D’banj as its African Ambassador for its freshly acquired head phone company Beats by Dre…D’banj releases video showing his work abroad and the team that worked with him to get on his new international venture with the brand ‘Beats by Dre’. Similar deals have been extended to huge names in the entertainment industry such as Nicki Minaj who had her own collection of PINK HEADPHONES! D’banj is bringing to Africa this year a collection…
  • Knowledge – Bend Down Select

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    PH representer and new school act Knowledge who is not so new to us on this platform has just released this new Galala inspired tune ‘Bend Down Select’. Listen below and let us know what you think. - Lalaboiy MOBILE DOWNLOAD: Knowledge – Bend Down Select The post Knowledge – Bend Down Select appeared first on notjustOk.
  • The 10 Most Gifted Rappers In Nigeria 2014: #7 – Ice Prince

    Demola OG
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    We are back with the #7 Most Gifted Rapper in Nigeria, 2014. What do you think of the list so far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. As stated before, and I will probably repeat it on every Most Gifted Rappers Post; the 2014 10 Most Gifted Rappers in Nigeria list, is focusing on rappers who were active between July 2013 and September 2014. By active, I mean a minimum of 3 singles released OR a body of work (mixtape, EP or album) released during the aforementioned period. Here is #7.  7. Ice Prince Today, Panshak Zamani, better known as Ice Prince is regarded as one of the…
  • Davido – Owo Ni Koko

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:20 am
    Man of the year Davido announced  few days back that he would be releasing a new tune on friday which is the day he turns 22. This tune ‘Owo ni Koko‘ surfaced a few hours ago. Listen below and let us know your thoughts. - Lalaboiy MOBILE DOWNLOAD: Davido – Owo Ni Koko The post Davido – Owo Ni Koko appeared first on notjustOk.
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  • SuCh and Angela Johnson Live in Chicago at The Atrium Theater

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    20 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Growns in the CHI we’ve got one for you this week that’s sure to be a special night of music with SuCh on the heels of her new release “Trial and Error” and Angela Johnson fresh off her co-wrote Ghostface Killah’s debut single off ‘36 Seasons’ ft. Kandace Springs which is getting a lot of love . For ticket info head here. Check out the video of “Sugar Maple” from SuCh.
  • Troop on The TJMS November 21, 2014

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    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Post by Grown Folks Music.
  • GFM Spotlight Interview (Video): Wess Morgan Talks “Livin'”, Five Men and Recovery

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    20 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Grown Folks Music sat down with singer, author, minister and the coolest dude who’s on fire for Jesus that you will ever meet– Wess Morgan.  He talked about his current album, Livin‘, the soul in his music, his part in the group Five Men and last but not least– his testimony of recovery. Enjoy the video.
  • New Music: Chrisette Michele: “Super Chris”

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    20 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Check out “Super Chris” from Chrisette Michele. “Super Chris” is from Chrisette Michele’s forthcoming album The Lyricists Opus. Let us know if you’re vibin’ to it.
  • Morning Inspiration: Avery*Sunshine – “The Lord Is Blessing Me”

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    19 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Post by Grown Folks Music.
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  • Banks Books Observatory Show

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The more local shows that we get from Banks the better, and since New Years Eve seems to be the popular choice right now the L.A. based singer-songwriter has decided to have her own party. This time she’s giving Orange County some love with a headlining show to close out the year at the Observatory in Santa Ana. On top of the show, you’ll also have some options for VIP and open bar to really party it up. This just adds yet another option of things to do come December 31st. Tickets for Banks at the Observatory will be going on sale starting on Friday, November 21st at 10am…
  • G-Eazy Coming To Town For Two Shows

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    G-Eazy is already on the lineup for Power 106’s Cali Christmas show, but if you would rather check out the Oakland based rapper on his own for a solo show, he’ll be back in LA for two more shows. He’ll make his first stop at the Fox Theatre in Pomona on Friday, January 2nd and then G-Eazy will be back on Wednesday, February 4th at the Wiltern. Joining him on the “From The Bay To The Universe” tour will be KehlaniKool John andJay Ant to open up for these nights.  Tickets for both of these shows will be going on sale starting on Friday, November 21st at 10am…
  • Swervedriver Announce Tour & Roxy Show

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Swervedriver have recently announced that they will be releasing their first album in 16 years and then chase it with a 19 date North American tour. The schedule does include one Los Angeles show date which is set to take place on Thursday, March 5th at The Roxy Theatre. You can check out the full tour schedule after the jump below. As for the reunited band’s new music, you can listen to their new single “Deep Wound” over on Pitchfork HERE.  Tickets to see Swervedriver at The Roxy Theatre will be going on sale starting on Friday, November 21st at 10am through Ticketfly.
  • Foo Fighters Announce Tour & Two Local Shows

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    We know you guys were trying so hard to get into a few secret Foo Fighters shows these past weeks. But we now have details on a full 2015 North American tour that will bring the band into town for two local arena shows. The only bad news is that you’ll have to wait a little less than a year until then. Foo Fighters will first be at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Friday, September 18th  and then head up to the Forum for a show on Monday, September 21st. We have a feeling that they’ll be adding additional dates for that weekend between but it’s still a while until then. …
  • Shpongle Heading To The Fonda Theatre

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Shpongle will be back in Los Angeles in 2015 for another headlining show. Other than their psychedelic electronic sounds, the UK duo will also be showing off their Shpongletron 3.1 live setup which is sure to bend some minds. You’ll have a chance to catch Sphongle when they perform on Saturday, March 14th at The Fonda Theatre. This is not your regular “EDM” show and is pretty trippy to see in person. Tickets to see Shpongle at The Fonda Theatre will be going on sale starting on Friday, November 21st at 10am through AXS. Ticket prices have been set at $27.50 plus additional…
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    Music Consultant

  • Managing a Modern Rock Band

    Rick Goetz
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Erica Ramon is an artist manager at DAS Communications. She learned to play guitar and piano while growing up in Los Angeles, CA and realized her passion for the business side of the industry in high school. She went on to study economics at the University of California, Davis, where she booked bands and organized music events as part of the student council. Her first job in the music industry was working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a program called Music Matters, which helped raise funds to keep music programs in schools, which led to an internship in the publicity department of a…
  • TuneCore Music Industry Study, Garth Brooks and Streaming Taylor Swift Music News, November 16, 2014

    Julia Rogers
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    A survey conducted by TuneCore revealed what artists are expecting from the music industry in the future. And Garth Brooks talked about the challenges he is facing releasing his first album in 13 years. Also, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine explained why he pulled Taylor Swift’s catalog from Spotify.     TuneCore Gauging What Musicians Expect from the Music Industry Brooklyn-based digital music distribution and publishing service TuneCore surveyed 1,112 of their artists in September in order to gauge what they expect from the music industry in the future.   Respondents…
  • Building an Indie Band

    Rick Goetz
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This interview was originally published in September 2011.   Mathieu Santos is one of the founding members of and the bassist for the New York City-based orchestral-pop indie band Ra Ra Riot, signed to Barsuk Records. He and his fellow band members met in January 2006 during their last semester of college at Syracuse University. The band has since released several albums and EPs, toured throughout the country and has had their songs placed in film and television. Ra Ra Riot’s album The Orchard was nominated for an Independent Music Award in January, 2011. In August, Mat released his…
  • SoundCloud and Warner Music, New Music Industry and Big Machine News, November 9, 2014

    Julia Rogers
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    SoundCloud signed its first major label licensing deal with Warner Music. Also, music industry experts analyzed why the future of the music business rests on experimentation with new platforms and strategies. And Big Machine head Scott Borchetta indicated he might be in the market to sell the label.     Warner Music Strikes up a Deal with SoundCloud   Major music streaming service SoundCloud finally signed a licensing deal with major label Warner Music Group on Tuesday, reported the New York Times. SoundCloud has 175 monthly users, and Warner Music’s roster includes…
  • Composing for Film and Television

    Rick Goetz
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is Part I of a two-part interview originally published in November 2013. Christopher Tyng is a songwriter, composer, producer and the Founder of the Grow Music Project, a platform for independent artists and bands that allows them to record and produce their music at no cost to them, with no strings attached. Throughout his career, Chris has worked with many successful artists and has written music and songs for successful movies and TV series in Hollywood for the past 20 years. He has been a key member of the music team and the sole composer of the music scores on the television shows…
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    ClickitTicket Blog

  • Bette Midler And The All-Girl Groups She Covered On Latest Album

    My name
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Bette Midler And The All-Girl Groups She Covered On Latest Album Mark it down. On May 8, 2015, Bette Midler tours for the first time in more than a decade.  That night, as well as the next, Midler will be at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.  After stops in 20 North American cities, her trek concludes June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Fans should also look for the 69-year-old singer in Las Vegas, Boston, and Chicago. Midler is hitting the road to support her 14th studio album, and 25th overall, It’s The Girls!  For this opus, Midler covered…
  • Taylor Swift Proves She’s Here To Stay With 1989 And Tour

    My name
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Taylor Swift Proves She’s Here To Stay With 1989 And Tour There comes a point in the career of every legend when they stop being a trend and start being a permanent fixture on the musical landscape.  When they cross this threshold they’re no longer at risk of being a mere footnote in the annals of popular music but guaranteed to have their own chapter. It’s hard to recognize that moment when it’s happening.  It’s much easy to pin it down when you have the benefit of a historical perspective.  We don’t have the luxury of time when it comes…
  • 50 Things You Need To Know About Mannheim Steamroller

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    4 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    50 Things You Need To Know About Mannheim Steamroller One of the best things about the holiday season is the music.  And one of the best purveyors of holiday music is Mannheim Steamroller.  For thirty years, The Steamroller has been delighting Santa’s disciples with new age renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.”  That’s right, 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the group’s classic holiday debut, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.  It’s also the 30th anniversary of the band’s annual Christmas tour…
  • Neil Diamond Returns To Alma Mater And The High Schools Of Other Famous Musicians

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    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Neil Diamond Returns To Alma Mater And The High Schools Of Other Famous Musicians Neil Diamond kicks off his 2015 North American tour on Feb. 27 in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the PPL Center.  During his 30-plus trek of the states and provinces, Diamond will perform at such venerated arenas as the Wells Fargo Center, TD Garden, Air Canada Centre, United Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. Those are some serious concert venues.  Yet, the most serious stage Diamond has graced as of late doesn’t don a corporate name or is operated by Live Nation.  In early October, Diamond…
  • Is Peyton Manning The Babe Ruth Of Football

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    29 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Is Peyton Manning The Babe Ruth Of Football? On Oct. 19, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke the record for the most career touchdown passes by throwing number 509.  His finished the game with 510 career touchdown passes.  That’s two more than previous record holder Brett Favre.  It’s perhaps the most hallowed record in all of professional football. What was lost that evening among the celebration, which included his teammates playing keep-a-way with the record setting ball, and is still overlooked, is the feasibility that Manning can throw 600 career…
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  • How to Play Indiana Jones Theme (The Raiders March) by John Williams on Saxophone

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Indiana Jones Theme (The Raiders March) by John Williams. First part on saxophone. First Note Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone: F# Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone: C# Second Note Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone: G Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone: D Third Note Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone: A Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone: E Fourth Note Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone: D Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone: A Fifth Note Tenor Saxophone & Soprano Saxophone: E Alto Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone: B Sixth Note Tenor Saxophone…
  • “Can you tell me the easiest way to play the altissimo register? And some of the fingering for it?” (question refers to high notes, not altissimo)

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Was asked about saxophone altissimo a little while back. It turns out the person who asked the question was really talking about the higher notes, especially high F at the top of the normal range. If you’re unsure about what altissimo means or might not be absolutely sure, keep reading. Question: Can you tell me the easiest way to play the altissimo register? And some of the fingering for it? -Edward stone Response: Which altissimo notes can you play right now? -Neal Edward: Umm at the moment occasionally an F but It’s not stable nod I can’t hold it for long, and I…
  • “How to read the highest 3 notes and lowest 3 notes on treble clef” (on saxophone)

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Recent question from the ‘ask a saxophone question‘ page. How to read the highest 3 notes and lowest 3 notes on treble clef? -Nasser Neal Which notes are you talking about? Notes with ledger lines? Nasser Hi Neal. Thanks a lot for the reply.  High D upwards. And below low C. I’m not very fluent reading on the staff. Best, Nasser Neal Hello Nasser, You can check on the fingering chart page, (password emailed to subscribers). Nasser Hi Neal. Thanks so much! Best, Nasser Related Posts:“Can you tell me the easiest way to play the altissimoSaxophone Fingering Chart for Sax…
  • Interested in Learning How to Read Music?

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Enter your name/email and a question. Seems like reading music could be a good topic for a new class. Related Posts:What are your questions about saxophone altissimo?What are your questions about bluesing out on saxophone?…What are your questions about chords?Interested in learning more about Saxophone Tribe?Survey About Classes
  • “Is it realistic, at my age, to think i can ever really become a respectable sax player (alto)?”

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Questions: I am 57 years old.  Been playing just a few years. Have made progress and can play songs between level 2 & 3. Playing: off and on, about 5 years Favorite saxophone player: Kirk Whalum Play about three time a week, roughly an hour.  Have not been faithful to practicing scales, although that seems more and more necessary and important for improvisation. Is it realistic, at my age, to think i can ever really become a respectable sax player (alto)? -Steve Neal: It’s not your age which will be the biggest limiting factor in your ability to play. Our brains do function in…
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    Live Fix

  • Putting a Plan Into Action: Internal Social and Community Management Strategies at Work

    15 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak at the J Boye intranet conference. During the conference I shared the story about how at Walgreens we’re using community management strategies to roll out a new social intranet, develop an internal social media program and build communities of practice. During my talk I shared this quote below which is from the internal communications lead, an influential person on the corporate communications team. The quote resonated with conference attendees and I thought I’d share more of the strategic backstory of that quote and explore some…
  • 3 Reasons Why I’m Running My First Marathon

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:38 am
      I’m getting ready to do something I haven’t done before. Run a marathon. I’ve done a half marathon before and the experience changed my life. So I thought it was time to embark on a journey to connect with the world and people around me in new and exciting ways. Why am I running a marathon? Well, for starters, the challenge fits nicely with my 3 words journey this year. Throughout 2014 I’ve set out to do and work on things related to those three words – pushing, stretching and growing myself – and running 26.2 miles to put my mind, body and spirit…
  • No Sports for A Year Update #1: Oh, The Things I’m Learning!

    18 May 2014 | 6:48 am
      It’s been 136 days since I began my experiment to not watch any sports for a year. So how’s it going? Well, it’s been fun, hard and revealing to say the least. And here’s a collection of thoughts, findings and questions that have surfaced so far. It’s Simply Complicated For the most part, some days it’s easy and other days it’s hard not to watch sports. I’ve noticed that the degree of ease and difficulty has fallen into and been dependent on these three categories: My current emotional state; to what degree do I need sports to help me…
  • My Three Words: Health. Hunger. Habit.

    23 Feb 2014 | 1:47 pm
    For the last several years, I’ve watched others do the “my three words” yearly mission. And it’s time for me to jump in. Yes, I’ve thought of my three words before, but I’ve just thought about them. Until now, I’ve taken little action to crystalized my three words, write them down and truly make them the focus for a year of my life. So in 2014, I’m doing it. It’s the end of February and by now many New Year’s resolutions are toast, or hopefully you are still going strong. If you’re struggling, hopefully this post comes at the…
  • Recap Video: Talking with The Community Roundtable about Community Management and Our ESN at Walgreens

    17 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
          I recently had the pleasure of kicking off the Community Roundtable’s new Community Manager spotlight series. It was tons of fun chatting with Jim Storer and sharing the inside scoop of the development of our enterprise social network and employee communities journey at Walgreens. Highlights of the chat include: an overview how how we launched The Wall, our new social intranet, and how we’re using community management strategies to support the business, build trust and drive the adoption of the digital workplace. I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to…
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    Pop Sirens

  • Meghan Trainor – ‘Lips Are Movin’ (video)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    Kylie Minogue really needs to have a word with her security, as Meghan Trainor has clearly looted her KMO tour props. Just kidding. Check out Meghan in her new video ‘Lips Are Movin‘ where she makes good use of the lip couch and various other lip-shaped items. Meghan said about the song: “I mean, I wrote about this dude that I worked with at the company and I caught him lying, and I wrote about it in a song with my producer, because he was also [on it],” she explained the track’s inspiration to Ryan Seacrest. “And we wrote it in eight minutes, man. It was my love song…
  • Listen: Beyonce – Ring Off (preview)

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    And fresh off the back of ‘7/11‘, here we have a preview snippet for ‘Ring Off’, the other new song included on the re-issue of Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled surprise album. This one’s clearly for mainstream radio, and we like the sound of this. But perhaps we’ll end up loving her trappy sibling more, once again.
  • Listen: Beyonce’s new single ‘7/11′ (snippet)

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    The re-issue of Beyonce’s surprise album – dubbed The Platinum Edition – will be out next week (24th November), and a snippet of one of the two new songs, ‘7/11‘, has appeared online. The single is scheduled to premiere in full on radio Tuesday (25th November). 7/11 is produced by Detail, the man behind Drunk In Love and Jealous. We have the suspicion that 7/11 – with its trap beats – is aimed at urban radio stations, while ‘Ring Off‘ will be aimed at mainstream radio. ‘The Platinum Edition‘ features two new songs and four…
  • Kylie Minogue releases ‘Sleepwalker’ short film

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Now that the European leg of the Kiss Me Once Tour has finished, Kylie Minogue has uploaded her short film ‘Sleepwalker‘ for all to view. The film, soundtracked by three unreleased songs by Kylie and Fernando Garibay, was shown ahead of each gig. According to Vogue UK, where the video premiered, Kylie transforms into various characters, from Miss Havisham to Sleeping Beauty. The three songs (Glow, Wait and Break This Heartbreak), were made available for free download via Minogue’s SoundCloud channel, along with ‘Chasing Ghosts’, which featured as an…
  • Kindness – Who Do You Love feat. Robyn (video)

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Here’s an unusual collaboration. Robyn teamed up with Kindness (a solo project of British artist Adam Bainbridge) to write ‘Who Do You Love‘ for his recently released album, Otherness. They wrote the track about a Swedish metalhead she and Bainbridge met after a night of heavy drinking and karaoke. You can read the full story over on Time. Adam said about the song and video: Who Do You Love is a song about people and connection, and how you can identify who you are by those you love. Those people say a hell of a lot about you. Robyn and I were very happy to make this video…
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    Milky Tea Kid Music Blog

  • Aloft London Excel: Hudson Taylor Guitar Masterclass

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Photography by Maren Farra I was invited along to the Hudson Taylor Guitar Masterclass at the modern Aloft London Excel hotel recently thanks to Vs World. It was a great evening of music, laughter, music history, guitar playing and the odd bit of eating and drinking too! We learnt a lot and found out more about the duo of Irish brothers, Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor who are definitely on their way up in the music world. Their debut album comes out February next year and I think you will be hearing much more from them in the near future. Read the full article that I wrote…
  • Live Review: The Shires @ Bush Hall

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Photos and Review by Clare Knight 11/11/14 Bush Hall, London The UK is seeing a resurgence in the popularity in country music and it’s a new breed of music, no imitation of USA counterparts will be seen here. With Whispering Bob Harris being a prominent figure in the country music scene, we have seen shows like Country 2 Country at the O2 Arena along with easily accessible country music through BBC Radio 2. At the forefront of this flow of great country acts is The Shires, a British duo made of singer/songwriters Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle. We headed to a sold out show at Bush Hall in…
  • Live Review: Southern Supporting Catfish and the Bottlemen @ KOKO

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Review and photography by Mel Jakel 7th November 2014, KOKO Camden Where the wild things are? Surely at Camden’s iconic music venue KOKO, as it was time for a night of beautifully crafted rock music by the likes of newcomer Southern and welsh band Catfish And The Bottlemen, on this cold November evening. The place was sold out – always an indicator for an unforgettable night. As the doors opened and the crowd started spilling in, one could surely feel the excitement. The DJ got the place hyped by playing evergreen bangers that had everyone singing.
  • Album Review: ‘Back On Solid Ground’ by Chris Cape

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Review by Debs Thomson As his new album goes flying through the air waves, leaving comet trails in its wake, it seems that in ‘Back On Solid Ground’ we have got just that, the pleasure of hip-pop space cadet Chris Cape’s company here on earth for a while. With feet firmly rooted in hip-hop soil, microphone in hand, spitting lyrics sharp as salt and vinegar chips, Cape is back home but not the same. His travels in time and space have marked him, so too the mountains that now surround him and lift his gaze. This album climbs and fights and…
  • Live Review: The Ting Tings @ XOYO, London

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Review & photography by Olivia Sylvester Cox On the 30th of October, the Manchester synthpop duo, The Ting Tings, kicked off their tour at XOYO, London after a three year break. This small music venue/club welcomes emergent and more famous artists for us music lovers and party goers. When I arrived at around 8ish, nobody was queueing as the few people were waiting on the other side being told that the doors would not open yet. After 20 minutes, we finally entered and the venue started to fill up gently. Being a bit late on schedule, the support act Fickle Friends took the stage. Coming…
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  • Pedal to the Metal: Black Fast Charges Forward

    Hugh Scott
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    by Jason Robinson The Saint Louis metal scene is growing fast, with band’s like Lion’s Daughter, Fister, Bastard, Tropical Storm, Cross Examination and many many others climbing themselves into the public consciousness. But Black Fast might be getting there a bit sooner. Started in 2010 by Aaron Akin, Trevor Johanson, Ryan Thompson and Ross Burnett, BLack Fast’s 2011 album Starving Out the Light garnered seriously strong reviews, including comparisons to some of thrash metal’s heroes. But most recently, Black Fast got themselves signed to eOne Music, current home of thrash legends…
  • The November Issue Is Here!

    Hugh Scott
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
  • Percussion = Velocity, Synthesizers = Fiction: The Experimental Musical Discoveries of Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker

    Hugh Scott
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    by Matthew Fulton Eli Keszler and Rashad Becker performed at The Luminary on Saturday, November 8, presented by New Music Circle ( They will take part of a week long residency in St. Louis that includes workshops at WUSTL, Lindenwood University, and St. Louis Art Museum. We asked them both about their St. Louis performances and their conceptual relationships with the process of making music. Eli Keszler A percussionist, sound artist, and composer, Eli Keszler’s M.O. involves dense and relentless moving of sound. His drumming approach is quick, with a vested interest…
  • Birth of a New Phenomenon: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

    Hugh Scott
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    By K.E. Luther   On record, Paul Janeway sounds like a forgotten legend of the soul era, a smoother Charles Bradley or a sunnier Lee Fields. In reality, Janeway and his six-piece backing band, who perform as St. Paul & The Broken Bones, are rising stars in Alabama’s increasingly high-profile music scene. Earlier this year, they released their first full-length album, Half the City, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. By summer, they were selling out venues all across Europe and North America.   While the members of the band are young — with the possible exception of Al…
  • Gallery: Har Mar Superstar sizzles at The Firebird

    Hugh Scott
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Minnesota native played the Firebird on November 3rd.  The only way to properly review the show is with photos.  Carrie Zukoski was up for the job. All photos by Carrie Zukoski
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  • Introducing The Whereabouts

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    I wanted to write about them, as unsigned artists, a few months ago, but sadly I didn’t. In the meantime they signed a worldwide, multi year Synch representation agreement with Peermusic, one of the biggest music publishing companies in the World and a very exciting management deal with Steve Strange (Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Kodaline), Stirling McIlwaine (Daughtry) and veteran manager Andy Gould (Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Pantera, Guns’n’Roses).…
  • The Normal Heart, an outstanding TV movie

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The Normal Heart is a drama / TV film, based on a Larry Kramer’s play, written almost 30 years ago. It shows the beginnings of HIV / AIDS epidemic in New York City (in the early 80s), which was first called “gay cancer”, as it appeared that only homosexuals get that disease.…
  • 10 music bloggers who write about new artists (part 2)

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Another Follow Friday on Twitter… another list of music bloggers who support and write about new artists (read part 1 here). James eats, breathes and blogs about music (well, at least that’s what he wrote in his Twitter bio)… on his blog called My Random Jukebox.…
  • Slovenia is also happy (Happy by Pharrell Williams)

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    “Happy” is a song performed by American singer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It’s also the lead single from his second studio album, called G I R L.…
  • I bought a ticket…

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:58 am
    Who has a ticket for the Rolling Stones’ and John Mayer’s concert in Rome, Italy? Me!!! A concert will be at the Circus Maximus on June 22, 2014. I must admit, I never would have thought that I’d go to the Rolling Stones’ concert one day.…
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    Offbeat Magazine

  • Enter the OffBeat Archives

    Jan Ramsey
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Here’s a heads-up for readers under the age of 30: once you hit 25, you’re not really going to change much—in your mind. You’ll learn more (hopefully), which is the benefit of age, but your personality and habits are pretty much set by the time you reach 30. And you never really get any older in your mind. Your body doesn’t do what it did when you were 21, or 25 or 30, but your mind still thinks it’s 30. All this stuff is more interesting than you might surmise… This fact struck me when I was being interviewed about all the artwork and memorabilia that we have in the OffBeat…
  • Armstrong Park and festivals

    Jan Ramsey
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is this weekend in Armstrong Park. It’s one of my favorite small festivals that’s organized and presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation: the music and food are great (naturally), and it’s always held in what I feel could be the best place in the city for a small festival, Armstrong Park. Readers of Mojo Mouth will know that I’ve been cheerleading for increased Armstrong Park use (as well as for a music museum) for decades. Over the past few years, Armstrong Park has been cleaned up, renovated and is, frankly, a delightful and central…
  • The Curmudgeon and the Millennial

    Jan V. Ramsey
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I admit it. I’m becoming a curmudgeon. But I love having a business where I can get the opportunity to work with and get the opinions of people who are younger (and smarter) than I am. Other than my dear husband, I have always been the oldest person in this organization. Just call me an old broad and curmudgeonly; I don’t mind. I need the balance of the naïve and fresh-minded. It refreshes my outlook and keeps me thinking and pondering and curious. One of our staff people and I have had constant conversations and issues regarding the “millennial generation” (of which she is a…
  • A collapsed balcony showcases a bigger problem

    Jan V. Ramsey
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Yesterday, the balcony on a building located in the historic French Quarter at 808 Royal Street suddenly, partially collapsed. There was obvious damage to the gas piping and plumbing, and a cloud of dust enveloped the street. Luckily, no one was hurt. Today, the building itself started to crumble, closing the street again, and created an enormously dangerous situation for people on the street and in neighboring businesses and residences. The property will probably most likely have to be razed. According to a neighboring business owner just next door, their store inventory may be ruined, but…
  • Music Bubble

    Jan V. Ramsey
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’ll bet that if you read OffBeat and this blog that you tend to live in what I call “the music bubble.” We are the people who love local music, local musicians. We don’t give a damn whether the musicians we love are in the top 40 or in rotation on a commercial station, or on the Billboard charts, or whatever. The music bubble probably surrounds Orleans Parish, because any time one ventures into most of the surrounds, the music live music “scene” includes mostly cover bands. Nothing against cover bands; they are great for weddings and for people who never listen to music other…
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  • Rahguzar - Nigina Amonkulova

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Нигина Амонкулова-РохгузарTajikistan,DushanbeTajik girls,Таджик,Tajik music
  • Baa Yaadat - Hamid Amiri

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Song: Baa YaadatSinger Hamid AmiriComposition: Vaheed KaacemyLyrics: Faridoon MushiriMusic Production: Elyar SohillMixing Mastering: SohillStudios.comVideo Director: Omid Nikzad
  • Shakokoye Qandahari - Rameen and Omar Sharif

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Song: Shakokoye QandahariCompose: Rameen&Omar SharifLyrics: Akbar MahboobMusic Arrangement: Elyar Sohill video Directed : Rameen,Mansour
  • Baa Nigah e Khud - Shoaib Safi

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Song: Ba Nigah e KhudArtist: Shoaib SafiCompose: Shoaib SafiLyrics: Omer SaboreMusic Producer/Director: Elyar SohillMixing/Mastering: SohillStudios.comComposer:
  • Aasheqaana - Murtaza Ibrahimi

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Song: Aasheqaana Cumpose/Music: Elyar SohillLyrics: Ustad ShadkamMixing/Mastering: Sohillstudios.comVideo Director/Film Edit: Aly Abbasy
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  • Single Review: “Love Me No More” by Chris Brown featuring Kid Ink

    David Watt
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    If you have listened to “Main Chick” and “Show Me” by Chris Brown and Kid Ink, you’d love “Love Me No More” by the same duo. This new collaboration by Chris Brown and Kid Ink has a much slower tempo from earlier collaborations but still it is worth listening. As of the future of this […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Love Me No More” by Chris Brown featuring Kid Ink
  • Single Review: “Gold Coins” by Charlie XCX

    Asif Mumtaz
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Charlie XCX is getting more and more excited and ‘interesting to watch’ as the date of her second album “Sucker” approaches. It is due in a month’s time and here we have one more single coming out of this album. The song is titled “Gold Coins” and it will be fifth track on the album. […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Gold Coins” by Charlie XCX
  • Single Review: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

    Asif Mumtaz
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Taylor Swift dropped a new video for track “Blank Space” last week. The video was released through Yahoo Screen and produced by Shellback and Max Martin and directed by Joseph Kahn. Taylor released the video through Yahoo and not VEVO which is probably something Swift wants to do next after ditching Spotify. Yahoo is rumored […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Music app growth proves the popularity of the industry

    Harvey Dyer
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    The music industry is undergoing a revolution. 10 years ago, CDs were popular with the listening public but now the music app looks set to overtake this trend. Music on the move With sales of 1 billion in 2012, smartphones are the most popular way for consumers to enjoy their music. The increased popularity of […] Read the full post at - Music app growth proves the popularity of the industry
  • Single Review: “Bed Of Lies” by Nicki Minaj

    David Watt
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Nicki Minaj debuted her latest single “Bed of Lies” at MTV EMA last week and she was loved by the crowd. She has now released the full version of this banging pop ballad. Kamne Betz is producer for this Skylar Grey and Nicki Minaj collaboration. The track will be featured track in Nicki’s upcoming album […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Bed Of Lies” by Nicki Minaj
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  • Cool Pic - Louie, Paul and the Duke

    Kelvin Cook
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    This picture of Louis Armstrong, Paul Newman and Duke Ellington made me smile.  I saw it @ AmericanBluesScene on Facebook
  • Thoughts On Taylor Swift.

    Kelvin Cook
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Would someone please tell Taylor Swift, that if her music is not on Spotify, then I probably want be listening to her.And I say that realizing that she is not aiming her music at people in my demographic (50 somethings who mostly listen to blues music), but I have listened to her music in the past.  Posted her music in some of my other blogs, and even promoted some of her albums.  I really liked her earlier music.Her songs, before this last album, were in some of the playlist that I subscribe to, and I got to hear some of that music.  Too much like pop music for me though.Her…
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Tee Shirt

    Kelvin Cook
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - T-shirts - Band* Officially Licensed Music T-shirt * Brand New Never Been Worn Merchandise * 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt * High Quality Manufactured Apparel T-shirt Waist Up Photo Of Stevie Ray Vaughan Holding Guitar With Red Stacked Logo Why Pay Those Ridiculous Concert T-Shirt Prices, When You Can Buy From Us? We Have The Largest Selection Of Shirts Anywhere Around! Most Of Our T-Shirts Are 100% Cotton, Preshrunk And Machine Washable.Rockabilia Tees and stuff @
  • Leonard Cohen - Did I Ever Love You (Lyric Video)

    Ron Moorby
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
  • Duke Ellington Tee Shirt

    Kelvin Cook
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Duke Ellington - T-shirts - Mens VintageVintage Distressed Duke Ellington @ Monterey Jazz Festival 1966 Logo & Photo These Super Soft Distressed T-Shirts Are Custom Made To Be Much Thinner Than Regular Tees And Some Have An Outer Stitch. They Feel Like You Purchased It At A Concert In 1980, And Never Took It Off.Old Glory Tee Shirts and Stuff @
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    Megatrax Blog

  • It’s Beginning to Sound A Lot Like Christmas

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Though the main centers for broadcast production continue to be L.A. and New York, my world has been based in Nashville for a while now. Having been involved with music projects of many shapes and sizes, respect for my colleagues’ skills is deepened with the requirements of a complex and wide ranging production such as the “CMA Country Christmas” special which I was a part of this year as a backing musician. The preparation required learning new versions of some familiar holiday classics. This process has reminded me that classic melodies all have something in common: a “stickiness”…
  • Quick Reference Guide to Music Rights & Royalties

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Ask 10 people to explain music rights and the flow of music royalty payments, and you will get 10 different answers. This is because the current royalty structure is hopelessly archaic and convoluted, a patchwork of rights and assumptions conceived in an era long before digital media and, in some cases, even before broadcast media existed. The whole system is in dire need of streamlining and simplification, and hopefully the current copyright proceedings in Washington will ultimately forge a simpler, fairer and more transparent system. In the meantime, here is a “cheat sheet” to help…
  • The Wonder Years & the Intricacy of Music Clearance

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Wonder Years is perhaps the best recent example of how the intricacy of the music clearance process affects media distribution. Kudos to the folks at Time Life for making the investment (of time and money) to do the DVD release of the classic series the right way– with the music that helped make the series a hit. Here’s an excerpt from an article about the DVD release of the series from the Wall Street Journal, and you can click the link below to see the full story. Home-video distributor Time Life spent two years preparing the show’s DVD release. The company’s deal with…
  • HyperLOCAL℠: A Small Step for Music. A Giant Leap for News Promotion

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Regarding local news it has been said, “The same things happen every day, just to different people.” Case in point – a glance at six local TV station news reports today includes these storylines: Good Samaritan, Plane Crash, Flu Epidemic on Rise, Home Invasion, Road Construction and Political Debate gets Heated. These storylines could be interchangeable on any given day from market to market. While news promotion has always been the main metric that a local station can tout, new technologies allowing viewers to watch what they want when they want on their mobile devices have introduced…
  • Happy Days Are Here Again: Songs of the FDR Years

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    An Elections-Themed Song Stuff by Cary Ginell The recent broadcast of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” PBS series has brought new attention to the lives and presidencies of cousins Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of the aspects of FDR’s unprecedented four national elections was the role music played in his campaigns. The years of FDR’s presidency were the high water mark of political campaign songs. Each of the four campaigns: 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944, had a distinctive flavor, featuring songs meant to inspire votes in favor of or against FDR. Over 400 songs dealing with…
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  • Toya Wright Discusses Reginae Carter Being Signed To Young Money & Working On Music With Lil Wayne

    Danny M
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    In part 3 of her interview with VladTV, Toya Wright speaks on her upcoming projects, which one of them includes managing her and Lil Wayne‘s daughter Reginae Carter in the music industry, as well as why Reginae left the pop group OMG Girlz. Toya Wright also discussed her daughter being signed to her father on Young Money and confirmed that they have been working on music together. You can watch the interview in the clip below and also watch the first and second parts of Toya‘s interview with Vlad here and here! It does look like Nae Nae will be featured on Tune‘s upcoming…
  • Producers Play-N-Skillz Discuss Lil Wayne & T-Pain’s “Got Money” Single

    Danny M
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Play-N-Skillz recently explained to XXL about how one of their favorite productions in hip-hop came about, which was Lil Wayne‘s “Got Money” single featuring T-Pain that can be found on Wayne‘s 2008 album, Tha Carter III. The producers mentioned that before Weezy F Baby got his hands on the beat, there was already a few other versions of the song that had different music artists on it, such as Pitbull, Plies, Fat Joe, and Capone-N-Noreaga. You can read the full story below! Are any of you Wayniacs still playing “Got Money” in 2014? Play: In my opinion,…
  • Lil Wayne Speaks On His Favorite Nicki Minaj Verse, Her “Anaconda” Video, “The Pinkprint” & More

    Danny M
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Complex chatted with Lil Wayne for a quick interview about his Young Money artist Nicki Minaj, which will appear in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Complex magazine. Weezy F Baby spoke on Nicki‘s upcoming The Pinkprint album, how she has grown as an artist, his reaction to her “Anaconda” music video, his favorite verse of all time by her, why he is proud of her, and more. You can read the interview below. If you missed some behind the scenes photos from Minaj, Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown‘s “Only” video shoot, you can check them out here! What are…
  • Lil Wayne’s Next Single From “Tha Carter V” Will Be “Start A Fire” Featuring Christina Milian

    Danny M
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    We first found out about this song when we saw the tentative tracklist 3 weeks ago, and now today it’s been confirmed that the next single from Lil Wayne‘s forthcoming Tha Carter V album will be “Start A Fire” featuring his Young Money artist Christina Milian. Weezy F Baby will debut the single at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday (November 23rd) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. There is no word just yet on if Tina Turn Up will also be joining him on stage to perform the track. This “Start A Fire” record will also most-likely be the…
  • Yo Gotti Discusses Grabbing Lil Wayne For His “Errrbody” Remix & Being On The “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” Tour

    Danny M
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Eldorado from Hip Hop Since 1987 recently chopped it up with the King Of Memphis, Yo Gotti, for an interview that you can listen to below. At the beginning of their conversation, Gotti spoke on why he got Lil Wayne and Ludacris for the remix of his “Errrbody” single. He also mentioned that he wanted Weezy to appear on the original version. Later on in the interview at the 15:40 mark, Yo Gotti also talked about performing on the “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour!
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  • Single Review: “Love Me No More” by Chris Brown featuring Kid Ink

    David Watt
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    If you have listened to “Main Chick” and “Show Me” by Chris Brown and Kid Ink, you’d love “Love Me No More” by the same duo. This new collaboration by Chris Brown and Kid Ink has a much slower tempo from earlier collaborations but still it is worth listening. As of the future of this […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Love Me No More” by Chris Brown featuring Kid Ink
  • Single Review: “Gold Coins” by Charlie XCX

    Asif Mumtaz
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Charlie XCX is getting more and more excited and ‘interesting to watch’ as the date of her second album “Sucker” approaches. It is due in a month’s time and here we have one more single coming out of this album. The song is titled “Gold Coins” and it will be fifth track on the album. […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Gold Coins” by Charlie XCX
  • Single Review: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

    Asif Mumtaz
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Taylor Swift dropped a new video for track “Blank Space” last week. The video was released through Yahoo Screen and produced by Shellback and Max Martin and directed by Joseph Kahn. Taylor released the video through Yahoo and not VEVO which is probably something Swift wants to do next after ditching Spotify. Yahoo is rumored […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Music app growth proves the popularity of the industry

    Harvey Dyer
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    The music industry is undergoing a revolution. 10 years ago, CDs were popular with the listening public but now the music app looks set to overtake this trend. Music on the move With sales of 1 billion in 2012, smartphones are the most popular way for consumers to enjoy their music. The increased popularity of […] Read the full post at - Music app growth proves the popularity of the industry
  • Single Review: “Bed Of Lies” by Nicki Minaj

    David Watt
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Nicki Minaj debuted her latest single “Bed of Lies” at MTV EMA last week and she was loved by the crowd. She has now released the full version of this banging pop ballad. Kamne Betz is producer for this Skylar Grey and Nicki Minaj collaboration. The track will be featured track in Nicki’s upcoming album […] Read the full post at - Single Review: “Bed Of Lies” by Nicki Minaj
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  • Here’s The Real Reason Facebook Is Making It Harder To Reach Your Audience

    Corey Koehler
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo: I was reading a post over on Digital Music News bitching about Facebook making it hard to reach your fans. I would change the headline to “Facebook is making it harder for people with crappy content to reach fans.” Facebook values its customers (i.e. every person who hangs out on Facebook). Without them they […] The post Here’s The Real Reason Facebook Is Making It Harder To Reach Your Audience appeared first on Musicgoat.
  • Thursday Therapy (for Musicians) with Non-Touring Musician Randy Shook

    Corey Koehler
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to learn from the struggles and challenges facing musicians like you? Want the piece of mind that comes with knowing you are not alone in your music struggles? Well then, check this out. First time here… read the following 3 paragraphs. Regulars… skip them and go to  the interview because you know this already. […] The post Thursday Therapy (for Musicians) with Non-Touring Musician Randy Shook appeared first on Musicgoat.
  • Thursday Therapy (for Musicians) with Singer Songwriter Cynthia Brando

    Corey Koehler
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to learn from the struggles and challenges facing musicians like you? Want the piece of mind that comes with knowing you are not alone in your music struggles? Well then, check this out. Starting today I am starting a weekly series called “Thursday Therapy.” For about a year now I have been conducting interviews […] The post Thursday Therapy (for Musicians) with Singer Songwriter Cynthia Brando appeared first on Musicgoat.
  • 5 Steps To Successfully Crowdfunding A Gig

    Guest Music Junky
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo: Crowdfunding) has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 2 years. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Pledgemusic and the likes have seen thousands of new campaigns dedicated to musical projects. Bands and artists have been fine-tuning their crowdfunding strategies and getting more successful over time. There is a right way to make sure you meet the […] The post 5 Steps To Successfully Crowdfunding A Gig appeared first on Musicgoat.
  • 9 Steps To Setting Up Your Music Career Like A Business

    David Andrew Wiebe
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    photo: I have been running a music marketing blog and podcast for roughly five years, but over a year ago in September 2014, I started moving away from general music marketing and into a niche called music entrepreneurship. Though it is becoming a more recognized topic in the education system, it is still relatively new […] The post 9 Steps To Setting Up Your Music Career Like A Business appeared first on Musicgoat.
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  • US Music Industry Revenue Breakdown, H1 2014 [CHART]

    David Erickson
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Music streaming service revenues grew by 28% year-over-year and comprised 27% of total industry revenues during the first half of 2014, up from 20% share in H1 2013. As such, streaming revenues are now almost on par with total sales in physical formats (primarily CDs and vinyl), which represented 28% share of total revenues and were down 14% year-over-year. Despite the strong growth in streaming revenue, industry sales dipped (2.5% at wholesale value; 4.9% at retail value). Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) [PDF] Read the rest at MarketingCharts.
  • American’s Typical Sources For Music, August 2014 [CHART]

    David Erickson
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Multicultural consumers (Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans) are more digitally connected to music than the total market, per Nielsen data. They’re more likely to typically listen to internet/streaming radio services, on-demand video streaming and on-demand audio streaming, while being less likely to tune in to regular AM/FM radio. Even so, they spend more annually on CDs ($13) than digital albums ($10) and reserve the largest share of their music-related budgets for live events, spending an average of $50 on live music annually. Study results also suggest brands can engage…
  • Popular Features Of Live Entertainment Mobile Ads, Q1 2014 [CHART]

    David Erickson
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    What gets these fans to interact with ads on their phones? The live entertainment mobile ads that were most popular among entertainment lovers were ones that showcased video, sounds and photos or those that featured performance dates and information, each cited by 40% of respondents. Read the rest at eMarketer.
  • Entertainment-Related Activities Of Mobile Phone Users, Q1 2014 [CHART]

    David Erickson
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mobile was important throughout the planning process. Two-thirds of live entertainment seekers said they used mobile to help plan trips to shows at least sometimes, with more than one-quarter saying they always used it. Nearly nine out of 10 entertainment seekers used their mobile phones for activities related to live shows they had attended in the six months leading up to polling. Researching event information was the No. 1 entertainment-related activity conducted via mobile, cited by 43%. Nearly two in five downloaded related content, and around one-third had watched a trailer for the show…
  • Frequency Mobile Users Make Plans For Live Entertainment, Q1 2014 [CHART]

    David Erickson
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Live entertainment seekers—defined in a recent study as mobile phone users who plan to see a live performance within the next three months—are turning to their phones to help plan for such events. According to Q1 2014 polling conducted by Decision Fuel for Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence and InMobi, 90% of US entertainment seekers turned to mobile for more information after seeing ads for events on other channels, and 60% said the channel was their favorite source for live event info. Read the rest at eMarketer.
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  • XTRMST to Make their Live Debut in Los Angeles

    Ryan Minic
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Lots of buzz has been happening around XTRMST, the new straight edge hardcore band featuring AFI vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget. They just released their self-titled debut album on Steve Aoki’s DIM MAK label, and they’re playing their first show ever in early 2015. The band will take the stage for the first time on January 29th at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Tickets for that go on sale tomorrow, November 21st at 10AM PST.
  • ’68’s New Video Will Make You 69

    Ryan Minic
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    Well…it’ll at least get you in the mood. The new band of former The Chariot frontman Josh Scogin looks like they’ll be staying pretty busy for the upcoming months. Their debut album In Humor and Sadness came out this year and they’ll be supporting it on the road for the foreseeable future. Tomorrow the band will join Anberlin on a string of their farewell shows, then they’ll head to Europe to do a trek with Trophy Scars. After the New Year they’ll be joining Stick To Your Guns on their massive North American tour. Here’s ’68’s new video…
  • Listen to PERIPHERY’s New Track “The Scourge”

    Ryan Minic
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    It’s the first song released from their upcoming albums Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega. Periphery will be putting out their highly anticipated follow-up to their 2012 record Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. And it comes out in January. Here’s a new track called “The Scourge.” Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega will be released on January 27th viaSumerian Records.
  • Hear the New FAITH NO MORE Track, Motherfucker!

    Ryan Minic
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    It’s their first new song in 17 years. The new track from Faith No More, called “Motherfucker,” is the first single to be released from the band’s forthcoming seventh studio album. A precursor to the upcoming record, “Motherfucker” will be put out as a limited edition 7″ single on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28th. The full-length album is due out sometime in 2015. Without further ado, here’s a stream of the track.

    Ryan Minic
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Holy cow. Stick To Your Guns will headline a North American tour early next year with The Amity Affliction, Being As An Ocean, ’68, and In Hearts Wake. They’ll be out supporting their new album Disobedient, which is due on February 10th via Sumerian Records. Here’s how the schedule rolls: Feb 13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Feb 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue Feb 15 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Feb 17 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge Feb 18 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Feb 19 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Feb 20 Montreal, QC @ Paradox Theatre Feb 21 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Feb…
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    Obsessed Magazine » Music

  • LISTEN: “Innocence” by Electric Youth

    Tricia Callahan
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Toronto based synth duo Austin Garrick and singer Bronwyn Griffin emerged from obscurity with their contribution to Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” soundtrack in 2011. For the film’s title track, “A Real Hero,” which lit up the iTunes charts following the soundtrack’s release, Electric Youth collaborated with College. As opposed to capitalizing on their sudden attention, Electric Youth took their time to stitch a worthwhile record together. And we’re happy to say they’re back and better than ever with their album, “InnerwoIrld.”…
  • The Holy Musical Matrimony Between Uber & Spotify

    Sarah Marloff
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Get ready for a duo greater than Ben and Jerry, Laverne and Shirley, even Dolce and Gabbana. As of next Monday (November 21), Uber and Spotify will join forces to make all your rides even more personal. The two in vogue companies made the official announcement Monday. “We’ve teamed up with our friends at Uber to let you choose the soundtrack for your ride,” Spotify declared on their website. “When you request a car, you’ll be able to choose the music you want to hear on the journey. When your ride arrives, it’ll be your tunes on the car’s speakers.” This new union – which…
  • Music in Review: The Return of Metro Station

    Hayley Lind
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Let’s face it. It’s been 8 years and “Shake It” is still stuck in our heads. But, lo and behold, Metro Station is back and better than ever. The pop-rock band, that we all thought vanished into thin air, is comprised of front men Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso. The two were introduced in 2006 when their siblings, Miley and Mitchel, were costars on the Disney TV show, “Hannah Montana.” In 2007, not long after the band was formed, they released their eponymous album, which was positively received by the public. Songs like “Shake It” and…
  • Rock to Frocks: Joan Jett Turns Fashion Designer for Hot Topic

    Louise MacGregor
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Joan Jett is a woman with a whole lot of entrepreneurship under her belt. At just 15, she started iconic rock band The Runaways; at 22 she became the first woman to own a record label. And now, Jett has proved that she’s still worth keeping an eye on with the release of a covetable fashion line. Joan Jett in the Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic (Photo: Business Wire) The queen of eyeliner herself has joined forces with Hot Topic to create clothes with a punk edge. Her collection will include an assortment of moto jackets–one resembling her iconic…
  • Kim Gordon Breaks The Silence with New Memoir

    Sarah Marloff
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Sonic Youth lovers, mark those calendars for February 25. Kim Gordon’s long awaited memoir has finally been granted a release date that will surely shake off February’s winter blues. While “Girl in a Band: A Memoir” promises to look at all aspects of Gordon’s life – from childhood to her latest music project, Body/Head – the book will also explore the idea of partnership: what it means, and more so, “what happens when it dissolves,” says the press release. Presumably, alluding to the end of Gordon’s 27- year marriage with former Sonic Youth bandmate, Thurston…
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    From the front of the choir

  • Choirs and copyright: a beginner’s guide for the bewildered

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    [NB this post is about UK copyright laws. Although the situation will be similar in other countries, the various copyright and performing rights agencies and websites will obviously be different]I wrote extensively about copyright way back in 2010 (see my series of seven posts Songs and copyright), but I still get emails every week from choir leaders asking me questions!I’m certainly no expert, especially since I don’t use sheet music, but I thought I’d revisit the topic and try to spell it out in simple terms. Here goes!Copyright in music exists so that composers, song writers,…
  • Is how you label yourself as a singer holding you back?

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all have an image of the type of singer (or musical director or choir) that we think we are. There are things that we can do and things that we can’t (or won’t) by iamstarbuckBut what if the way we see ourselves is out of date? What if we’ve given ourselves the wrong label? How can we move forward?but I can only sing soprano!Last week I was leading a singing session when I asked a woman which part she was going to sing in the next song. She said: “I can only sing soprano”. I pointed out that the song we’d just sung was all in the alto range. She looked confused.At some…
  • Want to sing but are scared of being judged? Here’s what to do

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Sarcastic remarks from X Factor judges. Teachers telling kids to “stand at the back and just mime”. Being made to stand up and sing solo to get into your workplace choir. Scary!And enough to put anyone off singing! However, there are plenty of other ways of singing with others without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Here’s what you can do.we all have horror stories from the pastMost people who come to my choirs and singing workshops have a story from their past about being told they couldn’t (or shouldn’t) sing.It might be parents (“Stop that awful noise!”), teachers…
  • Want to develop your voice and sing better? Be silly and play!

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Trying to increase your vocal range? Want to develop a richer tone to your voice? Puzzling over voice placement and timbre?photo by The-Serene-MageBefore you rush off to find a singing teacher, try being playful with your voice for fun.singing lessons – are they right for you?Many years ago I went for singing lessons. I thought it would help me sing better. But much of the time I came away puzzled by exactly what the singing teacher was trying to get at.Maybe I’d found a bad singing teacher, but I think it’s because I wasn’t yet ready for singing lessons (see also Do you need singing…
  • Is one of your choir sections thin on the ground? 10 ways to find more singers to fill the gaps

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many of us are in choirs where a particular section needs bolstering. In my case it’s a lack of altos, for others it might be too few tenors.Here are 10 ideas for beefing up a particular voice part.Before you go to the trouble of trying to find singers from outside your choir, you might find that the people you want are right under your nose.1. recruit from withinDo a range test for the whole choir. You can make this a fun journey of discovery. I did it once and a soprano discovered that she had an amazing tenor voice, and one of the tenor women found she could singer higher than any of the…
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    The Blue Walrus

  • Alma Elste – Heart Melter

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Parisienne Alma Elste makes quite the impact with her single Heart Melter, which marks the debut release from London singles label Hand In Hive (co-founded by former Walrus contributor Dan). Heart Melter is a perfectly constructed pop song about the mellow moment of realisation that an escape for a new life is possible with your crush is suddenly a possibility, to which Elste’s rich vocals add a layer of glamour to the brooding atmosphere and tight electronic beats. And if you were curious to hear how Elste sounds stripped back on all that pop production, here’s one of her…
  • Years & Years – Memo

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    Walrus favourites and dancefloor domineers Years & Years are back with something a little different, a little melancholic in the build up to the release of their debut LP in 2015. There’s still the crisp beats and smooth falsetto vocals that has defined the band’s output to date, but on Memo they are used for a different, introspective effect and accompanied by little more than a piano. Memo will be released as the b-side to Desire by Polydor on 23 November. Years & Years – Memo was originally published on The Blue Walrus.
  • Mt. Wolf – Red

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    We were all very sad to see Mt. Wolf call it a day last year just as it seemed they were on the verge of breaking through, so it was a very welcome surprise to see a new tune magically appear on their Soundcloud page earlier this week. It seems that the huge hype surrounding the band last year was not something they were looking for, and after letting the dust settle and the hype move on they have been able to resume their creative endeavour. Red is a hypnotic and subtle return to their dream-folk root, and it’s more beautiful than ever. Mt. Wolf – Red was originally published on…
  • Introducing: Nao

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hackney’s Nao has been working as a musician with those such as Kwabs, but this year she stepped into the foreground as a singer-songwriter, with nationwide support slots for Little Dragon. Featuring production from brother-of-Jai, A.K. Paul (yet vocals that sound, mysteriously, so much like those on Jai Paul’s own output?) So Good, the title track of her debut EP, sees Nao developing her seductive wheeze from earlier release ‘Back Porch’, while ‘Good Girl’ glitters with layers of vocals interspersed with mechanical beats. Introducing: Nao was originally published on The…
  • Introducing: Tom Bright

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    We’re lucky enough to present you today with the premier of the debut release from Berlin-born, Derbyshire-raised Londoner Tom Bright. Bright uses his first release, Berlin, to delve into the depths of his traumatic start in life that gave him his distinctive growling voice. Underpinned by a sinister, slow cello and minimal percussion, Bright plucks his guitar and rumbles of dark clouds and “scars to prove”, with a lyricism and delivery reminiscent of gloom-filled Alex Turner. The official single launch will be on 11th November at The Finsbury, Manor House (tickets) and you…
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    Feast of Music

  • Cocktail Conversation: Ian Williams

    Peter Matthews
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Way back in 2007, at the 2nd Fun Fun Fun Fest, I had this to say about my first experience seeing Battles: "The NYC outfit, founded by former Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams in 2005, is as close to experimental/new music as anything I've heard within a rock idiom. Elements of minimalism were prominent throughout the intense noise, especially in the incredibly complex, multi-layered rhythms. (At one point, I swear I heard a Balinese gamelan.) These guys are so good, I wouldn't be surprised seeing them on one of the Carnegie stages someday." Close enough: Ian…
  • Rutgers Opera at LPR: "The Threepenny Opera"

    Steven Pisano
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano On Sunday evening, the good citizens of Bleecker Street were invaded by common street thugs, con artists, beggars, murderers, and whores from New Jersey. They hob-nobbed with criminal intent in a dark underground club. Liquor flowed freely at a bar in the back. The police were called, and the charming gangleader was sent to jail. But at the end of the night, the Village was safe again, and the riffraff had fled back across the river. No, this wasn't an episode of The Sopranos. It was Rutgers Opera's production of The Threepenny…
  • Q2 Spaces Visits Composers' Cribs

    Peter Matthews
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    I'm starting to think that - unconditional hero-worship aside - composers are the most generous artists we have. I mean, would you let a complete stranger into your apartment? Apparently, that's no big deal for ten composers, who have allowed cameras from WQXR into their living quarters - most of which double as their work studios - over the past year-and-a-half to film segments for the ongoing video series Q2 Spaces. Suffice to say, these guys keep much cleaner house than Beethoven ever did, but what's really of interest is how each space reflects its owner's…
  • John Adams Hosts NY Phil's CONTACT! at SubCulture

    Peter Matthews
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Two days after joining in the standing ovation for John Adams during curtain calls at the final performance of The Death of Klinghoffer at The Met, it was strange, to say the least, to be stitting less than five feet from him last night at SubCulture. (He was, conspicuously, wearing the same plaid jacket and shirt.) Adams, who was there to host the NY Phil's first CONTACT! new music concert of the season, made it clear from the outset that he wasn't supposed to be the center of attention, either as a composer or conductor. Rather, he was merely asked to curate and serve as the…
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  • Pitch Perfect 2 Releases A Trailer

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am Pitch Perfect was a small film back in 2012 that surprised many people. The trailer could do the film any sense of justice of how funny and endearing the film actually was. Pitch Perfect eventually became a new favorite for me. Released just today was the trailer to the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2. Everyone you know and love from the first film is back with some fresh faces in this feature directed by Elizabeth Banks. The trailer begins with an acapella version of ‘When I’m Gone’ sung by the original gang of girls and immediately builds and shows an almost Fight Club-esque…
  • Don’t Just Hate On Bill Cosby

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am With news of the recent cancellation of the two new Bill Cosby shows, one being developed for NBC and the other for Netflix, one has to have a slightest bit of doubt that the legendary comedian may be guilty. Everywhere you turn is a “new development” in the allegations against Cosby’s character. This isn’t the first time this has happened; in 2000 Cosby was at the center of a groping allegation made by Lachele Covington, an actress on one of Cosby’s CBS show and again in 2004 when Andrea Constand claimed he raped her. That case eventually was settled out of court.
  • Woman Files Federal Lawsuit To Bare Breasts in Chicago

    David Amburgey
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am Woman Files Federal Lawsuit To Bare Breasts in Chicago After Being Ticketed At GoTopless Day Rally in Chicago on August 24, 2014. (Photo by D.B. Amburgey) order diflucan By D.B. Amburgey, @UmbrellaCafe | Multimedia Journalist – SoSoActive Sonoko Tagami, 41, has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago claiming that the city’s ordinance regarding indecent exposure is unconstitutional. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Tagami, was ticketed on August 24, 2014 for being topless during an event to promote women’s rights. The event…
  • Kendrick Lamar – i (Official Video)

    Kelland Drumgoole
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am i, by Kendrick Lamar has been heating up the radio waves for the past month. Finally, an official video has been released to accompany the uplifting rap. Peep the new visual for King Kendricks’s new single “I AM.” The definitive guide to urban pop culture.
  • Kendrick Lamar Speaks on Macklemore and New Album

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Kendrick Lamar attends the Mayweather Vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Party Presented By Showtime at MGM Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/WireImage) From Huffington Post Everyone has been anticipating Kendrick Lamar’s newest album ever since good kid, m.A.A.d. city dropped in October of 2012. The album received much critical acclaim and was touted to win a few Grammys or so until Macklemore swooped in and stole the Rap Album of the Year award. With the release of i a few months back, it seems Lamar may be back on…
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  • Watch! She & Him – Stay Awhile

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    If Zooey Deschanel asks you to stay awhile, you don’t move at all - your dreams have come true! Unfortunately, she is merely singing these words as part of her gig in She & Him with M. Ward. She & Him are releasing a covers album called Classics. The new video is for the Dusty […]
  • Listen! Vaults – Mend This Love

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Followers of PHM (do they exist?!) should know we’re big fans of Vaults. Recently, we’ve posted tracks Lifespan, Vultures, and Poison. Next up in the batter’s order is Mend This Love. The song has a bit of a different vibe than other songs by Vaults. This track is more electronic, powered by a skitterish beat. […]
  • Listen! Rah Rah – Good Winter

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    As the snow starts falling on Toronto, and has been covering the rest of the country since about August, Canadian indie rock band Rah Rah have just the aptly named song for you. Thankfully, the song isn’t as wordy as that terrible intro sentence. The band return with Good Winter, which is off of the […]
  • Listen! Clanch – Autumn

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    It’s Monday (unless you’re from the future, when we convert to some bizzaro new system). If you’re in need of a musical pick me up, then you’ve come to the right place. We have some lovely synth, a nice backing beat, a happy vibe, and some smooth vocals that pull everything together nicely. The act […]
  • Weekend Music – Rhythm & Blues Edition

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    …so named, because of this playlist of amazing R&B edits by Chicago’s Leonard Part Sixx – AKA “The Underdog Edits” Also-rans: 1. NYC’s Brenmar remixing ASTR’s Blue Hawaii 2. Some primo thumping bass from Bulgaria’s Sluggers. 3. Penguin Prison – a remix of Vérité’s “Weekend” 4. Drum ‘n’ Bass! It’s been a while… and it […]
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    Death and Taxes » Music

  • Radiohead has started recording their next album

    Alex Moore
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Thom Yorke drove Radiohead fans into a frenzy this September by tweeting a cryptic picture of some white vinyl, prompting speculation that studio work had begun on a new Radiohead album. Turned out it was a new Yorke solo record, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.” While the album contains some nice moments there’s something about the prospect of new Radiohead that sets the music world on edge, and it was hard not to be a little disappointed.However now Jonny Greenwood tells NME that work on the the new album has finally begun.“‘Looking down avenues’ is a very…
  • How much streaming sites REALLY pay artists

    Joel Freimark
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    From Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift to Prince and Dave Grohl, everyone has voiced their own opinion on which music sites are ripping them off in terms of payment, with sites fighting back by boasting massive payouts to artists. In reality, it’s hard to figure out how “two billion dollars” to the record industry actually breaks down, and perhaps even more difficult to say which site pays the most…or is it? Thanks to some handy research and lots of fractions of pennies, we can tell you who’s the best and who’s in last place.The numbers in question all come from data compiled from…
  • Leonard Cohen premieres ‘Bird On The Wire’ (Live from Dublin)

    Alex Moore
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    At age eighty, Leonard Cohen has still got a few new tricks up his sleeve—he just released a new album in September called “Popular Problems,” and announced plans to take up smoking. And he’s still finding new ways to reinvent and rediscover his old classics. On the new “Live in Dublin,” coming soon on DVD and BluRay, he brings new orchestration and the wisdom of years to some of the twentieth century’s most impactful songs like “Suzanne,” which you can hear over at Stereogum, and “Bird On The Wire,” which you can hear exclusively…
  • Faith No More release comeback single, ‘Motherfu*ker’

    Alex Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Musical journeyman Mike Patton’s original claim to fame Faith No More have shared their first new single in nearly 20 years. Called “Motherfucker,” it’s a sprawling, operatic tune that unfolds melodramatically over the beat of a military march as Patton intones and stretches the phrase “get that motherfucker” to almost comical proportions. Hey, when you’ve been around as long as these guys you have to keep it interesting.“Motherfucker” was produced by bassist Bill Gould, who calls it “a song about accountability.” Listen to…
  • Happy World Toilet Day: Here’s how to ask where the bathroom is in 11 languages

    Robyn Pennacchia
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Greetings, fellow world travelers! If you, like me, are part of the jet-set, then you may know that one of the most important things to know in any given language, is how to ask where the damned bathroom is.1. French: Où sont les toilettes s’il vous plaît?2. Italian: Vaffanculo! Dov’e il bagno?!FYI, though, in Napolitano it’s “scusat’, aròstà ‘o cesso?”3. Japanese: Toire wa doko desu ka?4. German: Wo ist die Toilette, bitte?German toilets, by the way, often have what is often called a “poop shelf.” I guess this is in case you want to…
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    Unshredded Magazine

  • Anselm Kiefer: Poetry, alchemy and flame-throwers

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    A colossus of contemporary art came to talk about his life and work to a sell-out audience in Hampstead last night. German artist, Anselm Kiefer, was in conversation with Tim Marlow, the art historian and commentator on the contemporary cultural scene who became the Royal Academy’s Director of Artistic Programmes, in April this year. This was a rare talk given by Kiefer while the Royal Academy holds the first ever retrospective of his work which ends of December 14th. Kiefer’s extraordinary body of work includes painting, sculpture and quite simply monumental installations.
  • Theatre: She Stoops To Conquer

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    AFTER the critical acclaim of Rutherford and Son in April last year, Northern Broadsides are set to return to The Lowry with Oliver Goldsmith’s much loved 18th century comedy of manners, ‘She Stoops To Conquer’ from Tue 9 – Sat 13 December. Relocated, in true Northern Broadsides style, from the West Country to the North of England, Goldsmith’s 1773 play is a celebrated story of class, courtship and dysfunctional families. Tongue-tied, uptight Charles Marlow needs a lesson in the art of love. He longs for a wife, but finds it easier to have a bit on the side. Barmaid Kate…
  • Allen Jones Hits the Royal Academy

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    FEW artists inflame debate like Allen Jones. Celebratory, satirical and boldly inventive, his work embraces popular culture and has in turn influenced everything from design to film and fashion. This long-overdue appraisal spans the entire career of British Pop artist Allen Jones, from the 1960s (when alongside peers like Hockney and Caulfield he was closely associated with the rise of Pop Art) to the present day. Abandoning a chronological approach, we trace connections and themes over the decades. What emerges is a visual language fusing painterly tradition with the iconography of city…
  • Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    AN exhibition showcasing Rhodian archaeology through the ages is due to run at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 14th November 2014 – 10th February 2015, shedding light on the vibrant history of this stunning Grecian region. Previously home of the Colossus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — Rhodes is famed for its rich archaeological and cultural treasures. The exhibition at the Louvre, entitled ‘Rhodes: A Greek Island and Gateway to the East’, brings together artifacts that have previously been scattered in museums across the world, from Copenhagen Museum to the…
  • The Road to Elysium

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    THE forthcoming exhibition, ‘The Road to Elysium’ will showcase contemporary photography of the highest international caliber. For their second exhibition, Heist have curated a show where most of the pictures are mirages, telling stories conjured directly from an imagination of a post- apocalyptic world in the distant future. Each work tells its own arcadian tale through fairytale sets and arresting visions. Heist is a new gallery dedicated to showcasing established and up-and-coming photographers from around the world. Situated in a luxurious domestic residence, Heist bills…
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    Highlanda Sound System High Quality Reggae Music

  • Brand New Album from Norris Man, “REAL”

    kahlil wonda
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Norris Man´s brand new album “REAL” is produced by swedish based HOT THIS YEAR BAND (producers and musicians: Partillo, Lance-a-Lot, André Roots & Björn Bonnevier) and is released by Partillo Productions. This album really shows Norris Man’s capability to build and write songs on a different level together with a band and producers. That makes this album genuine compared to lots of other releases nowadays. The cooperation between Norris Man and Hot This Year band started in 2011 when they did a show together at the sometimes infamous but great reggae festival…
  • E.N Young of Tribal Seeds releases “Eye of the Storm” on Roots Musician Records

    kahlil wonda
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Roots Musician Records is celebrating the release of E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm”, available on all digital outlets on NOVEMBER 18TH! E.N Young’s new single, “Eye of the Storm,” will give listeners a taste of his upcoming sophomore album, ‘Live Love Stay Up.’ The single includes an original, acoustic and dub version and the album will follow suit. Each version stands on its own and highlights a different strength within Young’s wealth of talent as both an artist and producer. His vast knowledge of reggae’s Jamaican roots is demonstrated by the song’s…
  • Powerhouse Production Team Yaga Sounds features Sizzla In New Tune DBM (Dem Bad Mind)

    kahlil wonda
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Reggae artist SIZZLA Powerhouse production team, Yaga Sounds, features Sizzla Kalonji with the new tune DBM (Dem Bad Mind) currently available on iTunes. While Sizzla is constantly releasing songs throughout the year, this trio aspires to take this one from a major buzz on the streets to the international market. DBM was premiered on Large Up and Reggaeville last week, two of the largest Reggae sites in the world. Sizzla delivers a heavy message over a driving up-tempo riddim, “You have some people go on like them are the best, all them do is fight against the progress, tell da wicked man…
  • The Empresses of Reggae Music’s Golden Era Featured

    kahlil wonda
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Recordings selected and mixed in this episode are by female singers, mostly from the magical golden age of reggae and rocksteady, the finest years of the genre. You will hear a great deal of songs from dominant labels of the period, Studio One and Trojan Records as well as the reigning prolific artists Phyllis Dillon andMarcia Griffiths among others. Certainly a unique listening experience, please enjoy this musical treat and keep your feedback coming in to Thank you very much for your listenership. One love!
  • Reggae Singer Jah9 Releases ‘Avocado’ (Exclusive Music Video)

    kahlil wonda
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Reggae Singer Jah9 Finds Inspiration at Breakfast in ‘Avocado’ See the Wall Street Journal debut of Avocado. Related articles Canada to get first national Caribbean television station Virgin Islands Musical Duo ‘Rock City’ Signs Deal – Check out New Video ‘I’m That’ Ft. 2Chainz Barbados-born Doug E. Fresh Gives Tearful Acceptance Speech Machel Montano, Ziggy Marley and Shaggy Nominated for Soul Train Award Pitbull and Carlos Santana to Share the Latin Grammy Stage at Milestone 15th Anniversary Telecast St. Croix Gets Set For November Bridal Symposium…
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    After The Show

  • Interview: Suny Lyons

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Suny Lyons is a music producer who owns Popheart Productions, a recording studio in Athens, Georgia. He’s played in the bands pacificUV, Hope For Agoldensummer, Dream Boat, and Lovers. After The Show: Of all your roles – music producer, recording engineer, … Continue reading →
  • “You’re Still The One”

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Shania Twain playing her song “You’re Still The One” (originally released in January 1998) —
  • Daytrotter: “Fiery Crash”

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    “Fiery Crash” by Andrew Bird from Daytrotter Sessions:
  • Alvvays Tour

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Alvvays are back playing shows in the US (they hit The Echo on Friday November 28th). Here are two recent videos of “Atop A Cake” and “Ones Who Love You” from the band’s 11/11/14 show in Washington, D.C. —
  • Nina Nastasia

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This version of “Underground” by Nina Nastasia is live and acoustic, and it has a more sparse (sans drums), haunting feel to it than the original:
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  • Finally Chris Hemsworth is Sexiest Man for 2014!

    Sam P
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The wait is over , Due To Jimmy Kimmel had the recognition of announcing the 2010 handsome Hollywood hunk that snagged the title of individuals magazine’s Most sexy Guy Alive for 2014, and it is Chris Hemsworth! After playing an enjoyable bet on Q&A using the audience, Hemsworth clarified their good or bad questions having a voice changer and mask via Skype, until they finally suspected his identity (because of some super hero questions). “Thanks greatly for that trophy. I am most looking forward to the alive part of that statement. I am flattered. Thanks, Jimmy,”…
  • Embrace the classic Great British style of paisley ties

    Sam P
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    There are few more quintessentially British style statements a man can make than adding a striking paisley tie to his ensemble. Whether worn with a tweed jacket as part of truly English Heritage inspired look, or with a modern business suit for added detail and flair, a paisley tie is a timeless classic that every man should have in his collection. With that in mind, here at DQT we’re proud to stock a wide range of ties featuring this iconic design. Though the intricate pear shaped designs actually have Persian and Indian origins, paisley as a textile choice became a very popular option…
  • Hank Baskett denies affair with Ava London

    Emanuel Espejon
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Hank Baskett evidently has a story and he’s professedly adhering to it. As the individuals who watch Kendra on Top online know great, the previous wide beneficiary is blamed for having an unsanctioned romance this past spring with a transgender model named Ava London. All through Season 3 of this completely unscripted reality show, Baskett has conceded that Something went down in the middle of him and London, however he’s kept on denying reports that the two gave one another manual incitement. As indicated by an elite In Touch Weekly report discharged yesterday, Baskett’s…
  • Kristen Doute: say’s Vanderpump Rules Drama is Real

    Emanuel Espejon
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute is rapidly turning into one of the greatest pot-stirrers on all of Bravo, which says a horrendous parcel in regards to Kristen Doute. With the reappearance of Vanderpump Rules Season 3 Episode 1 this week, its reasonable that the element has changed so much, but then the more things change … How does Kristen survey the new season of the hit reality arrangement? Particularly the affirmations among viewers that the show is more scripted than at any other time? “You can’t script something like this. This is the means by which we have been for…
  • Selena Gomez open up about new video with Justin Bieber

    Emanuel Espejon
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Selena Gomez has discharged her most individual music feature to date. Prior today, she turned out with “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” opening the footage with crude portrayal that incorporates: “You make me feel insane, you make feel like its my deficiency. I was in ache.” Is Selena tending to her tumultuous association with Justin Bieber? Yes. Gomez conceded as much in a meeting today with Ryan Seacrest. Clarifying that the feature was shot a year prior, Gomez opened up all the more about Bieber and all they’ve been through than she ever has in the recent…
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    Record Shops

  • Song of the Day

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Happy Mondays - Step OnToday's Song of the Day is by the Happy Mondays - Step On.  From 1990's Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, this is the definition of the Madchester sound, from the same Manchester England scene that gave us the Stone Roses.  This track, alternative rave dance music, with a heavy bottom, was a cover of John Kongos/Christos Demetriou tune "He's Gonna Step On You Again", and rose to No. 5 in the UK in 1990.  This is quite a cool video.  Is it just me, or is anybody Happy on Mondays?
  • The Thing, Brooklyn New York

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    The Thing - Brooklyn New YorkOpen record store.Recently I had a chance to spend an old fashion day searching for records in Brooklyn.  There are plenty of record stores alive and well in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Indeed, there were more stores to visit then I had time for in a single day.  The confluence of cheaper rent and proximity to a community interested in buying vinyl leads to great selection and opportunity.Here is my first post about the stores I visited.  I start with The Thing.  I heard of it, but had never before experienced it.  As the sign says,…
  • Song of the Day

    4 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Aimee Mann - Save MeToday's Song of the Day is Aimee Mann - Save Me.  From the soundtrack of 1999's Magnolia, it is accompanied here by a great video, shot by the director of the film after the closing of various shoots for the movie.  The video features the movie's cast, in the movie's sets, with the addition of Mann singing Save Me.  Quite cool.It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (it would have won if I voted), I would call it adult alternative pop, its a great song featuring a rubbery bass that would fit right in on a Beatle's record.Magnolia's soundtrack…
  • Song Of The Day

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Bobby 'Boris' Pickett - Monster MashIts Halloween, so there can only be one song of the day - it's Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kicker 5.  Actually a number one hit in 1962, that's Leon Russell in the backing group. Doo wop, before Little Shop of Horrors (as a musical), with Bobby doing his best Boris Karloff imitation.  Hey baby, care for a jolt from my electrode?Want some more?  How about Science Fiction Double Feature from the Rocky Horror Picture Show?
  • Song of the Day

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Julieta Venegas - Casa AbandonadaToday's Song of the Day is from Julieta Venegas - Casa Abandonada (Abandoned House).  From 2000's Bueninvento, I found this record on a list of top 10 Latin rock records from Rolling Stone magazine.  Here, Venegas is a alternative rocker, before she moved more main stream later in her career, to great success. Below are two versions of this song - the first is a live version from 2009, where she accompanies herself only on piano - she makes some mistakes, but personally I like this version better than that on her album, where she plays the accordion,…
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    GOT A UKULELE - Ukulele blog for the beginner

  • A Trip To UK Ukulele Luthier Rob Collins at Tinguitar

    Barry Maz
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    In late summer this year I took a trip up to the charming town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire to visit two well known people in the ukulele world - Rob Collins, Luthier at Tinguitar and his partner Mary Agnes Krell, director of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. We had a terrific day and I was keen to see Rob's new workshop in the town. (Rob had previously been building from home but had made the step to take on new premises to help him in building his much sought after instruments.)Hebden BridgeWe had a good chat and Rob explained his roots in instrument building that went back to 2004…
  • The pUKEs - Turn It Off

    Barry Maz
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    Always a good day at Got A Ukulele towers when a new pUKEs video comes my way.  Here's another!It's another track from their Too Drunk To Pluck album, written by The pUKEs own Cil Wong - and in typical pUKEs fashion - a lot of fun.  And while I am here - doesn't Paul Redfern scrub up well?;-)Video by Stuart Sterling.( DIRECT LINK )copyright Barry Maz and Got A Ukulele
  • Hive Ukulele Demo in Spruce and Rosewood - by Corey Fujimoto

    Barry Maz
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    Been keeping an eye on the Luthier Skills of Jake Maclay at Hive Ukuleles for some time, but not really had the chance to hear one.Cue Hawaii Music Supply and Corey Fujimoto giving one a whirl - how nice is this?? Hive - Spruce Rosewood from Hawaii Music Supply on Vimeo.Well done Jake - super ukulele.If you want to know more about Hive ukes - take a visit to http://www.hiveukuleles.comcopyright Barry Maz and Got A Ukulele
  • Kala KA-RES-CHR Tenor Resonator Ukulele REVIEW

    Barry Maz
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    I have not reviewed a resonator ukulele before despite having played a fair few, so thanks to Kala and Omega Music for loaning me the Kala KA-RES-CHR Tenor resonator!I must say from the off that I find the world of resonator ukes a little odd. Not only do I prefer steel strings on resonators (i.e. guitars, played with slide), but the range of uke resos is really a bit split. On the one hand you have the lower priced models at around £200 to £300, and then you have a pretty large leap to get to the higher end models from the likes of National and Beltona. There is pretty much nothing in the…
  • Kala Uke Crazy Alligator Hard Tenor Case - REVIEW

    Barry Maz
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I've not done a great deal of reviewing of ukulele cases, but perhaps that is because I find that they are much of a muchness. Then the other week I took delivery of a ukulele from Kala for review and it arrived in a rather pretty looking hard case. I checked with them as to whether this came with the uke, but they advised that they used it for safe shipping, and that the case was available separately. So here we have a Kala 'Uke Crazy' brand hard shell case for a tenor uke in faux alligator skin finish (no gators were harmed in the making of this case!).It just screamed at me because...
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    Spanglish Noise

  • Danny Fornaris – A Mi Tambien

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I’ve always been a huge fan of Danny Fornaris and most of his singles have made an appearance on this website.  Popular music in Puerto Rico often comes in the form of either pop, tropical, or reggaeton, so Danny’s continued voyage into the world of experimental indie rock – with a Latin twist – has been an enjoyable ride. Danny’s brilliance returns today with a Halloween-appropriate music video for the love track A Mi Tambien.  The drug references and trippy hallucinations found in the video are part of the metaphor surrounding the word…
  • Jayma & Dalex – De Frente

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Reggaeton as a genre is very much that kid who was popular in high school during the mid-2000s, but is now a bit lost and lacking direction. From my perspective the problem is that there was minimal innovation around the dembow percussion beat, the vocals were drenched in effects (autotune, anyone?), and listeners became more conscious about the lyrics. The one positive benefit I see in the decline of reggaeton is that today’s smaller listener base can only support a limited number of artists, which forces them to bring more originality to the music or risk falling off the map. Orlando duo…
  • Leslie Grace – Nadie Como Tu (Nobody Else Compares To You)

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I remember when Nataly “discovered” Leslie Grace back at a time when she was poised for popularity.  We were immediately captured by her fun spirit and a humble demeanor that is possibly tied to her deep faith.  Having already topped the Latin Charts as the youngest Latina to reach #1 on the Latin Tropical Charts and performed at major awards shows, one has to wonder – what comes next? Today we have her new video “Nadie Como Tu (Nobody Else Compares To You,” a light pop track that bubbles with bachata rhythms at its base.  The Top Stop Music (Leslie’s…
  • Niko Eme – Cara A Cara

    5 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Niko Eme is a talented producer and singer residing in the Twin Cities.  I’ve seen few unsigned artists as versatile as Niko and he possesses the musical intellect to seamlessly glide between genres: bachata, pop, mambo, R&B, and hiphop.  The musical aspirations of this young man have not been without challenge and there have been several instances where he nearly gave up.  Since we last heard him, Niko renounced the club scene and has been focusing his tracks on music that promotes positive value – without losing the excitement and rhythms of his previous work. The latest…
  • Eli Jas Ft. Fito Blanko – Deseandote

    5 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    After over a year of silence, Spanglish Noise returns out of the blue with a hot new track by two artists we’ve been following since the beginning: Youtube cover singer-turned bachata sensation Eli Jas and Toronto’s king of style, Fito Blanko.  We find them today enjoying the support of their record labels, Eli Jas at Top Stop Music and Fito at Pitbull’s label Mr. 305 inc.  What that means for listeners is that you can look forward to some nice videos and eventually the albums. Deseandote was originally featured on a 5-track Valentine’s Day EP that Eli Jas…
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    Celebrity Examiner

  • Teen identified in Rancho Cordova train collision

    Randy Miramontez
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A 16-year-old teenager has been identified as the person struck and killed by a Regional Transit train on Tuesday in Rancho Cordova. According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website, the body has been identified as 16-year-old Craig Austin Taylor, of Sacramento. Taylor was the second person in less than a week who was struck and killed by a light-rail train in the area. According to Regional Transit authorities, video surveillance footage showed the teen lying down on the tracks just east of the Mather Field Station before the collision. Last Thursday, 15-year-old Mariah…
  • Body found during welfare check identified

    Randy Miramontez
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Area of homeGoogle Maps SACRAMENTO, CA – The man found dead at his home in Sacramento on Monday has been identified. According to the Sacramento Coroner’s website, 77-year-old Leo Curry belonged to the body discovered inside a home on the 4000 block of Shining Star Drive Monday afternoon just after 1 p.m. Police were called out to the home to perform a welfare check on Monday afternoon. When officers arrived they discovered Curry’s body inside the home, in what police are calling a suspicious death. Due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, homicide detectives were…
  • Bicyclist shot in West Sacramento

    Randy Miramontez
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – West Sacramento Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday morning involving a bicyclist. According to police, at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday, a 42-year-old man riding a bicycle in the area of Proctor and Sycamore Avenues was struck multiple times by gunfire. Apparently he was riding on the side of the road when a man pulled up and shot the him multiple times. The man survived the shooting. No other details were available. Anybody with information is asked to call the West Sacramento Police Department’s Dispatch at (916) 372-3375 or the Crime Tip…
  • Pedestrian struck and killed by light-rail

    Randy Miramontez
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – A second person in less than a week was struck and killed by a light-rail train Tuesday morning. According to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire, firefighters responded Tuesday morning to the tracks along Folsom Boulevard, near Mather Field Road, after an eastbound train struck a pedestrian. No other details were available. Read: Teen killed by Regional Transit train Last Thursday, 15-year-old Mariah Burgess was killed near Coloma Road and Folsom Boulevard, about 200 yards away from today’s tragic accident. The post Pedestrian struck and killed by light-rail appeared first…
  • 2 women arrested in stabbing death

    Randy Miramontez
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Taiish Immonique SimonCredit: Sacramento County Sheriff Monica NjokuCredit: Sacramento County Sheriff SACRAMENTO, CA – Two women have been arrested for the Sunday stabbing death of a man in Sacramento. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detectives arrested 44-year-old Monica Njoku and 38-year-old Taiish Immonique Simon in connection with the death of a 35-year-old male that happened Sunday evening. Njoku and Simon were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on Monday for homicide charges relating to the incident. Detectives are still searching for a…
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    Bnovamusic | The Home of Bossa Nova

  • Interview with Rozina Pátkai

    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    When thinking bossa nova , the central european nation of Hungary rarely comes to mind . However the country more famous for its mathematicians and Goulash has brought usRozina Pátkai. A classically trained jazz singer hailing from the capital city of Budapest , who has found her home in the genre of bossa nova. She has performed and won awards around Europe including her native Hungary as well as the United States. Before her latest European tour which takes her to France , Belgium and Spain she agreed to answer a few questions for us. Rozina PatkaiPhoto by Norbert Zsólyomi    …
  • City pays Tribute to Brazilian Legend

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    Bahia remembers 100 years of Dorival Caymmi Dorival Caymmi The city of Salvador in Bahia has many attributes to its name including being Brazil’s first colonial capital, its largest city on the northeast coast and home to many cultural, historic and tourist destinations. The popularity of the city to the global world was grown with the help of residents that became notary figures in fields such as politics, film, sports and music. One such notary figure that brought much appeal to the state of Bahia was  renowned Bossa Nova artist Dorival Caymmi who had songs that  paid homage to the…
  • Samba Serena by Jesse Lepkoff

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Samba Serena expresses a solemn message and feeling in a manner that seems uniquely appropriate. Jesse Lepkoff – Samba serena Whistling is one of the oldest forms of sound production. It’s dynamism is boundless and can convey a vast range of emotions and feelings. Never-the-less in recent times it has come to be associated with a joyful or whimsical spirit. When one thinks of a serenade in honor of someone, the use of a whistle is not one of the first instruments that comes to mind. However, multi-instrumentalist Jesse Lepkoff manages to make a solemn tribute incorporating this…
  • Nelson Motta Turns 70

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Nelson Motta: the influential songwriter and record producers turns 70 today. Nelson Motta   Born on October 29, 1944 in Sao Paulo, Nelso Motta played a central role in popular Brazilian music in the 20th century. He worked with several prominent artists from the world of bossa nova and MPB such as Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi and Gal Costa.  His contribution to bossa nova and other music forms was not limited to his role as songwriter and producer.  As a journalist for popular newspaper “O Globo” he was able to express his opinion on the the music that he was so closely…
  • Till it Rains by Robert Sorita

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Bossa Nova and the word “cool” are almost synonymous. In this respect, the song, aptly titled “Till It Rains” captures this key component of bossa nova both in execution and spirit. Robert Sorita Robert Sorita sets the stage by performing on acoustic and bass guitar, drums and co-writing the song. Musically, when it rains it pours with delectable guitar licks courtesy of Danny Weis on Electric guitar. This adds character to a song that is decidedly calm. However, there are more layers to the song than its laid-back feel would at first suggest. Alongside Sorita, “Till it Rains” was…
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    DJ Intheorious' Mixes

  • #Clubbangers vol1 - @djintheorious

    DJ Intheorious
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Mix Series Full of tunes i play regularly thru out the week at my residencies. Hiphop Click REPOST and LIKE if you enjoy this Mix. thanks Jamie Foxx ft. 2 Chainz - Party Ain't A Party Jae Murphy ft. The Game, Eric Bellinger, & Problem - You Playin' (This Could Be Us But) E-40 ft. T-Pain, Kid Ink, & B.O.B. - Red Cup French Montana ft. YG - Don't Panic Remix French Montana ft. Chris Brown & Jeremih - Don't Panic Remix Wash ft. French Montana - Can't Trust Thots DJ Mustard - Face Down Que ft. 2 Chainz - Rich Problems Jeezy ft. Beenie Man & Ty Dolla S - Link Up Yo Gotti ft. Lil Wayne & Ludacris -…
  • Deep VS EDM

    DJ Intheorious
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Mixture of Deep House and EDM tunes im playing in the club right now. Remember to hit me on Twitter @djintheorious Tracklist - Disclosure ft. Sam Smith - Latch - BiPolar Theory Bootleg TIGA - Bugatti Tazer - Wet Dollars - Donaeo Remix Gorgon City ft. Laura Welsh - Here For You - Bingo Players Remix Benson ft. Lex Famous - Hot Mess Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants Redlight - 9TS Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body - Tchami 2014 Tribute Oliver $ & Jimi Jules - Pushing On - Tchami Remix KANT vs MK ft. Busta Rhymes - Ey Yo Strike - You Sure Do - Freejak 2014 Remix Duke Dumont - Wont Look Back -…
  • MiniMix1 - Trap / Hiphop / Twerk

    DJ Intheorious
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    HipHop Twerk Trap mix full of tracks im playing in the club and that mashing the speakers up Tracklist The Weeknd - King Of The Fall The Weeknd - Often (Kygo Remix) Jack U ft. Kiesza - Take U There Doctor P - Big Boss - Afruxx Remix Keys N Krates - Dum Dee Dum Keys N Krates - Are We Faded Bobby Shmurda - Hot Boy (intheorious Edit) Rich Gang ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan - Lifestyle 50 Cent - Big Rich Town Tyga ft. Young Thug - Hookah Don Omar - Dale Don Dale Wisin y Yandel Ft Aventura - Noche De Sexo Don Omar - Guaya Guaya - Santarosa Hype Intro Don Omar - Reggaeton latino Nore Ft Tego…
  • Old School RnB vol1 - @djintheorious

    DJ Intheorious
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A collection of some classic RnB tunes in the mix, some you'll know some you wont however u might get to know some. if you enjoy hit me up on Instagram - intheorious Twitter - Djintheorious Tracklist Craig David - Seven Days Usher - You Make Me Wanna Donell Jones - Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me) Mario Winans - You Knew feat Slim of 112 Az Yet - Last Night Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise Ne-Yo - Let Me Get This Right Toni Braxton - Please Robin Thicke - Lost Without U The Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa TLC - Waterfalls Joe - Stutter Puff Daddy - Satisfy U Ft. R.Kelly Salt-N-Pepa Feat. En Vogue - Whatta…
  • Cookies And Cream DV8 Mix - Hiphop Bashment Afrobeats

    DJ Intheorious
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hiphop Bashment AFrobeats Mix for Cookies and Cream Milton Keynes Saturday night. Cookies & Cream, 3 Savoy Crescent MK9 3PU Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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  • Stream the Title Track From AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    First Malcolm Young decease, then earlier this month AC/DC’s drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone. Meanwhile the charge was dropped, though the drummer is still facing charges of drug possession and ‘threatening to kill’ and he could spend up to seven years in prison depending on the outcome of [&hellip
  • New Music Releases – November 2014

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    The New Music Releases of November are marked by two major events: Pink FLoyd and Foo Fighters. In the past week two ‘monsters’ have released new albums: ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11′ by Bob Dylan and ‘Storytone’ by Neil Young. The legendary Pink Floyd released this week their ultimate album, ‘The Endless River’ . The [&hellip
  • Stream Pink Floyd New Song ‘Allons-y (1)’ from ‘Endless River’

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Endless River’ is coming out Nov. 10, but you can listen to the newly ‘Allons-y (1)’ right now. Like almost the 18 songs on the album, it’s an instrumental track that began to take form in 1993 when the group was putting together its last album, ‘The Division Bell’. The [&hellip
  • Top 10 Songs about Wealth and Money

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    10 – ‘Money, Money, Money’ – (ABBA / 1976) ‘I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay Ain’t it sad And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me That’s too bad In my dreams I have a plan If I got me [&hellip
  • Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dies Aged 71

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Jack Bruce, died on Saturday at his home in Suffolk, England. He was 71. His family announced the death on his website. A spokesman said the cause was liver disease. Bruce became famous in the 1960s as the bassist and lead vocalist for the rock group Cream, teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and Ginger [&hellip
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    Home of Hip Hop Videos & Rap Music, News, Video, Mixtapes & more

  • Smoke DZA – The Sleaze (Remix)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Listen below as Smoke DZA remixes his brother in bud Wiz Khalifa‘s “The Sleaze”. R.F.C.‘s The Outsiders LP is out now!
  • Oun- P x Jadakiss – New York (Video)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    New York City stand up! Hip-hop artist Oun-P and Jadakiss are putting on for their city with this new single. Head to the Big Apple with this new Oun-P and Jadakiss video “New York” above.
  • Paloma Ford Talks Her Upcoming Project “Nearly Civilized”, Meek Mill, Tupac & More With HHS1987

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Rising star Paloma Ford, is preparing to properly introduce herself to the world with her upcoming new project “Nearly Civilized”. Having recently partnered with Monster Headphones, Paloma Ford has kicked off her musical career in the right direction with her first chart topping feature on Meek Mill’s summer single “I Don’t Know”. In addition to this smash hit, she recently dropped a single called “Summer in California” featuring legendary rap artist Snoop Dogg, and fellow Cali native Iamsu! With Paloma ready set to end the year 2014 on a high…
  • Ratking Featured In Nigo’s Adidas Originals Lookbook (Photos)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In the new Nigo’s Adidas Originals lookbook, subculture photographer Ari Marcopoulos decides to takes it back to the 90s as he showscases Adidas’ original underground hip hop urban streetwear. Using rap group Ratking, Marcopolus told, “It’s an interesting parallel with Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys,” Nigo says. “But it’s more the quality of them as a group that’s interesting to me—their style of performance. They have no choice but to be pretty real. They’re genuine underground.” The collection debuts next week. Stay tuned.
  • Big K.R.I.T. & Raphael Saadiq – The Making of Cadillactica: Soul Food (Episode 3) (Video)

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Watch above as Big K.R.I.T. and Raphael Saadiq give you a BTS look at the creation process of the Def Jam recording artist’s new LP in Episode 3 of ‘The Making of Cadillactica’!
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    The Record Stache

  • Catching Flies – Quiet Nights

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Aside from supporting Bonobo on tour, Catching Flies has been rather quiet this year. Then again, the producer toured with Bonobo, so you know he’s been gaining momentum with his fanbase. A few days ago, this new single titled Quiet Nights was released along with news of an upcoming EP. Catching Flies made a big impression when he originally remixed Mt. Wolf’s Life Size Ghosts. The track was included on his debut The Stars EP a couple of years ago, which mainly featured reworked/reinterpreted tracks and drowsy production. It caught my ear way back then – especially the…
  • Lazer Guided Melodies #25

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Sounds from nowhere. Music whispering like the breeze. Lazer guided melodies. From time to time, our friend Agte. Mulder compiles a handful of select shoegaze, dream pop, and post rock songs. The result is the Lazer Guided Melodies podcast series, titled as an homage to the band Spiritualized’s 1992 album of the same name. If you speak Spanish, you’re in luck! Agte. Mulder records his podcasts entirely in Spanish, but if you’re unfamiliar with the language, don’t let that discourage you from listening and enjoying the music. The songs are still English. So press play, lie back, stare…
  • BAILE & Camille Corazón – Too Much

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    It’s so great that BAILE is moving forward with the original releases. The producer’s remixes are always a treat, but he really shines on a track he created from scratch. Need proof? Check out some songs from BAILE’s debut From the Depths EP. Where the EP was heavy on instrumentals with deep ambiance and spare background vocals, this new track featuring Camille Corazón brings BAILE’s music to a whole new level. Camille’s voice is absolute perfection over BAILE’s signature production. She floats above the production thanks to the airiness of her voice,…
  • Work Drugs – Predictable Miracles

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Oh Work Drugs, your music style never ceases to amaze me. The band has always had this relaxed, yacht rock feel, pulling vibes from the late 70s and early 80s. You know the sort of music by Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, Ambrosia and all of those other smooth sax filled, station wagon cruising, light favorites your parents (and secretly you) love. Usually, Work Drugs layers their inner Steely Dan behind a haze of chillwave, but with their latest single Predictable Miracles the band waves goodbye the dreamy pop that they made a name for themselves with. They’ve officially come out as…
  • Wanderlust Playlist – The Sublime North

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    A few weeks ago, when Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize with her album Animism, Canada’s annual award for the country’s best full-length album of the year, it got me curious as to what other talent might be found in the North – both in Canada and beyond. I mean, that’s some pretty strong Arctic fire-power to be able to beat out Arcade Fire, Drake, and Mac DeMarco, among others. Tanya Tagaq, who is from Nunavut, admits, “It feels like I dial in another frequency. I go to places where I surrender to all that terrifies and excites me.” It sounds like it…
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  • Best of Amazing Tunes No. 23 Charlie Cunningham

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Each week our very own Nick Kavanagh delves into Amazing Radio’s ‘Amazing Tunes’ vault to find and profile one new track or artist. Charlie Cunningham is a singer songwriter from Bedfordshire and now based in Oxford. Lights Off is from the EP ‘Outside Things’ which is out now. Wondrous guitar playing and beautifully crafted songs – we’re going to hear a lot more of him. Visit Charlie on Amazing Tunes.. Outside Things EP by Charlie Cunningham
  • Episode 108. Lost On Radio

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Lost On Radio is a weekly showcase of incredible new, undiscovered, and under appreciated music from around the world. The show is curated and presented by Mark Knight, the founder of Right Chord Music. Lost On Radio aims to showcase incredible artists that have been overlooked by radio, or pushed to the late night fringes. Since it started, Lost On Radio has attracted listeners from over 80 different countries. Listen back to all previous episodes by clicking the menu button on the player below, or subscribe and listen via iTunes to access visual chapters. Lost On Radio is now broadcast…
  • First Signs Of Love No. 130 KASHKA

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Kat Burns, aka KASHKA is celebrating the one year anniversary of her excellent electro album ‘Bound’ by releasing an acoustic EP of select tracks. Although it was new track ‘Salmon Arms’ which initially caught our attention. The simple acoustic arrangement and cut through vocals are bewitching, and provide an easy and enticing gateway to the rest of the EP.  This five track EP is captivating from start to finish. With three of the five tracks lasting less than three minutes you’ll find yourself hitting repeat to prolong the escapism. The soft piano and beautiful…
  • Band of The Week. Accents

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Residing in New York State capital Albany, is a trio making highly profound indie-folk music. Originally a two-piece internet project, Accents soon gained three extra musicians and came out from behind their computer screens. Since the release of their second album, the band transformed into a three-piece. The complex journey to finding themselves has helped the band create music that is conscious and sincere. With a new confidence and plenty of critical acclaim under their belts, Accents are primed for their next adventure. Small Tales by Accents The band’s penultimate release ‘Tall…
  • Foreign Fields – In Hiding

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Foreign Fields return with a new single and video. In Hiding. It’s the story of safety and reservation covering up one’s own individuality. The video was directed by Skyler Lawson watch his fantastic interpretation of the song below. Catch the band on tour with The Lone Bellow. Tickets are on sale now, links for each can be found here. Click here to view the embedded video.
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    Weekly Music Commentary

  • The Blues: Up Close and Personal

    Edward Reid
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Keb' Mo'Many of you, who have been following Weekly Music Commentary over the past month, know that I attended consecutive concerts a few weeks ago. Well, last week I attended my third concert within the span of a month. The first show was Earth, Wind and Fire. It was a concert I really wanted to attend and I considered an important event in my lifetime. The second performance was given by Patti Austin whom I admired for many years, and I was very happy to finally experience her intimate and live presentation. Out of the three concerts, last week would be one I wanted to attend, but without…
  • Prince Delivers Again

    Edward Reid
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Do you remember where you were late Saturday night, November 1, 2014? Some of us may have to think carefully to remember where we were, but for others it may be a very simple answer. Many music fans were watching Saturday Night Live, awaiting the heralded performance of Prince. Once the segment of Prince’s eight-minute performance was over, the world of social media was buzzing. The last time Prince gave a similar performance was the halftime at Super Bowl XLI on February 2, 2007, which was carried to 140 million television viewers, the largest audience of his life. On February 4, 2010,…
  • A Tough Act to Follow

    Edward Reid
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Minnie RipertonHave you ever attended a show with multiple artists set up to perform? One after the next an act appears, performs, receives applause and quickly moves from the stage for the next performer. Inevitably, one or more artist will stand out among the group and enjoy more accolades from the audience. How would you feel if you were to perform right after one of those unforgettable musical moments?  You would probably experience feelings ranging from nervousness, anxiety and much apprehension before making your way to the stage. How do you follow a legendary artist who is…
  • She Can Sing Anything

    Edward Reid
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Patti AustinAnother busy week is done and I am still moving forward and working hard. This marks the second consecutive week that I attended a live performance. This is very unusual for me because I rarely attend live performances. Normally I view several videos of live performances in preparation for features in Weekly Music Commentary. This time I got the opportunity to see the outstanding singer/songwriter and longtime musical artist Patti Austin. The concert was part of the University of Miami’s month-long 2014 Festival Miami. In what was truly an intimate setting on the Coral Gables…
  • 43 Years and more?

    Edward Reid
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Earth Wind and FireDo you remember the movie “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? The plot was two older men facing death soon creating a list of things they wanted to accomplish before their demise (or kick the bucket). I think we all could identify with the situation regardless of our age or health. It is a human trait to achieve particular goals, large and small, throughout out lives. I must say that last week was one of those moments in my life. Last Wednesday I went to a live performance of my longtime favorite musical group Earth Wind and Fire. This was not…
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    Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture Music Production Blog

  • Time-lapse Nashville Tracking Session Setup

    Bobby Owsinski
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Here's a cool video that shows my buddy, Pro Audio Review editor and great engineer Lynn Fuston as his team and the session musicians set up for recording at Playground Recording in Nashville.This is a small session by Nashville standards in that there's only a basic rhythm section, not the normal 8 or 9 players that usually play simultaneously on a basic track in that city. Watch for a description of the gear being used scroll by at the bottom of the screen. Help support this blog. Any purchases made through our Amazon links help support this website with no cost to you.
  • The Groove Versus The Pocket

    Bobby Owsinski
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    We hear the terms "groove" and "pocket" a lot in music, but what do they really mean? Here's an excerpt from my Music Producer's Handbook that outlines exactly what a groove and pocket are, and more importantly, how to find them."All good music, regardless of whether it’s rock, jazz, classical, hip hop or some new space music that we haven’t heard yet, has a strong groove. You always hear about “the groove”, but what is it?The Groove Is The Pulse Of The SongAnd How The Instruments Dynamically Breathe With It.To your audience, the groove is an enjoyable rhythm that makes even the…
  • The 20 All-Time Catchiest Songs

    Bobby Owsinski
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    A year-long survey by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester has revealed what they consider to be the top 20 most catchiest songs.There are two interesting things about the list: first of all, most songs are at least 20 years old and some more than 50. Secondly, even though the list comes from the UK, most of the artists are not from there. Also, Elvis, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson all placed more than one song.So here we go with the top 20 catchiest songs of all time:Spice Girls - Wannabe: 2.29 secondsLou Bega - Mambo No 5: 2.48 secondsSurvivor - Eye of the Tiger: 2.62…
  • New Music Gear Monday: Antelope Audio Satori Monitor Controller

    Bobby Owsinski
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    One of the most important pieces in a modern DAW studio is the monitor controller not only because the level of the monitor speakers needs to be adequately controlled, but also other features that modern studios need like being able to select multiple audio sources and switch between multiple speakers are addressed. Of course, the sound quality of this device is hyper-critical as well.That's why Antelope Audio's new Satori monitor controller is so impressive. It incorporates not only a mastering quality D/A convertor, but a wide variety of input and output options as well. The unit can switch…
  • Engineer/Tech Writer Barry Rudolph On The Latest Inner Circle Podcast

    Bobby Owsinski
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The great engineer and tech writer Barry Rudolph is my guest on the latest Inner Circle Podcast. You may know Barry from his many gear reviews in magazines like Mix and Music Connection, but he's been an A-list engineer in LA for a long time. Barry will tell us all about recording some iconic acts like Rod Stewart and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as his take on the latest audio gear.In the intro I'll talk a little about how SoundScan works to get your album on the Billboard charts, and some effective pre-production techniques to make your next production project go a lot smoother.Remember that you…
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    The HoodStash | Downloads daily

  • Various Artists - Beyond the Lights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
    Relativity Music Group has released the original motion picture soundtrack for Relativity Studios's newest film Beyond the Lights yesterday, Nov. 10.The first single from the soundtrack, "Grateful" — performed by platinum-selling artist Rita Ora and written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, a Grammy and Golden Globe winner and six-time Oscar nominee — premiered on Billboard.Beyond the Lights opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, Nov. 14. The soundtrack, released four days prior to the film, features songs from artists such as "Mavado" featuring Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Jacob…
  • Talib Kweli - P.O.C. Live!

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say. Here Talib brings the live version of his 5th Studio album. The live version…
  • La The Darkman - La Paraphernalia

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    La the Darkman (born Lason Jackson in The Bronx, New York City) is a Wu-Tang Clan affiliated rapper, hailing from Grand Rapids, MI. He considers himself to be the "12th member" of the Clan. L.A.D considers RZA being his mentor since he has been in the music game; he is showing the strength and influence of Wu­Tang. He will be releasing a series of EP albums starting October 31 under his new deal AMG and Sony Music titled “La Paraphernalia” then “La Familia” “La Luminati”. His first album Heist of the Century was placed 37 on Billboard’s “R&B/Hip­Hop Albums” selling…
  • Smoke DZA & R.F.C. – The Outsiders

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    Smoke DZA is back at it again with his second album this year, called The Outsiders, this time alongside with his posse R.F.C., which consists of Al Doe, NymLo, and Bluntsmoker. Be on the lookout for the few prominent features on the tape, like A$AP Rocky, Cam'ron, Styles P, Dame Dash, Chevy Woods and Dom Kennedy. Stream the album below before its official release date on Tuesday and pre-order here.Download Here
  • Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire (Deluxe Edition)

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    After introduces us to the local 305 “Neighborhood Drug Dealer“ earlier today, Rick Ross’ much-anticipated Hood Billionaire project arrives early before its official release on November 24th. The Bawse’s new seventh studio effort, serves as his second release for 2014 in follow-up to his popular Mastermind project. The album has seen numerous singles during its promotional campaign in recent weeks with “Elvis Presley Blvd,” “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch)” and “Nickel Rock” among many more; but the listeners can now enjoy the full offering. Jay-Z, R. Kelly, K. Michelle, Yo…
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    Rock and Roll Omnibus

  • ABBA--Waterloo (1974)

    Cas Countz
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
         It seems as if every 10 years or so a new generation discovers ABBA. They were one of the best selling groups in the world in the 70's, although revisionist historians would suggest they were much bigger in the states than they really were (They only had four top 10 hits here, one of those climbing to the top). The first wave of nostalgia towards the group occurred shortly after their last album in the early 80's. The latest one, which corresponded with the stage production and movie "Mamma Mia", continues the trend that has allowed the group steady sales although…
  • Playlist for Sept. Week 4, 2014

    Cas Countz
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Here is the playlist for the Rock and Roll Omnibus show this week: Hour 1: Badfinger—I Can’t Take It (2:54)Paul McCartney and Wings—Hi Hi Hi (3:14)Traffic—Just For You (2:14) Bruce Springsteen—Prove It All Night (4:04)Creedence Clearwater Revival—Chameleon (3:21)Creedence Clelarwater Revival—Have You Ever Seen the Rain (2:40)Elton John—The Bitch is Back (3:47) Elton John—Dixie Lily (2:55)Elton John—Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (5:33)Elton John—Birds (4:05)Allman Brothers Band—Trouble No More (3:44)Big Brother and the Holding Company—Ball and Chain…
  • Turning a 60's pop band into a cookin' 70's R&B group in about 50 (or more) steps.

    Cas Countz
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    It is the rarity for music groups to keep the same lineup over the course of it's history. Reasons include (but not exclusive to):Sick of being poorSick of travelingSick of bandmatesSick of abusing substancesSick of corporate runaroundsSick of being sickSick of being unknown Sick of being known Sick of being underapprcatedSick of being badIllness DeathAny or all of those have put the kibosh on the dreams or harmony of a musical group. Some groups change rarely, but just the sheer number of years on the road will bring about change. Others can change lineups so much that reunions of the bands…
  • Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

    Cas Countz
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
         Last time many of you heard from me on this forum, we had stopped the radio show and the blog posts had slowed to a trickle. Life had changed our plans, and although we willing accepted the changes in our career plans and our move to Southern Mississippi, the extra responsibilities caused me to rethink some priorities and the radio show AND blog went by the wayside.     There were attempts on my part to re-ignite the blog by setting up a new site and domain name, but just couldn't get the mojo working again. A friend of mine said to me several years…
  • Where we are at...and where we are going.

    Cas Countz
    6 Dec 2013 | 8:36 am
         A funny thing has happened to the Omnibus over the last two months...     In September of this year, I put the Omnibus aside for some time. We had moved to Southern Mississippi to assist with the care of my wife's mother. My desire was to continue teaching piano to children, which was what I had been doing in Nashville. For whatever reasons, I miscalculated my ability to quickly grow the same business down here, and found myself in the unenviable position of looking for work. The radio show was the first to go, and then about a month later it was…
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  • Le Rug- Dipshit

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Le Rug is the ongoing project of Brooklyn-based singer/guitarist, Ray Weiss (Butter the Children, Medics [US]). After numerous trials and tribulations experienced in early adulthood and with one of his first bands, Ray found his way into a psych ward. This rough patch inspired him to funnel his pent up energy and emotions into a new musical project, which eventually blossomed into the magnetic, unrestrained sounds of Le Rug. So far 2014 has been a rough ride for Weiss: the break up of Butter the Children, a broken engagement, benzo weening, bi polar wrestling, hanging up on suicide hotlines,…
  • Criminal Hygiene- Turpentine

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Wiping away the grit and grime heard on their CRMNL HYGNE LP, Los Angeles based Criminal Hygiene return with the fine and refined Turpentine set to release on 7" vinyl via New Professor Music in January of 2015.  Turpentine bleeds sunshine as upbeat acoustic strums dance around snappy bass lines and buttery pop vocals...but not so fast. Once two minutes blow past, CH amp things up, pull up their garage rock roots, and hit us in the head with rapid-fire drumming and snaking guitars before finishing it off. This might be their best song yet. In other good news, New…
  • California X- Nights in the Dark

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Two years after their self-titled debut on Don Giovanni Records, California X delivers Nights in the Dark, once again bearing the imprint of sound engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz). The guitar-drenched sound of their debut finds solace in a heavy, lush, and melodic home with the addition of Zack Brower on guitar and Cole Lanier on drums. Amongst songs furnished with prominent guitar leads and power pop hooks, California X offers a moodier, more textured, but instinctively catchy experience. Nights shows off a musical and lyrical maturity for the band, exploring ideas of…
  • Washer- Rinse & Spit

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    My new favorite band from 2014 is Brooklyn's Washer. Easily. From their Bighead EP to the first single from their upcoming split 7", Washer keeps you guessing with their wonky guitar bends, crunchy rhythms, and raucous riffs. "Rinse & Spit" is another fine example of their crooked sound as jerky guitars dance around "Blister in the Sun"-like inflections before hocking up a fat wad of spastic punk in the final seconds.  The song is from the Big Ups/Washer split due out 11/9 via Exploding In Sound and East Coast Basements And Bedrooms.
  • ScotDrakula- Stupid Everything

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    ScotDrakula consists of three young musicians from Melbourne, Australia (Matt Neumann- Guitar/Vocals; Evianne Camille - Drums/Vocals; and Dove Bailey - Bass/Vocals) that mix beer-soaked garage rock with biting teenage snark and a profound love of punk culture. "Stupid Everything" is one of our favorite tracks from their flawless album, Burner, set to re-release on cassette along with their Break Me Up EP on December 9th via Fleeting Youth Records. If you haven't heard of ScotDrakula before, this song is the perfect introduction as the trio highlight most of their finest traits in one cut:…
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    Sodajerker On Songwriting

  • Episode 62 - Joan Armatrading

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    In this episode, Joan Armatrading shares details about her songwriting process and the thinking behind songs like 'Love and Affection', 'Drop the Pilot', 'Like Fire', 'Show Some Emotion', 'Me Myself I', 'I'm Lucky', '(I Love It When You) Call Me Names', 'Kind Words (And A Real Good Heart)', and 'Starlight'.
  • Episode 61 - KT Tunstall

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall joins Simon and Brian to chat about the writing of songs like 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree', 'Suddenly I See', 'Uummannaq Song', 'Fade Like a Shadow', 'Difficulty', and songs from her recent album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. KT also talks extensively about her approach to looping sounds using pedals, techniques for developing new ideas, and her plans for the future.
  • Episode 60 - Chromeo

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Dave 1 and P-Thugg of Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo chat with Simon and Brian about the writing of recent songs like 'Come Alive', 'Jealous (I Ain't With It)', 'Over Your Shoulder', 'Lost on the Way Home', 'Old 45s', and older songs like 'Fancy Footwork' and 'Hot Mess'. The guys also describe their approach to working with vintage synthesisers and the music that has influenced them.
  • Episode 59 - Loudon Wainwright III

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    Veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III joins Simon and Brian for a chat about the writing of his latest album Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) and songs from throughout his career such as 'School Days', 'Motel Blues', 'Dead Skunk', 'The Swimming Song', 'Rufus is a Tit Man', 'Unhappy Anniversary', 'Hitting You', 'White Winos' and 'The Days That We Die'. Loudon also speaks about his illustrious family and his work as an actor.
  • Episode 58 - Adam Schlesinger

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    Songwriter/producer Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne chats with Sodajerker about the songwriting process behind songs like 'Stacy's Mom', 'Hackensack', 'Strapped for Cash', 'Someone to Love' and 'All Kinds of Time'. Adam also talks about a number of songs he has written for film, TV and theatre, including the title song for 'That Thing You Do!', 'Way Back into Love' (Music & Lyrics) and 'There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In' (A Colbert Christmas).
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  • Listen: New Arcades – ‘Wherever You Are’

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    London duo New Arcades are brand new to us; but with 15-plus tracks on their Soundcloud, they’ve been around for a while now. Our first introduction comes courtesy of their brand new single ‘Wherever You Are’ – filled with washed out synths and nostalgic 80’s touches; the track gives off a radiant amount of feel good vibes which makes it hard not to like. Take a listen to - ‘Wherever You Are’ below:   By Michael Jamison
  • The Sundowners return with ‘Into The Light’

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    We haven’t heard much from The Sundowners for a while as they’ve been busy gearing up for their forthcoming debut self-titled LP. But we’ve now have a small glimpse of what to expect, with the release of its lead single ‘Into The Light’. ‘Into The Light’ sees the Wirral quintet at their sultry best; as they combine psych-infested melodies with certain elements of folk; the result being one blissful piece of free-flowing pop… Take a listen and check out the visuals below: ‘Into The Light’ is released on Monday December 8th 2014. By Michael Jamison…
  • Meat Wave plot their first UK shows

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Fresh from the announcement of their forthcoming ‘Brother EP’; Chicago punks Meat Wave have confirmed they’ll be heading over to the UK in January 2015 for their first shows over-here. The trio will play six dates including two in the capital; firstly at The Shacklewell Arms on January 28, followed by an appearance at Old Blue Last on January 30. Check out their full UK itinerary below: January 2015 26 Brighton,Sticky Mike’s 27 Kingston, Banquet Records 28 London, The Shacklewell Arms 29 Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers 30 London, The Old Blue Last 31 Bristol, Start The Bus…
  • NEW: Charli XCX – ‘Gold Coins’

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Charli XCX is back with more sugar-coated pop; the ‘Boom Clap’ singer is about to release her second studio album ‘Sucker’ next month and ‘Gold Coins’ is the latest track to be previewed from her forthcoming LP. The head spinning number is all about bling and gold… So you can see what’s she’s been spending all her ‘Boom Clap’ royalties on. Take a listen below: ‘Sucker’ is out December 16th via Neon Gold / Atlantic Records By Michael Jamison TwitterGoogle+PinterestVK
  • Palma Violets, Fat White Family & Slaves confirmed for NME Awards Tour 2015

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Palma Violets have been announced as the headliners for the NME’s annual awards tour. They’ll be on the UK wide jaunt by the already notorious Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and newcomers Slaves. Tickets are due to go on sale at 9am this Friday (21 November) all tickets will include a 50p donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The NME Awards Tour schedule is as follows: February 2015 19 – Sheffield, Leadmill 20 – Leeds, O2 Academy 21 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 22 – Glasgow, O2 ABC 24 – Nottingham, Rock Cit 26 – Manchester, Ritz 27 – Oxford,…
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    Weekly Podcast

  • Vital Breath - 1st album "Duality"

    Vital Breath
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
      Vital Breath is made of experimented musicians and some are recognized on the Metal European circuit. The music of Vital Breath The post Vital Breath - 1st album "Duality" appeared first on Weekly Podcast | Weekly Podcast - We love indie music.
  • Pop rock with hooks and melodramatics

    16 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Hello! This EP is the closest that scientists got to making a band of Siberian bears play and record music WITHOUT balalaikas. The post Pop rock with hooks and melodramatics appeared first on Weekly Podcast | Weekly Podcast - We love indie music.
  • America

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    Hi. My name is Ivan Beletsky. Our name is Voda-i-Ryba (Fish-and-water), we play indie/avant-rock music and live in Saint Petersberg (Russia). Here The post America appeared first on Weekly Podcast | Weekly Podcast - We love indie music.
  • Diana Barash "A Miracle of Love"

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Diana Barash "A Miracle of Love"  Born in Eastern Europe in the midst of the crumbling rule of the Soviet Union, Diana The post Diana Barash "A Miracle of Love" appeared first on Weekly Podcast | Weekly Podcast - We love indie music.
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  • Listen: New Arcades – ‘Wherever You Are’

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    London duo New Arcades are brand new to us; but with 15-plus tracks on their Soundcloud, they’ve been around for a while now. Our first introduction comes courtesy of their brand new single ‘Wherever You Are’ – filled with washed out synths and nostalgic 80’s touches; the track gives off a radiant amount of feel good vibes which makes it hard not to like. Take a listen to - ‘Wherever You Are’ below:   By Michael Jamison
  • The Sundowners return with ‘Into The Light’

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    We haven’t heard much from The Sundowners for a while as they’ve been busy gearing up for their forthcoming debut self-titled LP. But we’ve now have a small glimpse of what to expect, with the release of its lead single ‘Into The Light’. ‘Into The Light’ sees the Wirral quintet at their sultry best; as they combine psych-infested melodies with certain elements of folk; the result being one blissful piece of free-flowing pop… Take a listen and check out the visuals below: ‘Into The Light’ is released on Monday December 8th 2014. By Michael Jamison…
  • Meat Wave plot their first UK shows

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Fresh from the announcement of their forthcoming ‘Brother EP’; Chicago punks Meat Wave have confirmed they’ll be heading over to the UK in January 2015 for their first shows over-here. The trio will play six dates including two in the capital; firstly at The Shacklewell Arms on January 28, followed by an appearance at Old Blue Last on January 30. Check out their full UK itinerary below: January 2015 26 Brighton,Sticky Mike’s 27 Kingston, Banquet Records 28 London, The Shacklewell Arms 29 Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers 30 London, The Old Blue Last 31 Bristol, Start The Bus…
  • NEW: Charli XCX – ‘Gold Coins’

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Charli XCX is back with more sugar-coated pop; the ‘Boom Clap’ singer is about to release her second studio album ‘Sucker’ next month and ‘Gold Coins’ is the latest track to be previewed from her forthcoming LP. The head spinning number is all about bling and gold… So you can see what’s she’s been spending all her ‘Boom Clap’ royalties on. Take a listen below: ‘Sucker’ is out December 16th via Neon Gold / Atlantic Records By Michael Jamison TwitterGoogle+PinterestVK
  • Palma Violets, Fat White Family & Slaves confirmed for NME Awards Tour 2015

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Palma Violets have been announced as the headliners for the NME’s annual awards tour. They’ll be on the UK wide jaunt by the already notorious Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and newcomers Slaves. Tickets are due to go on sale at 9am this Friday (21 November) all tickets will include a 50p donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The NME Awards Tour schedule is as follows: February 2015 19 – Sheffield, Leadmill 20 – Leeds, O2 Academy 21 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 22 – Glasgow, O2 ABC 24 – Nottingham, Rock Cit 26 – Manchester, Ritz 27 – Oxford,…
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  • Sun Ra Arkestra Does NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    On Halloween the Sun Ra Arkestra stopped by NPR Music and performed some classic tunes on the “Tiny Desk Concert” series, and it had to be one of the most spaced-out performances to grace that room so far. Be sure to check out 91-year-old alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been a member of the Arkestra since the 1950’s. Sun Ra, who would have turned 100 this year, would have been mighty proud. Set List: “Along Came Ra”/”Zoom” “Queer Notions” “Angels And Demons At Play” “Interplanetary Music”  
  • Fold – “Oil-Powered Machine / Detroit Red”

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The fine folks who are Fold have a new single coming out December 1st that pays tribute to both Malcom X and the activist Mike Ruppert.  It’s a double A-side release that will be available as a hand numbered, limited edition 7” and digital download.  In the meantime you can listen to it below, and remember, you really don’t want to mess with these guys because they mean business.
  • Watch BJ The Chicago Kid Live In Concert

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Now you can check out BJ The Chicago Kid’s live set at NPR Music’s showcase during this year’s CMJ, since they’ve been cool enough to post it as part of their Front Row series. Make sure to stick around till the end, where he and his band cover D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” and just slay it. Excellent. Set List: “Sex x Money x Sneakers” “Free” “Good Luv’n” “Soul Of A Woman” “Studio” (ScHoolboy Q) “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (D’Angelo) Personnel: BJ…
  • Video: Kendrick Lamar’s New Track “i” Keeps It Positive While Sampling Some Super Funky Isley Brothers

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Kendrick Lamar has released the official video for his newest track “i” off of his someday to be released follow up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and the song is a funkified, positive tune that surely leaves us wanting more from the young phenom. The sample is the classic Isley Brothers track “Who’s That Lady” which was used in the classic Beastie Boys song “Year And A Day” off the even more classic Paul’s Boutique. Love it when a youngster puts out a track that reaches back to hip-hop’s roots and isn’t just chasing the hot new sound to…
  • Things Have Changed: Ice Cube Shows Up On “Sesame Street”

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    As a far as I’m concerned Ice Cube has earned the right to do whatever he damn well pleases, but even this one caught me by surprise. You could even say I was astounded.
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    Style of Sound

  • EXPLOITED PODCAST #51: Punks Jump Up

    Style of Sound
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    Just a nice one hour mix from London’s Punks Jump Up via the latest Exploited Records podcast. PLAYLIST: 01. Sofia Zlatko & Vijay – Hypnotic [Street King] 02. Scarlet Fantastic ... Read More The post EXPLOITED PODCAST #51: Punks Jump Up appeared first on Style of Sound.
  • Where to Go this Weekend in London: Leisure System x Houndstooth

    Style of Sound
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    If you’re measuring up your options this weekend, might we suggest the Leisure System x Houndstooth Event at Studio Spaces on Saturday night? The evening plays host to some of the ... Read More The post Where to Go this Weekend in London: Leisure System x Houndstooth appeared first on Style of Sound.
  • Track of the week: Jape | The Heart’s Desire

    Style of Sound
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm We’ve been getting into an electro-pop band from Dublin called Jape who recently released a single called The Hearts Desire. The track’s chilled synths and hazy harmonies make perfect listening ... Read More The post Track of the week: Jape | The Heart’s Desire appeared first on Style of Sound.
  • Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm | Games For Girls (The Penelopes Remix)

    Style of Sound
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    One of the best remixes we’ve heard this month comes from London’s very own The Penelopes. After doing remixes tracks from the likes of Alt J, The Ting Tings ... Read More The post Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm | Games For Girls (The Penelopes Remix) appeared first on Style of Sound.
  • Magda, Miss Kittin, Marc Houle | @ Studio Spaces London | 28 November

    Style of Sound
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    On the 28th November we’re looking forward to a night of techno goodness from the likes of none other that Magda, Miss Kittin, Marc Houle & Troy Pierce. The evening ... Read More The post Magda, Miss Kittin, Marc Houle | @ Studio Spaces London | 28 November appeared first on Style of Sound.
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    Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither

  • Songs and Stories #140: Chuck Brodsky Flashback

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Click here to listen to the interview with Chuck Brodsky (time = 24:43) We’re looking forward by looking backward in this episode as we re-run an interview with songwriter Chuck Brodsky. Originally from Philadelpia, he hitch-hiked to the west coast back in… Read more → The post Songs and Stories #140: Chuck Brodsky Flashback appeared first on Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither.
  • Behind the EP – “Lump of Coal”

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “Simple” is often a relative term. When you look at the end product – in this case, the new six-song EP – you might think, “that’s a nice, simple little record”. It is, and like my last full-length CD, “Starlite… Read more → The post Behind the EP – “Lump of Coal” appeared first on Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither.
  • Songs and Stories #139: Keith Greeninger’s “Soul Connection”

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Click here to listen to the interview with Keith Greeninger (time = 53:00) Local songwriter Keith Greeninger is no stranger to “Songs and Stories”. He first appeared here way back in 2008 on episodes #27 and #28 when he released the “Glorious… Read more → The post Songs and Stories #139: Keith Greeninger’s “Soul Connection” appeared first on Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither.
  • Behind the Video: “Roselle”

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is another example of a simple little story that took a long time to properly represent on video. This is likely because I’m stubborn, I new exactly how I wanted to present “Roselle’s” 911 rescue tale, and I wouldn’t… Read more → The post Behind the Video: “Roselle” appeared first on Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither.
  • Songs and Stories #138: Jim Dyar’s “Rembrandts on Red Walls”

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Click here to listen to the interview with Jim Dyar (time = 29:31) Sometimes is really does take a trip into the redwoods to land a podcast. And it’s usually worth it. This episode’s a long time coming…it’s a visit with northern… Read more → The post Songs and Stories #138: Jim Dyar’s “Rembrandts on Red Walls” appeared first on Singer/Songwriter Michael Gaither.
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    Snapshots and Needle Drops

  • My Favourite Faded Fantasy

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    He’s back guys! He’s back! He’s back! Irish, “self-lacerating troubador” Damien Rice has, after an eight-year absence, released his newest album My Favourite Faded Fantasy today in North America. I’m still on my first run-though, but this album is so classic Damien it’s hard to believe he’s been radio silent for this long. In expected form, the majority of the songs are slow, quiet and introspective– but with 30 seconds to spare he usually builds up to a screeching, voice-cracking desperation. The average length of a track is 6:20 minutes,…
  • SS&ND Reviews: This is All Yours – Alt-J

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
     They say a band’s sophomore album is the hardest. In this age of music, if your first release flops– that’s it. In Greg Kot’s book Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music– my all time favourite book about music– he references Joni Mitchell’s remarks on how, when she was signed, record companies offered multi-album deals.  Joni’s first contract gave her something like eight albums. Mitchell claims this allowed her to grow naturally as an artist, hone her writing and musicality. These days, if you don’t sell– or…
  • The Great Wide Somewhere

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
      Two weeks ago I was invited on an after-hours tour of Canada’s Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario. Built between 1859 and 1876, the Library is the only original remaining part of the Centre Block of Parliament – the rest burned down in a fire in 1916. The Library was saved thanks to a fast-thinking clerk and a pair of steel doors. I only visited the Library of Parliament once before, on a Girl Guide field trip to Ottawa when I was 10 years old. I was awed by its Victorian High Gothic beauty; it reminded me of the Beast’s library in Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and…
  • Night of Triffids

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Nightfest, Floriade, Canberra, ACT Has anyone read The Night Circus? Author Erin Morgenstern depicts a magical world, hidden in plain view of Victorian England. Her writing illustrates a traveling, black-tented circus that only opens at night. Using magic (unbeknownst to the naïve and stunned 19th century English), the Night Circus travels around, creating a phantasmagorical oasis from whatever frosted barley fields it pops up from. This was what Nightfest was like; a temporary mix of flora and illumination coming together to amaze children and adults alike. Fire breathers, mimes and…
  • We Know The Moves

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
      The West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa – Scheduled to reopen in 2017 Having each calendar year begin on a seemingly arbitrary day smack in the middle of the winter – just another cold day, undistinguishable from the cold days that preceded it – always struck me as an odd way to start fresh. If I had my way, I would have advised Pope Gregory to start every year in September. What better way to begin anew than during the most dramatic seasonal transition of all, that from summer to fall? On the subject of fresh starts, I have recently moved. I packed up my things in Montreal…
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    Uke Song of the Month | RSS Feed

  • Uke Battle!

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    The post Uke Battle! appeared first on Uke Song of the Month.
  • Ukulele strumming rhythm–a different way of looking at rhythm

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do you have a hard figuring strum patterns and rhythm on your ukulele? No promises, but this is a very different way of thinking about the way rhythm works–a different way of seeing it altogether. A very nicely put together video–take a look! The post Ukulele strumming rhythm–a different way of looking at rhythm appeared first on Uke Song of the Month.
  • The Lake Song

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    A short song about a big lake with an incredibly long name! Free song sheet download. The post The Lake Song appeared first on Uke Song of the Month.
  • A uke lesson from an 8-year-old

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    My son is eight and until last night, has done everything in the most straightforward fashion. The quickest path between any two points was the path for him. Which often would mean crashing through furniture, banging off walls. Even school work was direct and to the point. No extra time spent beyond the very basics called for. But something changed ... Read More The post A uke lesson from an 8-year-old appeared first on Uke Song of the Month.
  • Get Better at Ukulele Strumming–free video workshop

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Free 3-part video series to help you get better at the most important aspect of ukulele playing–strumming! Click here to start! This is a perfect way to start learning the essential of uke playing without having to pay for expensive ukulele lessons. The post Get Better at Ukulele Strumming–free video workshop appeared first on Uke Song of the Month.
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    Singer/songwriter Witherspoon Updates

  • Instagram 17 or Here We Go

    Les Witherspoon
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Greetings.Instagram number 17 or we go.Here we go. #music #loveA photo posted by Les (@leswitherspoon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:51am PST
  • Instagram Post 16

    Les Witherspoon
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Greetings.And so we have now Instagram Posting number 16.The not so famous Bishops Labs.A photo posted by Les (@leswitherspoon) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:54am PDT
  • Witherspoon Celtic Logo

    Les Witherspoon
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Greetings.Just wanted to show the rough draft of our new official WITHERSPOON CROSS logo.
  • Instagram Post 15

    Les Witherspoon
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Greetings.And so. Number 15 from the Instagram. Morn run. #love #morning A photo posted by Les (@leswitherspoon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:07am PST
  • Instagram Post # 14

    Les Witherspoon
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Greetings.And so. Instagram posting number 14. Anyone...? Anyone...? #love A photo posted by Les (@leswitherspoon) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:37am PST
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    Guitar Coach | Guitar Coach Magazine

  • REM. The One I Love Guitar Lesson

    8 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    A simple strumming pattern (with a couple of accentuations), open chords, a typically formulaic song structure, open chords and a great song. It doesn’t really get much better than this if you are beginning your guitar playing journey or are looking to learn new songs. And The One I Love by REM has it all. This classic song is in 4/4 time and for beginners this generally means you can use a uniform down/up strum pattern to play along with the song before you begin to embellish it further by including extra down or up strokes, accentuate certain patterns or even make up your own style of…
  • Metal Allegience

    Andy Partridge
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    METAL ALLEGIANCE TO BRING THEIR MUSICAL CRUSADE TO THE HOUSE OF BLUES IN ANAHEIM ON JANUARY 21st, 2015 All-Star Lineup Consisting Of Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, Chris Broderick, David Ellefson, Scott Ian, Andreas Kisser, Mark Osegueda, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Alex Skolnick and John Tempesta Unite For An Unforgettable Night Of Music Special Performance Of Scott Ian – Speaking Words To Open The Show (New York, NY – October 27th, 2014) – After a critically acclaimed premiere on the inaugural voyage of Motörhead’s Motörboat alongside their recent addition as a…
  • How To Write A Song

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    One of the most difficult questions to answer accurately is How to write a song. Should I tackle the lyrics or the melody first? The simple answer is “it depends on what you find comes easier or possibly the most natural. Alternatively, some song writers will start with a guitar riff and put the melody line around it, or, alternatively the lyrics. Many songs are created by trial and error by playing and experimenting with chords, lyrics and melody lines all being fired off in unison. I find melody lines come easiest, with some hooks and the basis of what the song will eventually sound like…
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    This is my new Sunday morning wake-up. Uplifting and inspirational. I can’t believe I only just came across this fantastic duo. Even if this isn’t your kind of music, you have to admire the talent. Let me know what you think…
  • Experience Hendrix

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The 18th October saw the final gig of the 2014 “Experience Hendrix” tour at The Fox Theatre in Oakland CA. Sixteen musicians graced the tour, including founder of heavy metal band Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zak Wylde. Jimi Hendrix is essential education for all guitarists and he played in a time before guitar pedals, before proper amplification even. Pre-Hendrix distortion wasn’t even a thing. His four year career redefined the whole culture of guitar playing and how society saw and heard the guitar. Zak Wylde described it as like watching a black-and-white…
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  • The Space Between: Hearing and Singing Intervals

    Erin Paul
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Intervals are an effective way to identify the notes in music, to play by ear or improvise. Learn how solfa can let you recognise intervals by ear easily. Continue reading →Related posts:Learning to Recognize Intervals 3 Singing Exercises to Improve Your Vocal Pitching Starting Solfa: Finding Your Tonic (Hold The Gin!)
  • Starting Solfa: Finding Your Tonic (Hold The Gin!)

    Erin Paul
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Finding the tonic note is the first step to transcribing or transposing the music you hear using solfege. Discover how to do it with these simple steps. Continue reading →Related posts:Do Re Mi Isn’t Just Child’s Play: How Solfege Training Can Improve Your Ear An Approach to Ear Training Solfeggio and Ear Training (Shelle Soelberg)
  • Do Re Mi Isn’t Just Child’s Play: How Solfege Training Can Improve Your Ear

    Erin Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Solfa is a powerful framework for recognising notes by ear, which lets you improvise and play by ear easily. This training series will teach you how to do it. Continue reading →Related posts:Solfeggio and Ear Training (Shelle Soelberg) An Approach to Ear Training The Importance of Ear Training for Musicians
  • Learn To Sing With The New SingTrue App

    Christopher Sutton
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    SingTrue is the new personal singing tutor app for iPhone. Even if you're worried about being tone deaf or unmusical, SingTrue can help you discover your voice. Continue reading →Related posts:Announcing SingTrue: the app which can teach anybody to sing in tune How To Teach Someone To Sing In Tune Learn to sing in tune: with Tune It Up!
  • Vocal Control: and How To Improve Yours

    Jenny Green
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Vocal control is essential for all singers to learn. Here are the key factors in vocal control and some exercises you can use to practise and improve yours. Continue reading →Related posts:3 Singing Exercises to Improve Your Vocal Pitching The 16 Keys to a Good Singing Voice Learning to Sing: The First Lesson
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  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
  • Vote in Today’s US Midterm Elections

    Peter Slutsky
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today, across the United States, Americans will go to the polls and vote in the US Midterm Elections. Voting is our most fundamental responsibility as citizens — without it, our American democracy wouldn’t exist. is a platform that gives everyday people the ability to share their voice and we’re asking you to take advantage of this voice — by exercising your right to vote today — November 4th, 2014. We want to provide our US-based users a set of resources to help them make a smart, informed decision when it comes to who they will vote for. We also want…
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    AudioCred: Indie, Rap, Rock Music Blog

  • Funeral For A Friend release new music video for 1%

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Having recently announced the forthcoming release of their seventh studio album  ‘Chapter and Verse’ ,  Funeral For A Friend  have now unveiled  the first music video from the album,  ‘1%’ . Vocalist …
  • New Music: Ben Franco (@benfrancomusic) – “High Tolerance”

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
      Unveil the smooth cadenced (rhythmic) sound of twenty four year old, Mexican-American R&B/Pop singer/songwriter, Ben Franco. With his broad musical inspirations, he has created a sound all of his own. From subtle suggestive undertones to earth…
  • New Music: Jordan Chude (@jordanchude) – “Here We Go”

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
      NYU Music Business student Jordan Chude, (pronounced  shawd ) releases the fourth single from his #NoMoreAmateurRecords series, “Here We Go,” featuring NYC based artist Fletch. The series revolves around Chude’s heightened standard for…
  • Funeral For A Friend release new music video for 1%

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Having recently announced the forthcoming release of their seventh studio album  ‘Chapter and Verse’ ,  Funeral For A Friend  have now unveiled  the first music video from the album,  ‘1%’ . Vocalist …
  • Blueneck – ‘King Nine’ Album Review

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    It’s only in the last six months, thanks to the excellent Beyond the Redshift festival, that SonicAbuse learned of the wonderful Blueneck, despite the band having been around for some fourteen years. One of the UK’s best-kept secrets, at Beyond the Redshift,…
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  • LIVE MUSIC : The Gaslight Anthem + Deer Tick – Alexandra Palace, London (19th November 2014)

    Paul Smith
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Our American cousins certainly put on a show to remember at London’s Alexandra Palace last night as both Gaslight Anthem, and support act Deer Tick, delivered the type of sets that would grace headline slots at any number of Festivals. It was a relentless, jaw dropping evening of rock music that should be the blueprint for how all gigs should be executed. Support act Deer Tick were a real surprise. Thankfully, many of the normal bar-huggers were stage-front to see a 30 minute set that covered a myriad of genres from standard rock to unapologetic rockabilly (the well-received ‘I Got a…
  • LIVE MUSIC : Merchandise – The Laundry, London (18th November 2014)

    Paul Smith
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Florida band Merchandise have started to gain quite a reputation for exhilarating live sets, and their growing popularity now sees them gracing well respected music venues the breadth of Europe. Gone are the days of small pub sets, and their change in genre from punk to an indie-pop formula has certainly seen them acquire fans from a much wider audience. A new record label (4AD) further quantifies the bands ascendancy and when coupled with a back catalog of unapologetic guitar laced ‘wall of noise’ material it’s clear to see why this current European tour, and in particular their London…
  • EP REVIEW : Eaves – ‘As Old As The Grave EP’

    Paul Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    A ‘Heavenly Recordings’ gem landed in the GIGsoup inbox last week and rather than sink under the weight of cold-mailers, invitations to join various gambling sites and the opportunity to collect my overseas lottery winnings it somehow pushed its way to the top of the pile, and we’re mighty glad it did. Eaves (aka Leeds based musician Joseph Lyons) debut EP ‘As Old as the Grave’ is a quite beautiful release dealing with the type of subject matter some young artists may feel uncomfortable addressing at the infancy of their musical careers. The EP deals with alcoholism and murder but…
  • One to Watch : Hannah Lou Clark – ‘Silent Type’ EP set for 24th Nov release

    Paul Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    After a two year hiatus Hannah Lou Clark has returned with a compelling, genre-crossing EP containing a lead track with the sort of punch one would normally expect from heavy-weight boxer. The artist’s previous project ‘Foe’ ended towards the end of 2012, which surprised many considering her impressive ‘Bad Dream Hotline’ LP, and one assumed that may have been her lot. However, credit where credit is due as she has now returned, minus the ‘Foe’ moniker and PJ Harvey comparisons, with an impressive and fresh new sound that eclipses her previous releases. Written and recorded…
  • BOOM! : Speelburg – ‘Kline’

    Paul Smith
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    As the year draws to it’s conclusion one starts reviewing and considering their tracks of the year. My mind was certainly made up, which i guess is a little unfair considering there are still 6 weeks until we tip our hat to 2015. However, Speelburg (aka Noah Sacré) and his release ‘Kline’ has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with, what i believe to be, one of the strongest debuts for many a year. As a Brighton resident, who originally hailed from France, Belgium and the US, Speelburg is currently more famous for his production skills than that of up and coming…
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    this is our jam

  • {THROWBACK} "celebrate"

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, let's get ready to be home for the holidays with Kenny Loggins' classic "Celebrate Me Home."And if you're looking to impress your cool cousins, check out this inspired rework of the classic by Saint Pepsi.
  • wilhelm tell me is my jam

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    I've found a band from a country outside of TIOJ's foreign comfort zone (read: Canadians, Australians, and all Scandinavians), and I'm more than okay with it. Germany's Wilhelm Tell Me is the perfect band to get you moving this cold, almost-wintery week. Their witty name helps with my infatuation. First, check out "Let Me Take You Away" and dream of someone... taking you away.Once you listen to "Growing Younger," I promise you'll have a new birthday anthem (two months until mine, nbd not counting or anything) and well as a morning pump up song.
  • lorde tries out hip hop

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Lorde gives Jeremih and YG a run for their money with her cover of their hip hop hit "Dont Tell 'Em." I'm totally digging this younger care-free version of Lorde and her interpretation of the song.Related: More Live Lounge favorites
  • holy collaboration, batman!

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    This Mockingjay soundtrack is shaping up to be one to beat. The standout of the album for us is this star-studded collaboration on Stromae's "Meltdown" featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Haim, and Q-Tip. It's distracting us almost enough that we're about to lay down our swords bows in the eternal Peeta vs. Gale debate.Related: The Hunger Games x Lana Del Rey
  • to kill a king is my jam

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I went down a glorious back hole watching live sessions from Sofar Sounds over the weekend and this live performance of "Choices" by To Kill A King stuck with me. It's bittersweet and beautiful.
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    The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast

  • The Standing "O" Project Podcast - David Berkeley / Judy Collins / The Kennedys

    John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The November 10, 2014 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features David Berkeley performing "Walk On," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Judy Collins, and The Kennedys performing "I'll Come Over." Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "O" Project is about excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to…
  • The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Ghosts of The American Road / Bruce Cockburn / Eve Fleishman

    John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The November 3, 2014 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Ghosts of The American Road performing "Walk On," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Bruce Cockburn, and Eve Fleishman performing "Lift Up The Anchor." Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "O" Project is about excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary…
  • The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Don Richmond / Bettman & Halpin / Carrie Elkin

    John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The October 27, 2014 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Don Richmond performing "No Borders," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Bettman & Halpin, and the Carrie Elkin performing "Lift Up The Anchor." Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "O" Project is about excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary…
  • The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Tracy Newman / Sam Baker / Leni Stern African Trio

    John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    The October 20, 2014 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Tracy Newman And The Reinforcements performing "Fire Up The Weed," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Sam Baker, and the Leni Stern African Trio performing "Dakan." Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "O" Project is about excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this…
  • The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Grant Peeples / John Dillon / Arlene Kole

    John Dillon & Viv Nesbitt
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The October 13, 2014 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Grant Peeples performing "Searching For A Sign," Creativity Corner insight from John Dillon, and a Laugh O' The Day with Arlene Kole. Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "O" Project is about excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the…
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    Crooked Manners

  • Before Baby: How to Prepare for a Major Life Change Pt. I

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    We’re pregnant! Whether this comes as a complete shock, or it’s going to happen soon, babies can bring a whole barrage of emotions. Work on the Relationship Are you happy with your partner and vice versa? If you’re planning on staying together with him or her, make sure you’re ready to go in for the long haul with them. Perhaps now might be the best time to start couples counseling, especially if there is any doubt, resentment, past actions or issues to work on. Do you or your partner have a history of infidelity? It’s best to make sure that the baby has been…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Vinyl: Buying a Turntable, Used Records, and More

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    While vinyl records might have been before your time, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a needle hitting the groove, even in an age where the iPod is already old hat. Newcomers to the scene have a lot to get familiar with when buying a record player, learning about its parts, and knowing how to hunt for used record. Let’s start off with the basics of records 101: 1. What is the best kind of record player? Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Belt-Drive Table Depending on how you’re going to be using your turntable, you basically have one of two options, depending on how you will use…
  • 2014: Daniel Radcliffe’s Billion Movies

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    It seems that Daniel Radcliffe is NOT one of the child actors who will be delegated to type casting. After finishing up the massively successful Harry Potter series in 2011, the British actor has been busy shooting a plethora of different movies in a wide range of genres. Radcliffe will definitely not be stuck to the fantasy genre after fans see what he has brewed up for a big year in 2014. Here are the films Daniel Radcliffe will be sharing with the world. What If It’s no surprise that with tons of Potter fangirls that Radcliffe has fallen into the role of male interest in a romantic…
  • New SpongeBob SquarePants Trailer Released

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    It’s hard to believe that SpongeBob has been on the air for 15 years now. The beloved Nickelodeon show has has had 10 seasons, over 200 episodes and one feature film. To commemorate the burger flipping  porifera Nickelodeon is set to release the second film of the Spongebob franchise in 2015. Here is the trailer, for SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water featuring 3D renderings of our favorite characters including Spongebob, Squidward, Patrick and Sandy. Spongebob has always been loved by children and adults alike. With  a mixture of absurd comedy and fun animation Spongebob is…
  • Red Beard Brew Bars Combine Beer & Soap

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Red Beard Brew Bars are the latest & greatest thing to hit the showers. Just don’t eat the thing — it’s supposed to keep you clean. Here’s how. Men probably don’t give much mind to keeping their skin healthy but the Brew Bar is superfood for the outside of your body. Created from essential oils including avocado, coconuts, and oils and one very special ingredient — home brewed beer. No frilly stuff here, the soap doesn’t come packed with any artificial fragrances or chemicals. It’s like the difference between a crappy domestic and beer and…
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    Travel Hymns

  • Phish at the Forum 10/24/14

    Travel Hymns
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    My big brother has been following Phish from the days of them playing small clubs in Upstate New York. I wish I could say that. He scoffs at my pipe dream to hit the road and follow them like a Phish-head groupie—eating grilled cheese out of the back of a Subaru Forrester, smelling like all kinds of funk and jamming’ out night after night to Jonathan Fishman playing his Electrolux vacuum to the classics. Who wouldn’t want that?! Well, recently I got part of the dream anyway. We blasted out to LA to join friends and see Phish at the Forum in Inglewood. Wow! Is that a cool joint.
  • Looking Back on ACL Fest

    Travel Hymns
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It was Austinstock out there, at this years Austin City Limits 2014. The mud was epic, and kinda stinky too (I don’t want to know why). Good thing the music was the distraction. CC and I ran around like hooligans from stage to stage, weaseling up through the crowd to see our music festival favorites—Pearl Jam, Eminem, and Calvin Harris. CC is so short she typically ends up staring at some dude’s sweaty back, and we just weren’t having it for a few of the biggies. Paolo Nutini is such a hot Scottish morsel. He played mid-day in the hot and heavy weather and it totally vibed our groove…
  • Summer Ends Festival 2014

    Travel Hymns
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I love a music festival! Obviously. But really. When a new one springs up I can not wait to pack up the day camping supplies. The Summer Ends Festival, albeit not entirely new, restarted what they began in 2007. They took a hiatus during the worst part of the Great Recession, but this year they are back on. And what a line-up! Headlining was Capital Cities, The Replacements and Foster the People. Other top acts included American Authors, O.A.R., Lindsey Stirling, Violent Femmes, Allen Stone to name my favorites. Cap Cities is my number one from Coachella and I can not believe how close we got…
  • Way Over Yonder Music festival 2014

    Travel Hymns
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The good times keep on comin’. This year’s two-day party on the Santa Monica Pier brought out some of the best music I’ve seen at a festival in a while. The Way Over Yonder Festival may sound like a bunch of hillbillies sitting on a porch playing banjo and drinking rye out of a mason jar, but in fact it is a stellar line-up of rockin’ professionals. Jackson Brown, Chris Robinson, and Lucinda Williams were the big draws. Heartless Bastards brought down the house (or the dock as it were) as usual. We were psyched to see Nathaniel Rateliff. He is one weird awesome dude. The weather was…
  • Austin City Limits 2014 preview and what to pack

    Travel Hymns
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    We’ve been to a lot of festivals. And we’ve made a lot of mistakes. I recall the biggest one was forgetting my eyedrops on day 2 at Coachella when the dust storm moved in and blew sand into our eyes for 6 hours. We were blind by hour 4 making the walk back to the pick-up area impossible. We ended up on the far end of the festival grounds and had to beg a security guard for a ride on his golf cart. Fortunately, CeCe has Jedi mind powers that work especially well on male security guards. She’s gotten us out of several jams that way. I don’t have that ability, but I can drink a whole…
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  • Frank Klepacki Blog Series: Breaking Your Fear, Finding Your Voice: Part 1

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    This is the tenth installment in guest blogger Frank Klepacki’s series on music production. Today Frank talks about how to break through fear and find your voice. If you missed Frank’s previous post on electronic dance music, you can read it here. Early in my career, I realized even though I can compose and produce music, […]The post Frank Klepacki Blog Series: Breaking Your Fear, Finding Your Voice: Part 1 appeared first on Where It's A-T.
  • ’Tis the (Audio) Season: A-T’s Official 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year – well, almost! Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and immediately following that is the chaos known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These hectic days of deals upon deals mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. And they also highlight a common fact of modern […]The post ’Tis the (Audio) Season: A-T’s Official 2014 Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on Where It's A-T.
  • Frank Klepacki Blog Series: The Interesting Thing About EDM

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    This is the ninth installment in guest blogger Frank Klepacki’s series on music production. Today Frank explores the possibilities of electronic dance music. If you missed Frank’s previous post on video game scoring, you can read it here. The Electronic Dance Music genre has gained popularity over the last few years to the point that […]The post Frank Klepacki Blog Series: The Interesting Thing About EDM appeared first on Where It's A-T.
  • The Heart and Soul of Audio-Technica: Live Sound

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    In the mid ’70s Audio-Technica began to explore the world of Live Sound. At first, A-T’s Live Sound microphones targeted performing musicians looking for high quality and great value. We had entered a very competitive market where companies with established product lines ruled. In order to keep up we needed to introduce a truly remarkable […]The post The Heart and Soul of Audio-Technica: Live Sound appeared first on Where It's A-T.
  • Frank Klepacki Blog Series: Creating Musical Scores – Video Games Present Different Challenges Than Film and TV, Part 2

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    This is the eighth installment in guest blogger Frank Klepacki’s series on music production. Today Frank continues to examine the unique character of video game scoring. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. I like to start off with establishing main themes for the primary characters or factions the player will identify […]The post Frank Klepacki Blog Series: Creating Musical Scores – Video Games Present Different Challenges Than Film and TV, Part 2 appeared first on Where It's A-T.
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  • Coachella 2015 Lineup: predicted, confirmed & rumored artists

    Evan Thomas
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    The Coachella 2015 Lineup will likely be released in early January (it was released on January 24th in 2014, and on January 9th in... The post Coachella 2015 Lineup: predicted, confirmed & rumored artists appeared first on TravelGrom.
  • SOHN at the El Rey Theatre

    Lilian Min
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    When an artist’s debut single drops to great acclaim, that usually means that their debut album will follow shortly so as to capitalize on... The post SOHN at the El Rey Theatre appeared first on TravelGrom.
  • Gianluca Buccellati: In Convo with the Producer Behind Tei Shi and Yellerkin

    Lilian Min
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Put your ear to the ground (or, spend some time lurking on Hype Machine) and you’ll come across Tei Shi and Yellerkin, two indie... The post Gianluca Buccellati: In Convo with the Producer Behind Tei Shi and Yellerkin appeared first on TravelGrom.
  • Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 Tickets

    Evan Thomas
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    6 Places to Find Coachella 2015 Tickets Once again, Coachella sold out in under 20 minutes after tickets were released. But not everyone that... The post Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 Tickets appeared first on TravelGrom.
  • Jessie Ware at the Tower Theater

    Lilian Min
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Jessie Ware’s sophomore album “Tough Love” dropped on Tuesday, and on first listen, it seems like a natural extension of her critically-acclaimed debut “Devotion.”... The post Jessie Ware at the Tower Theater appeared first on TravelGrom.
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  • Guns N' Roses movie in the making

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Guns N' Roses will be the subject of a new movie. The 'Welcome To The Jungle' rockers' will have their story played out on screen when the film - which is based on Marc Canters' 2008 biography, 'Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction' - hits cinemas. and the author has promised the picture will be "very cool" and done "with no short cuts." Posting on a fan forum, he wrote: "I do have a big say so on the script which is still being put together now but so far looking cool." "I am going to see that everyone in the cast is doing their job and doing justice to the…
  • Jimmy Ruffin has died

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin has died. The Motown singer - who was best known for his 1966 hit 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?' - passed away at the age of 78 at his home in Las Vegas on Monday (17th November 2014), his children Philicia and Jimmy Lee Ruffin have confirmed. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy paid tribute to the 'Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got' hitmaker - whose brother David was an original member of The Temptations - and hailed him a "phenomenal singer" and a "wonderful human being". He said in a statement: "Jimmy Ruffin was a phenomenal singer." "He was truly…
  • Angels & Airwaves win at Toronto International Short Film Festival

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Angels & Airwaves’s new animated short film ‘Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker’ has won the ‘Best Animated Film’ award at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge came up with the concept of a character named Poet Anderson in a Paris hotel while touring with Blink 182 nearly 15 year ago, and now he's implemented it into a new, innovative project with the band. The short animated film forms part of the project aptly titled 'Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker,' which will also include a feature film, novel and comic book series and the…
  • Fleetwood Mac add fifth London date to tour

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    Fleetwood Mac have now added a fifth London show as part of their ‘On With The Show’ Tour. Due to the continued demand, Fleetwood Mac will now perform on the 26th June as the third of three consecutive dates at London’s O2 Arena. Last week, the band added an extra date at Manchester Arena on top of the extra Birmingham, Glasgow and initial two extra London dates that were announced as well. Tickets are on sale through With Christine McVie restored to the line-up after a 16 year absence, the ‘On With The Show’ tour will be one of the hottest around with 13 dates…
  • Meghan Trainor announces debut album 'Title'

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Meghan Trainor has announced her debut album ‘Title’ will be released in the UK on 26th January. The pop fledgling’s 11-track album comes with the international super-hit ‘All About That Bass’ and the new single ‘Lips Are Movin’’ which is due for release on 19th January. Meghan Trainor arrived with her Number 1 single ‘All About That Bass’ in time for summer and during its four consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Chart it become one of the anthems of 2014. The platinum selling single also topped the charts in a whopping 58 different countries and was subsequently…
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    Creative Edge Music

  • Bombs Dropping Releases New Hit Album

    Steven Fies
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    New EDM Producer is Making a Name with FALL 2014 EDM is one of those genres I keep coming back to time and again, mostly for its dance/house roots and easy listening characteristics. There's nothing quite like being out on a Friday or Saturday night with your friends and getting lost in the mix late at night. However, like in any genre or sub-genre of music, there are great artists and then there are those who don't quite make the cut. Some songs in particular really inspire me to get on my feet.Chicago-based EDM Producer BOMBS DROPPING is one of those who has truly outdone himself with…
  • Vile Creations, Lynch the Landlord, City of Crooks, and Illuminate at The Epicentre on 9/27/14

    Chris Hicke
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I attended a hardcore/punk show at The Epicentre in San Diego. One of the few all-ages venues in San Diego, the night’s audience, and even most of the performers, was comprised largely of teenagers and parents of the performers. While not necessarily the largest of crowds, they were energetic enough to make up for it at times.First up for the night was Vile Creations, a group of kids playing their first gig as a band. For better or worse, it showed. While they do deserve some credit for adding leads and solos to hardcore, a genre not known for either, they were generally…
  • Tomorrow We Die Alive Tour @ Soma San Diego 10/17/14

    Chris Hicke
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This evening, I had the pleasure of attending the “Tomorrow We Die Alive” tour, featuring the bands Born of Osiris, Thy Art is Murder, Betraying the Martyrs, Within the Ruins, and Erra. Also featured on this date was San Diego’s own Killing the Messenger, who opened for the bill at Soma San Diego.            Soma is a venue I’ve attended for years. It’s where some of my best high school memories were made; attending shows monthly, if not weekly, with friends and getting pulverized in the pit and against the stage barricade and…
  • Vin Deca - a postive and ardent electronic and dance music composer

    Steven Fies
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Vin Deca is a positive ardent electronic and dance music composer, producer and artist with an unmistakable afro-latin influence currently recording dance, pop, Afro-, latin-, deep-, electro-, and progressive house. Working as a songwriter, composer, producer and mix engineer in Germany since 2002, confining only to one genre or style of music has been out of question for the Cameroonian born keyboardist and bass guitarist. Even though four on the floor has always been default for his musical programming, it was not until 2013 that he decided to make his ancient love affair with dance music…
  • 2KX's release of Sussuration is a hit after their 2-year break

    Steven Fies
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    2KX is a highly intriguing band whose music reaches out and grabs you the very first time you hear it.  And not in a heavy metal loud sort of way, but in a more sophisticated manner.  The composition combines several complex elements of musical production to achieve an almost nostalgic effect, throwing me back in time as I travel through that which is Sussuration.The guitar solo from 1:39 - 2:19 really caught my attention, since it has classical elements that remind me of Michael Angelo Batio (one of my favorite guitar teachers of all time) and fits the space so perfectly.  It…
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    Stars & Catz » Mainstream Music & Indie News

  • SEE IT: Lennon's 'Imagine' celeb sing-a-long supports UNICEF + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   U2 frontman Bono suffered multiple fractures in weekend NYC bike accident – An injury to U2 singer Bono after what was described by the group as a “cycling spill” left him with multiple fractures that required him to undergo two surgeries, a doctor said Wednesday. Continue Reading On […]
  • The 25 best jazz albums of 2014 + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Album Review: Fugazi – First Demo – Is there such a thing as a perfect rock band? The Beatles would seem to fit that bill, and you won’t get much of an argument from me. But on a smaller scale, Fugazi did a good job of flirting with perfection […]
  • Diplo Named His Baby Lazer + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Stream Rick Ross’ Album ‘Hood Billionaire’ – Just eight months after releasing Mastermind, the Bawse aka the Teflon Don aka Rick Ross is back with his seventh album Hood Billionaire. Thanks to iTunes Radio, you can stream the entire album a week in advance of its November 24 […]
  • Band Aid 30 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)” + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Soundwave 2015 Discounted Airfares Now Available – Soundwave 2015 organisers have announced that the festival’s promised travel packages, which involve an airfare deal securing cheaper flights for punters travelling to all Soundwave 2015… Bringing You The Latest Aussie & International News – Reviews And Interviews Continue Reading On […]
  • Watch: Daniel Lanois' motorvating 'Cadillac remix' of Tinariwen track + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Fall/winter albums: Look for One Direction, AC/DC, more – Winter music: A peek at upcoming album releases.          Continue Reading On » Mary J Blige interview: on her new album and why she's no longer a diva – What happened to the Mary J Blige famed […]
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  • Shaun Ossei-Owusu: Reflections on Ol’ Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Listen To A Snippet Of Beyoncé's New Track '7/11' Here – A 30-second teaser of Queen B’s next single has leaked online. Check it out now… Continue Reading On » Shaun Ossei-Owusu: Reflections on Ol’ Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality […]
  • Billy Bragg: Taylor Swift ‘selling her soul’ to Google + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Watch Belle and Sebastian’s video for their new single “The Party Line” – Belle and Sebastian have shared the video for their new single “The Party Line”. The song is the lead track to be lifted from the Scottish indie band’s forthcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to […]
  • Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?,' Single Review + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Robin Gibb: 50 St. Catherine’s Drive (Review) – Like George Harrison, whose career and influence only grew after his death, Gibb’s final efforts reveal that he too deserves a re-evaluation of his solo offerings. Continue Reading On » Morena Duwe: Flying Lotus "You’re Dead" Tour at The […]
  • Sirius XM Has Setback in Lawsuit + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Stars reprise Band Aid song for Ebola – BOB Geldof, Bono and One Direction are among the stars who have recorded a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to fight Ebola.   Continue Reading On » Superstars unite for Band Aid reboot […]
  • ‘Fruheads’ struggle to reconcile their love for Ghomeshi’s former band + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
      Today’s News & Buzz   After mishap Bono glad everyone is safe – While opening up about the recent mid-air scare, Singer Bono says he is relieved that no one was injured. Bono and his U2 bandmates were flying in a private plane from Dublin to Berlin to attend the … Continue Reading […]
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  • Motown Icon Jimmy Ruffin Dead at 78 + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   What is my 1984 Band Aid single worth? – The charity single has driven demand for Band Aid records and knicknacks from the 1980s. Telegraph Money looks at the “reunion effect” on the value of old records Continue Reading On » The New Basement Tapes – Lost […]
  • Harry Styles Taylor Swift back together + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Tango beats salsa for Rubén Blades – Rubén Blades, whose new album Tango is in the running for two Latin Grammys, says his lyrics were ‘shortchanged by the salsa format’ Continue Reading On » Harry Styles Taylor Swift back together – After spending almost two years […]
  • Taylor Swift Spotted Multiple Times With $50 Handbag + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Hozier + James Bay: New York – 6 November 2014 (Photos) (Review) – Hozier’s back to back, sold-out nights at Irving Plaza, proved to the audience that the Irish singer-songwriter’s recent buzz, post-SNL, is well deserved. Continue Reading On » Morena Duwe: Flying Lotus "You’re Dead" Tour […]
  • Stream One Direction's New Album FOUR On The MTV TRAX App Now + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   J. Cole Announces ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ Album – It’s official. After news leaked early Sunday morning, it’s now confirmed that J. Cole will be releasing a new album. Titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the follow-up to 2013’s Born Sinner will arrive on December 9 via Roc Nation. […]
  • Uber and Spotify are teaming up + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Uber and Spotify are teaming up – Uber will soon allow users to personally curate the music played during their rides. According to The New York Times, the ride sharing service is set to announce a partnership with Spotify, which will enable Spotify playlists to be accessed and played during rides. […]
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  • New Soul/RnB album of the week: Lowercase Letters self-titled debut album + new music video- Open Blinds

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Hell my Soul You Knowers and welcome to another week of new Soul/R&B album release pick of the week! I got a great album for you from Lowercase Letters! Hailing from Washington D.C. the indie Soul/R&B rock group release their self-titled album yesterday and I'm feeling it! The ten track debut album is a mixture of various genres topped of with songstress/songwriter Alphie's luminous vocals! I have no problem listening to this album straight through and because of that, it get's my Soulapproval! A few songs that I instantly liked are; Can't Won't Rush (the airy rock soul song…
  • New Soul EP release of the week: Siji - Sunchild

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    British singer/songwriter and producer Siji released his long awaited EP titled Sunchild (formerly Home Grown). The five track EP incorporates Afro Beat, Soul and R&B sounds inspired numerous trips to his ancestral home, Lagos Nigeria! I shared most of the Siji singles from the EP on previous posts (including the remixes), but two more singles were not released until today and I finally got a chance to listen to them (the uptempo Afro beat track You Put a Smile On My Heart & the soulful track Remain). I can honestly say that I can listen to Sunchild EP straight through, but…
  • Soul + Wisdom: Listen to Karen Bernod's latest soulful track - Inspire

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having sung background for various big name musicians such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Luther Vandross, songwriter Karen Bernod is now in the forefront with her latest album #Plantingseeds!The fifteen track album is a mixture of soul, funk, jazz and R&B! One of my favorite songs is the soulful positive track Inspire. The soulful funk track drop some knowledge about life and living your life to the fullest! One of my favorite lyrics from Inspire is when Karen quotes her mother wise words: "Momma always told me to choose selective and surround myself around people who…
  • New music: Shayna Steele Souful Jazz remake of Fiona Apple's - Paper Bag

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Sacramento California native Jazz/R&B vocalist Shayna Steele remade Fiona's Apple Grammy nominated tune Paper Bag from her 1999 album with the long Guniess World Book winning album title/poem When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall…
  • New RnB/Soul album release of the week: Teyana Taylor- VII (Deluxe Edition) + Request video teaser

    4 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Hello Soul You Knower's and Happy November! Usually, I will have a few albums to preview but this week proved minimal in the New Soul/RnB album releases! But fret not, you know I got you! I picked a album worthy of to talk about and listen to! Let's get started....Harlem native, G.O.O.D. music rapper and songstress Teyana Taylor finally (yeah I said it) released her debut album VII (Deluxe Version). The fourteen track Soul/R&B music album (the original album contains 12 songs) contains features from a few top rappers (Pusha T, Yo Gotti, and Fabolous) and Teyana's bestie Chris Brown!
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    EmuBands » News

  • Featured Releases – w/c 10th November 2014

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    First up this week is Ella the Bird, aka Siobhan Wilson, with a track from her new EP ‘Glorified Demons’. Now based in Glasgow, Ella the Bird has already been mesmerising audiences throughout the country and beyond, performing in front of packed out crowds in such prestigious concert venues as The Queens Hall in Edinburgh, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, as well as supporting Willy Mason throughout the UK on his tour in 2013. Catch Ella the Bird live at the Bush Hall in London on Tuesday 18th November supporting Justin Currie on his UK tour, which runs until the end of…
  • Featured Releases – w/c 3rd November 2014

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    First up this week are Aberdeenshire-based pop quintet IndianRedLopez with their new single ‘Commit’, the title track taken from their second album. IndianRedLopez have been making in-roads in the Scottish music scene since their inception back in 2009, receiving a host of plaudits from the likes of Vic Galloway, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, The Skinny and BBC Radio 1 to name a few. After playing numerous festivals, picking up the Best Electronic Act gong at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, as well as touring the UK and Europe extensively since their…
  • Featured Releases – w/c 27th October 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    First up this week is Aberdonian indie-disco-pop band The Little Kicks with a track from their new live EP ‘Live At the Lemon Tree’. With a reputation for a great live show of heartfelt catchy upbeat indie pop songs, the band have shared stages with the likes of Foals, The Vaccines, Frightened Rabbit, Maximo Park, Mystery Jets, Errors, Kooks, Editors, Wild Nothing, Maccabees and many more. They have also received airplay and recorded live sessions for BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio Scotland, XFM and European radio. Catch them live on 14th November at Hootanannys in Inverness.
  • TIDAL – New Streaming Service Launches in UK & US

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    TIDAL is now available in the US and UK, with many more countries coming soon. New subscribers can get a 7-day free trial of the service, which aims to position itself as a high-quality streaming service with high sound quality and curated editorial at its heart. For more information, or to sign-up for a free trial, visit If you would like to get your music on TIDAL, you can do so with EmuBands – just click on ‘Join Us Now’ on the right hand side to get started. Make sure to select the ‘WiMP’ contract when adding your release, and your music will be made…
  • Featured Releases – w/c 20th October 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    First up this week is Glasgow-based singer/songwriter Holly Drummond with the title track from her new EP ‘Diving In’. Taking inspiration from artists such as Imogen Heap, Daughter, Lucy Rose and Regina Spektor, Holly’s talent for writing has seen her win the ‘Burnsong Under 21 Singer/Songwriter Award’, a nomination for ‘The Forth One To Watch Award’, as well her songs being featured in episodes of the UK TV show ‘Hollyoaks’. Catch her live at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Sunday 26th October. Next up are post-folk rock band John…
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    DIY Conspiracy - International Zine in the Spirit of DIY Hardcore Punk!

  • Trogen Till Döden: New Documentary About Straight Edge in Sweden

    Mittens XVX
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Trogen till döden (True till death) is a new DIY documentary examining the Straight Edge movement in Sweden. The film starts with a retrospective of the vibrant drug free scene that grew up in Umeå during the 90’s through the story of José Saxlund, member of the prominent band Abhinanda, and then continues with the current state of Straight Edge hardcore punk scene all...
  • Arma Agharta – Touring the US Pt. 1

    DIY Conspiracy
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
    I doubt that if you’re somehow involved or really following what’s happening on the European experimental music scene could have missed the charming personna of Arma Agharta. A sound artist, performer and curator from Vilnius, Lithuania, whose activity in all the fore-mentioned fields is equally enviable. Arma has recently finished a US tour, which according...
  • Catharsis / CrimethInc. Interview

    Mittens XVX
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Brian D. is an enigmatic person known to some as the singer of the metallic hardcore band Catharsis that emerged in the mid 90’s to bring anarchist politics back to hardcore punk. Besides playing in a band he was an editor of a hardcore punk zine called “Inside Front” that later on became a platform for...
  • STAER Live in Plovdiv

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    This past Saturday (October 25th, 2014) was the second time I’ve seen STAER live. The gig was held in the main rehearsal room of a local children’s theatre. Treats, wine, and juice were kindly provided by the promoter, as well as the most delicious freshly homemade plum cake (many thanks to Magi!). I got to...
  • Ceremony Interview (2009)

    DIY Conspiracy
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Ceremony is a band that needs no introduction. The band started in Rohnert Park, CA, in 2005 to become one of the most important bands in hardcore/punk gaining their popularity entirely by the music, intensive shows and honesty they have. Here’s an interview with their guitar player Anthony Anzaldo conducted in the beginning of 2009...
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    East Coast Digital Radio

  • Ghostface Killah feat. AZ “Double Cross” [Audio]

    The Shadowking
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Today, Tommy Boy is making available “Double Cross” for streaming via Youtube. This is the third song they have offered from the album. This song features AZ, who on the 36 Seasons album plays the character of a rogue police officer who has double-crossed Starks. This track was produced by The Revelations. Listen To Track Below
  • [Mixtape] Feeding Da Streetz Vol.6 Hosted By @KkSec_Dte @TheRealDjMillz @TheRealDJACE

    The Shadowking
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Southern Takeover Music Group Presents: Feeding Da Streetz Vol.6 Hosted By Atlanta OG KK [Mr. TMZ] Listen To Mixtape Below Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by
  • [Video] @PeeweeLongway – No Lost Footage Ep.2 [@MixtapeKitchen Exclusive]

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Another episode of random unreleased footage from Peewee Longway. Check it out. Edited by Rich Espy & Durdy Costello.
  • [Audio] @imtherealcash – ‘Believers’ (Prod. Weatherman)

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Chace Bankz, 22 year old rapper from the outskirts of Boston has been on the rise since he dropped his first single, “Fuck Sleep”. With his steady flow and catchy hooks, Chace continues to reel in more and more fans, developing a loyal following. After countless hours in his home recording studio, Chace has created something entirely new to the rap game. Now that Chace Bankz has perfected his style, it’s time to set fire to the rain and light up the industry as an independent artist.
  • [Audio] Curt Digga, Tony Yayo, Lotto – ‘Wish A N*gga Would’ (Official Remix by @dawhizzkid Productions)

    The Shadowking
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The Whizz Kid (Future Star Dj´s / Shadyville Dj´s) presents the official Remix of the track “Wish a Nigga would” by Curt Digga (Verbal Harassment), Tony Yayo (G-Unit) and MC Lotto (Verbal Harassment), which is produced by Nodcimmila (WhizzKid Productions). Watch Video Below Contact
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    Slightly Off Key

  • Some Thoughts on Prince…

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    In case you missed it, Prince broke “Saturday Night Live” protocol last week and delivered an epic eight-minute power set. An eclectic mix of new material, random props, and visual effects, it was by far the best part of Saturday’s lackluster show. More importantly, however, it reminded me, yet again, why all artists should strive to be a little bit more like Prince. Prince exists in a world all his own. Having managed to defy easy categorization for over 30 years, he refuses to be limited by either his past or the expectations of others. After the success of his breakout album, for…
  • Exclusive Video Premiere: ‘Same Old Truce,’ The Ridgelings

    6 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Slightly Off Key is thrilled to be bringing you it’s first ever exclusive – courtesy of The Ridgelings! A “foot stomping, tear jerking, New Americana band from Boulder, Colorado,” the Ridgelings are currently hard at work on their first record, Hard Winter Rations.   The band centers around the infectious songwriting of Tim Novak, but receives an extra jolt of energy from stringsmiths (is that a word? It should be) Amber McKinney and Ry Lewis as well as the cajón stylings of Mr. Isaac Zuckerman. Same Old Truce was written by Novak and according to Ry Lewis is…
  • Can Neil Young’s Pono Player Really Break Through?

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    On Thursday, Neil Young officially launched Pono—a digital music player that costs $400 and promises the highest sound quality on the market. His crusade for better sound has raised over $6.2 million on Kickstarter and gained endorsements from the likes of Eddie Vedder, Beck, and Sting. The device—which resembles a Toblerone candy bar—will hit stores in March and will be accompanied by an iTunes-like Pono music store. Now, I’m as much of an audiophile as the next columnist and I have the speakers to prove it, but there’s one glaring problem I see with this new “wonder-iPod.”…
  • Thom Yorke’s Self-Release is Out of Touch With Consumers

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    It’s no secret that Thom Yorke actively hates the music industry. After ditching his record label in 2007, he’s since accused Apple of trying to “destroy music” and Spotify of being the “last desperate fart of a dying corpse.” Perhaps it was naïve on my part, but I had really begun to think that there was nothing more Yorke could do to surprise me—that his musical misanthropy had reached some kind of bitter plateau. Then he released his new album through BitTorrent. Yes, that BitTorrent. The album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” finds Yorke shunning literally every…
  • U2 and Apple: What Does It Tell Us?

    27 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    On September 9th, iTunes made history by pushing a free U2 album to it’s over 800 million users. Since then, it’s been painfully obvious that the Internet is not a fan. Reactions have ranged from the disappointed to the outraged to the just plain weird (Tyler, The Creator somehow managed to compare the album to herpes), and Apple has been forced to provide instructions for deleting the cursed object off your phone. While I admit that its tempting as a columnist to simply add to outraged noise – especially given my association with a rival streaming service – I’d instead like to take…
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    Foxbeard Music

  • Amanda Lamb Releases New Video, “Something in the Blood”

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Country songstress, Amanda Lamb has just unveiled her latest single, “Something in the Blood”. The song is written about Lamb’s first hand experience with Type 1 diabetes and is dedicated to others who have struggled with the disease. “The song is both literal and figurative,” says Amanda, “because there is strength, bravery and courage in my blood.” The breathtaking performance video, shot by Nayip Ramos of 5840 Productions, showcases not only Lamb’s beauty, but also her powerful vocals. Watch the video and visit her website at:
  • Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
        Pensive four-track EP epitomises meditation and relaxation  Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary! Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here:…
  • Bristol Folk band ‘Apple of My Eye’ are set to sail folk scene with new album ‘Seven Tides’

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    Exciting and energetic contemporary folk band, ‘Apple Of My Eye’ announce release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.  Beautifully arranged epic songs in a unique twist on classic folk themes. Now living in London, the majority of the band hail from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin. The album was recorded at Cowshed Studios and engineered by the…
  • ‘Only One’ the new single from sincere singer-songwriter Jessie Lowes

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    One of Northumberland’s most talented emerging artists, acoustic singer-songwriter, Jessie Lowes is set to release her new single ‘Only One’ November 28th. Following the success of her last single ‘Stars’, Lowes popularity  has soared as she gains national recognition for her beautiful,  emotive music. True to Lowes style of raw and emotive lyrics, the new track explores the heartbreak of losing someone you love, in an honest and heartfelt manner. Lowes life has not been an easy journey and she has been through a series of testing and turbulent times. Spending some of her early…
  • Richard Rhys O’Brien is Back with New Single ‘Listenin To You Whistlin’ Off Latest Album ‘Anguneau Sunset’.

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Newest album from Richard Rhys O’Brien is out now Singer songwriter Richard Rhys O’Brien has released his second album ‘Anguneau Sunset’ which is available online for all music lovers everywhere. After a successful debut album last year, the new album packs a punch with its entertaining themes of love, life, liberty and contemporary issues. Out of the blue Richard Rhys O’Brien started songwriting back in 2009, after a career as a global economist and futurist where he also had the privilege of visiting more than 80 countries during this career, but in five years he has released two…
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    One For The People

  • Certified Track: HONNE - The Night

    Phill Walker
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    London's off-kilt electronic-r&b duo Honne unveil "All In The Value" follow-up track, "The Night".In comparison to "All In The Value", Honne's latest track - "The Night" - sees the duo head back to a more "Warm On A Cold Night", funk-laden styling rather than the purely stripped back smooch fest that we witnessed on their previous track. It works as well as ever, and in a similar way to George Maple's recent and stupendous "Vacant Space" - goes a way to prove that new school stylings and genre twists aren't all as…
  • Introducing: The Babe Rainbow - Planet Junior

    Phill Walker
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Following "Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest" earlier this year, Psych rockers The Babe Rainbow unveil "Planet Junior".The three-piece make full blown psych rock, theres nothing complicated about it and I don't beed to ass any extra to describe their styling, it's straight up psych and brilliant at that.Read More »
  • Introducing: L.A. Girlfriend - Runner

    Phill Walker
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    "Sydney Bartra produces danceable nostalgia driven synth-pop" - Introducing L.A. Girlfriend and current track "Runner".L.A. Girlfriend is the brainchild of - you guessed it - LA based Sydney Bartra and she produces a danceable kind of nostalgia driven synth-pop. She's been about for a while now and there's definitely no shortage of tracks on her Soundcloud.Read More »
  • Tracks: MOTHXR - Stranger

    Phill Walker
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Brooklyn four-piece MOTHXR (fka Mother) return with new track "Stranger" to accompany their name change.Following on from previous tracks, "Easy", "Victim" and "Centrefold", MOTHXR's "Stranger", isn't all that much different - it's brooding, edgy and a seriously addictive chorus. The intro sounds like it's been ripped from Twin Peaks too.Read More »
  • Tracks: School '94 - Like You

    Phill Walker
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Swedish dream-pop four-piece School rename themselves School '94, sign to Cascine for debut EP.Having said that, latest track and debut EP title track, "Like You", isn't as much dream-pop, as it is shimmering indie-pop with some 80's new wave influences floating to the surface. Alice Botéus is on point as always with crisp melancholic vocals that really draw your attention.Read More »
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    Festival Mag

  • Carl Cox, Loco Dice & Jamie Jones for We Are FSTVL

    News Desk
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    We Are FSTVL have announced a whopping 100 names for next year’s event. Heading up Saturday’s proceedings is dance music […]The post Carl Cox, Loco Dice & Jamie Jones for We Are FSTVL appeared first on Festival Mag.
  • Hellfest Open Air unveil monster line-up

    News Desk
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Hellfest Open Air have unveiled a monster line-up of 120 acts for next year’s festival Slipknot, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Faith […]The post Hellfest Open Air unveil monster line-up appeared first on Festival Mag.
  • Slipknot confirmed as Download 2015 Friday Headliner

    News Desk
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:53 am
    The line-up announcements are underway for next year’s Download Festival. First up are Slipknot who headline on Friday. This will […]The post Slipknot confirmed as Download 2015 Friday Headliner appeared first on Festival Mag.
  • Secret Garden Party 2015 theme revealed

    News Desk
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Secret Garden Party has announced the Arts & Expression theme for 2015 which will be ‘Childish Things’. Head Gardener, […]The post Secret Garden Party 2015 theme revealed appeared first on Festival Mag.
  • MUSE first headliner for Bilbao BBK Live 2015

    News Desk
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    The first headline act has been announced for the tenth edition of Bilbao BBK Live festival. MUSE head up the event’s tenth […]The post MUSE first headliner for Bilbao BBK Live 2015 appeared first on Festival Mag.
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  • Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire (Album)

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Rick Ross unleashed his seventh album Hood Billionaire. Out on November 24th via Maybach/Def Jam Recordings. Stream: Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire 01. Intro (Rick Ross / Hood Billionaire) 02. Hood Billionaire 03. Coke Like The 80’s 04. Heavyweight (feat. Slab) 05. Neighborhood Drug Dealer 06. Phone Tap 07. Trap Luv 08. Elvis Presley Blvd. (feat. Project Pat) 09. Movin’ Bass (feat. JAY Z) 10. If They Knew (feat. K. Michelle) 11. Quintessential (feat. Snoop Dogg) 12. Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch) (feat. R. Kelly) 13. Nickel Rock (feat. Boosie Badazz) 14. Burn 15. Family Ties 16.
  • J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Album Cover + Trailer)

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    J. Cole is ready to release his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Out on December 9, 2014 via Dreamville Records/Roc Nation.
  • Major Lazer – All My Love Ft. Ariana Grande

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    American producer Major Lazer and Ariana Grande release this new song All My Love. This is off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack.
  • Pitbull & Ne-Yo – Time of Our Lives

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Pitbull and Ne-Yo team up for this new song called Time Of Our Lives. Track will be included on his upcoming album, out on November 24, 2014 via Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA Records.
  • Rick Ross – Movin Bass Feat. Jay Z

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:34 pm
    MMG boss Rick Ross teams up with Jay Z to deliver his brand new single Movin Bass. Music is made by Timbaland.
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    Beats Music Now

  • Apple Leaks Plans For Beats Music

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Will pre-installing the Beats Music App on the next Apple iOS release catapult the streaming service into mass public consciousness? Today Apple leaked that as early as March of 2015, Beats Music will be bundled in their iOS. The Financial Times reported the news came from “people familiar with the situation.” A little leak like this only teases people and begs for more answers like: – What will it cost? Apple is said to be negotiating to lower the subscription price down to $4.99/month from the current price of $9.99. – Will iTunes Radio and Beats Music be integrated…
  • It’s All About The Car… with Music

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Both Beats Music and Spotify mentioned car initiatives (one overtly and one subtly) today. Ian Rogers tweeted pictures from Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America – undoubtedly exploring the progress of getting Beats Music integrated with Mercedes-Benz: Our driver this morning is robotic. #mbcar @ Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc. — ian c rogers (@iancr) November 17, 2014 Meanwhile, Spotify announced a new partnership with Uber. When you get a car through the Uber app, you can choose music the car will be playing upon…
  • YouTube Music Key Arrives

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:10 pm
    YouTube’s long awaited music subscription service, YouTube Music Key, is officially in beta (by invitation only). YouTube is the largest free music service in the world, and now people will be able to pay for it — don’t miss the irony here! YouTube Music Key (beta) will offer: – Ad free music – Offline play for music and video – Background listening Consistent with how Google (the owner of YouTube) operates, the details are fuzzy and likely will evolve as Google learns from beta users. The irony here is that YouTube’s biggest demographic, 18 to 34…
  • Taylor Swift vs. Spotify Controversy Rages On

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Taylor Swift is the most popular pop artist today and she has taken all her music off of Spotify, the #1 music streaming service. This news has been spreading exponentially for a week, mostly because Taylor Swift is a famous, popular icon today. She believes Spotify is not good for artists because they do not pay adequately for music. This assertion will be substantiated or debunked depending on who you read and what you choose to believe. I went to the sources — Taylor Swift interviewed by Yahoo about Spotify; and Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek’s, blog post about Taylor Swift.
  • Beats Music Updates Apps For Apple iOS and Android

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Exciting update? Not really, but an update nonetheless. Beats Music released App updates for iOs and Android today, version 2.3.1 and 1.2.3 respectively. “Stability and performance improvements” is all the updates say… not splashy but probably necessary.  
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    Never Enough Notes

  • Cover Art Roundup // What’s the inspiration? // October ’14

    Sammi Walsh
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself staring at the cover of your latest musical purchase and thinking ‘what the heck has that got to do with anything!?’ Well, do not fear, Never Enough Notes’ Cover Art Roundup is here! From unusual abstract images to simplistic photographs, we delve deep into the inspiration behind some of the more unusual and ambiguous cover art released last month… Antenna Happy // Pinto // 27.10.14 Last month saw the digital release of Antenna Happy’s EP ‘Pinto’. Already released on Vinyl, the EP has been kicking up a bit of a storm and no doubt the…
  • Do you wear earplugs to gigs? Read why you should here.

    Alex Marlow
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    As the main festival season has now long gone, NEN’s music tech know-all Alex Marlow shares his thoughts on wearing protective earplugs to gigs and festivals. I wear earplugs to gigs: there, I said it. It seems silly to say but there must be some taboo about wearing them as from my experience not many people do, or even recognise their existence. Lots of my friends do but that’s as a result of doing a popular music degree we are all far more aware of the damage that can be caused and that we’re more likely to be exposed being performers, producers or sound people. But why…
  • That Time That Dagny Took Over Our Instagram And It Was Picture-Perfect

    Kimberley-Marie Sklinar
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    London-based singer-songstress Dagny returned to her home of Norway to go on tour gigging in fans’ homes and staying with them overnight. As she took her infectiously upbeat brand of acoustic pop on the ‘living room tour’ round her native Scandinavian country she shared backstage scenes and other details from her trip on our Instagram. Dagny and her band travelled from Tromso in the Arctic Circle right down to Oslo and to lots of places in-between before heading back to London for a show. Listen to her track ‘Running Away’ by hitting ‘play’ above for…
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen: O2 Academy, Newcastle // 15.11.14

    Samantha Sadler
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    4.3NEN RATINGEveryone has been raving about Catfish and the Bottlemen’s live shows and quite rightly so. They take a genre we are all familiar with and make it so much better. Arriving at the O2 Academy, we realised that the gig would be in Academy Two, the smaller of the rooms. Aside from the size making it difficult for us small ones to see the stage (being 5ft 1′ at a gig is difficult at the best of times) the intimacy of the room is so much better than downstairs, allowing a much better atmosphere. Just make sure you ditch your coats and jackets in the cloakroom. Swaggering on…
  • Years and Years share new track ‘Memo’

    Aimee Davis
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    After debut track ‘Take Shelter’ burst onto our radar the general consensus for Years and Years was one of two things: with a sound like that this band are going to go far or Radio 1 favourite but no real substance. We are in the former camp. With this being their third track we are simply in love with their unique cross genre of music. They’re power is in their vocalist Olly Alexander but Olly doesn’t take all the credit as his vocal is backed by atmospheric beats and a melody that compels you to press repeat. ‘Memo’ comes as their second single…
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  • Jordin Sparks at Maxxbeats

    Admin Mr. Mig
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Jordin Sparks shoots commercial at the Studio. This past week we had superstar / American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in the Maxxbeats Studio. We filmed the PSA/Commercial with Jordin for an awesome organization called Little Patriots Embraced ( The post Jordin Sparks at Maxxbeats appeared first on .
  • Maxxbeats First Remix Contest Winner

    Admin Mr. Mig
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    A few months ago we launched our first remix contest and now after a long and tough debate we have a winner! FIND OUT MORE HERE! The post Maxxbeats First Remix Contest Winner appeared first on .
  • Carmen Electra Premieres Mig & Rizzo Production with Sean Kingston

    Admin Mr. Mig
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    Carmen Electra Premieres New Mig & Rizzo Production With Sean Kingston At Avalon in Los Angeles 6/5/14 Carmen Electra will be performing her brand new single "Around The World" (Citrusonic Records) live at Avalon in LA with Sean Kingston of "Fire Burning" and "Suicidal" fame. "Around The World" was produced by Mike Rizzo & Steve "Mr Mig" Migliore. It was co-written by Carmen Electra, Mig & Rizzo, and Ariana Iacono. #ELEVATE Special performances @SeanKingston @realAmyWeber @JazminSisters & #me SPECIAL GUEST DJ @CarolineDamore @AvalonHollywood LISTEN 2 @1027KIISFM 4 more…
  • Data Recovery – How To Get Your Hard Drive Data Back

    Admin Mr. Mig
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
    What To Do If Your Hard Drive Fails And The Measures You Should Take To Prevent it from happening. As musicians we tend to stay focused on our art. We don't find the same pleasure in waiting for hard drives to transfer data between themselves. What a drag.. Well wake up...because things are going to get real up in here.  It's time to pay attention to one of the most important services that you can do for yourself and your craft. The last thing you need is for your countless hours of creativity to be flushed down the drain of [...] The post Data Recovery – How To Get Your Hard Drive…
  • Submit Your Music To These 2 Websites Today

    Admin Mr. Mig
    31 May 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Submit Your Music To These 2 Websites Today   For immediate TV, Film & Label Opportunities. by Steve "Mr. Mig" Migliore If you really think you have music that is worthy of Film, TV, Commercial placements or a Record Deal then read on! I am sharing 2 of the best music placement companies in the business with you. I have personally been working with these 2 companies for quite some time and I am going to tell you that they are 100% reputable and do a great job of connecting matching opportunities between artists and companies who want their music. Submit [...] The post Submit Your…
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    Guitar Lessons and Equipment

  • Guitar: daily exercise routine

    Francesco Settesoldi
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Here's a daily guitar exercise routine I've created especially for beginners. But it can be applied by everyone. It is a good starting point to learn to create long-term consistency, which will allow you to make big progresses, day by day. Before you know it, you'll find yourself playing pieces of music that seemed to be really hard to interpret in the beginning. So, here it goes:Time required (1 hour)- Step 1 : Ear training. (10 minutes) Choose a piece of music that you really like (providing you already have the tabs to study it), and listen to it at least 3/4 times. Make sure to capture…
  • Top 5 Songs to Learn Blues Guitar

    Francesco Settesoldi
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Today I want to show you 5 great songs to learn Blues Guitar. It does not matter if you are a beginner or an intermediate player, for these songs can be interpreted at many different levels:1 - Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix) : probably the first Blues Intro that my teacher taught me. This is good for noobs as you can use it to learn bar chords. It's also good for more advanced players to keep improving your licks.2 - Mary had a Little Lamb (Stevie Ray Vaughan) : this is a little bit harder but it is really good for alternate picking and string-skipping techinques. It's also kinda easy to sing and…
  • 5 Reasons to start with an Electric Guitar

    Francesco Settesoldi
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Today we are going to talk about why it's good for beginners to start playing with an electric guitar. Here are 5 reasons:1 - It's easier to play an electric guitar than an acoustic guitar, especially for beginners. There's usually less space between the fretboard and the strings so you will have to out less effort to play chords, especially bar-chords.2 - It's also easier to move an Electric guitar than an Acoustic Guitar. For teenagers who are going to attend guitar lessons at school and use a scooter or a motorbike (or a bike), an electric guitar is a "lighter baggage" (not really lighter,…
  • How to develop flexibility and dexterity on the guitar (and any other instrument)

    Francesco Settesoldi
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Flexibility and dexterity are a consequence of long-term practice. They are a function of time. Period. If you have been playing the guitar (or any other instrumentlike bass, piano or ukulele) for 4-6 months, you just can't expect that. I don't care if you have been playing for 6 hours everyday, your way of playing your instrument grows..with you!! EVERYTHING influences the way you play. What does this mean:1 - Life experiences influence the way you play your instrument.2 - New bands/artists that you discover along your journey change the way you play the instrument.3 - Your degree of…
  • Guitar: How to improve the right hand's relaxation for strumming

    Francesco Settesoldi
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Now, If you want your strumming to be effective, it is good to keep your hand as relaxed as possible. Supposing you are not left-handed and thus you are strumming with your right hand, you want to make the move as smooth and relaxed as possible.However, I always maintain some kind of tension in my right arm, my hand is never completely loose when I strum, which is good. Because you want to add some strenght to that.Now, I know that you are looking for some exercises to do, and here they are:1 - Shake your right hand for 2 - 5 minutes before playing, simulating the movement of strumming, this…
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  • ZID - Hindi Movie Songs and Lyrics

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Movie : ZIDStarring : Mannara, Karanvir Sharma, Shraddha DasDirector : Anubhav SinhaMusic: Sharib-ToshiSong 1 : Saanson Ko {lyric}Song 2 : Tu Zaroori {lyric}Song 3 : Mareez-e-Ishq {lyric}Song 4 : ZiD Title {lyric}
  • Zid Title Song - Song Lyric from ZID Hindi Movie

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Singer: Sunidhi ChauhanMusic: Sharib-ToshiLyrics: Shakeel AzmiSong LyricChaahun tujhe khud se sivaMujhse zyada tu hai meraDil ki yeh zid bhi haiHoke rahe tu bhi meraAa main ho jaaun tu, nazrein milaMain tujhko nazar aaun tujh mein bhiChahun tujhe khud se sivaMujhse zyada tu hai meraDil ki ye zid bhi haiHoke rahe tu bhi meraMera hai tu bas hai meraKahin bhi ja mujhme hi aaPatthar hoon mainAa tod ke tu aaina bana mujhe zaraO.. chahun tujhe khud se sivaMujhse zyada tu hai meraDil ki yeh zid bhi haiHoke rahe tu bhi meraAayega jo apne darmiyaanGir padega uspe aasmaanHaan.. haan re haanAa kare…
  • Mareez-e-Ishq - Song Lyric from ZID Hindi Movie

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Singer: Arijit SinghMusic: Sharib-ToshiLyrics: Shakeel AzmiSong LyricMareez-e-Ishq hoon main, kar de dawaa (x1)O o ho...Talab hai tu, tu hai nashaGhulam hai dil ye teraKhulke zara jee loon tujheAaja meri saanson mein aa (x2)Mareez-e-Ishq hoon, main kar de dawaHaath rakh de tu dil pe zaraO o.. haath rakh de tu dil pe zaraTujhe mere rab ne milayaMaine tujhe apna banayaAb na bichadna Khudaya (x2)Mohabbat rooh ki hai laazim rizaHaath rakh de tu dil pe zaraO o.. haath rakh de tu dil pe zara(laazim riza: a must contentment)O o ho...Chaha tujhe maine wafaa seMaanga tujhe maine duaa sePaaya tujhe…
  • Tu Zaroori - Song Lyric from ZID Hindi Movie

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan, Sharib SabriMusic: Sharib-ToshiLyrics: Shakeel AzmiSong  LyricAisa laga mujhe pehli dafaaTanha main ho gayi yaaraHo.. aisa laga mujhe pehli dafaaTanha main ho gayi yaaraHoon pareshan si mainAb ye kehne ke liyeTu zaroori sa hai mujhko zinda rehne ke liyeHo.. tu zaroori (tu zaroori)sa hai mujhko (sa hai mujhko)zinda rehne ke liye (zinda rehne ke liye)Aisa laga mujhe pehli dafaaTanha main ho gaya yaaraHoon pareshan sa mainAb ye kehne ke liyeTu zaroori sa hai mujhko zinda rehne ke liyeHo.. tu zaroori (tu zaroori)sa hai mujhko (sa hai mujhko)zinda rehne ke liye (zinda…
  • Saanson Ko - Song Lyric from ZID Hindi Movie

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Singer: Arijit SinghMusic: Sharib-ToshiLyrics: Shakeel AzmiSong LyricSaanson ko jeene ka ishaara mill gayaDooba main tujhme to kinara mill gayaSaanson ko jeene ka ishara mil gayaZindagi ka pata dobara mil gayaTu mila to Khuda ka sahaara mill gaya (x1)Ghamzada ghamzada dil ye tha ghamzadaBin tere, bin tere, dil ye tha ghamzadaAaraam de tu mujhe, barson ka hun main thakaPalkon pe raatein liye, tere waste main jaga (x2)Mere har dard ki gehrai ko mehsoos karta hai tuTeri aankhon se gham tera mujhe maaloom hone lagaTu mila to Khuda ka sahaara mill gaya (x1)Main raaz tujhse kahun humraz ban ja…
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  • Julian Casablancas + The Voidz announce Falls Festival sideshows

    16 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Julian Casablancas + The Voidz have announced two Falls Festival sideshows for January 2015. Led by The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas, the band will play headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney when they’re in town for Falls and Southbound festivals. Last in the country on a sold out solo tour, Casablancas will return to Australia with The Voidz next year and give fans their first opportunity to see the band play live. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz released their first full-length studio debut album Tyranny in September. Listen to one of the singles Where No Eagles…
  • VIDEO: Royal Blood – ‘Happy’ (Pharrell Williams cover)

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Royal Blood have covered Pharrell William’s number one tune ‘Happy’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Recently endorsed by none other than Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, Royal Blood are quickly becoming one of rock’s finest new acts. Listen below to their rocking, head-banging take on what is a very poppy tune.
  • West Coast Blues N Roots Music Festival 2015 lineup

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    West Coast Blues N Roots Music Festival has revealed its lineup for 2015. Headlining next year’s event in WA is John Butler Trio, Paolo Nutini, David Gray and Jurassic 5. Similar to the East Coast’s Bluesfest Festival, Australian legend Paul Kelly is also on the bill presenting the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan and others. Those smart enough to head to the West Coast Blues n Roots will be among the lucky first to witness Xavier Rudd perform with his new eight-piece band the United Nations. In terms of other music, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will bring the…
  • Falls Festival announce Röyksopp and Robyn replacements

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Empire of The Sun and La Roux will replace Röyksopp and Robyn at the upcoming Falls Festival. Last week, Röyksopp and Robyn withdrew from their scheduled collaborative performances at The Falls Music & Arts Festival. Fortunately, the organisers have managed to find some of music’s greatest dance-pop heavyweights to step up and join the already stellar 2014 line-up. EMPIRE OF THE SUN Australia’s larger-than-life alt-electronic pioneers are back from their recent worldwide tour performing tracks from their albums Ice On The Dune and Walking On A Dream. Since bursting onto the…
  • FKA twigs announces Laneway 2015 sideshows

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    FKA twigs is on her way to Australia to perform a couple of sideshows to coincide with her first ever Laneway Festival appearance. The 26-year old, British-born FKA twigs, real name Tahliah Barnett, has garnered plenty of attention behind debut album LP1. A former professional dancer, FKA twigs writes, produces, sings, and choreographs her own material. LP1 is a record of strange beauty and deeply confident lyrics making FKA twigs a serious force to be reckoned with. Pre-sale opens from 12PM on Wednesday 12th November and closes 24 hours later or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted.
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  • 10 Useless Facts About Jennifer Lawrence

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
      It´s about time that we make a 10 Useless Facts About Jennifer Lawrence, as we are gonna see her in Hunger games MockingJay part 1 soon (21 Nov 2014). Here´s our previous articles: 10 Useless Facts About: Iggy Azalea ArianaGrande Nicki Minaj Taylor Swift Gwen Stefani Katy Perry Miley Cyrus Ryan Gosling Are there anyone else that you would like us to make 10 useless facts about? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us!   While growing up and in between acting, Lawrence served as an assistant nurse at the children’s summer day camp that her mother ran. Before setting…
  • What Your Life Looks Like In Thermal

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:23 am
      What Your Life Looks Like In Thermal “Thermal camera provided by FLIR Learn more at… #seetheheat     Infrared thermography (IRT), thermal imaging, and thermal video are examples of infrared imaging science. Thermographic camerasdetect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 9,000–14,000 nanometers or 9–14 µm) and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects above absolute zero according to the black body radiation law,…
  • Ted Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Ted Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins   When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham. The post Ted Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita…
  • KMFDM announces new Live Video ‘We Are KMFDM’

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
      So KMFDM are announcing their first Live Video in ten years due out next year (2015). Called “We Are KMFDM” ..duh… From the promotion page described as this: “Punch Drunk Presents the first live KMFDM concert recording in over ten years. Cut from over 50hrs of live concert footage and including exclusive interviews with Kapt’n K, Lucia Cifarelli, Jules Hodgson, Steve White, and Andy Selway. STAY TUNED.“ WE are mildly interested and hope that it is way better than their last release “Our time will come” which turned out to be their worst…
  • Yet another new Smashing Pumpkins song released

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Yet another new Smashing Pumpkins song released! From the upcoming album Monuments to an Elegy(released on December 9, 2014.), listen to Tiberius Liste to the previously released tracks here and here Love it, hate it? let us know by commenting below or Tweeting us here And preorder the album here   On July 25, 2014, Billy announced that the tapes from his “Siddhartha” show from March 2014 were being transferred for sale, much in the vein of AEGEA. The set is expected to be between 5 and 6 discs. December 9th of 2014 Billy Corgan will release the Smashing Pumpkins’…
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  • Rock Media: Steelism. Marfa Lights.

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    New to Nashville’s music scene are two extraordinary young musicians—one American, one Englishman—at the helm of instrumental band Steelism. Jeremy Fetzer on guitar and Spencer Cullum on pedal steel are joined by a team of the finest young musicians in Nashville. Following in the traditions of instrumental artists such as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana... The post Rock Media: Steelism. Marfa Lights. appeared first on Rockshot.
  • Rock Media: Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie. December Day

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    A wonderful snippet of Willie and Bobbie talking about their childhood, growing up and playing together. The new album is out on 1st December. Share : The post Rock Media: Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie. December Day appeared first on Rockshot.
  • Rock Media: José González . Every Age.

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    José González has announced details of European and US tour dates for early 2015. He will tour Europe throughout February and March calling at London (Scala), Coventry (Warwick Arts Centre) and Manchester (Academy 2) in the UK. Support at the UK shows will come from Ólöf Arnalds. Tickets are on sale now from here. Full... The post Rock Media: José González . Every Age. appeared first on Rockshot.
  • Live: The Specials @ The Roundhouse

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Roundhouse is heaving with those ready to skank. It’s the first of three nights that The Specials are playing at London’s venerable circular venue, as part of the band’s ongoing reunion tour. The surprising opener is the cool chill of Ghost Town, their number one hit single from 1981. With a set comprised of... The post Live: The Specials @ The Roundhouse appeared first on Rockshot.
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  • Speedy Wunderground Share Kate Tempest & Loyle Carner Single

    Jamie Coughlan
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I know shit all about rap and hip hop. However, I knew what I likes. And I like “Guts”. It’s the ninth single release by London label Speedy Wunderground, and features 20 year old Loyle Carner (discovered by Pierre Hall from the label while he trawled the internet) and the Mercury Prize nominated Kate Tempest (rapper and performance poet extraordinaire). It’s set for release on Monday 8th December as a limited edition 7″ and features “Guts (Mr Dan’s Balloon Dub) as the b-side. Hall discovered the young Carner after stumbling across his video for his…
  • The Garden Share Video For “This Could Build Us A Home”

    Jamie Coughlan
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    I’ve been meaning to post about these sonic weirdos for a while. Can’t decide whether I thoroughly enjoy or absolutely abhor their drum ‘n’ bass infested lo-fi punk. One thing is for sure, it is odd. Try it on. Check out the rather bizarre video for “This Could Build Us A Home” above. You might want to drop before you do. The Garden are twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears (villains in a John Wayne Western?) and create what they describe as ‘Vada Vada’ music. Whatever that means. “This Could Build Us A Home” is the b-side to…
  • The Away Days Stream “Best Rebellious”, Tour Dates

    Jamie Coughlan
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Turkish dreampop/shoegaze quartet The Away Days have shared the first track, “Best Rebellious”, from their upcoming EP, This, set for release on the 19th January 2015. The EP also features “Calm Your Eyes” and acoustic versions of each song. They tour Europe in December. The track, a more sombre effort than previous singles “Paris” and “Your Colour”, apparently takes inspiration from India and the Far East. The song is certainly more hypnotic and spiralling than previous efforts, marking a move towards more ethereal, otherworldly territory for…
  • Joanna Gruesome/Perfect Pussy – Astonishing Adventures! – EP Review

    Jamie Coughlan
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Welsh noise/popsters Joanna Gruesome and New York’s lo-fi hardcore punks Perfect Pussy are two of the most exciting bands to have emerged in recent years. This is fact. You can take that to the bank. Both balance on the fine line between noisy, anarchic chaos and a more melodic sensibility and both have been unafraid to display their feminist and anti-homophobic standpoints for all to see. Refreshingly loud and intelligent musicians. After touring together throughout 2014, and regularly joining each other on stage for rousing, cacophonous singalongs, it only makes sense that they should…
  • Nite Fields Announce Debut LP, Share Track, Tour Dates

    Jamie Coughlan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Australian post-punk/shoegaze four piece Nite Fields have announced their debut album Depersonalisation, and streamed the first single from the record, “You I Never Knew”. The long player will be available at all good music stores on February 2nd via Felte, and the band will tour extensively throughout January and February to support the release. Have you ever heard of depersonalisation? Apparently, according to the Boots website, it is a disorder which causes the sufferer to feel detached from their body or feel that their body is unreal. It’s an apt name for an album of…
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  • Rukkus is Giving Away $200 in Concert Tickets

    Rukkus Admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    We’re giving away $200 in concert tickets So you can go see the artists you love for free. Don’t miss the Fleetwood Mac, Ariana Grande, or James Blake tour just because your pockets are empty – join our giveaway. It’s super easy to win. Here are the ways to enter: Shoot us a quick email at with a four sentence poem describing your favorite live music experience (+1 entry) Tweet “I just entered to win $200 in concert tickets from #jointherukkus” (+1 entry) The contest will officially begin on November 17th and end at 3pm on December…
  • NYC’s Top 5 Concerts This Week: #2 is a Major Artist Playing FREE

    Nicolas White
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Hump Day—a holiday to reflect, to come together, and to remember the three days that came prior. On this truly special day that comes but once a week, it stands to reason that we must all look forward to what comes next. So, wipe away those wistful tears blurring the computer screen, and check out these freakin’ awesome concerts happening this week! The Best Concerts in NYC This Week Let the Rukkus Concierge do the work for you—just click “Get Tickets” and we’ll find the best deal available and make it happen. Simple. 1. Twin Peaks @ Baby’s All Right (8/14) Look at…
  • The Best Concerts in NYC This Week: You Probably Didn’t Even Know #3 Existed!

    Nicolas White
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Some great concerts coming your way in NYC this week. There’s the peculating hype of a band about to break-out at Webster Hall, a local favorite playing a career-defining gig, an unknown yet surprisingly awesome festival out on an island, and a few free shows that cannot be missed. Can you wait a fraction of a second to see who’s playing? Let’s find out. The Best Concerts in NYC This Week Let the Rukkus Concierge do the work for you—just click “Get Tickets” and we’ll find the best deal available and make it happen. Simple. 1. FKA Twigs @ Webster Hall (8/6)…
  • Interview: UTOPiA Festival Director, Aaron Brown, Talks What It Takes to Create a Unique Fest in 2014. Plus: Win 2 Weekend Passes!

    Nicolas White
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    In a music festival climate cluttered with options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the American market. In this great festival boom, every type of event imaginable has popped up, from the gargantuan Bonnaroo’s of the world, to the scattered stages of free city fests. Amid all the noise, though, one festival is doing its own thing—Texas’ UTOPiA Fest.  UTOPiA Festival 2014 We sat down with Aaron Brown, the festival director of UTOPiA, to hear the story behind the event. Join us, as we discuss the ethereal “magic” that drove him towards this…
  • Shows of the Week: 5 NYC Concerts You Can’t Miss

    Nicolas White
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    We sort through the forever crowded concert forecast in NYC: This week brings some awesome acts, including DJ Mustard, Neon Indian, and Cherry Glazerr. Go ahead, guess who’s number one. I dare you. The Best Concerts in NYC This Week Let the Rukkus Concierge do the work for you—just click “Get Tickets” and we’ll find the best deal available and make it happen. Simple. 1. Jagwar Ma @ Webster Hall (7/30) Jagwar Ma are from Australia… mate. Why?: Jagwar Ma were destined for widespread popularity the moment they dropped Howlin, their debut LP. Contrary to the immediacy of…
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    Vonj productions

  • Dignified Fridays presents – Song of Nature

    vonj productions
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    At this shadow hour here in England I would like to share this number with you all, It is one of the tracks coming from my V.N.A. album; peace and blessings to all as you listen.. Power Vonj
  • Day 10 – A Vision is early in development

    vonj productions
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The Dawn of something special, Whatever amount of time this vision takes to fulfill, may this project come to a sound completion..for it is all in the name of the people. Harmony family
  • Dignified Fridays presents – Quarter of a century

    vonj productions
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Greetings there family, I hope that you are all happy with the work you put in during the course of the week and that you are prepared to rip its fruit… I thought I would present to you this week with a short piece titled “Quarter of a century”. I hope you enjoy. peace & harmony family Vonj
  • The dawn of something special

    vonj productions
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    On this day November the second I begin working on my 4th album, of which I know will become a highlight of my life for years to come, I will spare nothing, all my soul energy will go into this project, all in the name of bringing people closer together. & so I shall be releasing bite size behind the scenes footage into the making of it through youtube. hope we all gain something positive in the process. and why November the 2nd? I nearly met my maker this time last year!, my father was also born on this date so I will be honoring him as he has transcended. it is Day 1 and the shadow hour…
  • Dignified Fridays – “Pumpion life day”- with the Song of life

    vonj productions
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Yet again family, We arrive upon this moment of which was not guaranteed to us, the paramount reason may be in that we value our health, This said, The Pumpkin: a good food substance to add upon to your diet on most days of the year, feel free to research this at your own leisure, I call this the ‘Pump your own’ life day, speak it fast. now let us find a reason to celebrate something every day, so be creative, stay meek and healthy family, hope you enjoy the music, Song of life  
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  • Ariana Grande – Brand New You – Single

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    “Brand New You” is a new single by American recording artist Ariana Grande. The single consists of 2 tracks “Brand New You“, featuring Brynn Williams & Caitlin Gann, and “A Little More Homework”, featuring Graham Phillips. The single was released from the original broadway cast recording “13”. It was released on iTunes on Nov 10,...Read more The post Ariana Grande – Brand New You – Single appeared first on iTunes Zone.
  • Olly Murs – Never Been Better (Deluxe)

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Following up the release of the third studio album “Right Place Right Time” (2012), British recording artist Olly Murs has just released new album called “Never Been Better”. “Never Been Better” is the fourth studio album by Olly Murs. It was released on iTunes on 21 November 2014 via Sony Music Entertainment UK. The album...Read more The post Olly Murs – Never Been Better (Deluxe) appeared first on iTunes Zone.
  • Selena Gomez – For You

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    “For You” is a new greatest hits album by American singer Selena Gomez. It was released on iTunes on 21 November 2014 via Hollywood Records. On November 06 2014, Selena Gomez confirmed about her album. It was  preceded by the release of its lead single, “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, on November 6, 2014....Read more The post Selena Gomez – For You appeared first on iTunes Zone.
  • Eli Lieb – Lightning in a Bottle – Single

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    “Lightning in a Bottle” is a new single performed by American pop singer-songwriter Eli Lieb. It was released on iTunes on Nov 18, 2014. Following up the release just a day, Eli Lieb released the music video on Youtube. The music video was featured by Shangela from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and professional dancers Jenna Riegel (Bill...Read more The post Eli Lieb – Lightning in a Bottle – Single appeared first on iTunes Zone.
  • Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder – Single

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    “Love Me Harder” is a song performed by American singer Ariana Grande and Canadian singer The Weeknd. It was released on iTunes on 21 November 2014 via Republic Records from the single has the same name. The single consists 3 songs “Love Me Harder”, “Cadillac Song” and “Too Close“. Just only “Love Me Harder” comes...Read more The post Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder – Single appeared first on iTunes Zone.
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  • Swiss – Nigger? (Official Music Video)

    Chantel'e Marie
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Nigger by Swiss (So Solid Crew) is powerful, poetic, potent and proper hard! After spotting this song on the Grime Report  – I knew it had to be featured on Words & Riddims. If you ever needed a reason not to use the word NIGGER here it is. Piers Morgan take a seat, Swiss has The post Swiss – Nigger? (Official Music Video) appeared first on Words and Riddims.
  • Why Are West Indian People Always Late?

    Chantel'e Marie
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Black People Time People often wonder why black (or Caribbean) people are always late – this funny skit blames MUSIC! It appears that when the music tek over, many of us lose all sense of time… True or nah? The post Why Are West Indian People Always Late? appeared first on Words and Riddims.
  • UK Dancehall Legends Freestyle on 1Xtra

    Chantel'e Marie
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Before the likes of Stylo G or Gappy Ranks flew the flags for UK reggae dancehall, artistes including Sweetie Irie, Tippa Irie & General Levy where the vibes creators. Check out the video below where the pioneers recently re-united for an old skool toasting session. Taking place live at the 1Xtra radio studios during Seanie B’s Thursday Night Dancehall show, the The post UK Dancehall Legends Freestyle on 1Xtra appeared first on Words and Riddims.
  • Beenie Man & Bounty Killer – ‘Legendary’ Collaboration

    Chantel'e Marie
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Legend Link Up: Beenie Man and Bounty Killer – Legendary Long standing rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have put their differences aside for a collaboration which is set to make dancehall history. Recorded on Starstruck Records label, ‘Legendary‘ sees both artistes reflect on their long standing and successful music careers. New Dancehall Music: Bounty The post Beenie Man & Bounty Killer – ‘Legendary’ Collaboration appeared first on Words and Riddims.
  • Breaking Down Black British Culture with Tugg s.t.a.r

    Chantel'e Marie
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
     As part of the Words & Riddims Topical Reasoning series, Chantel’e Marie Meets… Tugg s.t.a.r   – part of the Best Kept Secret collective. The interview follows the visual release of Tugg s.t.a.r’s emotive poem ‘Generation Change‘ during BHM. Listen now to episodes 1,2 & 3 of Breaking Down Black British Culture.  Part 1 – Why cutting off our culture and ethnic The post Breaking Down Black British Culture with Tugg s.t.a.r appeared first on Words and Riddims.
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  • Quote of the Day – @Nas states Hip Hop is Dead.

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Quote of the Day. “When I say ‘hip-hop is dead,’ basically, America is dead. There is no political voice. Music is dead.” Nas Nas is on of the greatest Hip Hop figures of our time. So when he speaks on the culture we must listen. Of course Hip Hop could never be dead but it is dying slowly. We must save the culture and community before it is too late and out of our hands. The real voices of the community must continue to speak out because the faces of Hip Hop in the media are changing. Only us can save us. The post Quote of the Day – @Nas states Hip Hop is Dead.
  • 6 Hip Hop Songs by Women that Will Make You Feel Like it’s Saturday, Every Day!

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    These Hip Hop songs will surely have you waking up in a good mood like “Oh it must be Saturday” and the women are perfect for the job. 1.Who’s That Girl by Eve They wanna know who’s that girl, lalalalalalalalala! Released on February 8, 2001, the rapper who described herself as a pit bull dropped a banger for the clubs. Eve made this track fun and edgy for the people. The latin vibe screams Miami and spanish Harlem on a night out. Be very careful because this melody could be stuck in your head for days! 2.U.N.I.T.Y. By Queen Latifah Huh, I punched him dead in his eye…
  • Rare Hip Hop Photo of Tupac, Red Man & Biggie Representing Morehouse College

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A rare photo holds so much essence and truth in any culture.. Tupac and Biggie started one of the biggest wars in Hip Hop but once upon of time they were friends. These photos hold the very evidence of their relationship and makes us wonder just what exactly happened? The turning point of their relationship is still a little shaky till this day even with countless interviews and recording. All we have to is appreciate this photographer for capturing this classic moment. Waddup Red Man! The post Rare Hip Hop Photo of Tupac, Red Man & Biggie Representing Morehouse College appeared first on…
  • Shortcut Killed Deer! Slow Down Piken!

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The saying “Shortcut Killed Deer” is a Liberian parable told to me by many…   I am always looking for the shortcut. The shortcut when I am on my way somewhere. The shortcut to finishing my homework. The shortcut to finding a date. Even the shortcut to an orgasm. Basically, I am constantly on a hunt to the shortcut of life. But ask me where have I really gotten with that type of behavior? Half pass no where! I am always pushed behind farther than where I started from. We were taught to look for shortcuts. I don’t believe that my behavior was learned I was…
  • Quote of The Day: @joeyBADASS_ x Save the Kids!

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    “Cause they corruptin’ the youth We ain’t inductin’ the truth”  -Joey Badass (Snakes) We have lost our way by not protecting the minds of our youth. Of course these kids have been exposed to everything because of the world-wide web but we should discuss these topics with them to make sure they know the real deal. Instead we sugar coat everything, thinking that we are saving their innocence but we are not. We are doing far more damage and the youth are suffering from it. We must tell our kids Santa claus isn’t real, Mom and Dad bought those gifts. That…
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  • Festival review: Simple Things 2014

    Alex Durham
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    On paper On paper – or webpage – this year’s Simple Things festival in Bristol promised performances from an innovative cross-section of artists including Caribou, Mogwai, Death from Above 1979, Black Lips, Liars and How to Dress Well, dotted throughout the city centre in a creative selection of venues.   Our verdict With the festival spanning 15 stages, the main concern for any enthused muso attending would be the inevitability of being torn between giants like Mogwai, and up-and-comers such as dreamy, laptop pop act Oliver Wilde. With its fourth running year, and our…
  • An Interview with Happa

    Navz Sangwan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Leeds based Samir Alikhanizadeh, aka Happa, has been making waves in the UK underground scene with his bass heavy, industrial techno music. And aside from all the enthusiastic conversations he’s happened to stir throughout the music community (Four Tet, Mary Anne Hobbs and James Blake are endorsing him!), people are talking about his age. He’s only 16, but don’t let it distract you from his music! It’s quite a forceful and ominous presence, with the stomach punching bass lines that help to create a violent and gritty resonance. Then comes the calm after the storm:…
  • Weekend Recommendation: Simple Things Festival 2014, Bristol

    Alex Durham
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Bristol has gathered an eclectic mix of must-see musical acts this year for Simple Things Festival – with something to impress even the most discerning palate. The festival kicks off on Friday 24th October, with their opening party featuring a live set from one of our favourites, Caribou, along with Canadian Hyperdub songstress, Jessy Lanza. Spanning 12 stages, Saturday’s line-up brings together garage rockers Black Lips, the ever-changing Liars, and post-rock veterans Mogwai, with the likes of dance punk duo Death From Above 1979. Other artists on the bill include lo-fi bedroom…
  • Live review: Blonde Redhead @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

    Alex Durham
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    A two decade dance Anyone who waited patiently for the release of Blonde Redhead’s September album Barragán, with a mixture of heady expectancy and churning anxiety, may understand my comparison of the initial experience to a detached, sombre waltz with flaccid art pop. After experiencing the band’s performance huddled together with several hundred at a sold out show in Islington’s Assembly Hall, Kazu Makino, Amadeo and Simone Pace have managed to convince me – and those who shared the experience – that it was a dance worth committing to. Though Blonde Redhead span 21…
  • Syro adds another impressive chapter to the work of Aphex Twin: an album review of Syro

    Stephen Felgate
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Falling into the category of musicians-who-once-released-albums-on-a-semi-regular-basis-only-to-stop-abruptly-coming-back-decades-later, is now Aphex Twin. After about 13 years of what seems to be a stint in solitary confinement, Syro was released, much to our excitement and appreciation! Aphex Twin, real name Richard D. James, is the latest to emerge from what was such an uncharacteristic break from the world of electronic music. Having released 5 albums in the decade prior, Syro is his first release since 2001’s Drukqs. After such a long break from recording and releasing music it’s…
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  • [PHOTOS] RAC Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photographer Juliana Bernstein caught night 2 of RAC at Fonda Theatre in LA on November 14, 2014 with The Knocks.
  • Darkwhyte - Tomb Ric [Shades EP out 12-2]

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our buds at Gravitas slipped us a bump, and they never steer us wrong. Newly formed chillout hip-hop duo Darkwhyte brings together industry vets Asher Fulero and Julian Fritz for a steamy, underground sound that cuts us to our core.
  • Serenity Gathering reveals March 19-22 La Jolla, CA Rd 1 lineup

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now in its second year, Serenity Gathering returns with a wide-eyed phase 1 lineup that brings artists from all over the electronic music spectrum to La Jolla Indian Reservation in southern California March 19-22, 2015. The Headtron crew is in full force on this sophomore Serenity, putting Andreilien, G Jones, Gladkill, sugarpill, ChrisB., GoldRush, and jOBOT on this first round of artists. The Moontribe and its affiliates are also front and center, as Desert Dwellers, Treavor Moontribe, AMANI, and Dela Moontribe all make the list.
  • [PHOTOS] Creature Carnival Nashville, TN (Oct 29, 2014)

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photographer Shaun Hollingsworth hit Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN for a spectacular evening of music and mayhem, courtesy of Beats Antique, Shpongle, Emancipator, and Lafa Taylor on the October 29, 2014 stop of the Creature Carnival.
  • [REMIX CONTEST] the NEW DEAL - Sabotage The System

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    When seminal livetronica act the NEW DEAL released "Sabotage The System," not only was the first studio recording from the band since it returned with a bang from its hiatus, it was the trio's first studio release in more than a decade! With excitement at an all-time high for the return to form of the live electronic legends, the band has joined forces with The Untz to run a remix contest for fans and amateur producers looking to take on the challenge. The submission period starts NOW, and you have until December 31st to get your remix in. Stems for the song have been made available for…
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  • Toddla T and Mike Skinner: Pick of the Weekend

    Sam Moir
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
      Follow @Turnstylelife or like Turnstyleplus on Facebook for all the latest football news for the latest fashion, music and tech news BBC Radio 1 DJ and Girls Music label honcho Toddla T return to XOYO for another takeover tonight. The D.O.T. frontman Mike Skinner will also play the club’s famous basement. Toddla T’s BBC Radio 1 show continues to be the go-to place to find a variety of up-and-coming international dance music and comes fresh from released The Toddla T Sound, a four-track collaboration EP featuring, among others, The 2 Bears, Mr Lex and Mele. Toddla T DJing at…
  • Bernhoft: My Music

    Sam Moir
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Follow @Turnstylelife for the latest fashion, music and tech news or Like Us on Facebook Norwegian soul star Bernhoft returns to the UK next week to round off an impressive year. Having made his debut at Glastonbury this summer, Bernhoft has gone on to take America by storm with appearances on shows like Ellen and Conan which have helped him get over 7 million Youtube views. He talks us through his early musical memories, recents gigs and dream collaborations. What’s the first album you bought? I think it must be Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. I was nine, playing guitar on a…
  • Celeste: Young Guns

    Sam Moir
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
      Follow @Turnstylelife for the latest fashion, music and tech news Who is she? Brighton girl Celeste rounds off the year with her debut release that is sure to garner attention as one of many female-fronted projects to watch in 2015. The 19-year-old’s debut release, full of emotive vocals over tight production and piano chords, has many similarities to Banks, one of this year’s crossover successes. Celeste (pic: Lauren Joy Kennett & Normanton Street) What’s her story? She travelled in to London to work with RnB producer Tev’n on the EP. Prior to the release,…
  • #rise: J. Cole, Rick Ross and Miguel

    Sam Moir
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
        My new album. 2014 Forest Hills Drive. 12/9 — J. Cole (@JColeNC) November 17, 2014 J. Cole will release a new album next month. The rapper released a short documentary announcing 2014 Forest Hills Drive and the concept behind it. The Bawse tore down the stage at #1XtraLive on Saturday! Watch @rickyrozay‘s full set here: — BBC Radio 1Xtra (@1Xtra) November 17, 2014 Rick Ross headlined 1Xtra Live in Birmingham on Saturday. His set is available to stream on the BBC Radio 1Xtra…
  • Wretch 32: ‘I have more to say and more to deliver’

    Sam Moir
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Today sees the release of Wretch 32′s new single, 6 Words. The single is taken from his forthcoming Growing Over Life album and features collaborations with Knox Brown, George The Poet, Jacob Banks and Shakka. Wretch spoke to Shanie Ryan about the new album, his family, fashion, MOBOs and future acting plans. Shanie: You’ve been in the studio for the best part of a year working on your new album, Growing Over Life. Are you happy with how it’s sounding? Wretch 32: I’m ecstatic. I can’t wait for people to hear it. You know how you put your blood, sweat, tears and soul into…
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  • 12 Days of Holiday Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Olivia Dello Buono
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    The holiday season is almost upon us! Aside from spreading the yuletide cheer, your customers have only one thing on their minds: shopping. This time of year marks a lucrative opportunity for small businesses: it’s forecasted that consumers will spend over $616.9 billion this season (that’s a 4.1 percent increase over holiday 2013 sales). Since we believe it’s better to give than to receive, we’re gifting you this handy list (don’t worry – we’ve checked it more than twice!) to help you engage your audience and optimize your holiday marketing efforts:…
  • AWeber On the Road: Meet Our Team

    Olivia Dello Buono
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that the AWeber team has racked up their share of frequent flyer miles. This month, we’ll be popping up in cities like Chicago and New York to learn from and network with industry thought leaders. PRNews’ Measurement Conference: November 20, Chicago IL Join industry-leading PR professionals as you learn the best practices in PR measurement, real-world case studies of successful measurement strategies and interactive learning. Team: Brandyn Bissinger, Andrea Carter How To Use Facebook To Double Your Email List: December 4th, 12pm ET Learn how a marketing…
  • Grow Your Email List Anywhere with AWeber’s Atom Mobile App

    Kristen Dunleavy
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Owning a business is a 24/7/365 proposition – so is growing your email list. Miss an opportunity to sign up a prospect for your newsletter, and you’re missing out on a potential sale. Sure, there’s the old-fashioned pen and paper method for collecting names and email addresses on the fly, but we all know how time-consuming and error-prone that can be. Here at AWeber, we’re all about making email marketing as easy as possible for our customers ? even from their mobile devices. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce Atom, AWeber’s newest mobile app that…
  • Are Your Customers Ready to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday?

    Monica Montesa
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    For some, baking cupcakes is simply a hobby. For others, it’s the foundation for a sweet business idea. At least that was the case for Joanne Jarin, founder of The Lucky Cupcake Company in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. “I started working for a local caterer under the wing of his pastry chef, [and] after a few years of learning and building my confidence, I left my job and started working on my business plan, selling cakes and cupcakes from my small home,” says Jarin. “That was almost 5 years ago, this May. I am now working on opening my second shop in Spring 2015 at…
  • Supercharge Your Mobile Game with Justine Jordan’s ASCEND Talk

    Kristen Dunleavy
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mobile isn’t the next big thing in digital marketing – it’s already here, and it’s already huge. Justine Jordan‘s ASCEND presentation, “Fat Fingers and Small Screens,” drove home the importance of mobile-optimized emails for business owners everywhere. Next time you sit down to develop an email campaign, keep these points in mind. Don’t ‘blast’ your readers Emails can and should be a beautiful experience – they’re not a JPG, a PPC campaign or a one-page website. Remember, your email list is made up of real, live people,…
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  • Beyoncé – 7/11 [Snippet]

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    Curated From: 9janimi Channel Five days before her Platinum Edition Box Set hits stores, a 30-second snippet of a new Beyoncé song called “7/11″ has hit the net—and it’s a slapper. On the ratchet R&B banger, Queen Bey puts her foot down and her hands up. "Smack that, clap that … like you don’t care," she commands over the rattling bassline. Due Monday, the 2 CD/2 DVD Platinum Edition also features another new song called "Ring Off", plus remixes with Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Jay Z. Listen to Bey flex below. The Song Beyoncé – 7/11 [Snippet] appeared first on…
  • Dialect F/ ILLbliss – Who

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    Curated From: 9janimi Channel Another tune from Dialect titled Who featuring illbliss -  this track is completely different from other tunes you must have heard from the Janglover master & the song is also produced by Dialect. The Song Dialect F/ ILLbliss – Who appeared first on 9janimi Channel.
  • Palison Joe – Kereke Dance

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    Curated From: 9janimi Channel Ipah chukwuemeka popularly known as palison joe (aka Kereke master) an incredible artiste. He hails from Abua/Odual L.G.A PH, Rivers State. Palison Joe was once a music director of Baptist High School Borokiri P.H. He has won several awards for the school. Currently he is pursuing a degree in mass comm at the National Open University of Nigeria. He has done voice over for several communication companies. Palison joe has worked with Rymz o,Kesh ofuobi, Bobby kay, Top2. - Stream/DL AUDIO DOWNLOAD [audio…
  • Olamide F/ Pasuma & Lil Kesh – Oga Nla

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Curated From: 9janimi Channel Off Olamide's Street OT Album, Here is "Oga Nla" Featuring Pasuma and Lil Kesh. You can buy the full album on Itunes. - Stream/DL AUDIO DOWNLOAD [audio src=] The Song Olamide F/ Pasuma & Lil Kesh – Oga Nla appeared first on 9janimi Channel.
  • VIDEO: Jhybo F/ Orezi – Baba Loke

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Curated From: 9janimi Channel Jhybo set it out, he follows is first official debut here on our spotlight and apparently his first collaborative jam "Baba Loke" featuring Orezi. - Stream/DL VIDEO DOWNLOAD [download link=] The Song VIDEO: Jhybo F/ Orezi – Baba Loke appeared first on 9janimi Channel.
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    Modern Granola


    Her Life is Her Canvas
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever get sick of music? Maybe it’s because I’ve listened to too much of the same thing or not enough of the right thing, but there are times when music in general just doesn’t speak my language. Don’t get me wrong: I love music. Doesn’t everyone? There is something about it that enhances every experience we could ever have. It conjures memories from long ago, transporting us to the foot of our childhood Christmas tree or to the passenger seat of our best friend’s car. It inspires us to be more than we thought we could be, helping us plan for tomorrow, and help us…
  • Music From Nature: Ocean Sounds

    Her Life is Her Canvas
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The rustling sound of wind blowing through the trees, the cooing of birds in the distance, the steady rushing sound of rain falling, and the crashing of waves in the ocean. Man makes incredible music, there’s no question about it, but Mother Nature makes the most beautiful music of all. As people of this earth, we are from nature. We are animals, which can be a difficult fact to remember when we’re cozied up on the couch with a glass of vino watching How To Get Away With Murder. But it’s so important to feel connected with our natural surroundings for both our physical and…
  • 5 Lessons I Learned From the Movies: Chef

    Her Life is Her Canvas
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Has anyone seen the new movie Chef, directed by and starring John Favreau? I saw it in the theater and just got it on DVD, and it has definitely become one of my new favorites. Also boasting stars like Sophia Vergara (a standout performance for her, if I may say so), Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr. (whose hilarious five minutes on screen is the highlight of the whole film), Chef not only stirs insane grilled sandwich cravings but has much to teach in terms of passion, business, and love.   5 lessons I learned from the movie, Chef:   1. Do what you love. At…
  • A Love Letter to Randall Poster

    Her Life is Her Canvas
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Randall Poster: Oh, how I adore thine taste in music! Let me count the ways: 1. The Royal Tenenbaums 2. The Darjeeling Limited 3. Fantastic Mr. Fox 4. Rushmore 5. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel I could go on and on… You are basically the reason I love classic rock music. I literally had not developed a conscious awareness of the Rolling Stones before I saw The Darjeeling Limited (I mean, I had heard their songs on Coca-Cola and luxury car commercials, but I never knew it was them), but thanks to you, I now love them and many other bands/musicians…
  • Modern Granola Exclusive: The Ridgelings’ Music Video Debut

    Her Life is Her Canvas
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am