Joan Shelley – “I Would Be In Love (Anyway)” (Frank Sinatra Cover) & “Here In California” (Kate Wolf Cover)

The Louisville singer and songwriter Joan Shelley makes hushed, lovely, spartan acoustic music. She does that when she's recording her own songs, as on her great 2017 self-titled album, and she does it when she's recording other people's songs, too. Last year, Shelley released the covers EP Rivers & Vessels, which … More »
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Researchers Say Aging Cheese Exposed To A Tribe Called Quest Tastes Better

The Swiss know a thing or two about cheese, and here's their latest conclusion: It tastes better under the influence of rap music. Specifically, longterm exposure to A Tribe Called Quest results in improved flavor, which sounds about right. More »
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A Week In New York City On A $39,500 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: an operations coordinator who makes $39,500 per year and spends some of her money this week on a donut.Occupation: Operations CoordinatorIndustry: Education NonprofitAge: 22Location: New York, NYSalary: $39,500Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): $1,180Monthly...

The Number Ones: The O’Jays’ “Love Train”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
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Whole Foods' Huge Beauty Sale Kicks Off This Wednesday — Here's What You Need

Whole Foods has changed over the past couple of years — and for the better. After being purchased by Amazon in 2017, the natural-centric grocery store formerly known as Whole Paycheck has become much more wallet-friendly, with additional deals for Amazon Prime members.Now, the market is proving its once-bougie reputation to be even more outdated with its upcoming Beauty Week event, a store-wide sale slated to run from Wednesday, March 27, to Tuesday, April 2. The deals are major: Prices on the ...

Where To Buy Affordable Bridesmaids Dresses When Matchy-Matchy Isn't By Choice

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she has to plunk down some hard-earned cash on a dress that she just isn't feeling. We’ve all been there: your best friend, sister, cousin, or — awkwardly — the college roommate with whom you’re no longer super-close with is having a great big wedding, and you’re asked to be in a bridal party the size of a small soccer team. And hey, that’s awesome. Those who can and want to splash out, should. With a 250-person guest list, the affair in question is...

Birmingham’s Young, Popular, Fiery Conductor Says British Orchestras Don’t Have An Easy Life

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla became the music director for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She says, “British orchestras, the CBSO included, don’t have an easy life. They work very hard, very fast. They don’t have the government support you get in, say, Germany or Austria or elsewhere. Or the rehearsal time.” – The Observer (UK)
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Patty Griffin Tells It True on Her New Self-Titled Album

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A Week In Scranton, PA, On $15.25 Per Hour

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a fabric engineer assistant working in manufacturing who makes $15.25 per hour and spends some of her money this week on a Yeti mug handle.Occupation: Fabric Engineer AssistantIndustry: ManufacturingAge: 25Location: Scranton, PAIncome: $15.25/hour (In...

Loneliness Is the Cloak You Wear: Scott Walker, 1943-2019

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New Update To Spotify For Artists Portal

Spotify has been rolling out some major changes to its "Spotify for Artists" platform that have met with largely favorable feedback from users. Here we break down what's new. __________________________ Guest post by Bo Turner of Repost Network If you haven’t noticed already, some big changes have been made to the Spotify for Artists platform and it has its users pumped. Here we’ll go in depth on exactly what new features have been implemented to your Spotify for Artists page. Ne...
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Bath & Body Works Is Having A Flash Candle Sale — & Everything's Under $11

If you're looking to stock up on candles, tonight is the night. In T-minus one hour, Bath & Body Works is dropping a huge warehouse-clearing sale — and they're basically giving away those cult-favorite 3-wicks.According to hardcore Bath & Body Works insiders — the ones with exclusive email alerts to sneaky deals such as this one — the online-exclusive flash sale starts at 8 p.m. tonight. Every single jumbo, 3-wick candle will be marked down to just $10.50 — which is more than $14 off its retail...

Chinese Censors Cut Six LGBT Scenes From Bohemian Rhapsody

Censors in China have reportedly cut out more than two minutes of LGBT scenes from the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which opened in the country on Friday (March 22). According to CNN, Chinese censors -- who've banned portrayal of "abnormal sexual behavior," including gay and lesbian relationships in TV and film -- removed … More »
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Irene Kral: Steveireneo!, 1959

Irene Kral recorded quite a few good albums but four great ones. My favorites by the singer and sister of Roy Kral (of Jackie and Roy fame) include her very first tracks on Maynard Ferguson's Boy With Lots of Brass (1957), on which she sang Imagination, The Song Is You, I Hadn't Anyone But You and Moonlight in Vermont. She would marry Ferguson trumpeter Joe Burnett a year later. I also love the two albums she recorded with extraordinary pianist Alan Broadbent—Where Is Love? (1974) and Gentle Ra...
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Wendy Williams’ Husband Kevin Hunter’s Mistress Sharina Hudson Gives Birth to Baby Girl (Report)

Wayment. Wendy Williams is now a … stepmom?!Internet reports have been running rampant that Williams’ husband Kevin Hunter was having a baby with another woman. And now it’s being reported that Hunter’s mistress, Sharina Hudson, has given birth to a baby girl.Last December, broke the news that Hunter had gotten Hudson pregnant, which is said to have triggered Wendy’s alleged drug relapse before eventually landing her in rehab and forcing her to take a several-weeks-long break from...
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7Digital Names New CEO As Simon Cole Exits

7digital has announced that Simon Cole will step down as Director and CEO next month and named John Aalbers to replace him. Simon has led  the B2B digital music company since its creation from the reverse merger with UBC Media in 2014. His departure has been planned since last year.  New CEO John Aalbers was CEO of Arts Alliance Media, providing operational support software for the cinema industry. Prior to that, he was in the telecommunications sector where he held roles including CEO...
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Whole United Queer Festival: Creating Inclusivity through Community and Sound

Berlin’s queer nightlife joins forces once again. The electronic music festival fighting for a space for inclusivity and self-expression for the WHOLE queer spectrum returns for its third edition this June bringing you a killer lineup of local and international artists and party crews to kick off your festival season with a BANG. The festival’s third year is still a first-time in many ways, not only for the individual festival-goers and organizers but for the global queer electronic underground....
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Neighboring Rights: What They Are, Why They're Important

The concept of neighboring rights parallels that of performance rights. Where performance rights reference the right to perform a composition, neighboring rights reference the ability to publicly perform the sound recording. So, why are these neighboring rights so important to artists and independent labels? _____________________________ Guest post by Randi Zimmerman of Symphonic Blog Neighboring Rights refer to the right to publicly perform or broadcast a sound recording. They ...
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The Effortless Way To Make Your Ikea Furniture Stand Out

Whether you're furnishing a dorm room or buying for a permanent residence, you can't go wrong with Ikea. It's affordable, stylish, and tends to go with everything. (Plus, they have some surprising finds there.) But just as showing up to a party wearing the same outfit as someone else kind of sucks, walking into the homes of friends and relatives only to see the exact Billy bookcase and Malm bed that are sitting in your own apartment can make you feel less-than-original.It may sound like a first...

Anna Webber Finds Her Voice in New Jazz with 'Clockwise'

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End of the Rainbow, Sasquatch replacement festival, ‘postponed indefinitely’

The Bassnectar-led End of the Rainbow event hoped to fill the Memorial Day weekend void at the Gorge Amphitheatre left by Sasquatch! Music Festival's cancellation.
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15 Essential Scott Walker Songs

Editor's note: This feature was original published on 28 November 2012. We are re-running it today to celebrate the groundbreaking music of Scott Walker who recently passed away.Most great artists have occasional disputes with their muses as they negotiate the realities of popular appeal. Few of these struggles equal those of longtime American expatriate Scott Walker, whose oeuvre is effectively a series of ultimatums, breakups, and passionate embraces with a stubborn inspiration that, over the ...
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Trend: Symphonies Playing New, Non-Film Music By Film Composers

Sure, you’ve got your Harry Potter scores and your Star Wars celebrations (that’s all John Williams, of course), but the real hot trend with film composers now is getting their non-film work into symphony halls. “Adventurous programmers are seeking new works by established film composers in hopes that audiences have developed a thirst for similarly melodic, even exciting, music by names they recognize even if there are no images to accompany them.” – Variety
Tags: MUSIC, 03.22.19

The Ballad(s) Of Laura Stevenson

For someone who’s perpetually ahead of the curve, Laura Stevenson rarely seems to get the praise she deserves. The New York-based singer-songwriter has spent the past decade penning the type of songs that you can't help but hold close to your heart, occasionally wiggling them loose to share them with people close to you. There’s … More »
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How to Sing A Happy Tune At Tax Time: Musician's Guide

While tax season is commonly a source of dread for most Americans, working as a musician carries with it some unique tax implications, both when it comes to paying on what you earn, and in terms of what you're allowed to deduct. In this piece, we hear from some of  the music industry's top tax experts on how to make the system work to your advantage.   __________________________ Guest post by Gil Kaufman and Dan Reifsnyder of Repost Network April 15 doesn’t have to be a nightmare. ...
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Scandals, ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Threaten Future Of K-Pop

New scandals in South Korea that cast doubt on K-Pop stars, K-Pop culture and a male chauvinist and sexist South Korean culture in general, could halt the genre's recent hugely successful drive into other countries. So says an expose by CNN that looked not only at the scandals involving K-Pop star Jung Joan-young and Seungri but how there may be collusion with the police and a nationwide atmosphere of “toxic masculinity” that threatens a safe environment for women who are objectified in t...
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Kiernan Shipka Wore A Dress That's Way Too Beautiful To Slime To The Kids' Choice Awards

Season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is still days away, but star Keirnan Shipka’s latest red carpet look has already cast a spell on us – and was way too beautiful to slime at the Kids’ Choice Awards.The actress dazzled at Saturday’s ceremony in a Miu Miu Pre-Fall 2019 mixed media mini-dress. It featured an embellished cutout top, a black bow, and an ivory pleated skirt. Black accessories, a high bun, and simple stud earrings completed the look.When asked if she was prepared to have ...

Kendall Jenner Finally Wore Her Cow-Print Manicure

When Kendall Jenner does anything — wears green liner, contemplates bangs, lends her face to a controversial campaign — it trends on Twitter faster than you can say "Proactiv." So, when the reality star-turned-supermodel was quoted in a recent interview with Allure saying that she was heavy into (wait for it) cow-print nails, we knew it was a breakout manicure trend about to take off.Not only did Jenner contemplate cow-print manicure — "We'll see if that happens any time soon," she told Allure ...