Get a sneak peek at Spotify’s voice controlled mini gadget

Spotify’s ‘Car Thing’ is their first piece of hardware to come out and we finally know a bit more about the funny little device. Last year Spotify announced their very first physical device, the enticingly titled ‘Car Thing’. A select set of Premium users got to receive the gadget and test it last year to see what it can do and if it’s worthwhile. Spotify said the test was a prototype and they had no plans for mass-production. As Business Insider have noted, in September Spotify updated...
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Detroit Symphony Chooses Its Next Music Director (It Was Love At First Sight)

Jader Bignamini’s first performances with the DSO were unexpected: in 2018, due to cardiac surgery, outgoing music director Leonard Slatkin had to cancel the final concerts of his tenure with the orchestra, and Bignamini stepped in. It was, says the DSO’s board chairman, “the right time, right place, right chemistry.” The new maestro begins his initial six-year term this fall. – Detroit Free Press
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Watch Sada Baby Freestyle & Discuss Nickelback With Kenny Beats

One of the best things on the internet is still The Cave, the weekly rap-freestyle show from producer Kenny Beats. On every episode, Kenny welcomes another collaborator and knocks out a quick beat based on their specifications. The show recently came back for a second season, and it's been great so far. You … More »
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System Of A Down & Avenged Sevenfold Members Release Radiohead Cover

"Street Spirit (Fade Out)," a highlight from Radiohead's 1995 classic The Bends, is an all-time eternal jam and quite possibly the best straight-up rock song the band ever wrote. But some might argue that "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" doesn't sound enough like something you'd hear at a circa-1999 Ozzfest. John Dolmayan is here to fix … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Radiohead, Avenged Sevenfold, Tom Morello, System Of A Down, M. Shadows, John Dolmayan

Wire's 'Mind Hive' Shows the Post-Punk Band at Their Inimitable Best

Wire are, in some ways, a good measure of post-punk. In the early 2000s the wave of indie bands supposedly inhabiting the "genre" (Bloc Party, Interpol, etc.) seemed to have settled on indie rock but with production and signifiers of post-punk, whether appropriating the scratchy transistor amp sound of bands like Gang of Four or merely imitating bands like Joy Division. But post-punk is not a guitar pedal you can buy, but rather an attitude that takes punk's defiant "no" and uses it as a jumpi...
Tags: Music, Review, Rock, Music Review, Wire, Alternative Rock, Post-punk, Experimental rock, Art punk, Pink flag, Post Punk Band, Bloc Party Interpol

Twiztid – “4get U” Ft. Young Wicked & Ekoh

To close out their 6 digital single run, Detroit’s very own Twiztid links up with Young Wicked & Ekoh for “4get U”.
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GRAMMY’s CEO says the awards show nominations are rigged

Last year’s GRAMMY’s CEO says that the award show is rigged calling out one artist in particular. The GRAMMY’s awards ceremony is under fire with a bunch of allegations at the moment – the latest being that the awards are rigged. Former president and CEO Deborah Dugan has spoken out against the recording academy. Dugan was placed on administrative leave last week after taking over from Neil Portnow last August. Whilst the board accused Dugan of misconduct she has hit back with allegatio...
Tags: Music, Awards, Reddit, Discrimination, Allegations, Grammy Awards, Grammy, Artist / Label News, Misconduct, Recording Academy, Dugan, Neil Portnow, Brandi Carlile, Deborah Dugan, Awards Ceremony, Portnow

Dada Major – “Joker” (Video)

Making his worldwide premiere is the Brooklyn, New York recording artist Dada Major. After achieving regional popularity with previous tracks “La La La,” “Sippin Bottles” and “Palace,” the fast-rising act takes his show to the next level in the new visual, titled, “Joker”. Directed by Cruxell Maxwell, Dada delivers his best interpretation of Joaquin Phoenix’s The Joker in the new video as he runs rampant throughout the streets as the Prince of Crime. While running amuck, Dada Major stays in cha...
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Joaquin Phoenix, Brooklyn New York, Izak, La La La Sippin Bottles, Cruxell Maxwell Dada

Oregon Bach Festival Announces Three Finalists To Lead It

The festival has been in turmoil for the past few years after letting its artistic and executive directors. Finalists are conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Craig Hella Johnson and Julian Wachner. – Eugene Register-Guard
Tags: Art, Music, 01.23.20, Miguel Harth Bedoya Craig Hella Johnson

Suhr Guitar Talk :: Trying to order pickguard for 3 months. HELP!

Author: shayneswenson Subject: Trying to order pickguard for 3 months. HELP! Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:13 am (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 1 Hey there, The following is a re-cap of my attempt to get a new pickguard. I’m not complaining and I’m not upset, just really want to get this ordered. I purchased a Classic Antique HSS several months ago and I absolutely love it. I want a pickguard that will fit a covered humbucker so I emailed via the website and I was emailed a form to fill out after a co...
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IKEA and Teenage Engineering’s weird speakers are finally available

Teenage Engineering’s unique brand of music and sound tech gets new life in a series of home and party products from IKEA. Almost 2 years ago IKEA announced that they were working with Teenage Engineering for a range of music products like nothing else. After an eager wait of speculation the range is available to buy. The ‘FREKVENS’ collection are all made with parties in mind, with a design that stands out but doesn’t break the bank. Each product in the range is attachable to the other...
Tags: Music, Technology, Speakers, US, Collection, Ikea, Speaker, Party, Teenage Engineering, Op-1, Blocks, Spotlights, FREKVENS, Kouthoofd, Jesper Kouthoofd

Mars Volta Singer Says His Dog Was Killed By Scientologists Protecting That ’70s Show Actor

Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta and At The Drive had to put down his family dog yesterday after she ate rat poison, and he says that Scientologists protecting That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson were behind it. In 2017, Bixler-Zavala's wife Chrissie Carnell Bixler accused Masterson of raping her while they were … More »
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David Bowie – “Stay ’97”

Every week for the next few weeks, we'll be getting a new track from the David Bowie archives, all of which will be compiled on the Is It Any Wonder? EP. So far we've gotten "The Man Who Sold The World (ChangesNowBowie Version)" and "I Can't Read '97," and today we're … More »
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One Of Uncut Gems’ Breakout Non-Actors Wrote A Companion Album The Safdies Want To Release — Here’s A Preview

Uncut Gems, the fraught and visceral thriller about a jeweler making a whole bunch of bad decisions in quick succession, is one of the best movies of 2019. Its directors, the Safdie Brothers, are notorious for casting first-time actors in their movies. Uncut Gems is easily their biggest production yet, and it includes plenty of … More »
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Rikke Villadsen's 'Cowboy' Is Warped

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Sales statistics for November 2019 now available

You can now view your Sales Statistics for October 2019 on your account at Log-in to see your earnings, full breakdowns are available in your Statistics page. We apologise for the delays this month and are grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we overcame the unexpected delays in statistics and payment. If you have any questions or issues then please create a ticket or send an email to [email protected] and our friendly support team wi...
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addy – “Planted”

The city of Richmond, Virginia has given the world insane numbers of great metal, hardcore, and punk bands. It has also given us D'Angelo. And it's also the home of Adam Watkins, a young musician who records blurry bedroom-pop records under the name addy. Watkins' style is a folky acoustic sort of thing, but he … More »
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Peter Stamm's Playlist for His Novel "The Sweet Indifference of the World"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Peter Stamm's latest novel The Sweet Indifference of the World is a riveting and surprising exploration of memory and identity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote of the book: "An ...
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Genesis Reunite At MSG (To Watch The Knicks)

Back in 1996, Phil Collins left Genesis to focus on his solo career. He later rejoined the band for a massive 2007 tour. But for a good chunk of the years since, any talk of further reunions had to be taken with a grain of salt. Though the members remained friends, there were various factors … More »
Tags: Music, News, Genesis, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, MSG To Watch The Knicks

Chance The Rapper To Host Quibi’s Punk’d Reboot

Chance The Rapper is set to host MTV's reboot of Punk'd on the short-form video streaming platform Quibi. The original celebrity prank show ran 10 seasons on MTV with Ashton Kutcher as the host. More »
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Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today's installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Rihanna, Future, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Chris Martin, Selena Gomez, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Drake, Seth Meyers, James Corden

Sorry – “More”

We've been excited about the malleable UK indie group Sorry for quite some time now. Back in the middle of 2018, we named them a Band To Watch -- a couple months later, they also popped up on our lists of the year's best new bands and best EPs. More »
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When Classical Music Was Central

“However difficult to imagine, across those eventful decades, countless people embraced the idea that what happened in the concert hall and the opera house was inseparable from the destiny of the United States and the well-being of the American people.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, United States, 01.24.20

Kanye West's New Sunday Service Choir Sings... A Lot

The record is solid, perhaps even better than that. Many of the songs include dramatic breaks or shifts in tone and rhythm, and they're effective. The vocal performances are tremendous, and Kanye deserves a great deal of credit for assembling the choir, writing the music, and getting it to wax. Standout songs include the ragtime opener, "Count Your Blessings", and the epic-operatic, "Back to Life". Kanye and the Choir also reinterpret familiar soul-pop jams, like Ginuwine's "So Anxious", into ...
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Stream Glean’s Demo 2020

Glean are a young hardcore band from San Diego with a big, chunky, melodic sound. In their seesawing dynamics and their bruised, passionate hooks, Glean recall the early-'90s moment when some of the architects of hardcore's early days started branching out and striving for alt-rock acceptance: Bob Mould with Sugar, Walter Schreifels with Quicksand. You … More »
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