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  • The xx and Jai Paul Working on New Music, Producer Rodaidh McDonald Confirms

    Jun 9

    Photo by Erez Avissar During the xx's recent U.S. tour, the London trio took some time out to begin recording the follow-up to 2012's Coexist. In an interview with Dazed, XL in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald talked about the sessions. McDonald previously worked with the xx on their debut album. "I’m right in the middle of working on their third record now," he said of the xx, "and it’s a completely different concept, just trying everything, trying to find new ways of working, new sounds..."...

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  • Stream Lone's New Album Reality Testing

    Jun 9

    Electronic producer Matt Cutler, a.k.a. Lone, will release Reality Testing, his first album since 2012's Galaxy Garden, on June 17. The whole thing is now streaming at Thump, and you can check it below. It features Best New Tracks "2 Is 8" and "Airglow Fires" as well as "Begin to Begin". Here's what Cutler said about the album in a press release: I was listening to a lot of Detroit techno and old Chicago house that had the same grain and dirtiness to it as a lot of the hip-hop I was...

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  • How To Get Your Music On College Radio

    Jun 9

    **Guest post written by Patrick Hertz of Tinderbox Music. This article originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.   "College radio is a unique mix of non-commercial stations that range from small-watt student-run operations to huge, vastly influential public and/or community stations. This spectrum allows for most any independent artist to find terrestrial radio airplay – that is, of course, if the music is good..."

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  • ROK Mobile: Music + Mobile Service From The Guy Who Brought Us Patron and Paul Mitchell

    Jun 9

    (UPDATED) Partnerships betweeen music streaming services and mobile carriers are announced almost weekly, but seldom is the carrier and music service one an the same. That's the one price, one service promise of ROK Mobile which is scheduled to launch internationally later this summer.  Its the brainchild of John Paul DeJoria (pictured left), the marketer behind Patron Tequila and Paul Mitchell Hair Products and British serial entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick. With the impressive success...

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  • FKA twigs Announces Debut Album LP1

    Jun 9

    FKA twigs has announced her debut album, which is called... LP1. (Fitting, no?) It'll be out August 12 via Young Turks, and follows her first and second EPs from last year.  FKA twigs will perform at Pitchfork Music Festival at Chicago's Union Park on July 19. Grab tickets here. She'll also embark on a short tour in August, and you can check out the full dates below.  Read our 2013 interview with FKA twigs here. LP1: 01 Preface 02 Lights On 03 Two Weeks 04 Hours 05 Pendulum 06 Video...

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  • Best of Recent Apple/Beats Coverage In The Absence Of Actual Merger Activity

    Jun 9

    Apple and Beats are, of course, continuing with their respective businesses with a lot of merger activity ahead. But since the Apple/Beats combo is such big news we're all going to continue to write about it until there is news. And then we'll write some more. The following three topics caught my eye over the last few days: Beats' World Cup short, inside sources on arrogant Apple managers and what about Dre? Beats by Dre's Short Film/Long Ad for the World Cup Beats by Dre leads us into the...

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  • REWIND TO 2005: "New Stats Show Legal Downloads Growing"

    Jun 9

      The first in a new ongoing series that looks back at a decade of Hypebot posts covering the news and opinions that shaped the music industry.  From July 26, 2005 - "Widespread broadband adoption combined with the digitization of music and the emergence of portable digital music players is fundamentally changing the music industry," acorrding to Ben Macklin, Senior Analyst at eMarketer and author of eMarketer's new report, Online Music: Downloads, Streaming, Radio, Mobile. "While the...

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  • Lykke Li Announces Fall Tour

    Jun 9

    Lykke Li has announced a fall tour in support of her new album, I Never Learn. Check out the announced schedule of dates below, which will soon expand to include more international shows.  Read our recent feature on Lykke Li.  Lykke Li: 06-14 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival 06-20 Tuttlingen, Germany - Southside Festival 06-21 Scheeβel, Germany - Hurricane Festival 06-22 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival 06-27 Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival 06-29 Moscow, Russia...

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  • Local/regional rock acts needed for 6/13 at The Ice House Tavern in #Phoenix AZ: http://ow.ly/xMEkA ...

    Jun 9

    Local/regional rock acts needed for 6/13 at The Ice House Tavern in #Phoenix AZ: http://ow.ly/xMEkA #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • How To Get More Gigs [Dave Kusek]

    Jun 9

    Gigging is, without a doubt, a critical income stream for every artist. Securing gigs is extremely competitive, but going in with a plan can give you the jumpstart you need to close the deal. Collaboration, networking, and a proactivity can unlock the door to venues you never saw yourself playing in when used efficienty - it all boils down to being prepared. Dave Kusek encourages our best efforts by giving us five tips for getting more gigs on MusicThinkTank.com. Join the conversation - let...

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