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  • Future's Album Honest Features Andre 3000, Kanye, Drake, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, More

    Mar 10

    Future finally has a release date for his long-in-the-works LP Honest. The follow-up to 2012's Pluto arrives April 22 via A1/Freebandz/Epic. That's the cover art, above. The new album will feature previously shared singles "Honest" and "Move That Dope" (with Pharrell and Pusha T) as well as features from André 3000, Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and more. Production comes from Mike WiLL Made-It, 808 Mafia, Metro Boomin', and more. Last week, Future released the music video for "Move...

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  • Samsung Makes Another Big Marketing Move With Milk Music Radio

    Mar 10

    On Friday Samsung introduced Milk Music aka Milk, a radio service for Galaxy users featuring over 200 web radio stations as well as customization options. The new service is powered by Slacker and is currently offered for free without ads. Note that all descriptions say that "free" and "ad-free" are for a limited time. Like other musical efforts by Samsung to build their brand, such as the Jay-Z album release, this is a big move to capture attention. Samsung's new Milk radio is powered by...

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  • #SXSW Music Meets Tech Meetup: Tuesday March 11th 12:30-1:30PM

    Mar 10

    As SXSW Interactive winds down and SXSW Music begins, there's a moment when the tech freaks and music geeks overlap. It's the SXSW Music Meets Tech Meetup and Hypebot is proud to be a sponsor. It's time to hang IRL with the people on the other side of those three month long email chains and connect with the other innovators in the scene.  THE DETAILS: WHEN: March 11, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm   WHERE: Conveniently located at the SXSW Interactive Meet Up Tent (E. 6th St & Neches...

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  • Stream the War on Drugs' New Album Lost in the Dream

    Mar 10

    Philly rockers the War on Drugs will release their new LP, Lost in the Dream, next week. It's the followup to 2011's Slave Ambient. Following the single "Red Eyes", the entire record is now up to stream, below, via The Guardian. Frontman Adam Granduciel shared some thoughts about Lost with The Guardian: Even though I feel some of the content of the lyrics might be lonely, I don’t want to make sad, brooding music, I want to make uplifting music... But lyrically I felt like I had to go into a...

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  • Ron Reyes Speaks Out on Black Flag Debacle, Says Greg Ginn Threatened His Family

    Mar 10

    Will the Black Flag madness ever end? Don't count on it any time soon. Speaking out in a recent Beatroute interview (via Brooklyn Vegan), former vocalist Ron Reyes (fired from the band mid-set while performing in Australia) has commented on the mess: competing reunions, departures, and his replacement, Mike Vallely, the pro skateboarder who managed Black Flag in 2013. Reyes offered an unsettling explanation for his behavior deemed "disgruntled" and "combative" by Vallely in a recent Rolling...

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  • SXSW Music: Worth The Trip For Unknown Acts?

    Mar 10

    SXSW Music has changed quite a bit over the years. Though now sharing the stage with successful film and tech festivals, it's grown rapidly over the last decade from a place for unsigned and emerging acts to a crowded city in which unknown artists compete for attention with major label and major indie artists. Some are still making the trek including a growing international presence. But often more developed acts are reaping the benefits of SXSW Music because, as Tom Windish points out, SXSW...

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  • Michael Dell Takes $25 Million Stake In Kobalt Music

    Mar 10

    Computer titan Michael Dell’s private investment firm, MSD Capital, has taken a 9.9% stake in music publisher Kobalt. Kobalt has been a leader in using new technologies to collect new and far flung royalty streams. MSD reportedly paid about $25 million for the stake, sources tell the WSJ. Related articles New Hires. Titles and Deals @ Beatport, Creative Allies, Kobalt Music Music Publishing News Roundup: iTunes Radio, ole, Songfile & More Music Publishing Weekly Roundup: Rap Genius vs...

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  • 5 tips for finding people to host house concerts

    Mar 10

    So you’ve been thinking you’d like to give house concerts a try. First of all: Do it! House concert touring has been the most rewarding and successful model for touring that I’ve yet discovered as an independent artist. I’ve made more fans, earned more money, and had more fulfilling experiences on my last two summer house […] The post 5 tips for finding people to host house concerts appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Slash Gets His Own Hackathon During #SXSW At Slashathon

    Mar 10

    The hottest hackathon at SXSW 2014 will undoubtedly be the SXSW Music Hackathon Championship on March 12, because the hacker who will be there to build functional digital music technologies from a suite of APIs and their own ingenuity consist of the cream of the music-hacking crop, with $13,500 in cash prizes at stake. On the same day, just a few blocks away, guitarist Slash will host his very own personal hackathon, billed as “the first ever artist-focused hackathon.” Indeed, we have never...

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  • Listen to Slowdive's FACT Mix Featuring Swans, Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, Yo La Tengo, More

    Mar 10

    Reunited shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are set to play a number of upcoming festivals and have even hinted at the possibility of a new record. Now, to celebrate their return, the English band has put together a mix for FACT, collecting tracks that have significantly impacted their work and contemporaries who they came up admiring. It ranges from Swans, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine to Nick Drake, Yo La Tengo, Cocteau Twins, and more. "It's hard to ignore how some of these bands have helped...

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