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  • Concert Discovery Space Heats Up With New Startups and Established Ticketing Companies

    Jun 11

    Up until this year it looked like one or more startup mobile apps related to music concert discovery such as WillCall and Jukely were going to gradually build out the concert discovery space city by city. While that work continues new entries are to be expected. But not only are nightlife and event apps entering the scene but so are more established ticketing companies that offer much more serious competition. Hypebot's coverage of concert discovery apps has focused on small startups...

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  • Stream New Releases From White Lung, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Matteah Baim, and Will Saul Via Pitchfork Advance

    Jun 11

    Vancouver punk band White Lung have returned with Deep Fantasy, their third album and their first on Domino. The follow up to 2012's Sorry is out on June 16 in the UK and June 17 in the U.S, and features the excellent singles “Face Down” and “Drown With the Monster”. Read our new interview with White Lung here. Deep Fantasy is available for streaming right now via Pitchfork advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. It'll be streaming on...

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  • Local/regional Blues, Punk, Rock acts needed for 9/3 at El Rio in #SanFrancisco CA: http://ow.ly/xSIRq...

    Jun 11

    Local/regional Blues, Punk, Rock acts needed for 9/3 at El Rio in #SanFrancisco CA: http://ow.ly/xSIRq #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Tango Launches Channels With Spotify, Vevo, 8tracks and OK Go Among Launch Partners [Updated}

    Jun 11

    Tango continues to expand the marketing possibilities on its highly popular messaging app. In April they added a news feed which opened up some marketing options. Yesterday they launched Tango Channels, official channels for businesses and celebrities forefronted with an attractive directory. Launch partners include music brands and musicians Spotify, Vevo, 8tracks, OK Go and Slash. Tango's new Channels offer brands an official presence in the newsfeed. They're also distinguished by a nice...

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  • Shamir Explores the Weird Side of Las Vegas in "Sometimes a Man" Video

    Jun 11

    Shamir has shared the video for "Sometimes a Man", from his recently released Northtown EP. Directed by Anthony Sylvester, it shows the 19-year old singer kicking around the weirder side of his native Las Vegas—like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but with more caves and decrepit houses. Check it out below. On June 15, Shamir will perform live with a five-piece band for the first time, at Muchmore's in Brooklyn, as part of Northside Festival. On August 23, he'll perform live at MoMA PS1's Warm...

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  • Why Music Labels and Publishers Chronically Miss Out On Licensing Opportunities

    Jun 11

    By music licensing expert Andy Lykens. The C-levels at a music publisher I used to work at would drop by my cube once every few days. All nice people, they did their best to be friendly when asking “working on anything big?” They’d ask that question because I was the person who had developed a system and brought in deals (licenses worth anywhere from $15K-$400K per side). My answer was typically “yes, I’m always working on something big.” Because that is true. When you work in syncs you...

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  • Mastodon's "High Road" Video Tells The Epic Tale of a LARP Nerd Battling for Supremacy

    Jun 11

    Mastodon have shared their Karate Kid-meets-Napoleon Dynamite-meets "Game of Thrones" video for "High Road", a single from their forthcoming album Once More 'Round the Sun. The video was directed by Roboshobo, and stars a host of experienced LARPers (acolytes of Live Action Role Playing, for those not in the know) engaging in mortal combat with toy swords and pool noodles. Meanwhile, a young nerd seeks glory and honor for his family – but does he have enough experience points to vanquish the...

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  • Madlib Reveals Rock Konducta Full Details, Shares "Black Dreams (Sludge Fight)"

    Jun 11

    At the end of last year, Madlib announced he would release an instrumental double album of psych, kraut, and prog music called Rock Konducta. (With that announcement he shared a track called "Hold The Organ".) The first half, Rock Konducta Pt.1, was released on vinyl earlier this year. Now, he's revealed that the second half will be released on vinyl July 8, and the full collection will be released on CD and digitally July 15, all via his own label Madlib Invazion. The CD and digital versions...

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  • A2IM Names Libera 2014 Independent Music Nominees

    Jun 11

    [UPDATED] U.S. independent music trade group A2IM has named the nominees for its 2014 Libera Awards. Designed to showcase the diverse landscape of independent artists and the companies that support them, The Liberas are on track to replace a plethora of competitors as the indie music most prestigious seal of approval. The full list of 2014 Libera nominees: Independent Album of the Year •    Arcade Fire 'Reflektor' (Merge Records) •    Arctic Monkeys 'AM' (Domino) •    Boards of Canada...

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  • How To Run Your Own Social Network: Backplane Opens Lady Gaga's Platform To All

    Jun 11

    Though sometimes described in such forms as "Lady Gaga's Backplane," the social networking company is actually an independent entity and Lady Gaga is an investor and shining star. Backplane gradually grew from LittleMonsters.com to an odd assortment of brands tied together by the platform. Now they're planning to open the whole thing up, according to new COO and president Scott Harrison, and they're emphasizing monetization as well as the kind of control you can't get from Facebook. Scott...

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