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  • "Weird Al" Parodies Pharrell's "Happy" With Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho in "Tacky" Video

    Jul 14

    "Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing a new album called Mandatory Fun this week. Today, he's shared a video for a Pharrell parody called "Tacky". It recasts radio hit "Happy" (and its 24-hour-dancing video) as an indictment of unappealing modern behaviors: "I would live-Tweet a funeral / Take selfies with the deceased." The video was produced by Nerdist and features appearances by Jack Black (who twerks), Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho, and Aisha Tyler. Watch below.

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  • Local rock acts needed for 10/2 at JR's Bar in #Philadelphia PA: http://ow.ly/z7Y6Y #gigging #DIY #gigs4u...

    Jul 14

    Local rock acts needed for 10/2 at JR's Bar in #Philadelphia PA: http://ow.ly/z7Y6Y #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • How Do I Get My Stuff Featured on Music Blogs?

    Jul 14

    **Guest post written by Joy Ike, creator of Grassrootsy.com and Independent Musician, as featured on Grassrootsy.com.   "...the question you’re asking is: “How do I get write-ups when nobody knows who I am?” Well I’d like to pose 4 different answers to your question..."

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  • Neil Young Prepares For Late 2014 PonoMusic Launch As New CEO

    Jul 14

    Late last week in a shakeup at PonoMusic, Neil Young became CEO while Rick Cohen was named COO. John Hamm stepped down as CEO while remaining an investor. In addition, today Omnifone has announced that their MusicStation platform will be powering the service. They state PonoMusic will launch "before the end of the year" in the US, UK and Canada which suggests that the October delivery of PonoPlayers to pledgers is still on track. Shakeup At PonoMusic Last week's announcement that Neil...

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  • Action Bronson Raps Inside a Port-a-Potty

    Jul 14

    Good morning. Here is a fan-shot video of Action Bronson rapping from the inside of a Port-a-Potty during his performance of "It Concerns Me" at this weekend's Ottawa Bluesfest. He doesn't once waver during his detour, though it should be noted that he also doesn't wash his hands after finishing up. (Watch out for germs, guy taking a photo.) Watch it below, via Consequence of Sound.  As CoS points out, this actually isn't the first time Action Bronson has rapped inside a Port-a-Potty. Watch...

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  • Slowdive Announce Tour

    Jul 14

    Photo by Tom Spray After the reunited British shoegaze outfit Slowdive finish up the festival circuit this summer, they'll head out on a tour that will take them across North America in the fall. Their first North American tour in two decades includes their return to Toronto, where they played their final show back in 1994. "North America was good to Slowdive back in the 1990s," the band said in a press release. "The fact that the last Slowdive concert was performed in Toronto (at Lee's...

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  • What They Really Mean: The Musician's Guide To Industry Speak

    Jul 14

    Networking is one of the most crucial components to any job in any industry. Your ability to connect and stay connected can easily make or break you. Knowing what you want and how to translate that into what you need to do to get there makes a world of difference on the road to success. If you're hitting dead ends and brick walls in your outreach to industry influencers, this is the perfect read for your Monday morning.  Join Sari Delmar as she disects the particulars of the music industry...

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  • Sharon Van Etten Shares "Our Love" Video

    Jul 14

    Sharon Van Etten has shared a video for "Our Love", from her recent record Are We There. Directed by Karen Collins, it's a primarily black-and-white clip that opens with minimalist shots of the artist under sheets with a partner, culminating with Van Etten underwater. Watch below via V Magazine. Read our recent feature on Sharon Van Etten.

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  • DIIV Perform New Song Live: Video

    Jul 14

    Photo by Tom Spray DIIV are busy at work on their sophomore album, which is tentatively set for release later this year or early 2015. On Thursday, they played NYC's Music Hall of Williamburg, as part of their current tour previewing new music. According to Billboard, they performed six new songs. Below, you can watch a fan-shot video of one of those songs.  Read our interview with DIIV from last year. Watch DIIV perform another new song, "Dust", at Captured Tracks' 5th anniversary show:...

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  • Indie Music From Rumblefish Powers Soundtrack Of 1.4 Billion Monthly YouTube Views

    Jul 14

    Musicians and labels are getting paid use of their music in more than 1.4 billion monthly YouTube views through Rumblefish. Founded by a professional musician and film composer, their multi-year head start in the sector has made them attractive to large digital distributors, deep label catalogs, and independent songwriters. Rumblefish says it has cleared more copyrights for use in online video, more than any other provider.   On average, Rumblefish is signing up 10,000, and up to 30,000,...

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