Spotify announced some new things today, MacStories has a good rundown.
Spotify is also revamping their music recommendation features with a simpler Now page. By combining editorial curation with algorithms for intelligent suggestions, Spotify wants to encourage users to start listening to music in different times of the day with a simplified UI that doesn't require users to carefully browse music and assemble playback queues. Spotify has been building up their curation features over the past year, highlighting curated playlists that are presented in the app depending on when a user opens Spotify's Discover section. It appears that Now is based upon the company's existing curated picks,...
The quintessential starting point for Springsteen is your dad’s favorite album, Born to Run. In his early days, Springsteen was very much a “DIY” type of artist – he and his band would play in and around New Jersey, go on small tours and generally jam a lot. Remember, this was the ’70s, and there was no true rapid-fire success to be found. Columbia Records signed Springsteen to an album deal in the hopes that it was signing the next Bob Dylan. But while Springsteen is majorly influenced by Dylan, he has never been content to restrict his art to just himself and an...
Jamie xx has his debut solo album In Colour out on June 1st via Young Turks, and he's shared yet another phenomenal track from the LP. "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" features Young Thug and dancehall artist Popcaan (who you might remember from his Yeezus appearance), and is definitely going to be a summer 2015 staple. Stream the song in the replies.
Kanye West's representatives have shared a statement about his overly censored Billboard Music Awards performance.
Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards. Non-profane lyrics such as “with my leather black jeans on” were muted for over 30 second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented. It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against.
Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned.
Riot Fest is moving from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park.
Recently, as evidenced in the media, there were those who attempted to divide the Humboldt Park community with unfair and unjust tactics that in no way represent the overwhelming majority of the 26th Ward residents and businesses. And while Riot Fest supporters stressed that without question, Riot Fest has done nothing short of showing their unparalleled devotion to the city and the neighborhood they called home, Riot Fest partners, Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough made the ethical decision not to allow the festival to be used as a pawn and removed Riot Fest from the conversation regarding the ever-changing face of Humboldt Park
Recently we have been made aware of the statements made about our bassist, Austin Kerr. We are taking the situation seriously and have decided that the best thing for the band is to part ways with Austin. We send our deepest apologies to anyone who has ever been affected negatively by his actions. Our fans mean the absolute world to us and their safety and happiness will always be our top priority. We are so grateful for their ongoing support...
Today we're introducing you all to Caleb & Carolyn, an indie-folk act out of Buffalo who will release their debut EP, Give Me Anything, on June 2. The duo, who are married, will also hit the road in support of the EP. We're premiering the first single from their EP, titled "Soil," in the replies -- where you can find tour dates as well. You might like the track if you enjoy singer / songwriter vibes, and the male / female vocal harmonies are especially pleasant.
Spraynard have officially released their new 7" EP, the two-song Bench, which is available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp. Additionally, the Pennsylvania trio have announced Mable, a new full-length album that will drop on July 10 via Jade Tree. You can find the tracklist for the new LP below, along with the album art and some upcoming tour dates in the replies.
01) Applebee's Bar
07) Listen to Me
09) Out of Body
Our friends over at the SongExploder podcast have teamed up with Wired to release new episodes.
Each episode of the podcast, created and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway, features a musical guest discussing the ideas and decisions behind a single song by isolating the different pieces. Song Exploder invites the audience to change the way they listen to music by hearing a recording deconstructed to uncover hidden details in the sounds and the creative process.
Previous podcast guests include The Postal Service, Spoon, The National, Ghostface Killah, Toro y Moi and more.
The Verge breaks down the leaked contract Sony Music had with Spotify.
This contract — like every other contract involving a music label and a streaming service — has been secret until now. Given the myriad ways Sony Music came out as the winner, it’s worth asking who really should shoulder the blame for the lackluster streaming payments that artists like Swift have been complaining about — the labels or the streaming service?
All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees will receive a Spotify Premium account as part of the partnership, and the music service will also plug into the Starbucks rewards program. Starbucks employees, as well as customers who have signed up for the coffee chain’s rewards program, will be able to influence in-store music programming, according to the announcement. Starbucks rewards members will also have the opportunity to earn rewards points while using Spotify.
The Maccabeeswere recently in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and they performed a cover of Major Lazer's "Lean On" with the help of Radio 1's Greg James as their last minute stand-in, and enthusiastic, vocal effects member. Check out a video of the performance in the replies.
Telegraf recently worked with Marc McClusky (Ludo, William Beckett) on their upcoming debut EP, Lines. We are premering a new song and video today with "Do You Wanna." The song sits somewhere between the solo work of William Beckett vocally (expectedly) and the instrumentation found in The 1975's songs, where the guitar really helps propel the chorus. The EP uses direct quotes from actual conversations, making it a very personal insight. If you're looking to learn more about the band, you can also watch a short introductory documentary in the replies.