Psychologist E. Glenn Schellenberg and sociologist Christian von Scheve teamed up to comb through five decades of Billboard Top 40 hits. They find that, over time, our taste in pop music has veered toward more and more depressing songs.
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An LCD Soundsystem documentary focusing on the final show in Madison Square Garden in April 2011 will be in select theaters on July 18 only. It's titled Shut Up And Play The Hits, and you can see both a trailer for the film and the theaters where it will be in the replies.
Gregg Andrew DellaRocca (The Republic of Wolves / American Gospel) is now selling art prints, some framed, along with iPhone cases and other products, that feature the artwork of TROW's The Cartographer and American Gospel's Tall Tales Vol. 1.
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Former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan has started a Kickstarter to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas so he can play drums in a new band. They're looking for $1,000, and according to the project description, "It would make ZERO sense to not have Alex Johnson become a part of this project that WILL CHANGE MUSIC. He knows nothing about this project, though I'm sure when we go live it will be hard to keep the secret." For pledging $100, you can get a whopping email and three tweets from Alex. We've had plenty of Kickstarter debates on this website - where do you think this falls in the spectrum of Kickstarter's niche and usefulness in the music industry?
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Tomorrow is Mother's Day, so it's time to think of a great gift...if you haven't already thought of one already. Music is always a great gift, and since we're a music website, we're asking if you're giving your mother some music for Mother's Day, what it is, and why did you choose it?
It looks like a Freddie Mercury hologram will take the stage with Queen when the band performs next Monday for a special show commemorating the 10th anniversary of the hit jukebox musical We Will Rock You.
The late and legendary John Peel's record collection has started to be released online today via a project called "The Space". The first 100 of 2,600 albums have been released in alphabetical order today and include a streaming link plus notes from Peel's personal records.
Ryan Russell (Nervous Energies) has made an offer to military families in Birmingham, Ala., or willing to travel there, to do a free photoshoot. The idea comes from Michelle Obama's "Joining Forces" organization. A snippet of the details can be read below and more info can be found here.