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Twitter released their new app Periscope this week. It's an app that allows you to create livestreams from your phone and anyone can join in and watch. I could see this being a tool for bands to use to livestream from the studio, throwing makeshift AMAs, or playing random acoustic performances for fans. The app is now available in the app store. Casey Newton over at The Verge talks more about the app for those curious:
Periscope has been in development for more than a year, and the app arrives showing nice attention to detail. You sign in with Twitter, and the first thing you see is a list of streams that are currently live. Below it, you’ll see a list of recent streams. Not all can be...
Jason Tate on 03/27/15 - 01:34 PM
Kanye West's next album will be titled So Help Me God.
Jake Denning on 02/28/15 - 10:27 PM
Some of you reading may like the band Fire and Ice, and some of you may want to know that they recently posted a variety of homophobic tweets and basically said they don't care if anyone is offended. I asked the label why they'd keep a band like this on their roster and didn't hear back. I think everyone can make their own decisions about what music they listen to and what they can put up with from artists ... but for me, this is one of the lines that renders a band unlistenable in my book.

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Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 10:52 AM
Slaves guitarist Chris Kim has revealed on Twitter that he is no longer a part of the band. He followed up that post by tweeting a link to an article on "How to Spot a Sociopath."

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Jason Tate on 02/10/15 - 01:24 PM
Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low was one of many who found it odd that Chris Brown was in the audience at the Grammys last night ... especially after President Obama's video in support of the "It's On Us" campaign aired. Chris Brown then responded to Alex on Twitter in a since deleted message.
Jason Tate on 02/09/15 - 03:15 PM
Following our release of the Most Anticipated Albums for 2015, Matty of The 1975 just posted this very simple and intriguing tweet. What could it mean? Just a reference to the band name origin and the backstory we all know by now? Or something more like a release date of a new album to coincide with this? Either way, it's a perfect day to get even more wrapped up in the anticipation for this year's releases.
Kyle Huntington on 01/19/15 - 08:55 AM
Laura Schneider, writing for Hypebot, on how the new changes to Facebook and Twitter could make music videos a top priority again for bands.
As digital promotion continues to rise in popularity, so does the proverbial bar. These major tech companies are paying attention to the engagement being driven by quality video content - if you're arriving late to the party, now would be the time for you to do the same. Yesterday Facebook shared that "shorter, timely video content tends to do well in News Feed." That suggests that short videos (tour announcements, backstage and studio snippets, etc.) might drive engagement as much or more than music videos and long form content.
Jason Tate on 01/12/15 - 05:37 PM
CeeLo Green has shut down his Twitter account after saying really stupid shit.
Yesterday (September 1), as Billboard reports, Green deleted two tweets prior to removing his whole account in which he is alleged to have written: "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent."

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Jason Tate on 09/05/14 - 11:31 AM
Robin Thicke's Twitter Q&A, where VH1 asked users to submit questions using the #AskThicke hashtag ... went just about as well as you'd assume. Buzzfeed has rounded up the questions and answers.
Jason Tate on 07/02/14 - 11:16 AM
The Westboro Baptist church is tweeting at me and I need suggestions on what to respond with -- my default: "kindly go fuck yourself," seems too nice.
Jason Tate on 06/25/14 - 11:57 AM
Billboard and Twitter have teamed up to present the "real-time charts" to track the most popular music being shared on the social network.
The first is Billboard Trending 140, which compares the frequency a song is shared over the past hour with the hourly average of shares in the last day. The second is Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists, which ranks songs from artists with less than 50,000 Twitter followers by the volume of shares in a 24-hour period. There will also be weekly summaries showing the most popular tracks on Twitter during that time span.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 11:03 AM
Sublime with Rome have accused Linkin Park of calling the cops on them.
Linkin Park called the cops on us and said that they were allergic to pot. Cops came and took all our weed while we on stage. Bitch shit
Jason Tate on 05/27/14 - 10:48 AM
I was wondering if anyone was going to comment on this after we posted the video for Arcade Fire's "We Exist" -- but I never really saw anything pop-up. Then, this morning I saw this Tweet from Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace: "Dear arcadefire, maybe when making a video for a song called "We Exist" you should get an actual "Trans" actor instead of Spider-Man?"
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 10:23 AM
Twitter is reportedly thinking of buying SoundCloud.
Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music. The company is considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing company, according to people familiar with both companies.
Jason Tate on 05/19/14 - 11:27 AM
Macklemore has responded to the criticism of his recent costume on Twitter, "A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody."
Jason Tate on 05/19/14 - 10:52 AM
Morrissey is now on Twitter.
Jason Tate on 05/14/14 - 02:08 PM
Gerard Way made a comic that tries to explain his relationship with Twitter. He also has a personal homepage he's launched for all his projects.

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Jason Tate on 05/05/14 - 12:28 PM
Anberlin's new album cover can be unlocked through Twitter.

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Jason Tate on 05/05/14 - 12:25 PM
I was planning to write something about this entire "who was talking about emo/pop-punk/whatever" debate that sprung up online yesterday (and touched on it via Twitter this morning), but Ben Cosman at The Wire nails the entire point I wanted to make in one paragraph:
A pissing-contest over who's liked emo longer isn't going to do the genre any favors in popularity. But of course an argument about emo descends into "I was talking about this band way before you were". As Cohen and Hyden (and a slew of others on Twitter) pointed out to Heisel, those who've hung around with the genre should be pleased with the progress it has made recently, both in terms of credibility and quality, instead...
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 03:31 PM
Deadmau5 seemed to take issue with Arcade Fire throwing a few jabs EDM's way the past few weeks. During their Coachella set, Win Butler shouted out "to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" -- and the replies via Twitter from Deadmau5 range from, "arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?" to "inb4 some fucking hipster throws a hackeysack at me." This is way cooler than when I get called out by disgraced band members on my Facebook page.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 04:00 PM
You can do some tweeting to unlock the new Wolves at the Gate album artwork.

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Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:22 AM
Prodigy of Mobb Deep was not happy about getting a perfect score from Pitchfork for the re-release of Da Infamous. Dylan McCarthy at ToneDeaf takes a look at the entire situation:
He raises the question: should privileged middle-class white guys be commenting on rap music when they have no firsthand experience of the culture and the struggles and oppression that come with it – in other words, no credibility on the matter?

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Jason Tate on 04/15/14 - 11:48 AM
Twitter and Billboard have created the "Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts." A constantly updating chart of music that’s being talked about and shared by Twitter users.
Billboard has always been the standard by which music popularity is measured, and Twitter and its millions of users worldwide have added an entirely new dimension and pace to the way the marketplace interacts with, and evaluates, music and music-makers," said Janice Min, Co-President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. "The Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts, a natural extension for media brands so in sync in the music space, stands to once again dramatically shape the conversation...
Jason Tate on 03/27/14 - 04:09 PM
The Black Keys have announced their new album via Mike Tyson's Twitter account. The video announcement is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 03/21/14 - 05:27 PM
Twitter #music is no more.
The service announced its iOS app is disappearing from the store today, although anyone actually using it can continue until the service is shut down April 18th. In a followup tweet, the team mentions it will "continue to experiment with new ways to bring you great content based on the music activity we see every day on Twitter."
Jason Tate on 03/21/14 - 05:26 PM
Counting Crows have finished recording a new album. They plan to mix the record in April and it's slated for release in August or September. This will be the group's first full-length comprised of original material since 2008's Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.

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Chris Collum on 02/28/14 - 11:26 AM
The Matches have a new Instagram account and updated their Twitter for the first time in nearly 4 years. Could it mean something? Maybe, maybe not - but it's fun to think about.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/18/14 - 10:08 PM
It appears that blink-182 are working on some demos.

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Chris Collum on 02/12/14 - 10:54 AM
Anberlin, which will record its final album this year, has tweeted a tease of who will be working on the record with them. "We have the dream team for this final album. Could not be more siked. AM.MG.AS." Could that be Aaron Marsh, Matt Goldman and Aaron Sprinkle?
Thomas Nassiff on 01/30/14 - 10:20 AM
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) was not pleased with the Grammys and CBS after the telecast cut short his show-closing performance with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), and Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac).
trent_reznor: Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.
Drew Beringer on 01/27/14 - 08:02 AM
A variety of musicians and bands have begun speaking out on Twitter about the Kelly Thomas verdict. Will Pugh, of Cartel, stated, "If you care at all about civil liberties, you should be paying attention to the Fullerton PD's actions," and Man Overboard tweeted, "No justice for #KellyThomas means no justice for all American citizens. A sad day in our history. Embarrassing and heartbreaking to witness."
Jason Tate on 01/18/14 - 10:23 PM
Foo Fighters have completed recording their eighth studio album!

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Chris Collum on 01/17/14 - 07:18 AM
Andrew Belle has posted on Twitter that he is working on an "alternate version of Black Bear" to share later this year.
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 11:39 AM
Flying Lotus just shared a folder of what he calls "ideas, drafts and loops" via Twitter for free download. Some of the artists featured on the tracks include Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Shabazz Palaces, Baths and Thundercat.
Chris Collum on 12/10/13 - 01:48 PM
Katy Perry is now the most followed person in the world on Twitter. Can I get a RT or fav?
Jason Tate on 11/04/13 - 11:33 AM
The members of Alkaline Trio will be chatting with fans on Twitter today at 2:30pm PST using the hashtag #askalk3.
Alex DiVincenzo on 10/30/13 - 08:55 AM
Following on the heels of their highly publicized Twitter feud, Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West are set to either reconcile or take the feud to another level face-to-face on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. Be sure to tune in, as it seems very unlikely that we won't get at least a few classic Kanyeisms out of this appearance.
Chris Collum on 10/09/13 - 12:40 AM
So it sure looks like Jon Simmons of Balance and Composure will be a guest vocalist on the next Say Anything record.
Chris Collum on 10/07/13 - 06:12 PM
Thomas Erak (Chiodos, The Fall of Troy) is teasing a "major announcement." Should we start some The Fall of Troy reunion speculation?

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Drew Beringer on 09/03/13 - 07:25 AM
Something is stirring in The Downtown Fiction camp.

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Drew Beringer on 09/02/13 - 08:23 AM
Save The Day tweeted out that the band just played Can't Slow Down (a record that just turned 15 years old) from front to back for the first time. Could they have just been doing it for fun or is this something that might pop up in a future show? Would you be stoked if the band busted out these stone-cold classics on tour? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
Drew Beringer on 08/23/13 - 10:57 AM
Stephen Christian (Anberlin) is teasing "huge news" on Monday. Any guesses? Might it be related to yesterday's cryptic Instagram?

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Drew Beringer on 08/13/13 - 01:24 PM
Kellin Quinn has revealed that the $80 Polaroid Meet and Greet VIP option included as part of Sleeping With Sirens fall U.S. headliner ticket options will benefit cancer patient Anthony. Fans have raised over $10,000 for Anthony by purchasing this package.
Jake Denning on 08/13/13 - 10:44 AM
Mayday Parade will be making some sort of announcement on Monday. New album details? New song? We'll find out.
Drew Beringer on 07/27/13 - 10:59 AM
Emarosa is preparing something.

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Drew Beringer on 07/25/13 - 09:29 AM

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