Billboard is reporting that Apple Music has signed up two of the larger independent digital rights conglomerates.
Apple Music, the hardware giant's soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard. Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on.
This song made my hair stand straight up (I am aware that it grows that way anyhow). "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" is a harmony and eventually gang vocal masterpiece of power, which in moments drops down to just one singer and becomes compelling in a new way. I had a visceral reaction to this song. It's undeniable. I remember when I heard Saves the Day’s Can’t Slow Down, and I was like, well, I'm going to start this over and I'm going to listen again and again. It's that feeling. The structure of this one is inside out. I like that a lot. Like, when there's all...
The Fall of Troy are currently working on a new album, and will be heading out on tour this fall to play Doppelganger in its entirety. The band will then play a second set of rarities and some new songs. Dates can be seen here, and tickets go on sale this friday.
The Winter Brave gained attention back in 2013 when Dave Grohl mentioned the band during his Reddit AMA. Drawing influence from the likes of The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and Silversun Pickups, Boston brothers are releasing a new EP, The Hand You Never Seem to Lend, on July 28th. We're streaming a track from the effort titled "Taken" in the replies. With Grohl's stamp of approval, how could you not take a listen?
Riot Fest Denver has also announced its second wave of bands. System of a Down is now headlining the festival, while Death Grips, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, and more have been announced. Check out the updated admat in the replies and get tickets here.
We spoke with X Ambassadors this week about their debut album VHS and their hit single "Renegades," currently the #1 Alternative song in the country. Check out the interview here.
Learn how to shut your ego out and make sure you’re not doing something out of sheer stubbornness and laziness. We made this record THREE times. That’s three almost entirely different records. Each time we thought it was done, and then we’d all come back to it and realize it wasn’t. It’s the hardest thing to start over again, but it will always be better a second time around.
I stopped playing music because I hated how dependent it made me on other people. My faith in what I was doing felt like a trapeze artist flailing from bar to bar, barely keeping in motion. I would sporadically meet amazing, naturally supportive people amongst the oceans of consumers and they would keep me going momentarily...only to inevitably be let down again at such an exponentially gargantuan rate that I would feel my personality change. I stopped playing music because I am a happy, extremely positive, and supportive person. I am back...and I buy music.
Riot Fest Chicago has unveiled the second wave for its lineup. System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special have been added. Check out the updated admat in the replies and get tickets here.
The difference between this and Spotify is that with Google you never have control over exactly what songs are playing. Google Play Music product manager Elias Roman seems to think that many people won’t mind, since he believes most consumers are after an effortless “lean back” experience. “They want the music to be awesome. They want it to be contextually relevant, but they don’t want to tweak a lot of knobs,” he told The Verge.
Nas has written a statement on Instagram discussing racial inequality.
America has spent so much time, money & resources fighting wars abroad and completely fell asleep at the wheel of the war brewing within our cities, neighborhoods & blocks. We are supposed to stand for freedom & equal opportunity. That's supposed to mean MORE than just words but the actions of late just don't speak to what we are supposed to stand for. This is BIGGER than BLACK and WHITE. This is about America selling a false dream. Now we've obviously progressed since the inception of this nation but we took our eye off the ball and it feels as though things are moving backwards. As a black man, I find it difficult...
Burglary Years is a band from Boston that you could probably tag with a "dream-pop" label, but that doesn't stop the group from spending about half of its new six-minute single "Hatch" rocking out in a pretty heavy way. "Hatch," which you can find in the replies, is a song that lends itself to the listener as a perfectly adequate backdrop for zoning out and falling into its hazy melodies, but it's clear that the songwriting here is well thought out. Burglary Years will release 100 Roses this July via Boston-based label Disposable America, and the record has taken the group years to finalize; the result, if "Hatch" is proper indication, will be an LP worth listening to for its unique...