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Monday, June 22, 2015

Apple Music Agrees to Pay Up After Taylor Swift's Open Letter

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 2:19 PM

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Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple, which she penned Sunday, seems to have been the death blow for Apple Music's customer acquisition plans. Early today, after reading Swift's letter, Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue tweeted that the company had decided to change its course, and pay songwriters and artists for streams acquired during customer's free three-month trial period.  

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Premiere: Owl Paws' "The Things I Forgot"

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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San Francisco's Owl Paws, who have been in the studio for a year and a half, move into avant-garde territory with their upcoming 12-track album Reservoir, due out July 10.

The folk-rock trio, featuring singer-guitarist Derek Schultz, bassist Tim Vickers, and drummer Lucas Siobal, stays true to their signature blend of emo and indie but experiment with more layers of decorative melodies and push progressive rhythms throughout the album. The groovy, jam-rock feel recalls indie bands Minus the Bear and Circa Survive, with a jazz-like drive. But there are also hints of world-fusion sprinkled throughout the album, creating serene moments of realization that are almost spiritual. And because the group rocks acoustic instruments, adding mostly ornamental electric guitar, reverb soaked piano, and an occasional bow across Vickers' upright bass, Owl Paws finds themselves in a shuffle suitable for fans of the Shins and the Arcade Fire.

Overall, Owl Paws' Reservoir is nostalgic, yet fresh — simple, but unbelievably technical.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Startup MAGNIFI Uses Streaming Music to Pair Touring Acts With Fans

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:51 PM

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  • Wayne Skeen (Founder, on the left) and Toby Gabriner (CEO, on the right).

MAGNIFI
is a venture-backed, Bay Area-based music streaming startup that grew out of local indie music label Ninth Street Opus. It focuses on connecting touring acts with fans in various local scenes by allowing fans to stream tracks (for free) by bands coming to town soon. So if you’re looking for a show you can just hop on MAGNIFI, peep some tracks, and then (if you dig the tunes) click a few buttons and you’ll have tickets to see the band live.

We sat down with MAGNIFI CEO Toby Gabriner, who previously CEO’ed Adapt.tv (a video technology company acquired by AOL in Sept. 2013 for $465 million) to talk about the launch of the latest dog to enter the music streaming fight.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gray Area Festival Delivers Its Message with Shigeto and Teebs

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:01 AM

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San Francisco's Gray Area Art & Technology foundation had a huge weekend.

In celebrating the proverbial finish line for the renovation of its new facility in the Grand Theater on Mission street, the foundation, which champions "...the gray area between the arts, technology, and design," closed out a three-day conference with performances by Shigeto and Teebs, two artists who straddle that very same gray area of creativity.

Teebs, who puts his music out on Flying Lotus' L.A.-based Brainfeeder label, was manning the decks on the left side of the massive room; the Grand Theater's old main show-space, but without the seats and leveled off to expose the gargantuan projector screen. Standing in the front of the room, Teebs dropped hard, core-rattling boom clap bass tracks and smooth electro wavelengths — the signature Brainfeeder future-hop sound. But there was a subtle anxiety in the air as everyone stared at the lonely drum set on the main stage, that would soon be manned by the evening's star from Detroit. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

WATERS Drop New Video for "What's Real"

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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WATERS debuted a new video for "What's Real," an anthemic pop rock tune about fake (and real) friends, yesterday.

The video opens with frontman Van Pierszalowski in front of a green screen, appearing bewildered by his surroundings. The Bay Area band, originally formed in 2011 in Oslo, Norway, dances enthusiastically in their everyday attire as the power-poppy, guitar-driven song kicks into high gear.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pure Noise Records Teases Upcoming Albums, Joint Tour From The Story So Far and Four Year Strong

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM

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Having become a go-to record label for punk and hardcore fans, Berkeley-based Pure Noise Records continues to put out an impressive catalog from its signature acts. And this week the folks at the label teased their followers with singles from two pop-punk titans: The Story So Far and Four Year Strong.

The label-mates are not only gearing up for their albums, but a joint tour as well. They hit the road May 1 with hardcore legends Terror and emo, indie rockers Souvenirs in Santa Ana, and end the month-and-a-half-long stretch at The Fillmore June 13. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lil B Talks Apps, Technologization, and Insects

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

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Lil B, aka The Based God, recently released his latest app: the TYBG Meme Creator. The new app lets devoted followers of Lil B easily create Based God-approved memes (without any of those annoying tags) to share with their friends.

This isn’t The Based God’s first foray into the tech world – he’s released emoji and vegan food apps in the past – but this new meme creator is perhaps the best (and most fitting) app from the enigmatic Bay Area rapper so far.

One review of the app reads as follows:

"Before lil b blessed us with this ultra-rare meme creator I felt like life had no meaning. I went though the day dreaming about based god memes, but I never got to make them. But now I can make them anytime I want! It is hard for me to articulate how incredible this app truly is. I hope every one in the world is able to get this app. TYBG. PROTECT LIL B AT ALL COSTS."

We used the app as an excuse to speak with The Based God himself about his new app, technologization, and the earth.


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Grateful Dead Original Members Hype Overpriced Pay-Per-View of 'Fare Thee Well' Concerts

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

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Never let subtlety get in the way of a good press release. Much like the Grateful Dead's interminable shows, a release sent out yesterday about the band's "farewell" concerts in Chicago (and now also Santa Clara) is overblown hyperbole, to put it mildly. The release goes so far as to suggest those shows will be the biggest concert event "of all time."

Maybe the most costly concert event...

The surviving members announced in the notice — which repeatedly refers to the band as "Grateful Dead Original Members" — that the shows will be broadcast live via Pay-Per-View on cable, satellite, and online streaming devices. It'll also be in movie theaters around the country.

Yup, pretty much anything that has a screen on it can transport you to the last Grateful Dead Original Members concerts, which take place nearly 20 years after the Dead last performed with Jerry Garcia, the band's late lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Joe Claussell Talks Gospel, DJ Technique, and the State of House Music

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

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He's one-third of influential New York DJ trio Body & SOUL, he used to own New York's Dancetracks record store, he's one of the most intense DJs to ever stand behind the turntables, and he's a nice guy to boot -- these are just a few of the things you can say about Joaquin "Joe" Claussell. For the past 20 years he's been a constant fixture in the New York underground, working as a kind of mutli-faceted steward for this niche music. And today he does much the same, with a prolific and wide-ranging production output released mostly via his own Sacred Rhythm imprint. We recently caught up with him in anticipation of last week's headlining appearance at Mighty on Friday.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Icee Hot Party Crew on Turning Three, Starting a Label, and Aging Gracefully

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM

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  • Ken Taylor

Hosting the bounce of UK bass and the grit of contemporary techno, Icee Hot is one of a handful of parties on the forward edge of San Francisco nightlife. It's been that way since it first started as a project of XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo, producer Ghosts on Tape (a.k.a. Ryan Merry), DJ Rollie Fingers (a.k.a. Will Fewell), and Lazer Sword member Low Limit (a.k.a. Bryant Rutledge). Always one step ahead, the party celebrates its third anniversary this weekend and next with a two-part party at Public Works that features Martyn and Jacques Greene on Saturday, Jan. 19, and Basic Soul Unit and Space Dimension Controller on Saturday, Jan. 26. We caught up with the boys behind the party and asked them a few questions in anticipation of their big week ahead.

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