I admit it: most of the time, I'd much rather listen to recorded music than live music. I've seen my share of great shows: the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, the Pixies at the Beacon Theater, Ray Charles at the Blue Note, the Philip Glass Group at Lincoln Center, Laurie Anderson at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few. But most live shows aren't worth the ticket price: they're way too loud, too crowded, too hot, too cold, or too something-or-other. The night I saw Led Zeppelin the sound was awful, and when … Read more
The T-Mobile-sponsored Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert got party crashers of its own on Thursday, with student demonstrators attempting to drum up attention for the treatment of the carrier's employees.
University of Southern California students with the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) group were inside the venue with signs calling for the two rappers to break up with T-Mobile and CEO John Legere.
Outside, there were half a dozen demonstrators holding balloons and a sign that said, "John Legere is full of hot air."
TuneUp scans your music library in seconds, but its free version is limited and doesn't seem fully operational. If you don't want to put in the work, yourself, to get all of your track information, then it's probably worth the fee, if the program actually worked. There are some pesky browser toolbars and add-ons hiding in the installation, as well. That's pretty annoying for a program that asks you to pay for it.
This program scans your music library and then fills in the gaps of information in your files. It's supposed to cross-reference track … Read more
The latest update to Google Maps is rolling out some important new features. Multiple destinations is the highlight of the update, finally adding back a feature that existed before the last major update. The new update also adds reservation searches for restaurants, flights and hotels, but the most fun new feature might be the Upcoming Events cards.
Using Google Maps, you can now search for your favorite venue and see what events are coming up there. What's even cooler is searching an entire area for upcoming events.
To search for upcoming musical events near you, search for "music … Read more
Michael Bublé might be one of the most charming singers in the music industry -- and footage of him taking a fan's smartphone and recording himself at a recent concert probably won't hurt that perception.
A brief video clip that quietly emerged last week shows the moment from the perspective of the unidentified smartphone-carrying fan at a concert attended by thousands.
Bublé, walking nearby and singing "To Love Somebody," unexpectedly (but politely) grabs the young woman's smartphone and -- without missing a beat -- continues to sing while recording himself. Bublé looks directly into the camera and sings a few lines, then passes the phone back to its rightful owner. As expected, the young woman's priceless expression conveys an extreme level of excitement over the surprising act. … Read more
The summer music festival season is in full swing. In San Francisco, that means the three-day Outside Lands music festival, which this year featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, and Paul McCartney.
The festival packed in 65,000 people a day. But those who didn't want to shell out the $250 for a 3-day pass, wait in line at the Porta Potties, or spend hours staking out a spot of grass by the main stage could still see the big names acts -- and for free.
Go to any live concert these days and you'll see many audience members watching the performance through a small screen instead of their own eyes.
In response to this epidemic of diverted attention, indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently put the proverbial foot down on concertgoers with a sign that instructs those with a smartphone, tablet, and/or camera to "Put that s*** away."… Read more
Police going undercover on social media to catch gangsters and murderers is one thing, but posing as punk rockers to catch bands playing illegal house parties?
That's just what Boston police are allegedly doing, according to Slate.
After a nuisance control ordinance (PDF) passed last year, the city has been working to squelch local punk and indie rock parties featuring loud bands. And to find out where these raucous festivities are taking place -- in order to break them up before they get started -- the police are supposedly sleuthing out party addresses via e-mail and social media.
Acting … Read more
12-12-12 was a day tailor-made for social media. Here are some notes on the day from the serious to the ridiculous:
12-12-12, THE DATE: Millions of people spent the days talking about the rare confluence of numbers (won't happen again till 01/01/01 in 2101), starting with 12:12:12 a.m. local time, on Facebook and Twitter and continued around the world, hitting a peak at 12:12:12 pm local time. I, too, gave into the hype and posted a screen grab of the official US atomic clock at Time.gov turning 12:12:12 pm. … Read more
Rolling Stones fans may find they can get what they want after all, namely a live stream of the group's upcoming 50th anniversary concert.
Streamed by Yahoo and entertainment company WWE, the pay-per-view special will be shown on Saturday, December 15, at 6 p.m. PT via Yahoo Music. Dubbed "One More Shot: The Rolling Stones Live," the concert will be the latest in a series of events marking this year's 50th anniversary of the group's debut.
Fans who tune in to the stream at 5:30 p.m. can catch a special called "… Read more