Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival Includes Performances By Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers
7 Music Discovery Tools to Find New Tunes
Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages. The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event. It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain. “I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.” Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival. “There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music.
Loving Music Midtown and Piedmont Park shouldn’t be mutually exclusive
Its Discover section lets you toggle between different genres, tags, available formats and recommendations (including staff picks, best-selling and artist-recommended), and opens up endless browsing possibilities. Bandcamp’s homepage is filled with curation, from features on Bandcamp artists, to fan spotlights, to “Bandcamp Weekly,” which highlights new music. Bandcamp’s fan pages let users display their purchases and wish lists, write a description about their favorite tracks from one of those purchases, and follow artists and other fans to stay up-to-date on what people are listening to. 4. Last.fm While Last.fm has been around since 2002 (or forever, in Internet terms), its music discovery and recommendation tools are only getting better. In the last year, its music recs feel even more spot on than ever. Organized in tiles at the top your dashboard, the recommendation section takes what you have been listening to (your Last.fm “scrobbles”) and offers suggestions based on that data while noting which artists you like that are similar. The expanded recommendations page offers even more options to sort through, such as tags, related artists, new releases and some free downloads. You can better the odds of a helpful recommendation by removing artists in which you know you’re not interested. Plus, Last.fm makes it even easier for you: Listen to its radio station based on your recommendations. Of course, Last.fm’s social features are still rife with discovery possibilities. Find your friends to see what they’re scrobbling now (feel free to make fun of them if you catch them listening to something that ruins their credibility), check out gigs happening in your area and invite your friends. 5. Hype Machine Despite its name, Hype Machine circumvents the so-called hype machine of the major music press to bring you what’s being shared across all music sites right now. In the span of a few songs, you could find a crazy EDM remix next to a folksy ballad, DIY punk single and a glitchy electronic track.
Apple vs. Pandora: The Music-Streaming Duopoly
I have attended every Music Midtown since the festival was launched in 1994, and I have followed the event as it has hop-scotched across town to four different locations and as it has changed from a springtime festival to a fall event. When Music Midtown went on a six-year hiatus, I lamented Atlantas loss. Now Music Midtown is back having made Piedmont Park its home for the past three years. To listen to organizer, Peter Conlon, the scaled-down version is doing quite well and Piedmont Park is the perfect spot. Thats where the mixed emotions come in. On the plus side, I personally could not ask for a more convenient location. I am more than happy to put up with any inconveniences of closed streets, increased traffic and tens of thousands of people descending on our neighborhood to listen to music, enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Atlanta and share those once-in-a-lifetime experiences with others. But on the negative side, I cant ignore the damage that the festival has on the park. Fans listen to Phoenix at Music Midtown on Friday evening (Photo: Maria Saporta) When the rain poured down on Saturday, large portions of the grassy meadows and lawns facing Music Midtowns three stages were turned into big gushy marshes of mud. How unfortunate that it rained on the biggest day of Music Midtown but its not new for the event to have bad weather, and the rain certainly didnt keep the crowds away. But the rain did damage the green space in the park.
Pandora: The Music-Streaming Duopoly By Richard Saintvilus | TheStreet.com 2 hours 2 minutes ago NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) — In only the first nine months of the year, shares of Pandora have already tripled. While the Internet radio giant has done well, overcoming tough odds and growing despite stiff competition from the likes of Spotify and Sirius XM , Pandora has not shown that it can make enough money to justify investors’ faith. With Apple’s iPhones now available with iTunes Radio, which comes at a much cheaper cost than Pandora’s subscription service, Pandora’s already weak margins are suddenly under more pressure. Will the stock hold? Read: The Beginning of the End for Facebook With listening hours up 16% year over year and subscription revenue surging up 143%, I can’t deny that Pandora is an exceptional growth story. As with Facebook , Pandora is also benefiting from a dominant showing in advertising revenue, which continues to outperform Street estimates, climbing up recently by 44%. But eventually “the music stops.” Given that content acquisition costs continue to rise, including a 35% increase in the recent quarter, Pandora will have to do better than the $8 million GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) loss the company posted in the recent quarter. Realizing that Pandora’s dealing with liquidity issues in looking for ways to finance its operations, last week management announced plans to sell 18.2 million shares in an expanded stock offering at $25 per share. The offering, which is expected to close on Tuesday, is an attempt to attract advertisers away from terrestrial radio stations. Given how the offering was structured, which includes a 30-day option for underwriters JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley to purchase 2.73 million additional shares, Pandora might be able to net a total estimated sum of $393 million, given that the underwriters exercised their option on Friday. Investors cheered the news, sending shares of Pandora to its highest level in more than two years. But I wouldn’t get carried away just yet. Assuming the local U.S. advertising market is a $15 billion industry, this seems like a good strategy for Pandora.
Essay: When music plays politics, can it change a thing?
Petersburg 80 years earlier. Meanwhile, the world had changed, and Mozart performance with it.How did this fit, I wondered, with the party line across the street, where it was an article of faith that the Russians were 10 ft. tall? At breakfast the next morning, I mentioned this to our co-host, a professor of international relations, still active a generation later as a consultant to Donald Rumsfelds Department of Defense.What has that to do with anything? he demanded. A few months later, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose wonderings seemed to resonate with mine, was named General Secretary of the CPSU. Then and since, musicians, editorial writers and professors of international relations have insisted in unison that music, its institutions and players are unpolitical. Yet the last couple of centuries alone should tell us that this is just wrong. The Paris conservatory was a direct by-product of the French Revolution, the Berlin conservatory of Bismarcks wars of unification.Not only did royalty and the diplomatic corps appear for the grand opening of Londons Royal College of Music.The New York Times considered it news fit to print.From its debut in 1958 to the Soviet Unions demise, Moscows Tchaikovsky competition was about as unpolitical as the Olympics.In 1956, Isaac Stern was dispatched to break the ice and show the Stars and Stripes in the Soviet Union.In 1979 he did the same in China.In living memory, the New York Philharmonic has made it to North Korea, though not to Cuba. Yet PR or soft power is only half the story.In an essay published posthumously in 1921, Max Weber, the great German sociologist, noted that Western music, with its diatonic scale and user-friendly notation, has been one of the Wests most successful exports. By the mid 19thcentury, Central and East European Jews had recognized its potential as a ticket to the modern world and middle class.Armenians followed.Beginning in 1868, Japan considered the violin and piano as essential to its modernization strategy as German constitutionality, French schools, British naval building and baseball. By the 1920s, Western music had made its way from Seoul to Shanghai.It now extends to Singapore.The little Jewish boys of a century ago are now little Asian girls.It was reported this year that as many as 12 Chicago Symphony players took off for China to celebrate the lunar new year.In the 1920s, a young Japanese named Suzuki came to Berlin to study.Today the Berlin Philharmonic is on its second Japanese concertmaster, and Suzukis violin method is as familiar to middle class Americans as Honda and Sony. The exception, the only major region where Western music has failed to make it, is the Moslem world and Middle East.Since at least 1869, when De Lesseps, the Suez Canal, Verdi and Aida arrived in Egypt, it has also been the region with the most conflicted relationship with the modern world. Of course, there are qualifiers.Israel, settled and culturally defined by Europeans, is the most obvious case.But music was among Kemal Ataturk modernizing reforms as it was among Japans, though Fazil Say, Turkeys most distinguished pianist currently lives in Berlin while charged at home with insulting Islam. A Malaysian Philarmonic, recruited by IMG in London, can now be seen on YouTube, playing Mahler.More or lessrecently, both Oman and Qatar have established orchestras and opera houses too.Qatar has even hired a Chinese woman conductor.But in all three orchestras, local players are about as common as ski slopes. Its true that orchestras in Cairo and Baghdad have longer roots and really are local.But theyre also cultural niches, equivalent to the rugby clubs occasionally found on American college campuses. The regional parameters can be seen at their most drastic in Mali and Afghanistanat one end, and Berlin at the other.We do not want Satans music, Malis Islamist invaders declared last year.With French intervention still some months away, one of Africas most admired music establishments prudently took off for other parts.The occupiers made all kinds of threats, that they would chop off your hand so you couldnt play, or cut out your tongue so you couldnt sing,a Malian guitarist told a New York reporter.One of Malis most distinguished hip-hop artists now lives in Washington. Among Afghanistans post-Taliban reforms is amusic school in Kabul with a contingent of girl students and aJuilliard-trained, American violin teacher.