Variety
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Empire aired its first new episode in two weeks on Wednesday night, with the Fox music drama returning at a new series low, according to Nielsen data. Nevertheless, it was still the top-rated show of the night in adults 18-49. Empire averaged a 2.1 rating and 6.2 million viewers, down from the previous series low... Read more »
Cotswold Journal
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Arts Alive presents a show especially for Spring: a celebration in words and music of the iconic but sadly increasingly rare bird associated with this time of year: the cuckoo.
Washington Free Beacon
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NEW YORK—The New York Times hosted leading anti-Israel activist Roger Waters on Wednesday night for an hourlong discussion, in which the former Pink Floyd bassist indicated that his push to get Radiohead to cancel an upcoming concert in Israel had failed. Waters, whose upcoming album and tour are intended to be an " exercise in resistance " against President Donald Trump, was interviewed by Times music critic Jon Pareles in front of a sold-out crowd just blocks from Trump Tower in New York City. Asked by the Washington Free Beacon , which was in attendance for the event , about his latest attempt to push for a boycott of Israel, Waters said that members of Radiohead "seem to have decided that they are going to go ahead and do a concert in Tel Aviv." "I have engaged in a correspondence with Radiohead, and they seem to have decided that they are going to go ahead and do a concert in Tel Aviv," said Waters, who endorses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to destroy the Jewish state through economic warfare.
Design Milk - Style & Fashion
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Remember being a kid and forced into music lessons for an instrument of your parents' choosing? For me it was violin and all I really wanted to play was guitar, so violin lessons weren't exactly something I looked forward to every week for years. I mean, I learned a lot and I'm glad I did (in hindsight), but I would have rather been able to learn something I wanted and that I found enjoyable. Enter NYC-based Loog Guitars . They entered the scene six years ago with the goal of making it easy to learn to play guitar while at the same time being a fun experience. They began the company with a Kickstarter campaign and that's what they're doing now to launch two new guitar models: the Loog Pro and the Loog Mini . If you've ever picked up a guitar for the first time, you know how intimidating it can be, which is why they've reduced their guitars to just three strings.
Mashable
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One of Street Fighter V 's latest DLC stages, Thailand Temple Hideout (from Street Fighter II ), was pulled off the marketplace because of its background music yesterday. The music behind the Buddhist-themed stage contained Islamic prayers not something Capcom intended. The Islamic prayers in the stage's background music were translated by a Muslim Redditor who goes by Venom44 . According to them, the lyrics include references to Allah and the line "By the name of the God, the most merciful." Capcom did not say that the specific religion was the reason why the stage was pulled, just that the music contained "unintentional religious references." It was likely pulled due to incongruity between the Buddhist imagery and the Islamic music. Read more... More about Street Fighter , Street Fighter V , Capcom , Esports , and Gaming
Mondoweiss
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Peter Kosminsky : ‘Some years ago, I had the great honour and privilege to work with the scarily talented Thom Yorke and Radiohead, when they allowed me to use their music for a film I was making about bullying. I’ve admired from afar their support for the Tibetans and for Amnesty International, and their championing of human rights. So I’m puzzled and really saddened to hear that they plan to play in Israel later this year. I would urge them not to do so. With Trump in the White House, the situation for Palestinians has become tougher than ever. They’ve asked for a cultural boycott of Israel, just as campaigners for freedom asked artists not to perform in Sun City during the apartheid era. I think we should assume they know what’s in their best interests and respect their wish, irrespective of other considerations.’
Mondoweiss
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So don't take my word for it. Talk with those who have just returned, ask them to give you their honest opinion on whether it was worth the time and the money. As one of our congregants mentioned to me... You know you assured me that the journey would penetrate deeply, but it was nothing in comparison with the real thing... What we can accomplish in eight days, we cannot accomplish in eight years in New York... What I am doing now, trying to express in words inexpressible emotions, is only an echo. It's not the music itself. The rabbi segued from love of Israel to a lengthy criticism of Jewish Voice for Peace, and its national membership meeting in Chicago March 31-April 2. It's why I could never support those in our community who make common cause with our enemies. My heart is not with them. My heart is with our people. Criticism is one thing.
Mashable
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Haim is back with, "Right Now," the perfect song to get you through lonely, hot summer nights. The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who apparently was their mom's art student when he was a kid, as the band told Zane Lowe. "She would always talk about this one kid named Paul. That she loved this kid Paul he was very energetic, artistic, vivacious," said Alana. "We'd turn the TV on and Boogie Nights would come on or Magnolia and our mom was like, 'oh that's Paul's movie.' That being Paul Thomas Anderson. We were like mom are you talking about Paul Thomas Anderson? and she was like 'yes that is Paul, I Taught Paul.'" Read more... More about Paul Thomas Anderson , Music Video , Rock Music , Haim , and Entertainment
OK!
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TechCrunch
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A new version of Apple Music will ship later this year that puts an increased emphasis on video content, and particularly its own original video programming, according to a new report from Bloomberg out today. The piece delves into Apples larger video plans, and suggests that the platform may host up to 10 original shows by year-end. We already know about some of Apple efforts on Read More
Western Morning News
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When highly respected musicians with decades of touring behind them say your venue boasts the best acoustics they have ever heard, you know you're on to a winner. The crystal-clear sound and enthusiastic audiences are among the things that keep top names coming back to Kingskerswell Parish Church.Now the church is getting ready to host its May Music Fiesta, with some big names stepping in under the fairy lights in the coming weeks.The 14th century village church has established itself on the...
Fast Company
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WHAT: The first new song in years from sisterly indie-pop trio, HAIM. WHO: Director Paul Thomas Anderson. WHY WE CARE: HAIM didnt exactly pull a disappearing act after releasing their debut album nearly four years ago. They touredand took a lot of Instagrams with Taylor Swift , and released the occasional life-giving remix. In terms of a new albumor even the promise of a release date, though, HAIM has been nowhere to be seen. Until now. Following the addition of some mysterious billboards in LA earlier this month, the Haim sisters have returned this morning with a brand new song and a video by GOAT -contenderfilmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. The last time Anderson went behind the camera for a music video, he emerged with Radioheads hidden message-laden visual puzzle, Daydreaming. For HAIMs slow-burning Right Now, hegoes simpler but equally alluring, with a video that follows the band as they record the song live in studio, seemingly in one take.
Mashable
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How do you get your arms around this four-headed phenomenon we call the Beatles? How do you put into words the entirety of their influence on our music, our politics, our entire culture? It's too big a task. It would be like a fish trying to explain water. The mop tops are here, there and everywhere more so now, half a century after the band's heyday, than ever. Millennials are no less immune than the teenyboppers of the 1960s: witness the fact that 10 million people listen to Beatles tunes every month on Spotify alone, putting them on par with Jay Z. SEE ALSO: Nifty machines use rocks to play perfect cover of 'Here Comes the Sun' Read more... More about Books , Music , The Beatles , Beatles , and Entertainment
The Week
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Credits Bang and Olufsen Alt Text BO Beoplay P2 Bang Olufsen ditches physical buttons on its most affordable portable speaker ever News Feed Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 3:00pm There's an abundance of music players to choose from in the portable speaker market. Many of these offer Bluetooth connectivity to stream music and USB ports to charge your phone. When you need music on the go, or with friends, portable speakers are a great alternative to the somewhat isolated and cumbersome experience of headphones. There are, however, few speakers on the market that are both compact and deliver a high quality of sound, as shrinking a speaker's footprint often reduces its quality. That's where Bang Olufsen comes in with its latest offering – the compact Beoplay BP2 wireless speaker. It's the company's smallest speaker to date and is controlled by a combination of hand gestures and a smartphone companion app, meaning there's no need for physical buttons around the exterior.
The Guardian - Music
2 hours
Covering everything from mental health to military interventions, Damon Albarn and his celebrity friends deliver an inspired party album for a world gone mad It is easy to forget that, on arrival in 2000, Gorillaz looked suspiciously like a self-indulgent novelty turn, the kind of project record labels feel impelled to let rock stars do when they’ve shifted so much product that “no” isnt really an option any more. It was a Britpop frontman and his artist flatmate’s sneery joke at the expense of manufactured pop, with cartoon figures replacing the hapless, manipulated band members and interviews conducted, a little wearyingly, in character. You would have got pretty long odds on it still existing 17 years on, longer odds still on their fifth album being a politically charged conceptual work that variously touches on the topics of racism (courtesy of rapper Vince Staples on apocalyptic choir-assisted opener Ascension), mental illness, the pernicious influence of the internetecho chamber”, western military intervention in the Middle East, the “alt-right” belief that China has fabricated global warming, and the importance of soul music in the Thatcherite heartlands of 80s Essex (the improbable latter topic surfaces on a lovely track called Andromeda, named after a defunct Colchester nightclub, which also finds Albarn ruminating on the deaths of both his partner’s mother and Bobby Womack over a four-to-the-floor house beat and frail electronics).
NASA Goddard
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MacRumors
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In the wake of Jimmy Iovine detailing Apple Music 's ongoing efforts to become " an overall moment in popular culture ," today Sean Combs -- aka Puff Daddy -- announced that his new documentary Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story is coming exclusively to Apple Music on June 25 (via Billboard ). The announcement comes after the documentary's premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival yesterday. Can't Stop, Won't Stop documents the rise of Combs and his record label throughout the 1990s, and extends to the process Combs went through when he put together the 20th anniversary Bad Boy reunion show tour in 2016. The partnership with Apple Music began when Iovine attended one of those shows. "I went to the [Bad Boy Reuion] concert and thought it was incredible," Jimmy Iovine, Apple Music chairman and CEO, tells Billboard. "I think Puff and Bad Boy's story is incredible and one that a lot of people can relate to in any genre or in any business.
Techradar - Reviews
3 hours
SMPlayer is primarily a video player, but it can also be used to listen to music and other audio tracks. It supports a huge range of file formats out of the box, and includes a handy feature that means it remembers where you are in a video even when you close it down. In addition to files stored on your hard drive, SMPlayer can be used to play YouTube video but that's just the very beginning. There's support for subtitles, a graphic equalizer, a screenshot tool, adjustable playback speed, customizable playlists, subtitles, the option of using skins and much more. One of the key problems with media players and video in general is the sheer number of codecs required to ensure broad compatibility. SMPlayer has a huge number of codecs built in which means you're very unlikely to find a file that it won't play (its developers make the bold claim that it "can play virtually all video and audio formats").
Mashable
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There's no shortage of heartbreaking moments in 13 Reasons Why , but one particular one ties the first season together neatly in a way most of the plot doesn't. BuzzFeed found one Tumblr user's observation that the song "A 1000 Times," which plays over a fantasy sequence of Clay and Hannah dating, contains a clue about Nov. 10 the day of the depositions in the final episodes. SEE ALSO: '13 Reasons Why' brought in therapy dogs to help actors http://itsnotaboutangxls.tumblr.com/post/159563753310/guys One thing is for sure: It's not a coincidence. Just take a look at the song's lyrics : In a previous article , I pointed out a few of the show's less-inspired writing decisions, such as using Tony to explain all the weighty themes instead of the old "show, don't tell." But bringing things full circle is an evergreen narrative technique for show finales; Lost would often return to the same character flashback or locations and bring back previous musical themes as a through-line.
Library of Congress
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Ars Technica
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Techradar - Reviews
3 hours
SMPlayer is primarily a video player, but it can also be used to listen to music and other audio tracks. It supports a huge range of file formats out of the box, and includes a handy feature that means it remembers where you are in a video even when you close it down. In addition to files stored on your hard drive, SMPlayer can be used to play YouTube video but that's just the very beginning. There's support for subtitles, a graphic equalizer, a screenshot tool, adjustable playback speed, customizable playlists, subtitles, the option of using skins and much more. One of the key problems with media players and video in general is the sheer number of codecs required to ensure broad compatibility. SMPlayer has a huge number of codecs built in which means you're very unlikely to find a file that it won't play (its developers make the bold claim that it "can play virtually all video and audio formats").
Manchester Evening News - What's On
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MacRumors
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Jimmy Iovine, one of the heads of Apple Music , has given multiple interviews and visions for the future of Apple's streaming music service over the past few months, mainly detailing how Apple Music will morph into " an entire pop cultural experience " with the advent of original video content. In an interview with Bloomberg posted online today, Iovine continued that pitch by stating, "I’m trying to help Apple Music be an overall movement in popular culture," detailing plans that include original shows and videos with partners like director J.J. Abrams and rapper R. Kelly. The expansion of Apple Music beyond streaming new songs and music videos by artists began slowly for Apple, with the company releasing a tour documentary in partnership with Taylor Swift in 2015, as well as a 23-minute short film with Drake in 2016 . Those modest beginnings have helped Apple learn what works and what doesn't, with Iovine stating, "Were gonna grow slowly no matter what, I dont know how to do it fast.