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Weezer Shed Light on “Big and Thoughtful” New Album

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Weezer Shed Light on "Big and Thoughtful" New Album

Weezer have been dropping a steady stream of tidbits of information about their album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and now they’ve shed some light on what fans should expect from the album. A new interview with Entertainment Weekly reveals that the band and producer Ric Ocasek (of the Cars) recorded the album in Cuomo’s garage studio. Apparently, it finds the band changing gears after the slick, radio-geared sound of 2009′s Raditude and 2010′s Hurley. The album has been in the works for four years, marking a change from the prolific pace that the…Read More

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Facebook Releases an App so Famous People Can Interact with Their Fans…

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Artists have been asking Facebook why they have to pay to reach their existing fan base. Now, Facebook is giving artists a new set of tools to interact with their fans… if you’re famous enough to have a verified page.

Facebook has released a Facebook Mentions app for iOS. They say it is “a new app for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook“.

Public figures can use the app to see what their fans are saying about them. There is a feed that displays updates from followed pages, a list of trending topics, and a notification section that displays mentions from other top influencers.

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Verified pages can share photos, videos, updates, and host live Q&As through the app.

Admins of verified pages can request access through Facebook’s Mentions page, or can download the app to request access.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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The Google Exec Who Said ‘You Cannot Devalue Music’ Is Now Trying to Value Music…

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Late last year, Google Play Music All Access executive Tim Quirk declared that devaluing music was simply impossible.  “I meant what I said very literally,” Quirk told an audience at the Future of Music Summit.

“You cannot devalue music.”

Now, nine months later and out of Google, Quirk is launching Freeform Development, a startup that will help artists earn more money first gaining exposure, then pushing fans to unlock content (ie, ‘gamification’).  Quirk offered a quick description on his LinkedIn page this morning.

 

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Billy Corgan Details Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Adore’ Reissue But Not Before Losing It on Amazon

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Billy Corgan Details Smashing Pumpkins

After confirming back in the spring that a monolithic reissue of Smashing Pumpkins’ 1998 album Adore was on the way, bandleader Billy Corgan has now unveiled all the details behind the expanded set, which arrives September 23 through Virgin/UMe. A blog post on the group’s website comes with mixed feelings. Corgan explains that he’d been eagerly awaiting sharing the info with fans, but called out Amazon for leaking the tracklising on its website before him. Following a series of tweets castigating the online shopping giant, he wrote, “I’m very upset that an online retailer broke…Read More

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Drake Forks Over $100,000 for Lyrics Lifted from “Playaz Club”

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Drake Forks Over $ 100,000 for Lyrics Lifted from "Playaz Club"

Late last year, Drake lent a guest verse to a YG track called “Who Do You Love?” but Rappin’ 4-Tay pointed out that some of the lyrics were suspiciously similar to his 1994 track “Playaz Club.” Now, Drizzy has closed the case with a hefty settlement. TMZ reports that Drake’s label dished out $ 100,000 for the lines. This is a particularly generous settlement considering that 4-Tay never filed a lawsuit. When Drake’s verse first emerged, 4-Tay was unhappy that he didn’t get credit, and he tweeted, “In This Song Drake Copys My Lyrics & Lines From My PlayazClub Song & Pays No…Read More

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Fool’s Gold Day Off Festival Brings Danny Brown, A-Trak, Lunice to Toronto

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As the summer festival season continues to roll on, Fool’s Gold Records has claimed its stake in the outdoor concert market by unveiling info on its Day Off Festival’s upcoming stop in Toronto. This year the fest rolls through New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami, though details have not arrived for each stop. As for the Toronto edition, the A-Trak-founded label hits Toronto’s Sherbourne Common on September 6, and it will be headlined by the label owner. Also appearing at the fest will be celebrated rapper Danny Brown, TNGHT member Lunice, Le1f, Tommy Kruise, Thugli, label…Read More

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Thurston Moore and Sebadoh Team Up for West Coast Tour, Play Vancouver

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Thurston Moore and Sebadoh Team Up for West Coast Tour, Play Vancouver

Two high-ranking indie rock fixtures will be joining forces this fall, with both Sonic Youth icon Thurston Moore and lo-fi royals Sebadoh set to tour together later this year. The trip is a quick one and comes following a few upcoming festival and club dates on their own, but it was confirmed today (July 15) that Moore will be heading out on the road with Lou Barlow and co. come October. The mini-trip begins at Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on October 3 and will wrap up further down the West Coast in Santa Ana, CA. You’ll find all of the show details, including Moore’s upcoming solo…Read More

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Rise Against, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Morrissey Lead Our New Release Roundup

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Rise Against, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Morrissey Lead Our New Release Roundup

It’s Tuesday, which means our New Release Roundup is back to bring you reviews of new, buzz-worthy albums. Click through to find out what our reviewers thought of this week’s offerings to help separate the glorious wheat from the hollow, hollow chaff. We’ll be back next Tuesday with another roundup of the week’s big music reviews. In the meantime, keep checking our Recently Reviewed section for hot-off-the-press reviews of brand new albums.

Kicking things off is our review of the new, politically charged release from Rise Against. Is The Black Market a step in a new direction for the Chicago outfit, or is it more of the same stick-it-to-the-man subject matter? Check it out to see where our reviewer stands.

The master of song parodies and musical comedy returns with Mandatory Fun. We’ve got a review of “Weird Al” Yankovic‘s new album, detailing his spoofs on Top 40 hits, his penchant for polka and his clever social commentary. Read it at the link above.

In contrast, Morrissey‘s new album borders on humourless. But is World Peace Is None of Your Business any of, well, your business? Read the full review to find out. We’ve also got a review of Toronto-bred MC King Reign‘s new, fittingly named record — Sincere takes an honest stance on sensitive topics like the flaws of the music industry and racial discrimination. Follow the link to find out more about why it’s worth your attention.

Finally, read our review of Shamebirds, the latest from Vancouver act Needles//Pins. It’s a pounding, genre-hopping release that our reviewer calls “a step in the right direction” for Needles//Pins.

Find tracks off the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

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Details Emerge for Star-Studded Arthur Russell Tribute Compilation

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Details Emerge for Star-Studded Arthur Russell Tribute Compilation

It’s been nearly two full years since we first heard about a star-studded tribute compilation in honour of the late, great pop experimenter Arthur Russell. At long last, the full details for the project have emerged. Now called Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, the title of the compilation isn’t the only thing that has changed. The release also has a slightly different guest list. That said, it’s even more star-studded than before. The release sees artists like Jose Gonzalez, Robyn, Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Richard Reed Parry, Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld, Devendra…Read More

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