How Did Bloghouse Happen? A New Book Tracks The Genre’s Rise Off the Internet & Onto Sweaty Dancefloors

Let’s journey back to the era of Hype Machine, Dim Mak Tuesdays, American Apparel leggings, Hollertronix and remixes of questionable legality — some of the many defining components of the brief but influential musical era known as “bloghouse.” Existing during a thin half decade, 2006-2011, this largely underground scene was born of the burgeoning, and still largely unregulated internet, and helped shape the mainstream American dance...

What Does ‘Underground Rap’ Mean Today?

Have you ever had a moment where you’re trying to describe an artist, and you call them an “underground rapper,” only for the conversation to turn into a debate about what “underground” actually means in 2021? Some people may call Westside Gunn “underground” because of Griselda’s gritty, lyrical style, but he’s not exactly under the radar. He’s a former Shady Records signee who’s sat front row at Paris Fashion Week and...

Tidal

Tidal entered the streaming music scene back in 2014, and it was promoted with a comically pretentious video featuring Jay-Z and his musician friends touting the service as streaming music's future. It promised superb sound quality, music-focused editorial, and friendly artist payouts, and Tidal has made good on that promise. In fact, the service is slated to shake up artist remuneration by adding newer and more direct ways to pay your favorite...

The five best Los Angeles concerts for the week of November 29, 2021 (Intervals, Trixie Mattel) — MP3s & NPCs

Concerts have returned to Los Angeles, and music lovers have been having a blast safely checking out their favorite acts live. These are five of the best concerts going down in Los Angeles from Monday, November 29 through Sunday, December 5. Monday, November 29 School Night @ Bardot Hollywood (6:45 p.m.) (tickets) School Night returns for its first live concert in nearly two years inside Bardot Hollywood. The event will feature live...

In free indie game Echo Beach, music is illegal – News Nation USA

In a world where music is illegal, musicians and fans flock to dark web forums — the Musicnet — to share tunes and talk shop. Echo Beach, created by Rivals developer Tim Sheinman, is set in a future where music’s been banned and teams of government workers infiltrate internet forums to seek out musicians and music bloggers. In Echo Beach, I play as a clerk at the government-run Ministry, tasked with eliminating musicians harbored in The...

Best sites to buy MP3 and digital music you own forever

Sarah Tew/CNET Streaming music from a service like Spotify or Apple Music is great, but it's not always convenient. For example, you'll need a solid internet connection. And while you can download songs for offline play, once you stop paying the monthly fee, access to your music disappears.Buying digital music such as MP3s makes sense for a number of reasons. The tracks are yours to keep and put on whatever device you want, and it better funds...

Lamorn Unveils Debut EP Encore, Out Now via mau5trap | The Ritz Herald

Arriving just days after making his Red Rocks debut alongside his mentor deadmau5, Lamorn’s debut EP Encore has the makings, and whispers, of a landmark electronic release. Available now via mau5trap, Lamorn’s stadium-indie Encore EP features 8 tracks including singles “Physical Layer” and “Between Us.” An innovative debut rooted in deep reflection, Encore basks in lush textures, sophisticated songwriting, enthralling vocal...

The Denver Film Festival is back. Here’s what Coloradans made — and what others made about the state — at the fest

With over 100 feature-length movies to choose from, it can be a little intimidating to jump into the 44th edition of the Denver Film Festival. But if you’re looking for some films with local flavor, there’s the Colorado Spotlight, a selection of movies with ties to the state.  The films have been made by visitors or by recent or longtime residents. Some were filmed in the Centennial State, others elsewhere. It’s a mix of narrative...

Music’s Whac-A-Mole Menace: How the Moldy, Lopsided DMCA is Hurting Artists

Like so many kids at the dawn of the new millennium, Michelle Maalouf knew the best place to get music was the internet. The then-teenager’s platform of choice was Kazaa, and her download list was filled with the classics of the day: boy bands, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey. “Everyone I knew downloaded music for free,” Maalouf remembers. “Any type of music. I didn’t know that there was anything wrong with it. I...

The 200 Most Important Artists of Pitchfork’s First 25 Years – Aaliyah –

There are currently 19,757 artists with their own dedicated web page on Pitchfork. But in the 25 years since the site first went live in 1996, some of those artists have taken on a special significance to the way this publication considers and consumes music. There are artists whose creative work has proven to be especially influential, expanding genres or creating entirely new ones. There are others whose outsized impact has shaped the music...