Awesome kid snuck into 50 music festivals to make this super fun movie

Coachella. Glastonbury. Bonnaroo. The Grammys. You name the music festival, Marcus Haney has somehow snuck into it. He makes fake passes, pretends to be the press, jump fences and does anything he can to get in and has somehow made friends with famous bands and shot their album covers. Here's the movie trailer for his… » 7/24/14 10:42pm 7/24/14 10:42pm

YouTube's 360 Camera: Pick Your View of Tonight's Kings of Leon Concert

Bummed that you can't make it to London in time for Kings of Leon's concert tonight? YouTube's got you covered. For the first time ever, YouTube's concert live stream will include a viewer-controlled 360 degree camera, letting you take in the action from all sides, and the webcast will be directed by… » 8/09/13 1:11pm 8/09/13 1:11pm

These 25 Avant-Garde Concert Posters Turn Advertising into Art

Even at the going rate of 1000 words, accurately depicting the the audiological experience of a headlining band delivers is no easy feat. That may be part of the reason why epic concert posters like these—ones that really illustrate what your ears are in for—often become collectors items at show's end. » 2/06/13 1:00pm 2/06/13 1:00pm

This Is the First Live Recording of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

Few bands have so fundamentally affected the American music scene—with a single song, no less—as Nirvana did in 1991 with the debut of Smells Like Teen Spirit. The Beatles did it in 1964 with "Please Please Me" and set off the British Invasion, Grandmaster Flash did it in 1981 with "The Message" and brought Hip-Hop… » 1/02/13 7:00pm 1/02/13 7:00pm

Watch Jay-Z Live at Barclays Center on YouTube

It's the future, and while that doesn't mean jetpacks or time travel, it does mean live, streaming concerts to your Internet-box. Tonight at 9:30 pm EST*, rapper-extrodinare Jay-Z will be streaming his concert at Barclays Center out over YouTube for the enjoyment of fans everywhere who can't be bothered to leave… » 10/06/12 9:00pm 10/06/12 9:00pm

Do You Use Your Phone At Concerts?

In some ways, it's a cardinal sin. In other ways, it's understandable. There's a whole world of difference between tweeting between sets to try and inflame your friends' jealousy, and holding your gargantuan phablet above your head for three or four songs at a time, blocking the view of those behind you, and… » 9/22/12 3:00pm 9/22/12 3:00pm

Why It's Sometimes Best Not to Digitally Document Every Exciting Life…

Over the weekend I attended a concert in Jones Beach—the Deftones opening for System of a Down—which I was hell bent on documenting, thoroughly, using my iPhone. All through the Deftones' set, I snapped pictures and took video. Then it started to pour, with thunder and lightning very nearly canceling the rest of the… » 8/07/12 12:30am 8/07/12 12:30am

How to Use Your Smartphone at a Concert Without Being A Jerk

Standing behind a giant person at a concert is an old, analog problem. Today's audience angst comes largely from a blinding mass of giant phones. All around us undulates a constant sea of LCDs. Annoying! You can use your smartphone at a concert, but don't be unbearable. » 3/30/12 5:00pm 3/30/12 5:00pm

StagePage Preserves Your Concert Memories for the Ages

Lose your ticket stub? Can't find that old shoebox with your concert mementos? Documenting concerts you've attended is now possible with just a few smartphone swipes, so you can relive your favorite moments and keep track of who you saw, what they played, and what you thought about it. » 2/24/12 11:00pm 2/24/12 11:00pm

Outlisten Wants to See Your Shaky Cellphone Concert Videos

Attending a show is different now. Everybody's holding up a cellphone shooting video instead of watching and listening. This doesn't have to be a 100-percent bad thing, however. » 1/12/12 8:00pm 1/12/12 8:00pm

Slowbizz Wants to Help Bands Play Your Living Room

If you've never had the pleasure of seeing musicians perform in someone's home, you should try it some time. The beer is cheaper, the bathroom line shorter, and the audience (usually) more familiar. » 12/09/11 12:00am 12/09/11 12:00am

The Concert of the Future, Today

For decades, Amon Tobin has constantly pioneered new sounds in the world of electronic music. So it makes sense that he'd want a visual stage show as advanced and experimental as his sounds. I think he nailed it this time. » 6/06/11 7:40pm 6/06/11 7:40pm

Would Apple Really Try to Block Future iPhone Owners From Recording…

In one of the most preposterous filed patents since the toaster/egg-fryer-combo, Apple's looking to protect its relationships with record labels and film studios by outfitting future iPhones with IR blockers, presumably with live venues and cinemas housing IR signal-emitting boxes. » 6/02/11 11:57am 6/02/11 11:57am

GrouponLive: Ticketmaster Sinks Its Claws into Your Favorite Deal…

Looking to broaden their respective reaches, Groupon and Live Nation have huddled close in some small, dark corner of the internet to spawn GrouponLive, a new "online ticketing deals marketplace." There's no real meat to the press release in terms of what kind of deals we can expect to see out of the pairing, but I… » 5/09/11 10:20am 5/09/11 10:20am

Protip: If You Want to Sneak Into Coachella, Bring Degreaser

The Coachella Music Festival is going on RIGHT NOW. And according to LA Weekly, Coachella is trying to foil gate crashers by covering the top rail in grease. When you grab the fence, your hands will presumably slip and you'll fall on your ass. Maybe some EXTREME Simple Green will help? [LA Weekly via Daily Swarm] » 4/15/11 5:33pm 4/15/11 5:33pm

How Facebook Could Save Ticketmaster from Scalpers

Live Nation Entertainment, the live music behemoth forged in the mega-merger between ticket seller Ticketmaster, artist manager Front Line Management Group, and promoter and venue owner Live Nation, finds itself at a crossroads. » 3/30/11 4:00pm 3/30/11 4:00pm

I took blurry 5MP phone pics of a girl, and I liked it

Last night, I joined the NY Giz team (and a throng of several hundred strangers) for a Microsoft-sponsored evening with Katy Perry. It was fun. But it was also clear that smartphones have distorted concerts forever. Is that good? » 11/09/10 10:00am 11/09/10 10:00am

The Concert Speakers Are A Lie

My life was just flipped, turned upside down and I didn't even have to move to California. It just took one photo, a dozen instant messages, and a handful of emails to confirm that I've been lied to by musicians. » 9/22/10 2:30am 9/22/10 2:30am