The Best Streaming Music Services You Aren't Using (But Should)

Streaming music apps and discovery services are a dime a dozen, but even the best ones have a hard time competing with the names everyone already knows. Even so, getting out of your comfort zone a little bit and trying a new service will only reward you with tons of great new music. Here are a few services we love… » 7/31/14 11:31am Yesterday 11:31am

How an Atomic Clock Was Used to Record a House-Sized Instrument

Nestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings, tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the… » 7/30/14 2:45pm Wednesday 2:45pm

Dire Straits Sold Tons of CDs Because They Were Pimping the New Format

"Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits is a song remembered for many things: a dirty hook to kick things off; background vocals by Sting; a cool, early-VR-style video; and the inevitable Weird Al parody. It was a successful single on Brothers in Arms, a successful album that was one of the first major hits on those… » 7/29/14 7:30pm Tuesday 7:30pm

Spotify Just Added a Surprisingly Exciting Equalizer to Its iOS App

Remember equalizers? You know, the little dials that used to keep your tiny boombox speakers from tweaking out at high volume but have sort of disappeared in the world of digital music. Well, they're making a comeback in the latest update to Spotify's iOS app, and I'm unduly excited about it. » 7/29/14 10:15am Tuesday 10:15am

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 10:43pm 7/24/14 10:43pm

A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. » 7/23/14 6:27pm 7/23/14 6:27pm

How The Neverending Story Taught Us to Love 80s Synth-Pop

Exactly 30 years ago today, the world saw The NeverEnding Story for the first time. It was a time before CGI, when you had to make fantasy movies with puppets. But nothing feels old fashioned about the synth-laden, sunset-colored theme song by Giorgio Moroder. The flying dragon-dog was pretty cool, too. » 7/20/14 6:10pm 7/20/14 6:10pm

RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead of Make Money

We've known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organization is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic. » 7/20/14 12:33pm 7/20/14 12:33pm

Explore New York City According to the Music It Inspired

New York City has not only provided the backdrop for a countless songs, but it's also birthed entire genres of music. So when you start to plot where each of these moments happened, you're soon left with a pretty exciting guided tour of one of the world's biggest cultural capitals. YouTube links make it even better. » 7/14/14 2:10pm 7/14/14 2:10pm

Vinyl's Upward Surge Continues Because Vinyl Rules

Last week, Nielsen Soundscan released its mid-year report, and once again, album sales were in the gutter, down 14.9 percent from the year before. Vinyl, though, keeps plugging upwards, with sales growing 40 percent to 4 million units. Even as our media is increasingly intangible, there's a subset of people that just… » 7/11/14 10:43am 7/11/14 10:43am