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Spotify Clarifies Exactly How it Will Use Your Information After Privacy Kerfuffle

Everybody (including this blog) freaked out a little bit yesterday when Spotify released a new privacy policy that asked permission to do everything from track your location to look at your photos. But Spotify is sorry. The company’s CEO just clarified that Spotify doesn’t want to spy on you. » 8/21/15 10:35am 8/21/15 10:35am

How Gwar Was Inspired By the Civil War and Cigarettes

The first time I saw Gwar was in 1995. The band of interplanetary warriors was featured on Beavis and Butthead, and I was watching (even though I wasn’t supposed to). Today, a Gwar slave at a TED Talk explained to me how the band expressed its history in the poverty-stricken South with dark themes like death and… » 8/13/15 7:10pm 8/13/15 7:10pm

How a Mail-Order Music Scam Taught Me to Steal

It’s hard to say exactly when I learned how to steal music. At first, I think it happened when I learned how to torrent. Then I recall my late nights with Napster. But if I really think hard about it, I remember middle school and Columbia House and that incredible eight CDs for a penny deal. That’s when I started… » 8/11/15 1:00pm 8/11/15 1:00pm

There's Going to Be an Opera About Steve Jobs 

Since Steve Jobs’ 2011 death, there’s been a glut of movies, books, documentaries, and parodies about the Apple founder’s dramatic life. If you’ve been longing for a more highbrow interpretation of the story of a successful entrepreneur who loved orange foods, good news: Steve Jobs is the focus of an upcoming opera.
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How Baseball Players Use Walk-Up Music Like a Performance Enhancing Drug

Angels’ Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use “Turn Down for What.” This is the world of baseball “walk-up” music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home… » 8/03/15 2:41pm 8/03/15 2:41pm

Five Best Ways to Share Playlists

Sharing music with friends is a time-honored way to discover new bands, talk over your music tastes with friends, and learn a bit more about the bands that you love. This week we’re looking at five different ways to send and share playlists around at a party, or just among friends, based on your nominations. » 7/26/15 3:40pm 7/26/15 3:40pm

Marshall's Rock n' Roll Android Phone Actually Looks Awesome

Marshall Headphones, the splinter manufacturer that labels “lifestyle” electronics with the amplifier brand’s logo and styling, is making a new Android phone with music-centric features. There’s a little gimmicky nostalgia here, but forgive me lords of rock n’ roll authenticity if I kind of love it. » 7/16/15 11:45am 7/16/15 11:45am