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Why is vinyl making a comeback? ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t quite cut it

Over the past few years, analog goods including physical books, board games and, of course, vinyl records have experienced a surprising resurgence — despite the fact that these technologies are functionally obsolete. How could this be happening? Why would someone pay $20 or more for a second-hand …

Happy New Year! UK music biz up in 2016 as BPI's Geoff Taylor hails "new era for music"

This should help the music industry with those Back To Work blues: BPI figures show UK music consumption rose again in 2016.<p>The biz’s second …

Ever wonder why old tech appeals to audiophiles, but videophiles not so much?

Nothing gets older faster than the latest new technology, but the best vintage high-end audio ages gracefully.<p>Steve Guttenberg

Injection-molded vinyl could offer better sound and lower costs

A Dutch company is working to make the process available for commercial use.<p>The vinyl resurgence trudges on and a Dutch company is working on a new production method that could bring big changes to how the format is made. Symcon built an injection molding system for pressing vinyl records that not …

Is the Record Business Really Back? How Streaming Is (And Isn't) Turning a Profit

For the last few years, Barclays’ annual research reports about the music industry reflected the challenges of a business in ­transition -- or, more …

Sonos Says The Music Industry Is About To Explode Again, And It’s Ready

Over a decade ago, Sonos smartly bet on music-over-Wi-Fi. Now CMO Joy Howard looks ahead to a future where music is built into every home.<p>When Sonos unveiled its first connected speakers over 10 years ago, it may have seemed a bit gutsy. At the time, the idea that Wi-Fi would blanket every home and …

Indians-Cubs World Series 2016: Strat-O-Matic predictions are on the money so far

The simulation service has been perfect at picking World Series game winners<p>Everyone has their own methodology for picking games -- especially in the …

15 New Music Discoveries - Fall 2016 | shopswell

I travelled a bit around the Mid-West recently and discovered some new (& old) music, mostly while in Detroit. I came away with a pretty darn good …

Explore how a turntable works with these interactive 3D animations

<b>How a turntable works.</b><p>The mechanics of how a turntable works might be mysterious, but they’re not magic. Specialists in 3D renderings, the good folks …

Now Is The Best Time For A Music Startup Accelerator: A Chat With Bob Moczydlowsky

Last week, it was revealed that Techstars is jumping into the music industry by creating a music-focused startup accelerator, which will be run by Bob Moczydlowsky, the former head of Twitter Music. This is a big move for the organization, and it could be even bigger for the music world, which not …

SweetVinyl’s SugarCube SC-1 removes clicks and pops from old vinyl records

A company called SweetVinyl just introduced a device that takes pops and clicks out of records without damaging them. Called the SugarCube SC-1, SweetVinyl says it designed an algorithm to detect unwanted noises, isolates them, and removes them in real time. The SC-1 is a standalone device that can …

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie: ‘We’ve got seven tracks for a new album’

Band recently reissued 1982 album 'Mirage'<p>Fleetwood Mac‘s Christine McVie has confirmed the band are working on a new album.<p>Though the band toured …

Three of the Big Four Record Labels File Lawsuit Against YouTube Stream Ripper Website

The owner of German website YouTube-mp3.org is allegedly responsible for 40% of all illegal stream ripping globally<p>As the proliferation of music …

A Spotify/SoundCloud Merger Might be Around the Corner

Spotify already reigns supreme when it comes to music streaming platforms, and there's a deal on the table that could cement its legacy for years to …

Where do record labels stand in music’s streaming wars?

In his Mercury Prize acceptance speech, grime artist Skepta noted how <i>Konnichiwa</i>’s songs “travelled the world, no record label or nothing, they just …

How Can Tidal Bounce Back From This One?

It lost $28 million last year, and that's not the worst of it.<p>A year-and-a-half ago, Jay Z and all his famous friends gathered to praise the birth of a streaming service that would change the future of music. It would pay more to artists and provide fans with better quality, better music, and an …

How (and Why) the Long-Form Music Video Is Making a Comeback

From Queen to Queen Bey, we explore the resurgence of the long-form music video.<p>At last week's MTV VMAs, it seemed like 2016 was the year of Beyoncé, as the pop icon walked away with eight awards for her efforts on <i>Lemonade,</i> a 12-track musically-diverse "visual album," an artform recognized by the …

10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: September 2016

Shannon LaBrie<p><b>Sounds Like</b>: As if Norah Jones and the late Jeff Buckley had started a band and gone just a tiny bit country<p><b>For Fans of:</b> Grace Potter …

Review: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, 'Sea Of Noise'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>Soul music is, among many things, a form of psychological inquiry. Consider these releases from the glory days of the 1970s: James Brown's</i> …

Fall 2016

Welcome once again to the Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases, our seasonal guide to new music. Four times a year, we round up a list of albums, singles, EPs, reissues, and more arriving in the coming months. We’ve also highlighted 20 of the most notable releases we’re looking forward to. This …

Warner Music cuts off “about a hundred” small record stores

<b>The empire continues its mission to wipe out independents.</b>Running a record store in 2016 isn’t easy, that much we can tell you, and running a music …

Here’s the amazingly simple path to incredible homemade bagels

By Becky Krystal and<p>Becky Krystal<p>Reporter covering topics related to food<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Alex Baldinger<p>Alex Baldinger<p>Going out Guide blog editor<p>Bio Follow<p>Let’s be frank. Most of us do not live in New York. Most of us probably wouldn’t want to live in New York, save for one reason: the bagels.<p>Pretty …

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Hear Neko Case, KD Lang and Laura Veirs’ Enchanting ‘Delirium’

The three distinct musical worlds of singer-songwriters Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs collide with shimmering precision on the trio’s debut …