Spotify Gives Indie Artists More Exposure

The Indie music scene has managed to evolve because it is connected to a wider platform. There are people that have become part of the Spotify environment even though they may not be getting any play on the radio. These types of artists have the ability to build a greater fan base because millions of people are using Spotify right now. It is easily one of the most successful streaming platforms for music, and the independent artist that really wants to earn money for their music will benefit greatly from this.

This tends to work well because it creates an opportunity for so many people to hear new music. At this point in time an independent artist that decided to build their own website would fail easily. They would have a hard time with the website where they were strictly depending on their own website to generate interest in your music.

Most music lovers are not going to work this hard to find new music. They’re not going to go and search for random websites in search of something to listen to. New music, for most people, comes by way of their Spotify account. If they do not discover anything through their web streaming app they are probably not going to hear anything from you.

The great thing about the Indie music scene and Spotify is that it becomes incredibly easy to recommend new material to friends. You can simply tell your friend to search for a certain
artist through their Spotify account. This makes it so much easier than trying to go out and search the internet for something new.

Most people have no idea what they really want to listen to on when they are looking for new music. Most people look at the concept of web streaming as an opportunity to find something that they may have never considered before. This is the main reason why Spotify as become perfect for spotting new artists.

Liam Payne and J Blavin’s New Song For The Summer

One of the many definitions for indie music is “a small independent pop group” (although small and “pop”, short for popular, seem counterintuitive in my opinion). It can also be defined as a genre, in which case we could see a large, popular indie rock band. Part of the nature of being an “independent” artist also stems from a resistance to the establishment, in most cases pertaining to major corporations.

Writer Sydney Gore urges us to “get familiar” in the title of an article covering Liam Payne & J Balvin. The title is both a play on the song’s title “Familiar” and an insinuation that these two are somewhat underground. They’re decidedly not independent in the sense that they are signed to the top record labels in the country.

The medium tempo song has a house vibe to it. The Spanish lyrics and guitar are the perfect sounds for summer. Even though the song is certainly not indie rock, and I can’t understand enough of what their saying to speak on the message, I would classify them as “indie” simply for being under my radar. Though Liam came from One Direction, his career has been more low-key than the teeny bop sensation. J Blavin keeps the indie clout strong as reggaeton is still primarily underground in the U.S.

Even though MTV appears to be showcasing more undergound music, this song probably won’t stay that way after breaking on the major network. MTV has also brought back TRL and I give it a matter of time before I see performances from the show popping up on Youtube. Endless options are available to the average media consumer, almost as if everything is underground until we go looking for it. Making music and writing a part of my life again means being interested in seeking out what others are writing about and listening to by simply showing up to their URL.

The Return of The Breeders

For fans of early nineties indie and alternative, there is not a lot of room for building excitement from “New Music from Kim Deal.” However, when you add that said new music is written and recorded with her beloved side-project The Breeders, the bands first release in 10 years, the excitement builds. Then when you add that the release was written and recorded by the bands original lineup, who last appeared on album together 20 years ago and are the group responsible for the legendary album Last Splash including the slide hook driven hit Cannonball, you have finally reached peak indie-freak-out level excitement.
All Nerve, the band’s fifth studio album, was released last month on 4AD. Though the band members are now all in their fifties with nearly three decades of adult life between the band’s formation and present day, the album sounds as energetic and urgent as if it had been released side by side with earlier albums Last Splash and Pod. The album’s first single Wait in the Car has been widely accepted as a return to form for the band since its early release last October.
Though The Breeders have had a reputation for clashing inter-band personalities and members past struggles with substance use, the band put all of these concerns behind them reuniting in 2013 to tour in support of the reissue of Last Splash. It was during this reunion that the band began to get interested in creating new music together. While few could have predicted it, this interest bloomed into a full-length album that sounds undeniably like classic Breeders while avoiding sounding stale, even featuring a collaboration with current indie-rock star Courtney Barnett.
The Breeders are currently touring in support of All Nerve and can be seen playing shows around the globe this spring.

Lead Man for Apples in Stereo Ditches Indie Rock Due to Love of Math

Notable indie music producer Robert Schneider, most well known for his work as lead singer and guitarist of the Apples in Stereo, has apparently left behind the music world to pursue his passion for mathematics.

While Schneider and the Apples in Stereo may only be followed closely by true indie rock aficionados, most casual fans are likely aware of acts that Schneider has produced. Back in the 1990s, he created the Elephant 6 Recording Company, which churned out Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, and Of Montreal.

Elephant 6 is often referred to as a collective, and it is nearly legendary in indie rock circles for the variety of experimental music that it has put out across a wide-ranging group of bands.

To the surprise of many, Schneider is in his sixth year as a graduate student in the math department at Emory University. Even though he had previously spent most of his life obsessed with music, it appears that he has now found a new and different obsession.

At the same time, his interest in math has its origins in music. In 1999, he was trying to record an album and encountered a malfunction with the equipment he was using. He attempted to fix it himself using materials he secured from RadioShack. He learned about Ohm’s Law from a book he read about repairing electronics, and he had an epiphany about the intersection between music and mathematic principles.

While music and math coexisted for a while in Schneider’s life, he is now mostly retired from music both as an artist and producer. He keeps busy engaging in research and teaching math at the college level.

However, fans of the Apples in Stereo and the Elephant 6 collection still rock out to the many classic records with which Schneider was involved.

Lovebox 2018 Lineup Announced

The highly anticipated Lovebox 2018 lineup was announced this week with much fanfare. The indie and alternative music festival is scheduled for Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, 2018 in London, U.K. This year’s festival is relocating from its previous home at Victoria Park in West London to its new location at Gunnersbury Park in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The big headliners this year are Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D., and Skepta. SZA is receiving billing as a special guest. Skepta and SZA are scheduled to perform on Friday, while N.E.R.D. and Childish Gambino are currently slated for Saturday performances. Other notable artists in the lineup are Paak, Diplo, Annie Mac, Anderson, and Mura Masa. 2017’s Lovebox festival was well-received with Frank Ocean and Chase & Status headlining the weekend, along with many other trending artists.

Earlybird tickets are now on sale. There are a variety of price points from general admission options all the way up to VIP ticket packages for those seeking a more premium festival experience. Ticket prices will go up after the first release, so it is recommended to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Unlike many music festivals, Lovebox sells daily tickets, rather than full weekend passes. Other experiences to delight festival attendees this year include cocktail bars, specialty food vendors, and vintage markets. Hip Hop Karaoke will prove to be a fun diversion for many festival attendees. These special additions have been implemented to enhance the festival experience for all attendees.

Lovebox began in 2002 and has grown exponentially each year since. The colorful and vibrant lineup has helped launch the careers of many London and global musical artists.

Panorama Music Festival Announces Lineup

The annual Panorama Music Festival has quickly become one of the biggest festivals in the United States despite being only a few years old. The festival debuted in 2016 with a lineup headlined by Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem. Fans of the popular festival no longer have to speculate about this year’s lineup because it was just announced. The huge outdoor concert will take place on New York City’s Randall Island for three days beginning on Friday, July 27.

The 2018 edition of the Panorama Music Festival will be headlined by The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers. Some of the other top acts on the bill are Father John Misty, St. Vincent, The XX, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Japanese Breakfast, Dua Lipa and SZA. The headliners may be somewhat of a step down from the first two years, but the mixture of top indie rock and hip hop acts on the rest of the lineup will surely appease a lot of music fans.

If you like the lineup, then you will not have to wait long to grab tickets. They go on sale at 10:00 AM EST on Friday, February 2. General admission tickets can be purchased for one, two or all three days of the event. A one-day ticket will cost $105 after all taxes and fees are included. If you want to get the full festival experience, then it will set you back $275. The daily lineup has already been released, so you can start planning your trip to New York right now. Make sure to add a ferry shuttle pass to your ticket purchase. The festival takes place on an island, and the ferry will be the only way to get to Panorama every day.

Panorama Music Festival Line-Up Set

It’s the time of the year when music fans begin planning their summer festival season. The lineup for the 2018 Panorama Music Festival was just announced and indie music fans everywhere are talking about this year’s eclectic mix of acts. Organized by Goldenvoice, the same organizers of Coachella, this festival has made a name for itself as one of the premier music festivals on the East Coast.

The three headliners of this year’s festival feature a varied mix of artists. Kicking off the festival as Friday’s headliner is The Weeknd. Hailing from Canada, The Weknd hit the U.S. scene in 2015 with the hit “Can’t Feel My Face”, which was quickly followed up with fan-favorite “The Hills”. Saturday’s headliner choice goes off script from the usual indie-dominated focus with Miss Janet Jackson. The iconic pop singer and dancer has been a prominent figure in the music industry for over 30 years. Panorama returns to the Indie music roots with The Killers concluding the show as Sunday’s headliner.

Other popular acts featured in the 2018 Panorama Music Festival include:

• Father John Misty
• Fleet Foxes
• War on Drugs
• St. Vincent
• Odesza
• The xx
• Migos

This year’s festival will be held July 27-29 at Randalls Island Park in New York City. Located on an island in the East River, this venue is centrally located between East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Queens. Randalls Island Park can be reached via subway, taxi, bike, or ferry.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 2nd at 10:00am EST. A single day ticket will cost you $79 or you can purchase a 3-day pass starting at $230 for regular admission and running up to $450 for a VIP pass.

Spotify Partners with Discord, Allowing Users to Share Music as They Game

Spotify has been changing the music game ever since it first launched in Sweden in 2008, and now it seems to be eyeing a new market: gamers. The streaming music giant just announced a partnership with Discord, a free alternative to Skype that is marketed specifically to gamers who need a way to manage voice and text chat with the rest of their team.

As Verge noted in its article on the partnership, Spotify has had an, er…spotty relationship with gamers in the past. Spotify curates many theme and event playlists, and its “gamer”-themed podcasts are legendarily terrible, full of early 2000s rock and dubstep that represents the tastes of only one segment of today’s gamers.

The Spotify-Discord partnership will offer an exciting service in the post-mixtape age: now, instead of burning a mix CD for friends–or, if you’re really old-school, a cassette tape–you can stream your favorite tunes directly into their headphones. That’s an enormous opportunity for music-evangelizing–an opportunity that’s especially exciting for indie artists, whose success depends on fans spreading the word.

As the market for video games continues to grow and the definition of “gamer culture” shifts to include casual gaming with friends as well as hyper-competitive e-sports, the market for indie music stands to grow, too. The popularity of games like Life is Strange, whose soundtrack featured indie stars like alt-J, Amanda Palmer, and Mogwai, shows just how much gamers are ready for a musical refresh. (No disrespect intended to Skrillex.)

The Spotify-Discord integration will be available in the Discord desktop app. All Spotify users will be able to broadcast what they’re currently listening to, while Spotify Premium users will be able to broadcast music to other Discord users in their group.

A Look Back at an Iconic Indie Music Record

It’s been ten years since indie rock band Vampire Weekend released their successful and influential self-titled debut album, and Rolling Stone Magazine has an interesting article about the recording and its context within the indie music scene of the time. Although the record is now seen as a classic, at the time it made a lot of critics angry because the band, all of whom graduated from an Ivy League college, tended to dress in preppy clothes, which was seen as uncool and elitist. The record’s musical merits, however, were many and even those who thought that the band members were spoiled rich kids agreed.

Interestingly, the band wrote a manifesto to guide them on the project. Some of the rules they set for themselves were not to use distortion and not to include any trip-hop music. This didn’t impress classic rocker Alice Cooper, however, who said the band was too intellectual and wimpy for his taste. The article also mentions the fact that, while the band was accused of being made up of wealthy sell-outs, they actually recorded the record by themselves using pro-tools on a Macintosh computer

According to Rolling Stone, the creepy photo of an antique chandelier dangling over the heads of a crowd on the cover of the album was actually taken at the band’s first gig. They played at a hall on the Columbia University campus that is notorious as the meeting site of secret societies and the location of numerous wild parties. When the record was released, the photo helped give the act a slightly sinister and mysterious vibe. .

In conclusion, this article is an excellent look at an album is important and often misunderstood. It’s a must-read for fans of the band.

Arctic Monkeys Announce New Tour

The extremely popular indie rock band Arctic Monkeys have just announced their first tour in nearly four years. The band went on hiatus after completing a long tour to support their latest album, “AM,” in November 2014. While fans of the band have been able to see lead singer Alex Turner perform with The Last Shadow Puppets over the last few years, they have been desperate for a new album and concert tour from their favorite band. Arctic Monkeys are considered to be one of the best live acts in the indie rock genre, so these new shows will not disappoint.

All of the newly announced shows with take place at music festivals over the summer. The first show will take place at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain, on June 2. The 15-show tour will conclude with a performance at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary, on August 14. Concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Finland have also been scheduled. Arctic Monkeys are currently only scheduled to perform one concert in the United States at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, this June.

The new run of live performances are expected to lead up to the release of the band’s highly anticipated sixth studio album. While the album does not have an official name or release date, it is expected to come out some time later this year. It is safe to assume that a few songs from the new album will be played during the upcoming tour. This will be the first taste of new material from the British band since “AM” was released in September 2013. A bigger concert tour will likely be announced after the new album is released, but there is no way to predict when these shows will occur.