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Your Favorite Indie Record Stores Explain Why a Global Album Release Day Is a Bad Idea

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A few weeks back, it was announced that the record industry had decided that from August, all albums around the globe will be released on Fridays. Well, some of the record industry had decided. For independent record stores in North America and the UK, though, the shift from Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively, doesn’t make much sense. “Friday and Saturday are your busy days anyway,” says Josh Madell, cofounder of Other Music, one of lower Manhattan’s last great indie record stores. “Why concentrate everything at the end of the week?”
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Flavorwire Premiere: Short Film ‘Baby Crazy’ Turns Family Planning Into Magical Realism, Celebrates Chicago Music Scene

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Up until recently, Haroula Rose was known primarily as a folk singer-songwriter. Her songs have shown up on American Horror Story, Justify, and How I Met Your Mother, but Rose’s transition to the screen extends beyond the soundtrack. Here, in her proper short film debut “Baby Crazy,” the L.A. transplant explores what “‘being ready’ even means” when it comes to starting a family, all the while subtly celebrating the Chicago music scene she came up in.
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Dave Grohl Sets His Rock Savior Schtick Aside for Solid Storytelling in HBO’s ‘Sonic Highways’

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Forty minutes into the first episode of Dave Grohl’s eight-part HBO docuseries, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, he starts singing out a heavy baritone guitar part to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in the most dramatic of manners, waving his hands like a marching band conductor. (Grohl, it should be noted, was just seen wearing a T-shirt with Nielsen’s face on it.) He breaks eye contact with the underrated guitar great just twice in the ten-second exchange, instead looking right at the camera as if to make sure there was footage of him directing yet another one of rock’s legends.
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‘David Bowie Is’ the Movie Doesn’t Do ‘David Bowie Is’ the Exhibit Justice

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A documentary about a museum exhibit is a hard sell. Why not skip the middle man and see the exhibit for yourself? But when it comes to David Bowie, there are no rules. Fans will not only come out for a documentary cataloguing the Victoria & Albert Museum’s groundbreaking David Bowie Is exhibit, they’ll travel far and wide to see the V&A’s career-spanning deep-dive in person.
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Routine Interruptions on Tour

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Heineken and Flavorpill have now successfully interrupted approximately 500 routines (and made thousands of phone calls in the process), all around the country. The contest runs through this month, so there’s still time for you to win an interruption, too. Winners have escaped the ordinary by attending underground dance parties, speakeasies, and concerts in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and more. Check out photo highlights from Keep on Movin’, Honeycut, Lights Down Low, and Bang On! below, and remember: you’re only as fun as your last adventure. Enter to win your own Routine Interruption now!
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Where to Start with the 13,000 Concert Videos in YouTube’s Music Vault

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Last week, YouTube announced a partnership with Music Vault that brought thousands of remastered, high-quality live performances to the platform. More than 13,000 of these concert clips, to be exact, spanning every rock legend of the last 50 years all the way to modern indie favorites (and even a baffling amount of Limp Bizkit.) No longer will late-night YouTube rabbit-holes be relegated to lo-fi bootlegs or shaky cell phone footage, huzzah! The partnership marks an initial step in YouTube’s increased interest in the music space.
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