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Apple announces Apple Music and native Watch apps

Its own News app and updates to OS X and iOS filled an unusually-packed lineup of new softwareRead the rest

Africa's cellphone sneakernets for music sharing


In certain regions of Africa, where basic "feature phones" are ubiquitous but Internet connectivity is mostly non-existent, the only network for new music are physical markets where téléchargeurs (downloaders) transfer playlists directly to their customers' devices.

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Music: "Twilight Zone," Golden Earring (1982)

"My beacon's been moved under moon and star. Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far?"

Man plays Beatles song "Yesterday" on guitar while undergoing surgery for brain cancer

Translated roughly from Portuguese report in Diario do Sul: Neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Ghizoni last week performed surgery to extract a brain tumor extract in which the patient was kept awake.

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Talking with stars of Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks

Xeni speaks with the stars of Love & Mercy about the music and magic inside Brian Wilson's mind. Directed by Bill Pohlad with a score by Atticus Ross, the film opens Friday, June 5, 2015.Read the rest

Scratch creators around the world collaborate on "I'd like to teach the world to code"

Mitchel Resnick, founder of the amazing, kid-friendly programming project Scratch, writes, "Scratch community members from around the world joined together to create a collaborative project: 'I'd like to teach the world to code.'"

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Night Swimming: swinging new album from Halifax's Gypsophilia

I've loved all three of their previous album, but this one's even better -- listen for yourself!

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Music: "Wouldn't That Be Fun (Jens Lodén Remix)," Sofi Hellborg (2007)

Music for driving fast.

Steve Albini declares copyright dead

The legendary music producer follows up on his classic 20 year old rant about the music industry's awfulness with a modern, streaming-era wholesale dismissal of copyright and its business-models.

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Music: "There is a Mountain," Donovan (1972)

"First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is!"

Demystifying the opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night"

Guitarist Randy Bachman (Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive) explains how he figured out the famously mysterious opening chord to the Beatle's 1964 song "A Hard Days's Night."

Previously: HOWTO play the opening chord from 'A Hard Day's Night'


OK Go's Damian Kulash: "How Herbie Hancock's Rockit changed my life"


At Cuepoint, OK Go singer/guitarist Damian Kulash writes about the song that changed his life when he was 7-years-old, Herbie Hancock's electro-funk classic "Rockit."

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How musicians can piece together a record label from pieces of the Internet

Rutgers law prof Michael Carrier rebuts the RIAA's assertion -- backed by laughably cherry-picked bad stats -- that the number of working musicians is in decline.

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Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier

x 2015-05-28 at 7.10.58 AM "My film draws inspiration from minimalist sculpture and graphical notation, an alternative to traditional sheet music notation that evolved in the 1950s and often involves abstract symbols and experimental visual codes."

Coldplay turns Game Of Thrones into a musical

Chris Martin reveals his unexpectedly solid comedy chops in this Red Nose Day sketch. Oh and Peter Dinklage sings.

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What Sony and Spotify's secret deal really looks like

The nitty-gritty details of Sony's deal with Spotify paint a picture of a very lopsided negotiation indeed, with Sony commanding an unbelievable "most favored nation" status from the streaming music provider that entitles it to top-up payments to match other labels whose music is more popular on the service.

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