7 innovative VST synths for making cutting-edge sounds

It’s possible to get stware versions almost any classic synth. But why go for a vintage sound when there are innovative VST synths being made today? Scott Wilson picks seven the best for making cutting-edge sounds.  We’re currently awash with clones, reissues and emulations vintage synths. It doesn’t matter whether you want a TB-303 replica to make acid house or a cheap Minimoog […]

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Spotify agrees to delay thousands of indie releases for free subscribers

The music service will fer indies a “two-week” windowing option. Users Spotify’s free service may have to wait an extra two weeks before streaming independent albums on the platform. The streaming giant has signed a new licensing agreement with digital rights agency Merlin, which represents thousands the world’s leading indie labels – including XL, Domino and Warp – that will fer […]

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Why I Wrote a Song Called 'Fuck You Spotify'

Looks like Spotify pissed f the wrong artist. The following comes from Brett Newski, an artist who channeled his frustrations against Spotify into a creative outlet.  Here’s why he wrote, ‘Fuck You Spotify’.   “If piracy is George Bush, is Spotify Dick Cheney? We all have our opinions on streaming. Spotify is probably not an inherently evil organization.  It’s pretty […]

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Want Indie Music on Spotify? You're Gonna Have to Pay for It…

As Spotify locks down another deal, expect the two-week Premium time windows to become standard. Following their multi-year licensing deal with UMG, Spotify locked down another deal, this time with indie labels.  Just as with UMG, however, expect Spotify to lock down some new independent content behind a two-week window. For a long time, Spotify couldn’t strike a deal with […]

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RHA Festival drops lineup with Green Velvet, Claptone, and many more!

The upcoming, new RHA festival just dropped a stacked lineup with artists like Green Velvet, Claptone, Purple Disco Machine, Doc Martin, Catz ‘N Dogz, and more. RHA festival is taking place on June 30th to July 1st with sunset yoga sessions, day time pool parties, night time dance sessions, and a massive fourth July fireworks display at the famed Punta Mita Resort in the Riviera […]

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Kristian Nairn Shows Interest In Fighting For Marriage Equality

Game Thrones star Kristian Nairn (Hodor) recently stated his interest in fighting for marriage equality in his home country  Ireland. The actor, who is also an established DJ known for his Rave Thrones shows, spoke to about his stance on marriage equality: “I really don’t understand why we’re the only little enclave the country that can’t do it,” he said. “I hope that we […]

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Donald Glover and Chance among Time's 100 most influential people of 2017

Common and Tina Fey write tributes to the artists. Chance the Rapper and Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) are among those named in Time’s list the 100 most influential people 2017. Common and Tina Fey were picked to write tributes to Chance and Glover, because, according to Time, “some challenges are best explained by those who have shared them.” In […]

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Taylor Swift's Label Says Streaming Isn't Bigger Than CDs & Vinyl

Spotify is great for superstars like Drake and Ed Sheeran.  But according to the head Taylor Swift’s label, Scott Borchetta, the numbers are tricky — and it’s not trickling down for most artists. Taylor Swift is notorious for bashing Spotify.  Aside from withholding her music from the platform, Swift has openly blasted the company’s business model as a “startup with no […]

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After a Decade of Loss, the Latin Music Market Finally Experiences Growth

After a decade brutal declines, Latin sales are steadily on the rise in the US. Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’ featuring Daddy Yankee recently attained diamond status under the RIAA’s Latin program.  And just last month, Shakira’s Zootopia track ‘Try Everything’ earned her platinum status in the United States.  Do these singles, along with recent Latin artist successes, signify that the Latin music […]

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Swedish club artist Toxe to release audio-visual project, Morning Story

It arrives as a film and vinyl release. Swedish electronic artist Toxe will release a new experimental audio-visual work through The Vinyl Factory next month. Created in collaboration with artist Niclas Hille, Morning Story will be released as a film online with music from the project being pressed as a limited edition vinyl EP, as well as being released digitally. […]

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