I get very protective of Boston Calling Music Festival. I’ve been going to the festival since its inception in 2013 (this year was my fifth time attending and third time covering it for Sound of Boston), and I’d actually started to grow fond of Boston’s eerie, stone-cold City Hall—even though an uninformed tourist might mistake it for a jail—because I associate it with so many good times at Boston Calling.
I like having goals. Everyone knows resolutions are made to be broken. (C’mon, when was the last time you kept a resolution?)
While resolutions can be fluffy and vague (“I want to eat healthier this year”), goals are usually more specific and—if you’re thinking about them in the right way—require a plan of attack for achieving success.
I pose a bold question in the title. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that I am suggesting EDM (electronic dance music) culture is broken. I mean it. Coming from someone who respects and enjoys EDM and, as I’ve previously written, believes in the principles of the culture, this isn’t something that’s fun for me to say. However, I think that the PLUR (Peace Love Unity & Respect) narrative surrounding EDM/rave culture puts on a dangerous facade that conceals some really deep-rooted issues. Continue reading “How Can We Fix EDM Culture?”
You’ve probably heard of Beats Music by now. A subscription-only music streaming app launched this week by Beats Electronics (Dr. Dre’s headphones company), Beats Music is expected to give mostly-free services like Spotify and Pandora, as well as other subscription-based music apps like Rhapsody and Rdio, a run for their (possibly non-existent) money. Lately the music streaming category has experienced massive growth given changing paradigms in the way that people listen to, access, and discover music. Still, we’ve yet to see a “big player” break through. No one’s truly figured out how to make such a business model work. With Beats Music, though, it looks like Dr. Dre is on a mission to change that. His celebrity status and the star-studded crew behind him will certainly be an advantage.
Now, I’ve never been a regular Spotify or Pandora user, and I’ve never even considered subscribing to something like Rdio or Rhapsody. When it comes to music, I’m a bit of a control freak and can’t stand not choosing songs for myself. Like, it even makes me nervous to turn on iTunes shuffle even though it plays stuff that I’ve hand picked to go into my own music library. I have to be the one curating my playlist from song to song, and I’m not going to let some weird, impersonal algorithm do it for me.
But we might as well scratch all that, because Beats Music has my undivided attention — and not just because it’s been all over the news recently. Continue reading “Why Beats Music Wins At Branding”
Turning on a brand spankin’ new album for the first time — especially a new release coming from one of your favorite artists — has got to be one of the best feelings. 2013 definitely did not disappoint on that front. Whether I’d been waiting for the album for years or I was just checking out a hyped-up artist that I’d never listened to before, this year I was pretty much in a constant state of excitement about all the new music gracing the world. Here’s a rundown of my favorite albums released in 2013.
Continue reading “My Top Albums of 2013”