March 6, 2007

We Like Page’s New Show

The Chairman of the Boards, Page McConnell, will be playing his first gig in promotion of his new solo album on April 4th at New York City’s Gramercy Theater. Page’s

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Ladies and Gents: The Green Apple Lineup

My one-year-old nephew is gonna be fuckin’ stoked to hear this news: Children’s entertainer Laurie Berkner will be one of the headliners at this year’s Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. Having just spent an entire afternoon at my kin’s birthday party listening to Berkner’s entire catalog, I can safely say that the tradition of wacky jamband lyrics will surely remain alive at this particular festival.

Check out the list of the other headliners at the upcoming three-city Green Apple festival, courtesy of Mike Greenhaus at Relix:

Bob Weir and RatDog, Taylor Hicks, Decemberists, Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Greyboy Allstars, Kaiser Chiefs, Stephen Marley and world-famous children’s performer Laurie Berkner are among the artists scheduled to headline the second annual Green Apple Music and Arts Festival.

As previously reported, the world’s largest Earth Day celebration will expand to three cities this spring, simultaneously taking place in New York, San Francisco and Chicago from April 20-22. Produced by Relix Magazine and Peter Shapiro and presented by JP Morgan Chase, Green Apple is a direct descendent of New York’s famed Wetlands Preserve, which meshed music with activism. In total, Green Apple will present over 150 performances in 60 music venues.

It’s certainly not as powerful as I had hoped for, especially in New York, but at least I know I’ll be solidly entertained for a pleasant three-day span next month. Read on for many more details on which artists are playing in which cities, as well as what the people of New York, San Francisco and Chicago are in for…

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The Secret Machines Loses a Brother

Guitarist Benjamin Curtis of the ridiculously fluffed trio The Secret Machines is calling it quits. According to his brother Brandon on the band’s message board, “After 7 and 1/2 years of playing music

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Internet Radio Gets Fucked Again

Internet radio continues to get screwed. So we’ve asked frequent HT commenter and all-around good guy makeithappen77 from Some More From The Road to break down just how badly these Internet radio stations are getting the shaft…

After learning about the decision of the Copyright Royalty Board to increase the royalty rates for music broadcast on Internet radio, I felt prompted to make a few impassioned arguments against it. But as I did more research, I learned that my initial under-informed reaction was more correct than I dared hope.

As with most far-reaching legal decisions, well, I guess I can sum it up by saying there’s a lot of information on the topic. I’ve got certain information, all right? Certain things have come to light. And, given the nature of all this new shit, you know, it’s not just, it might not be just such a simple…uh, you know?…I’ve got information man! New shit has come to light!


Leave it to me to distill all the legalese and get you to the point. The decision handed down by the Copyright Royalty Board significantly raises the per-play rate schedule for each song broadcast on an Internet radio station retroactive to January 2006. And that’s going to pose significant problems for many Internet radio stations, as well as plenty of non-mainstream artists. Read on for more of makeithappen’s in-depth analysis on why this is a bad shake…

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Beastie Boys Eye Summer For New Album

An uncharacteristically short three years after their last disc, 2004’s "To the 5 Boroughs," the Beastie Boys are putting the finishing touches on a new record. "Hopefully that’ll be out

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Rising Son – The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi: Directed by Cesario Montano

This new documentary follows Hosoi’s career from young skating prodigy to the top of the skateboard world and his status as a certified “rock star” living a notorious life style with endless money to burn. Thats when his life begins a descent into crystal-meth addiction and an eventual arrest that led to him spending just over four years in a Hawaiian prison.

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The Who: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ – 2/28/07 (SHOW REVIEW)

With a clearly undersold US Airways Center for The Who, following a Tuesday night’s sold out serving of Bob Seger, the The Who’s name couldn’t have been more relevant in Phoenix. Hello? The Who just happen to be a title contender for the “world’s greatest rock band ever” – right up next to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Who know, maybe it’s just a Wednesday night thing. However, this is The Who, and whether its rock operas, drug overdoses, operatic falsettos, windmill guitar riffs or the long awaited new album (Endless Wire), The Who’s name speaks for itself.

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