Hozier

This is one of those songs that strikes you from the first listen and after seeing the video I am hooked. Hozier’s haunting ballad reminds me of old Blues tunes with bellowing vocals and striking major chords. This Irish singer-songwriter emerged last summer in the US and recently was featured on KCRW. I have been listening to his EP incessantly and cannot wait for what is to come.

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Future Music Festival Asia

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/future-music-festival-asia-called-off-after-fan-death-20140316

Once again, another music festival is cancelled due to drug-related deaths. The third and final day of Future Music Festival in Asia was called off this past weekend due to methamphetamine overdoses. One person was confirmed dead while there are allegations of five more. It is terrifying to see this burgeoning link between large-scale music festivals and drug-related deaths. People like to point their fingers at electronic dance music festivals as the culprits, but seeing as Future Music Festival is a mainstream pop music festival, the problem must be mainly in the numbers of these festivals. Festival goers need to start being more responsible for themselves and their friends at these events. These drug and alcohol infested weekends are not something to be toyed with. It is the promoter’s responsibility to make an event safe but it is ultimately the patron’s responsibility to make good decisions while at these events.

Pono Music

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003614822/ponomusic-where-your-soul-rediscovers-music

This Kickstarter campaign video is more star-studded than the Grammy’s itself – Tom Petty, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Mumford & Sons, Beck…the list goes on. All to endorse Neil Young’s service Pono Music, a music download service/music player aiming to revolutionize the music industry. Compressed, low quality audio has become extremely prevalent, with most audio files being compressed to only five percent of the data that the original analog recording master offered. Pono will give consumers the opportunity to experience the music at the quality and fidelity that it was originally intended. The iPhone, being the most common method of listening, only supports 48 kHz and 16-bit playback while the Pono Player supports 192 kHz and 24-bit playback. The difference between these audio qualities are ineffable in the recording studio but I am somewhat skeptical of its effectiveness on a mobile device. I gotta hand it to Young though for his marketing campaign that has already trumped its goal with 33 days left. Definitely worth a look and listen especially to professional musicians and audiophiles who have at least 4 bills to spare.

Jay Z + Kanye @ SXSW

http://mashable.com/2014/03/10/jay-z-kanye-west-sxsw-samsung-concerts/ 

Austin, Texas is the place to be this week for music enthusiasts and tech junkies alike. Groundbreaking panels and unprecedented showcases are a mainstay of this conference, such in the fashion of Samsung’s Jay Z and Kanye West concert this Wednesday. This will be the first time the dynamic duo will perform together since Kayne joined Roc Nation (Live Nation’s and Jay Z’s record label) earlier this month. If you are in Texas this week I suggest you purchase a Galaxy phone and download the Milk Music app just to get the chance to view this show. Iphone enthusiasts – this is one reason to convert.

Hello my name is Becky Moine and I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am 24 years old and graduated in 2011 from USC with a Bachelors of Science in the Music Industry. I got my start during college writing concert reviews for Performer Magazine and went on to intern for various music companies such as Interscope Records and AEG Live / Goldenvoice. I got my first job out of college at Insomniac Events and got the opportunity to coordinate artist relations for large-scale festivals such as EDC. I currently work for Live Nation as a Project Manager of Touring and work on our North American arena and amphitheatre tours. I love music and I am so happy to be able to coincide my work with it. Stay up to date for music news, concert reviews and other happenings in my life.