New Nashville Hotel To Showcase Local Music

Coming to iOS soon!

Word is that the Internet giant will be releasing a native iOS app for Google Play Music and All Access later this month. According to a report by Engadget , sources have let it slip that the company is already testing a native Google Music iOS application internally. Google has currently invited its employees to take part in the internal testing at the moment but there still seem to be some bugs that need squashing before the application is released to the general public. Coming to iOS soon! Previously Google had shut its doors on iOS users since it needed Flash to enforce DRM restrictions set in place by Music labels that Apple was unable to comply with. This had forced users of iOS to make do with unofficial iOS applications as well as the limited web application previously. Now it looks like Google is close to alleviating iOS users pain of wanting to use the official Google Play Music application. Google first introduced Google Play Musics All Access service back during its I/O conference earlier this year. The streaming service was to make its way to iOS in the coming weeks but failed to come to Apples operating system then. The time has finally here, it would seem. Currently, Google Play Music and All Access is available in 19 countries around the world and is available for about $10 a month, allowing users to listen to music on demand and upload tracks from their personal library as well as letting them build custom stations. The move to hurry with the iOS version of the app could have come even as Apple has released its iTunes Radio service with the iOS 7 OS. While its only available in the US currently, Google might want to scamper to find users in the iOS ecosystem before iTunes Radio turns into fierce competition.

Feasting on folk music

Post to Facebook New Nashville hotel to showcase local music on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs New Nashville hotel to showcase local music Nate Rau, The Tennessean 12:16 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 Barlines, located inside the Omni Hotel, is a new option for local music and entertainment in downtown Nashville. (Photo: Karen Kraft, The Tennessean) SHARE 11 CONNECT 49 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE When the Omni Hotel officially opens this week, it also will mean the opening of a new live music venue that will feature local songwriters and artists. Barlines, a 280-seat bar and restaurant, is anchored by a raised stage in the middle. The goal, according to Barlines manager Rebecca Senita, is to give hotel guests an authentic Nashville experience while also giving local residents a new nightlife option. “We want to be Nashville’s new hot spot,” Senita said. “We’re going to have Southern comfort food and classic cocktails mixed with music and sports.” Barlines will book a variety of bands and have a weekly songwriter night on Tuesday, said Senita, who said the venue is booking its October calendar. Additionally, performances will be recorded and broadcast on the Barlines channel for hotel patrons. “We’re going to have music seven days a week from open to close, with sports mixed in as well for big games, featuring Titans games,” she said. “Our music will range from country honky-tonk style to country-rock, bluegrass, rockabilly. We have a good variety of artists that we’re going to bring in.” Barlines is on the first floor of the west side of the 800-room hotel behind the Country Music Hall of Fame at 250 Fifth Ave.


For those of you who read my Music 3.0 blog, I postulated that the time was right for these awards way back on Sept 10, 2012 . YouTube announced last week that it would throw its first awards show on November 3rd, with none other than Lady Gaga , Eminem , and Arcade Fire as the primary guests, with YouTube up and comers CZDA and violinist Lindsey Stirling also featured. The show will be broadcast (on YouTube naturally) live from Pier 36 in New York with Jason Schwartzman as the host, with as yet unannounced performances from Seoul and Moscow as well, nicely illustrating the global nature of the service. Now I bet you just read that and thought, Oh no, not another awards show, and I wouldnt blame you a bit for feeling that way. I can sympathize, but hear me out. Television music award shows as we know them today are shams, with the judging based on loose criteria that seems to shift with the latest social media popularity trends. Lets take a look at what we currently have. MTV Video Music Awards? The channel doesnt even play music videos anymore, so how are they qualified to award anything? The Peoples Choice Awards? The final vote may be the peoples choice, but how about the nominations? Isnt it interesting that you can name the nominees before theyre even nominated? Then we have the Grammys.

The YouTube Music Awards – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

musical instruments”. Newland continues: “For our 40th anniversary season of concerts, we have a tapestry of music that salutes the diversity of our heritage and the superb talent of those who have contributed to our music and choreography.” It’s not surprising that the tone of both statements is similar and that the themes of love, community, heritage, sharing and, implicitly, the beauty of music, are common. After all, the roots of both groups are planted in the same Jamaican soil. That’s probably why the tone of both concerts was also similar. This is despite the fact that the songs were different – that being a testimony to the abundance and diversity of Jamaican folk songs. According to Major (Retired) Johanna Lewin, daughter of Jamaican Folk Singers founder Dr Olive Lewin, the latter arranged more than 200 Jamaican folk songs that she unearthed during her decades of research. Similarities between the two concerts included their excellence in singing, costuming and movement. The singing, from solo to four-part, was simply sublime. The costumes, which were changed frequently throughout the shows, were generally colourful and consistently supportive of the mood of the song. Both choreographers – Paula Shaw for the Jamaican Folk Singers and Kevin Moore for the Cari-Folk Singers – kept the singers moving constantly, so that the aural excellence was enhanced by the visual. A difference in approach I detected, though, was that while Shaw’s choreography grew organically from the subject matter of the song, Moore’s was more geometrically designed. Though both concerts ran for just over two hours, intermission included, the Jamaican Folk Singers sang about 10 more songs (more than 50 in all) than the Cari-Folk Singers, but those songs tended to be shorter. In a couple of segments, the Cari-Folk Singers moved away from strictly folk songs and treated the audience to oldies and sacred items. The Jamaican Folk Singers stuck more closely to folk pieces. Another difference was that the Jamaican Folk Singers’ concert was more unified in time and geography, with their segments focusing on themes – work, games, court, tribute, love, and celebration.

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