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Nona Hendryx Inaugurates Joe's Pub at the Public's Vanguard Residency Program

Grammy-nominated funk/rock icon will mix music, media, and artists during yearlong programming partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public in New York.

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Quick, Before It's Gone: Should Networks Cancel Shows Early?

When broadcast networks rapidly cancel new shows, it undermines their own efforts to reach out to audiences and make quality programming.

Music

Five Observations About the 2015 Rock Hall of Fame Ballot

The just-unveiled ballot for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class attempts to honor Generation X as well as continue to rectify past oversights.

Technology

Requiem for Perfection: R.I.P. iPod Classic

Last week, Apple answered the question "Why mess with perfection?" by quietly killing off the iPod Classic.

Culture

Supply and Demand Stokes the Fires of the Illicit Press

Tired of the Kardashians and their kind? Sorry, but they are keeping an industry alive.

Television

PopMatters’ 2014 Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

PopMatters takes a look at Fall 2014's new Tuesday shows that will be competing against TV’s highest-rated series.

Music

No Big Day Out for Australia Next Year

For the first time since 1998, Australia's most recognizable music festival will not be on the schedule. In what appears to be an ever-expanding live music calendar, competition for headliners, audiences, and cash is only becoming fiercer and fiercer.

Music

YouTube to Indie Labels: Pay Up or Get Out

The press is buzzing about YouTube's threat that it will remove content by labels that do not agree to the terms of its forthcoming subscription-based service. Is this good for YouTube?

Music

The Music Industry's "1-2%" Death Knell

Articles hailing "the death of the music industry" are a dime a dozen, but recent stories about album sales, iTunes Radio, and radio audience shares -- when bundled together -- indicate that the big shift everyone has feared is actually genuinely happening.

Music

Wishes Do Come True: New Pixies LP and Kate Bush Live Dates

First Kate Bush announces her return to the concert stage, and then the Pixies get ready to drop their first album in over 20 years. It's been a surprising week in music news.

Television

Bravo's Shaky Future

When it comes to its programming, what put the cable channel on the map may soon also lead to its downfall.

Television

Shades of Grey: Television in Black and White

Recent trends in black and white viewership are changing TV's big picture, making it not so black and white.

Music

It's 10:15 on a Midsummer Night. Do You Know Where Your Favorite Artist Is?

Odds are, your favorite artist is out tonight busking, either on stage or by infusing the airwaves. The ongoing decline in revenues from music sales has forced artists to rely on touring and licensing to make ends meet.

Television

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations Prove the Future is Now

Even while it mostly stands pat, Emmy’s surprise acknowledgment of Netflix original programming heralds mainstream success for a new broadcasting model.

Television

I Was a Nielsen Family... and Boy, Was I Sorry!

The "magic" behind those "numbers" that determine what stays and what goes on TV.

Cary O'Dell
Music

Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

Music

Our 5 Picks for the Rock Hall Class of 2013

Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 15 contenders vying to be inducted as part of its Class of 2013. By adhering to the Hall's broad definition of rock 'n' roll and by trying to objectively apply its induction criteria, Sound Affects has narrowed down the choices to five artists it would vote for if it could.

Music

This Year's Rock Hall of Fame Ballot Aims to Right Some Wrongs

The newly-announced ballot for the next class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees not only seeks to rectify long-standing slights but lets the public have a say for once. Here's hoping it doesn't go all pear-shaped.

Books

Re: Digital: Thomas Pynchon (and Others) Succumb to E-Readers

Stories are composed on Twitter, fan fiction can become literature, libraries are accessible around the world, and reader’s can explore classics on their Ipad. As literary holdouts come to accept digital reality, it's important to remember that the audiobook did not kill the paperback, and that new mediums don’t always replace the old ones.

Books

Dispatches from the E-Reader Wars

Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble vs. Apple. The E-Reader Wars are heating up.

Books

Young Writers Explore Online Community

The idea is simple: to create a space for young writers to share work and get feedback, all as part of a community. “Figment,” explains Lewis, “is a user-generated platform. It’s essential that our users feel a sense of ownership.”

David L. Ulin - Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Music

No Future: Punk's 2012 Nostalgia Trip

At the Drive-In and Refused are both reuniting for high-profile (and high-paycheck) shows in 2012. What does this say about their legacy, or punk rock in general?

Music

Wynton's Blues

By hiring Wynton Marsalis as its new "cultural correspondent", CBS is setting jazz music back, and it's everybody's loss.

Alexander Heigl
Music

Snubbed!: Why the Cure Deserves to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week--but not fellow ballot finalist the Cure. Here's why goth's flagship group deserved to join them.

Music

German Indie Venue Beatpol Celebrates 20 Years

A legendary German music venue that has hosted a number of major American acts over the last several years turns 20 this month.

Music

AC/DC’s Anti-iTunes Stance and the Cult of the Album

While AC/DC's still-standing refusal to make its music available on iTunes is rooted in the widely-held view of the album as a complete work, it’s important to acknowledge that LPs really aren’t the immutable documents we tend to think of them as.

Television

Homophobia Is Alive and Well on TV at the WWE

With the WWE's biggest event of the year on the horizon, fans and sponsors might want to take a closer look at its blatant homophobia and reconsider the wisdom of handing over their money to a bigoted and retrograde institution.

Television

'Episodes': The Transnational Televisual Extravaganza

As with so many trends, the increasing prevalence of transnational television is either a building block in a utopian post-national society enabled by the democratising power of new media, or the inevitable by-product of the audience fragmentation and personal atomisation occasioned by new media.

Music

Nobody Will Ever Do Taylor Swift-Level Numbers Again.

Taylor Swift's popularity has been bubbling for years now, and if the first-week US sales of her latest release, Speak Now, prove to be the climax, they could also prove to be historical. Think about it: who else has the potential to break the million-in-a-week mark ever again?

Television

'The Event' Will Be Unrequited

I don’t know what The Event is – and I suspect I never will -- but not for lack of trying.

Culture

Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

If you want to know what’s new on primetime TV this fall, stop right here.

Music

Prince's '20Ten' and the Cheapening Effect of the Newspaper Release

Using a newspaper promotion to get an album out to the masses might be a mutually beneficial arrangement for artist and publication, but what happens to the listener's perception of the music?

Music

EMI to Duranies: Drop Dead

EMI, like so many major labels, is circling the drain, buried beneath a mountain of debt and public indifference. The label is wise to plumb the back catalog and offer fans of its key artists the opportunity to pick up fancy versions of their favorite albums with loads of extra stuff. But has its attitude soured the fans on future purchases?

Music

Getting the Word Out: Discovering Music Through Advertisements

The television and radio commercials that we see every day are selling more than just the products in the ad -- sometimes they're selling an artist as well. It may not be the traditional way for musicians to get their songs to their listeners, but it works.

Michael P. Irwin
Music

Play It Again, Please: Grappling with Repeated Album Listens in the iPod Age

An album is purchased (via in a store or online) and is quickly ripped to your iPod. Does this practice make it harder for an album to grow on a listener? Or is the iPod just forcing us to become more disciplined listeners?

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