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    Deezer now creates weekly playlists based on your listening habits

    Flow will have daily recommendations in addition to genre stations, and as you'd expect, you can favorite any song and add it to a new or existing playlist. As The Verge points out, there are also Flow playlists full of brand new music, and those will refresh weekly. This is the sort of thing that was more or less Pandora's bread and butter in the early days of music streaming. Back in 2013, Apple added Genius Shuffle to iTunes which grouped similar songs automatically. Microsoft's now-defunct Groove Music did similar, but with streaming, while Apple Music and Google Play Music ... Read More

    ‘Breaking Bad’ prompts Badfinger resurgence

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    M. Lamar alters consciousness in ‘Lordship and Bondage’

    Over the past decade, New York-based composer, countertenor and multimedia artist M. Lamar has railed against race, class and gender inequality in critically lauded works “Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche,” “Speculum Orum,” “Negro Antichrist” and “Funeral Doom Spiritual.” In his new show, “Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman,” which premieres Friday at Old First Concerts, the Alabama native, former San Francisco resident and twin brother of “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox is hoping to finally free himself from “the muck of the mundane of talking about racism and class identity.” “I see it ... Read More

    Cry Cry Cry together again after 20 years

    When Cry Cry Cry hits Berkeley on Sunday, it will be exactly two decades since the folk supergroup issued its sole self-titled album of cover songs. But it’s not technically a 20th anniversary tour, says New York singer Lucy Kaplansky, who formed the trio with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell. The idea came from promoter Steve Lurie, who wanted the band to reunite for 2017’s Hudson, N.Y. Clearwater Festival. “The night we played that concert, I was just overwhelmed. I had waves of chills, so we immediately thought, ‘Hey, let’s do some more shows!’” she says. The group even recorded ... Read More

    James Taylor tells of Inheaven’s origins

    James Taylor — singer-guitarist for great new English outfit Inheaven, which hits The City next week — believes he was fated to have a musical career. It started when his parents christened him James at birth, in reference to their favorite actor James Dean (not the American folk rocker). Naturally, he was regularly fire-and-rain razzed growing up, he says, “Which was not bad, overall, because Taylor was a lot bigger in America than in Britain, so I didn’t get hassled as much at home. But all my American friends always mentioned it.” Even when Taylor met future Inheaven bassist-vocalist Chloe ... Read More

    Bananarama peels back the hits, heals old wounds before Bay Area audience

    Friendships can make a band like Bananarama. But they can also break it when one member is at odds with the others. That’s what happened in 1988, when Siobhan Fahey left the famous trio, which emerged out of Britain’s post-punk scene in the early 1980s. Whether, as she’s alternately claimed in previous interviews, she felt excluded from band members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward’s longer-term friendship, became disenchanted with the dance-pop direction the band was going in or couldn’t endure their sexist ex-producers Stock Aitken Waterman any longer, any outstanding issues were resolved before Bananarama took the stage at the ... Read More

    Pandora Premium finally works in your web browser

    Pandora Premium on the web offers just about everything you'd expect from an on-demand streaming service. The default view shows everything that users have added to their collections over time, including albums, songs, playlists and -- of course -- the radio stations that Pandora has always offered. When updating playlists, Pandora carries over the "suggested songs" feature that makes adding songs a little easier. And if you know what tunes you want to add, there's a search bar right in the playlist interface. It's one of the easier ways to find tunes and add them straight to a playlist that ... Read More

    Japan’s latest sensation is a cryptocurrency pop group

    The group's first single, "The Moon and Virtual Currencies and Me," warns listeners about the perils of fraud and extols the virtues of good online security. And yes, there's a reason for the exceptionally timely theme. Katsosuka Shojo is promoting the idea that cryptocurrency isn't a "tool of speculation," but rather a means of creating a "wonderful future." It helps that Japan is one of bitcoin's biggest markets, with legal recognition and one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges. There really is an audience for this, then. The real question: how long will this last? If you think regular pop groups ... Read More

    Sony recruits Khalid for its next VR music event

    The second lap of Lost in Music kicks off with a two-day live event at LA Hangar Studios on January 19, followed by VR experiences at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, TX on March 15 and 16, where Khalid will take the wraps off his VR music vid. Naturally, the clip will be made available on PlayStation VR in spring. Like Google before it, Sony is also readying a Lost in Music VR series to debut in February ... Read More

    ‘Flying Lotus in 3D’ is a jam session between music and holograms

    Dubbed the "electronic Jimi Hendrix," Ellison has worked with Herbie Hancock as well as Kendrick Lamar, and is the great nephew of Alice and John Coltrane. But he is also a trained filmmaker and says that's where his heart is. "I've always wanted my shows to feel more cinematic because that's how I enjoy my music," he said. "I love this idea that people, when I look out into the crowd, it looks like they're going to the movies." The problem with 3D, however, is that eight years after the release of James Cameron's Avatar, the technology falls squarely in ... Read More

    Samsung smart TVs gain Amazon Prime Music support

    Amazon Prime Music has a limited choice compared to services like Spotify or Apple Music, but it has one huge advantage: It's free if you're already a Prime member, at least in the US and UK. Unlimited Music gives you more choice, but is a paid service with a discount for Prime members and Echo owners. Up until now, however, the services have been pretty much limited to your phone, PC, Amazon's Echo or other Alexa devices from Sonos and others. The music services will work on most Samsung Smart TV models, provided you're in the US, United Kingdom, Germany, ... Read More

    Google’s latest VR series takes you to the set of ‘Austin City Limits’

    Some of Google's VR show offerings include a Discovery travel series, tours of supermodels' closets, an MLB series that profiles up-and-coming baseball stars, a look into the lives of NFL players, coaches, executives and fans as well as Google's Immerse series that explores race, diversity and identity. Austin City Limits: Backstage will be a 10-part series with each episode featuring a different artist or group. The first three episodes, which are available now, focus on Ed Sheeran, the Zac Brown Band and Unsung Heroes. You can check them out using your Cardboard or Google Daydream View here ... Read More