Streaming music gets a boost from a pair of odd viral videos, the Innocent Un-plugged fest in the U.K. goes off the grid and Record Store Day attracts critics who says it's become 'just another event in the annual music industry circus."
Adventurous Cincinnati Chamber Folk quartet The Happy Maladies unveil their stunning Must Love Cats project, featuring compositions from various outside composers. Plus, one-man-show Dead Man String Band celebrates the release of the new full-length I and heavy Psych Rock crew Go Go Buffalo unleashes its debut EP, It Ain't Worth It.
Beats Music gets a PR leg up on Spotify when an independent musician reveals significantly higher per-stream payouts from the Apple-owned service. Plus, a mom in Illinois shoots up her TV while her kids try to enjoy some Primus and McDonald's gets off on the wrong foot during its first official foray into SXSW, then backtracks and offers to actually pay showcasing artists.
Dessner, guitarist for international Indie Rock stars The National,
founded the MusicNOW Festival in 2006, he didn’t necessarily envision
the three-day Indie Rock-meets-experimental/Classical music event’s
Buffalo Killers' Andy Gabbard gets set to release his debut solo effort, Fluff. Plus, Bad Veins remake their second album as The Mess Remade (releasing next week), Ronnie Verl & the Wallbangers celebrate their new album, Mostly Drinking Songs, and The Tillers' Sean Geil is on schedule to release four albums this month.