International participation at SXSW continues to make impressive gains. One fourth of all band applications for 2009 came from abroad and forty percent of the bands invited to perform at SXSW 2009 hail from outside the US. The UK still holds the lead in the number of accepted bands but 2009 shows a surprising surge from Mexico, third behind the UK and Canada with 41 invited bands. Spain ties with Australia for fourth place and an unusually large contingent of Brazilian bands comes in fifth.
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62A team of Harvard Law students filed a motion to have a Hearing live webcast to the internet is going forward on January 22nd at 2pm. The feed will be provided by the Courtroom View Network. The RIAA opposed the live broadcast, but the judge decided to allow it. This is a rare instance as webcasting is not usually allowed from the courtroom.
Les Claypool will release yet another brilliant work of art, OF FUNGI AND FOE, March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.
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62Kasha Amplifiers has unveiled a quick, safe and simple device that now allows guitar players to instantly modify their tube amplifiers. Adding the patented technology of the QUICKMODÂ® mini is faster than changing a string and as easy as replacing a tube. In fact, thatâ€™s all that needs to be done. Simply remove the appropriate tube and insert the QUICKMODÂ® Mini. The
62There will be a quick five to ten minute photo/video opportunity and question session on Friday,10am at the Dean Guitar booth #5466, HALL B at the NAMM Show with CEO Elliott Rubinson and Buddy Blaze.Â We will beÂ announcing and displaying the all new Dean ML guitar designed by Buddy Blaze.Â Buddy is a long time staple in the guitar industry as a designer,
62Epiphone Guitar, one of the Gibson family of brands, continues its tradition of bringing quality to music enthusiasts by offering several new models this year.Zakk Wylde ZV Custom: From his early work with Ozzy Osbourne to his seminal playing with Black Label Society to his distinctive solo outings, Zakk Wylde hasdistinguished himself as one of the most fiery and furious lead players
62The new Zakk Wylde ZV Custom combines two of the most distinguishable guitar shapes into one. With it’s double-cutaway “SG” top-half allowing for complete fingerboard access and it’s radical “Flying-V” bottom-half for extreme attitude, the ZV Custom has an aggressive look like no other. As with Zakk’s signature Les Pauls, the body is carved from solid Mahogany and fitted with a glued-in
62A completely novel type of transducer and an innovative ear cup design are two of the key design features of Sennheiserâ€™s new top-of-the-range HD 800 headphones being introduced at Winter NAMM 2009. This audiophile model, which is sure to remind high-end enthusiasts of the companyâ€™s legendary Orpheus headphones, offers brilliant sound imaging and impressive spatiality through the use of a 56mm sound
The Industrial Metal Machine called Static-X returns with their heaviest, most flammable work to date. CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records, marries the band's aggressive driving force with disarming experimentation.
The South by Southwest (SXSW)Â Music Conference and Festival, scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 18 - 22, 2009 in Austin, Texas, is pleased to announce the first round of bands scheduled to perform at the 23rd edition of the music festival. A few highlights selected out of over 10,000 music applications include:Â
AppleÂ® today announced several changes to the iTunesÂ® Store (www.itunes.com). Beginning today, all four major music labelsâ€”Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, are now offering their music in iTunes Plus, Appleâ€™s DRM-free format with higher-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.