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Weekly #4: The Online Music Scene

If you read my last post, you are well aware that I am a big music fan. I am not fully engaged in the online music scene, but believe I would benefit from doing so. My online music time is mostly spent watching videos on YouTube, checking out new bands on MySpace and giving the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to songs on my Pandora station.

I also follow my favorite artists religiously on Twitter. I find this to be a particularly useful tool to get a heads up on upcoming concerts and artist-related news. It is also a very fun way to see what your favorite band is up to in your town the day of the show. I also currently subscribe to VH1, MTV and Rolling Stone’s RSS feeds and monitor them regularly from my Google Reader.

We briefly discussed Last.fm in last week’s class. I had previously heard of the Web site, but never took the time to actually stop and check it out. I am so glad I did. Last.fm is a haven for music junkies. How to describe it? Think Pandora and YouTube meet MySpace. The site is absolutely amazing and offers endless possibilities. For instance, a search for Cat Stevens allows me to:

  • Listen to music
  • Watch videos
  • Obtain a list of top tracks and most popular albums
  • Get a list of tour stops
  • Rave about him in the “shoutbox” comment box
  • Order tracks and albums through Amazon
  • Join groups associated with him
  • See who is also listening to him at that moment
  • Sign up for an e-newsletter

I’ve always been a big fan of Alltop, which is essentially an online magazine rack. Users can click on a word or topic to determine the most popular blogs within that category. A click on “music” produces a list of top music blogs. I can view the five latest posts and link directly to the blog. As you can see, I have a lot to explore. I think I’m off to a good start!

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Personal #2: Living for Live Music

I’m a self-admitted music junkie. There is nothing I enjoy more than listening to music and going to concerts. In fact, just today, I bought tickets to see the Dave Matthews Band (one of my all-time favorites) at Nationals Park in July.

I’d have to say 2009 was a great year. I was lucky enough to see U2 kick off their 360° Tour at Solider Field in September and again a few weeks later at FedEx Field. I also saw Coldplay, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Swell Season, Hanson and Tony Bennett.

Here’s a look at my 2010 concert lineup:

  • Ani Difrano (3/2 – 9:30 Club)
  • Ben Folds (3/26 – 9:30 Club)
  • Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (5/20 – DAR Constitution Hall)
  • U2 (6/26 – TCF Bank Stadium)
  • Dave Matthews Band (7/23 – Nationals Park)

I wish I could say I was going to another show this spring. Phoenix, the Grammy award-winning French alternative rock band most popular for their hit song “Lisztomania,” will be at DAR Constitution Hall this April. Unfortunately, the concert happens to fall on the night of my final Capstone presentation. I’ll eventually get over it. On a lighter note, Tom Petty announced this week that he’ll be making a stop in the nation’s capital this August.

I’m already considering applying for a part-time gig at the 9:30 Club in May when I’m officially a Georgetown alum. If I juggled a full-time job and grad school effectively, I think I can handle a few music-filled nights on the side. Now that would definitely be good work-life balance.

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