Discussion of Global Release Date for Record Industry

Billboard reports that the record industry is discussing the possibility of having all new music be released on a Friday globally as opposed to its current schedule: Australia on Friday, the UK on Monday, and the US on Tuesday. The proposal is expected to be a year from now, in July 2015. 

Industry sources believe it will slow down the digital piracy that begins the minute an album is released in Australia and distributed online to other countries before they have a chance to purchase it legally. 

Read more about the upsides and downsides of the possible change at Billboard.com

LA indie-pop band Dwntwn is in the middle of a west coast tour playing hits from their self-titled EP, but that doesn’t stop them from shredding in between stops. Don’t miss them playing The Glass House in Pomona tomorrow night where they’ll be raising money for the Streetleague Foundation and LA Mission

Read their interview with MostlyJunkFood where they also have the premiere of their new video for “Heroine” and snag your tickets for tomorrow night’s show. 

Kimd - A New App for Concert Goers 

Consequence of Sound reported on a new app for your phone that can dim the brightness of the display so you don’t have to disturb others during concerts and shows. We’ve been starting to see that even artists are getting annoyed with how many phones are popping up out of the crowd and creating a disturbance for others so the makers of this app want to take a step in the right (and polite) direction. 

Kimd dims the brightness to 10% on your phone and also adds a “black veil with 30% opacity” so you can take photos and record video without causing a scene of your own. It also works like Instagram or Vine with one tap to take the photo and holding down the button to record video. 

Read more about the app and watch the trailer on Consequence of Sound.


We had a blast hanging out at FYF Fest this weekend in Los Angeles. We checked out some bands, hungout with friends, ate lots of festival food & danced ‘til we dropped. Check out the Vans Music blog for photos of who we saw, and the Vans Girls blog for photos of some of our favorite looks from the weekend. 

Photos: Amanda Rae Stephens