La Roux reveals her fears about the music industry in a recent Digital Spy Interview:

I’m still coming to terms with music not being physical. It doesn’t really matter how much I own in my phone or on my iPod or in my computer, I don’t feel like I own it. Even if I’ve bought it, I don’t feel like I own it. It just feels like a list. I don’t like the idea that when I have children, I can’t go, ‘Here’s my record collection’. What am I supposed to do? Go, ‘Here’s my f**king password’? It’s a bit boring, isn’t it?

GIFS: La Roux Official Website

On Death and iPods: A Requiem via Wired
Las week’s good news of a new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came with some bad news as well: the discontinuation of the iPod Classic. Mat Honan of Wired takes us on a trip down memory lane as he describes how everything about music consumption changed when the iPod was born.

But that iPod event—the Apple “music” event—changed everything else that would come after, for Apple and the rest of us, too. Because like Steve Jobs said that day, with his dad jeans on, “you can fit your whole music library in your pocket. Never before possible.”

 Warning: You may become bit teary-eyed as you start to hear the iconic click of the iPod menu wheel in the distance. 

On Death and iPods: A Requiem via Wired

Las week’s good news of a new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came with some bad news as well: the discontinuation of the iPod Classic. Mat Honan of Wired takes us on a trip down memory lane as he describes how everything about music consumption changed when the iPod was born.

But that iPod event—the Apple “music” event—changed everything else that would come after, for Apple and the rest of us, too. Because like Steve Jobs said that day, with his dad jeans on, “you can fit your whole music library in your pocket. Never before possible.”

Warning: You may become bit teary-eyed as you start to hear the iconic click of the iPod menu wheel in the distance. 

Dice: A New Ticketing App That Eliminates Booking and Processing Fees

Are the days of ridiculous concert ticketing and booking fees finally over? 

The makers of London-based ticketing app Dice are here to tell you “yes!” Dice is a mobile app “run by fans for fans,” curating the best gigs in London all at face value. With a team that has both expertise in digital interfaces and contacts in the music industry, the company has already convinced many venues in the London area to sign up for their unique ticketing platform. 

We don’t think it’ll be very long before music fans all around the world demand the app be available in their country. (Meanwhile, we’re all dying to take a trip over to London to try it out!)

Read more about the app at TechCrunch. 

"Could Video Games Teach Us To Be Musicians?" via Music Think Tank
You may think you’re the next Hendrix while you play expert level on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but writer Jamal Asskoumi thinks the very opposite. These games may be fun, but they don’t necessarily improve musical ability. He goes on to recommend a lesser-known game called   “RockSmith" that actually requires you to plug in an actual guitar and subconsciously learn through mini-games provided. So although we don’t have a sure-fire way to make the transition from bedroom rocker to stadium-tour legend, there seems to be more intellectually challenging games on the horizon. 
Read more about Asskoumi’s thoughts on Musical Video Games at Music Think Tank. 

"Could Video Games Teach Us To Be Musicians?" via Music Think Tank

You may think you’re the next Hendrix while you play expert level on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but writer Jamal Asskoumi thinks the very opposite. These games may be fun, but they don’t necessarily improve musical ability. He goes on to recommend a lesser-known game called   “RockSmith" that actually requires you to plug in an actual guitar and subconsciously learn through mini-games provided. So although we don’t have a sure-fire way to make the transition from bedroom rocker to stadium-tour legend, there seems to be more intellectually challenging games on the horizon. 

Read more about Asskoumi’s thoughts on Musical Video Games at Music Think Tank. 

"Neural Nostalgia: Why Do We Love the Music We Heard As Teenagers?" via Slate
Why is it that when we hear an old song from the late 90’s and early 2000’s come on the radio, we tend to freak out and still remember every word? Recent scientific and psychological studies have found a distinct connection between our brains and what we listen to as teenagers that tends to trump any music we hear later on in life, creating a neurological song preference for ourselves.
Read more of what author Mark Joseph Stern has to say about the strong bond with our favorite bands we grew up loving as teenagers and reblog with some of your favorites!

"Neural Nostalgia: Why Do We Love the Music We Heard As Teenagers?" via Slate

Why is it that when we hear an old song from the late 90’s and early 2000’s come on the radio, we tend to freak out and still remember every word? Recent scientific and psychological studies have found a distinct connection between our brains and what we listen to as teenagers that tends to trump any music we hear later on in life, creating a neurological song preference for ourselves.

Read more of what author Mark Joseph Stern has to say about the strong bond with our favorite bands we grew up loving as teenagers and reblog with some of your favorites!

Foo Fighters play House of Vans London

Just months after its first opening, the legendary Foo Fighters disguised themselves as “The Holy Shits” and graced the new House of Vans London venue with a earth-shattering performance last night. It was no surprise that the place was absolutely packed and everyone cheered for more. 

Photos: Nathan Gallagher