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Watch DMB’s Boyd Tinsley Perform In NYC’s Grand Central Station

first_imgEasily one of the most crucial members of the Dave Matthews Band, violinist Boyd Tinsley is something of a master of his trade. Having been a part of DMB now for twenty five years, Tinsley’s iconic playing is a fixture of the band’s sound, and continues to drive the group to new heights. Today, May 16th, he celebrates his 52nd birthday, and we’re celebrating with one of our favorite videos.Just a few years ago, Tinsley was the subject of a film called Faces In The Mirror. While touring in support of the documentary, Tinsley scheduled an appearance at the Michael Jordan Steakhouse in Grand Central Station, one of the most impressive landmarks in New York, NY. On the restaurant’s balcony, Tinsley unleashed a truly impressive solo violin performance, bringing out emotional tones contrasted with the bustling crowds of the popular train station.Enjoy this video of a true master at work, courtesy of BendervisionTV:Tinsley recently performed with Phil Lesh & Friends, and is currently on tour with DMB. That band resumes their tour tomorrow night, May 17th, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.last_img read more

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Anders Osborne Surprises Fans With Uplifting New Album, ‘Flower Box’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgAnders Osborne unexpectedly released a stellar new album, Flower Box, and listening to it is like finding money… you didn’t know it was coming, but your world is a happier place for its arrival. Dripping in southern blues and fuzz box guitars, Osborne and his band hit all the right notes, even if they take their time getting there. With multiple songs well over the five and six minute mark, Osborne stretches the playing field and fills the space with wise words and stellar fretwork. He accompanies his kinetic playing style with a gritty voice that resonates with the emotional clarity and wisdom of someone who has won and lost many a battle in the wee hours of the morning, alone in the dark. Lyrically Osborne has always tackled subjects close to his heart, and his passion has helped him connect with his audience on a truly personal level. When he sings of his hopes, dreams and failings listeners don’t just relate, they feel his words as if they spoke them themselves while his guitar jangles and hums with the unconscious skill of uncountable hours of being held close to heart. When combined his skills make him a force not to be denied, and on his newest released he charges forward with the intensity of a man on a mission.Stream the album on Spotify below, and follow along with the review below!Osborne doesn’t waste even a millisecond of the listener’s time, opening with a squeal of his trademark guitar tone, distorted, grainy and fiercely in your face. More a battle cry than a song, “Different Drum” is a declaration of intent for himself; a seven minute reminder to the world about the dangers of following the herd. When you stand up on a pedestal and try and share thoughts, you can very easily open yourself up to criticism, and on the next track, “Fool’s Gold,” Osborne tackles that subject head on. He looks back on the things he said as a younger man, the way he behaved and why. Admitting your faults is a step on a path to enlightenment. Musically, Osborne pulls off an impressive feat by somehow echoing Jimi Hendrix on the mic and the guitar without seeming derivative or worse, overly fawning. Bassist Carl Dufrene provides perfect counter-point to Osborne, the focused solidity of his tone providing welcome contrast to the splashy guitar froth churned up by Osborne.Drummer Brady Blade does impressive work throughout the album. On the title track, “Flower Box.” he keeps it simple and uncluttered, so the more gentle and playful elements of the song can shine, before returning to his crisper and more solid striking on “Hurt.” The snap of each tom and cymbal by Blade on “Hurt” is a sharp reminder of the physicality of abuse to match the tale being told of an abuse survivor and the joy of breaking free. On “St. John,” the tone turns again confessional, as Osborne expresses both his joy in his love and his fears and hopes that he will manage to be around for her. Picking up the pace, sonically and aspiration wise, “Born” is a proclamation of love’s eternal future set to a bouncy island beat and a a riff that just feels like a smile incarnate.After an epic nine minute journey on “Old Country,” Osborne closes out the song with a playful reminder about the importance of being and staying “Strong.” Like his other moments of sharing incites he manages to take as inoffensive approach to his assurances, taking care to support and uplift lyrically. Anders Osborne shows of the rich diversity of his skilfully honed talents on Flower Box with just the right mix of restraint and emotion.With his words, Osborne manages to paint evocative pictures while his from-the-heart style of guitar playing merged with his blues based technique that enable him to share a message of hope, humility and love. Along with his band, Osborne’s Flower Box is a handcrafted album of distilled positive reinforcement, which will still rock out with spirit and fire that will inspire any who take these songs to heart. The album is like Osborne himself, a gift to the world.last_img read more

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Listen To Umphrey’s McGee Bust Out Toto Cover, Stretch Out ‘Puppet String’ In KC [Full Audio]

first_imgJust two nights ago, Umphrey’s McGee picked up after a couple weeks off to begin an exciting summer tour. Starting at the famed Crossroads KC in Kansas City, MO, Umphrey’s brought some great tunes from their expansive repertoire. The show’s biggest bust out was a cover of “Rosanna” by Toto, which hadn’t been played in 147 shows! They also stretched out “Puppet String” between the second set and encore, leaving time for some great tunes between.Thanks to taper kcmoejoe, we can share full audio from this rocking performance. Check it out below!A full gallery of images from Tara Gracer Design & Photography can be seen below, as well as the All Things Umphrey’s setlist.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at The Crossroads, Kansas City, MO – 8/3/2016Set 1: Nipple Trix > Plunger > Slacker, Similar Skin, No Diablo, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Deeper > RosannaSet 2: Domino Theory, Puppet String > Smell the Mitten, The Linear > Bridgeless, Sociable Jimmy > Booth Love[1]Encore: 2nd Self > Puppet String[1] with Another Brick In the Wall (Pink Floyd) jam Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens Plays First New York Show In 40 Years [Watch]

first_imgThe last time Yusuf/Cat Stevens played New York, the year was 1976. The subsequent four decades were marred with controversy, but the singer had no problem selling out the Beacon Theatre in his return to the Big Apple. As Rolling Stone points out, the show was something of an olive branch, extending familiar music to fans who genuinely missed hearing it.The stage was packed with memorabilia from Yusuf’s career, as the show was billed as “A Cat’s Attic.” Posters, records, and classic Cat Stevens hits filled the room, capturing a long-lost fan base with musical magic. He opened the show with “Where Do The Children Play?,” ultimately treating fans to a full 33 song showing over two sets.Check out a few fan-shot videos from the night, as well as the full setlist, posted below.Peace Train (via Michelle Galerkin)Wild World (via Michelle Galerkin)Morning Has Broken (via Michelle Galerkin)Setlist: Yusuf at Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – 9/19/16First Set“Where Do the Children Play?”“If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”“Somewhere” (P.J. Proby cover)“Love Me Do” (Beatles cover)“Here Comes My Baby”“The First Cut Is the Deepest”“I Love My Dog”“Matthew and Son”“A Bad Night”“Trouble”“Fill My Eyes”“Katmandu”“I Wish, I Wish”“Miles From Nowhere”“On the Road to Find Out”Second Set“Sad Lisa”“Don’t Be Shy”“Into White”“Father and Son”“Moonshadow”“How Can I Tell You”“Sitting”“Boy With a Moon and Star on His Head”“Ruins”“Oh Very Young”“Novim’s Nightmare”“People Get Ready” (Impressions cover)“Be What You Must”“Roadsinger”“Maybe There’s a World” / “All You Need Is Love” (Beatles cover)“Peace Train”Encore“Wild World”“Morning Has Broken”last_img read more

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Phish Plays The Ultimate Tribute To David Bowie In Las Vegas: A Thank-You Note

first_imgSo, my favorite band Phish just performed one of my favorite albums of all time, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, as a tribute to one of the most influential human beings of the modern era, David Bowie. Somehow, I only cried once. It was a great night.My beloved editorial team of Kendall Deflin, Gideon Plotnicki and Andrew O’Brien took you through more traditional tellings of the band’s first three performances at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, sharing highlights and jam grooves that brought a continuous onslaught of great energy and Halloween anticipation. I’m beyond grateful for their efforts during what has been a non-stop Halloween weekend celebration.For me, this story goes back to middle school, right around the time where any teenager discovers the depths of rock and roll. My father encouraged my newfound music appreciation with selections from his extensive collection, Ziggy Stardust among them. I dove into classic rock with a reverence for Mr. Bowie, artfully adding a theatric showmanship to a heavily guitar-driven genre. Bowie navigated the waters of rock and pop with an inspiring brilliance, and Ziggy Stardust is undoubtedly the peak of his efforts. Following Bowie’s death, I listened to the album daily to help cope with the loss of an icon. I even got emotional watching “David Bowie” (the Phish song) on the webcast from Phish Mexico just a few days later. Thanks to David Bowie and the countless heroes in the pantheon of rock and roll, and my musical navigator – aka Dad – I have an unwavering devotion to music.In college, two of my closest friends ultimately inspired a sonic awakening of sorts, introducing me to improvisational rock music. Before long I was ensconced in the jam band scene, seeing Phish, Grateful Dead members, and so many more whenever possible. After years of musical molding, I reversed roles with my father. I was now sharing new music with him, and it didn’t take long before we were seeing Phish shows together.So there I was, sitting with my father on one side and those two college friends on the other, watching Phish play the Ziggy Stardust album in completion. It was that lyric, “Your face, your race, the way that you talk/I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk,” right before the final chorus of the opening song, “Five Years.” That was when I cried, basking in the beauty of both this full-circle moment and full-scale tribute to the legacy of the great David Bowie.Now I’ll continue with where most of these types of pieces begin, which is of course the first set. Once the Phishbills had been distributed and the excitement for a Bowie Halloween was in the air, the ~17,000 people in the MGM Grand screamed louder for Phish than I’d ever heard before. Those screams only carried through for “Carini,” a song that hadn’t been played as a show opener since 2000. As the band rocked out on stage, fans couldn’t help noticing that Trey Anastasio was wearing the famed Gucci shirt from his Tonight Show appearance. Naturally, Trey changed a lyric of “Carini” to “the people all were screaming when they saw the shirt” to make light of a hilarious situation. He also changed the “Run Like An Antelope” lyric to “been you to have any shirt mon?” at the close of set one.Watch the official video of “Carini” below.I’ll keep things short for the first set, noting that the band’s energetic mood translated into tight-knit playing. Most of the songs were played as one would expect them to be played, and the band even got a plastic ass handed to them during “Ass Handed.” There were also two great references to the last two Halloween shows, including the Chilling Thrilling instrumental “Your Pet Cat” and the ever-funky “Wombat” that got the Abe Vigoda treatment back on Halloween of 2013. RIP Abe Vigoda.Among the many great moments from a fun set one was “Tube,” as the band seems to have found the space to jam within the funky number. Amazingly, Phish’s newfound “Tube” jamming stems from Trey learning of a Twitter account called “Did They Jam Out Tube?” before their show in Chula Vista, CA along summer tour. Good guy Trey put it in the repertoire, and now Phish is jamming out “Tube” in Vegas.One strong reason (amongst many) for Phish’s fandom is its reciprocity. Phish fans love their band, and the band loves them. That’s why I included that “Tube” tale in this narrative. But really, not much speaks more strongly to that quality than the lengths at which they went to create a Ziggy Stardust Halloween. They learned eleven new songs, each ornately composed for all of Phish, as well as the nine accompanying musicians (three vocalists and a six-piece string section) that Phish recruited. In the end, it came out beautifully.The album opener “Five Years” started the celebration, providing an emotional opening with all four members trading lyrics. The Phishbill explained that bassist Mike Gordon was the least familiar with the album of the band members, but his playing and singing were on point for the whole night. Trey started out on an acoustic guitar, switching out of his silly shirt for a more formal jacket to lead the ceremonies. He stayed on the acoustic for “Soul Love,” with Page McConnell taking lead vocals with great care.Watch the official video of “Five Years” below.One of the set’s biggest highlights came in the form of “Moonage Daydream,” with Trey leading the vocals through the fun rocker. It was quite apparent that the song had a lot of space for improvisation, unlike the majority of the album, which was mostly played truly to the studio original from 1972. “Starman” saw Gordo take his only lead vocals of the set, and he nailed it. The sing-along continued a momentuous performance, backed by a full string section and backup vocalists.After “Starman,” Trey put his guitar down and stood at the front of the crowd. The string ensemble left the stage, clearing the way for the soul-rock grooves of “It Ain’t Easy.” The only cover on Ziggy Stardust, “It Ain’t Easy” saw Anastasio take center stage and belt out the lyrics powerfully. Trey really commanded the room.As the band switched to side two of Ziggy, it was Page who got the opening call for “Lady Stardust.” He sang the rock and roll ballad with pride, belting the song with enthusiasm. Page really took the lead on “Lady Stardust,” but it was drummer Jon Fishman who took his turn leading the next song, “Star.” With the encouragement of his bandmates, Fish locked down a steady version of a classic. It’s great to hear the band give Fishman more singing involvement, especially in such an important medium. “Hang Onto Yourself” came next, with the full band singing and rocking out to a “C’mon, c’mon” jam out progression. Page then came out of his piano nook and brought a microphone to the front of the stage. He would sing the Bowie classic and near-title track, “Ziggy Stardust.” Page and Trey even shared a mic singing the chorus for “Ziggy,” but it was Page who really led the show on the classic rock masterpiece.The band took a pause next, before lighting up the MGM with a crowd-rocking version of the classic “Suffragette City.” Trey was wailing on guitar throughout the whole song, even while he was also leading vocals. The crowd was in a frenzy at this point, working up to the album’s dramatic conclusion with one of its most exciting songs. It was “Rock and Roll Suicide” that ended the show, which feature Trey singing lead without his guitar in hand. What. A. Set.The room erupted in applause for the musical costume, as Phish finally went back to their decades-old tradition of covering albums in their entirety on Halloween. In retrospect, an album cover was the only real justification for scheduling a show on Halloween Monday, and they absolutely made the trip worthwhile with that one set alone.Of course, there was a third set as well, one packed with some all-time jams like the opening “46 Days” and a spacey rendition of “Sand” that picked up heat with some Gordo bass bombs. “Twist” was the winner of the set, as a groovy jam evolved into a full band drum jam. It started with Trey going to the marimba lumina before Page joined the fray. Soon Gordo was in on it too, with the whole band crowding around Fishman’s kit. This “Drums” jam lasted quite a while, before Trey rocked the main “Twist” progrssion on the marimba. He put down the mallets to great applause.Watch the official video of “46 Days” below.As if the super “Twist” wasn’t enough, Phish then brought out the classic “Meastick.” Around this time, we realized that there was a familiar face in the crowd. Sure enough, riding the rail at the MGM Grand in Vegas, wearing a full body unicorn costume, was John Mayer. If he wasn’t converted this past summer, then this might’ve gotten him hooked. For me, seeing Mayer rock out to Phish in a unicorn suit is a highlight worth mentioning in the review of this glorious show.“2001” came next, and this was a real build-up and peak rendition of the song. One of the build-ups featured lyrics teases to Bowie’s “Fame” from Trey. Is it any wonder? The big “2001” went into an uplifting “Backwards Down The Number Line,” and the band closed out the set with a heartwarming “Slave To The Traffic Light.”With just one more song to play at the end of their Vegas run and fall tour, Phish naturally took one more opportunity tnor David Bowie with their a cappella rendition of “Space Oddity.” I had the pleasure of witnessing its debut at Wrigley Field, and the sound of 40,000+ singing along to “Space Oddity” was something I’ll never forget. This show marked the song’s fifth outing, which saw the band harmonizing as tightly as ever. Amazing.And there you have it. After years of appreciating David Bowie, years spent chasing dozens of Phish shows, everything came together so perfectly and meaningfully on the final night of the band’s four night stand. Thank you, Phish, for everything you do, and for how well you do it. I’ll see you at MSG in a couple months.Setlist: Phish at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV – 10/31/16Set 1: Carini[1], Your Pet Cat, AC/DC Bag > Free > Possum, What’s the Use? > Wombat, Tube, Wolfman’s Brother, Ass Handed, Petrichor > Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Five Years, Soul Love, Moonage Daydream, Starman, It Ain’t Easy, Lady Stardust, Star, Hang On to Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rock ‘n’ Roll SuicideSet 3: 46 Days > Sand > Twist[2] -> Drums[3], Meatstick > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Backwards Down the Number Line > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Space Oddity[1] Lyrics changed to make reference to Trey’s shirt from The Tonight Show.[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina.[3] Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page and Mike on percussion.This show was webcast via Live Phish. Carini featured lyrics altered to reference Trey’s shirt, which he wore on The Tonight Show. Trey teased Martian Monster in Free. The second set “musical costume” was David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. All of the songs in the second set were Phish debuts. Twist and Drums featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, and Drums featured Mike and Page on percussion. Also Sprach Zarathustra contained Fame quotes from Trey.last_img read more

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Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Rage “F.U.” With The Swift Technique Horns

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong teamed up with Swift Technique for an all out musical celebration last Wednesday, December 28th, performing to a packed house at TLA. The show raged from start to finish, but one of the biggest highlights was an extended encore jam on Pigeons’ song “F.U.”, featuring the horn section from Technique.Check out the collaboration in the video below.Pigeons continue their New Year’s run with a show tonight at the Broadberry in Richmond, VA, followed by a New Year’s celebration opening for Lotus at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE. You can see the setlist from this performance below.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | TLA | Philadelphia, PA | 12/28/16Set: Porcupine, Melting Lights, Whoopie > 1999 > Whoopie, Stay, Burning Up My Time > Condenser, Horizon > Somethin For Ya > Skipjack, Henrietta, Pop Off, King Kong > War Pigs > King KongE: F.U. (w/Swift Technique horns)[photo via Iamsymmetrical Photography]last_img read more

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Members of Railroad Earth, Stringdusters, & Yonder Announce New Supergroup Debut Performance

first_imgInfamous Stringduster guitarist Andy Falco, Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist Jake Jolliff, and Railroad Earth violinist Tim Carbone have recently announced a supergroup together, the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance, which will feature a rotating cast of guests to fill out this bluegrass jam coalition. The three core members are all based in the metropolitan New York area, and have pledged to come together when their busy touring schedules bring them home to create a unique bluegrass jam experience by members of some of the top touring bluegrass bands around.They will premiere this super group at Brooklyn Bowl on March 8 in New York City, with bassist Patrick Falco and banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh for their debut performance.Tickets are on-sale now on the venue’s website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Ween Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day With Acoustic Numbers, Cubs Jerseys, And More [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Ween hit the Aragon Ballroom last night for St. Patrick’s Day, finishing off their two-night stand in Chicago, Illinois. The group certainly celebrated the holiday in style, with a setlist filled with deep cuts and three acoustic numbers, “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz,” falling squarely in the middle of their show. When the band reemerged for their encore, they had all donned Chicago Cubs jerseys personalized with their names during the break, taking a moment to soak in the crowd before busting out “Mr. Richard Smoker.” You can check out the setlist from last night, courtesy of Jenny Lee Baniszewski, as well as a photo gallery provided by Bill McAlaine and a bunch of videos from last night’s performance below.Setlist: Ween | Aragon Ballroom | Chicago, IL | 3/17/2017Set One: Blarney Stone, Pork Roll Egg & Cheese, Push Th’ Little Daisies, Happy Colored Marbles, She Wanted To Leave, You Fucked Up, Never Squeal, Homo Rainbow, Gabrielle, Captain Fantasy, Zoloft, *Chocolate Town, *Tried and True, *Kim Smoltz, Stroker Ace, Tick, Doctor Rock, The Argus^, The Stallion pt. 3, Frank, Mango Woman, Papa Zit, I’ll Be Your Johnny On The Spot, Polka Dot TailEncore: Mr. Richard Smoker, Japanese Cowboy, Tender Situation* Acoustic^Gener starts to sing/play “Sound Of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel) then goes into “The Argus”“Blarney Stone,” “Pork Roll Egg & Cheese,” and “Push Th’ Little Daisies”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Happy Colored Marbles”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“You Fucked Up” and “Never Squeal On The Pusher”[Video courtesy of Steve Pettit]“Homo Rainbow” and “Gabrielle”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]Acoustic set with “Chocolate Town,” “Tried and True,” and “Kim Smoltz”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]“The Stallion, pt. 3”[Video courtesy of Brian J. Leonard]“Mango Woman”[Video courtesy of Tim Moony]last_img read more

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Bob Weir Joins John Mayer & Dave Chappelle For “Controlled Danger” In San Fran

first_imgJohn Mayer and Dave Chappelle teamed up in San Francisco for two nights at The Fillmore billed as “Controlled Danger.” The Friday and Saturday night one-offs came together only a day before, as Mayer and Chappelle merged together the worlds of entertainment with music and comedy for a very special weekend affair.While the Internet begs to know how the “Controlled Danger” all went down, there is no video footage available as the venue maintained a strict no-phone policy. Hopefully, some day, some where, a professional concert video will come of it.According to Mayer’s twitter, though, he covered “Passionfruit” by Drake, welcomed Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir for a tune, and jammed ’80’s songs alongside Chappelle for a Saturday night in the books. See the tweet below: JamBase reports that the Dead & Company band members jammed on a version of “Friend of the Devil,” amidst Mayer’s solo acoustic portion of the night. The Search for Everything guitarist also played through originals “Who Says,” “In The Blood,” and “Neon.” After Mayer’s set, Chappelle took over the stage for some stand-up comedy that included jokes about Bob Weir’s fan-reported appearance. Mayer returned to the stage to perform alongside the comedian, eventually taking crowd-requests and leading sing-a-long versions of “Jack & Diane” by John Mellencamp, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, and more.Earlier this month, Chappelle joined Mayer on stage at the City Arena at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio to pay tribute to Charlie Murphy. You can watch that performance here.Mayer will head to Europe next week for the month until he meets back up with his fellow Deadheads for Dead & Company at the end of May. See here for John Mayer’s full tour schedule, and here for Dead & Company’s.last_img read more

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Join Us In The Fight For Net Neutrality! Find Out Why It Matters & How To Get Involved Here

first_imgOn December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, which prevent internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from deciding what content gets to users fast, effectively allowing them to slow down or block specific sites or applications. The proposal to reverse these rules is expected to pass in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, which would largely be viewed as a huge loss for consumers everywhere and a giant win for mega-corporations like AT&T and companies.In 2015, the net neutrality rules were passed under the premise that high-speed internet is an integral part of American life, and that services like Internet should be viewed as a utility, much like electricity and telephone. Thus, the net neutrality rules prohibit internet providers from “blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—’fast lanes’ for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.”If the repeal is to pass, internet providers would be able to charge people more to access specific websites or online services as well as prioritize their own offerings over websites run by rival companies. Similarly, internet providers could charge fees to companies who can afford to pay to maintain the speed of their sites, essentially holding smaller websites hostage for payment or drastically slow their site speed in comparison. Perhaps most troublingly, ISPs could block sites outlying political opinions they disagree with.As music lovers and regular internet users, the idea of these rules being repealed is a scary thought. Please join us in the battle for net neutrality and the battle for freedom of speech, and reach out to your local congressmen to tell them to keep the Internet open and free. You can find out more about how to get involved at BattleForTheNet.com.[Photo: Greg Horowitz]last_img read more

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