Ever wonder what your peers are listening to the most? Apparently, here in New York we’re most likely to be obsessing over James Blake. Blogger Paul Lamere works for a music intelligence company, so he examined how a person’s location will impact their music preferences and broke down the data to give you a better picture of what your friends are cranking out of their earbuds.
He went through the listening habits of about 250,000 users of music streaming services who have a zip code attached to their account. Then, Lamere separated those listeners into states, regions and a national grouping. After that, he looked for artists that have a major change in popularity from region to region, which “define the taste” for that area. Lamere explains the ranking process in more detail on his blog, but the takeaway is that every state has its own signature artist and it’s pretty rad — though a few of the top artists/bands are, well, HUH? Does your state’s top artist surprise you? [Music Machinery]
A few years ago, I had to swear off dating musicians. I’d been dating them since high school, both casual guitar-noodlers and career musicians who had songs on CW shows and their faces on T-shirts. Again and again I’d fall for the sensitive guitar player who wears eyeliner … and again and again the same patterns would repeat themselves that led to us breaking up. I have nothing but the nicest things to say about most of them as people. Don’t take my swearing-off musicians as a warning, per se. On the contrary, my loss is your gain — the more for you! Just make sure you know these 12 details first. Keep reading »
I got my boyfriend a banjo for Christmas, partly because he really wanted one, and mostly because I think there’s nothing sexier than a man playing the banjo. If you share my love for banjo players, you’ll probably want to keep on clicking to see 16 gorgeous guys (both famous and non-famous) picking on their 5-strings…
Long before they were cool musicians, most of these celebs were dorky kids just like you and me — and we’ve got the proof. This selection of junior high and high school photos from some of the world’s top musicians confirms that even the most jaded rockstar was probably kind of a dweeb when they were younger. Which begs the question: Can you match the nerdy class pic with the famous face?