NASCAR unveils unique multimedia mission control

first_img“It’s very, very different from anything else out there.”— Steve Phelps, NASCAR chief marketing officer CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Race tracks better gauging the effectiveness of a ticket promotion. New sponsors seeing how they’re resonating within the sport. Broadcast partners determining which camera angles click with fans, and which don’t. NASCAR more quickly responding to a controversy or an erroneous media report. All data, all the time in NASCAR Fan & Media Engagement Centercenter_img Those are some of the goals of the NASCAR Fan & Media Engagement Center, a kind of multimedia mission control unveiled Monday at NASCAR Plaza. Built by NASCAR in concert with HP, the 13-screen glass room was the idea of chairman Brian France, and designed so the sanctioning body could better monitor digital and social media on behalf of the sport and its constituencies. VIDEO: NASCAR, HP launch Fan & Media Engagement Center“It’s going to allow us to handle digital and social media on behalf of our entire industry,” France said at a ribbon cutting. “… The capabilities being created today are going to allow our industry to interact with our fans in ways we could have never dreamed of before — in real time in almost every medium, all over the country.”Eighteen months in the making, the FMEC is designed to help teams, tracks, sponsors, broadcast partners and NASCAR itself receive more data on fan and media reaction. Monitored by a staff of five people, the center on race weekends will be capable of determining things like hashtag efficiency, positive versus negative impressions, even how much one driver is being mentioned in ongoing social media conversations.“It’s very, very different from anything else out there,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR’s chief marketing officer. “It will enable us on behalf of the industry to see what’s out there, to see how we’re being covered, and more importantly be able to respond to that in an efficient, effective manner. It’s one thing to get the data — it’s another thing to respond quickly to it.”The FMEC will also allow NASCAR to monitor media coverage, and perhaps clear up a misinterpretation of a rule, or correct potentially inaccurate reports from outlets that do not cover the sport on a regular basis.“This is not by any stretch, and I want to be clear, us trying to control anything,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR’s chief communications officer.“It’s going to allow us to respond faster,” he added, “because we’re going to know more quickly and with more depth and breadth what the conversation is.”France said NASCAR chose to partner with HP after speaking with different technology companies about the idea. The result unveiled Monday is being hailed by NASCAR as a potential game-changer, and by HP as a product that other industries may want to duplicate.“This is an absolutely unique, first-of-its-kind solution,” said Charles Salameh, HP’s vice president of enterprise services for the Americas.“This approach by NASCAR, I’ve never seen it, in all the customers I deal with across the Americas. It’s a very unique way. And mark my words, after this launch … the sporting world will look at what’s been done here. Not just the sporting world, but the automotive industry, the parts supply industry, the communications industry — any industry looking to have a more interactive dialogue with their customers … is going to look at what was launched here today.”last_img read more

Radiohead’s New Album Is ‘A Work Of Art,’ According To Artistic Collaborator

first_imgWhile the beloved English alt-rock sensation confirmed the completion of recording their new album late last year, a new interview with Radiohead‘s art designer Stanley Donwood suggests it might not be as close as we thought. According to Donwood, the band’s 9th studio album is “a work of art,” but it is “not yet” finished, nor is there a time frame to expect its arrival.While it’s safe to bet there are new songs ready to be performed, considering Radiohead’s recent announcement of a 2016 world tour, Donwood told DIY, “there’s quite a lot [he] still [has] to do.” He continues, that his favorite work with the band thus far is “the one that’s non-one’s seen yet,” and that “it was made by the strong warm winds of Southern France.” We look forward to finding out exactly what that means.Check out the full tour schedule below, courtesy of the band’s official website:MAY 201620th Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall21st Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall23rd Paris, Le Zénith24th Paris, Le Zénith26th London, Roundhouse 27th London, Roundhouse28th London, RoundhouseJUNE 20161st Les Nuits Des Fourvieres, Lyon, France (just added)3rd Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain17th Secret Solstice, Reyjkavik, IcelandJULY 20162nd Openair St Gallen, Switzerland8th Nos Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal29-31st Osheaga Music And Arts Festival, Montreal, CanadaJULY 201626th New York City, Madison Square Garden27th New York City, Madison Square GardenAUGUST 20164th Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium8th Los Angeles, Shrine AuditoriumAUGUST 201620th Summersonic Festival, Osaka, Japan21st Summersonic Festival, Tokyo, JapanSEPTEMBER 2016 11th Lollapalooza Festival, Berlin, GermanyOCTOBER 20163rd Mexico City, Palacio de los Deportes4th Mexico City, Palacio de los Deporteslast_img read more

Railroad Earth Details Fall Tour Schedule With Red Rocks, Festivals & More

first_imgBeloved jamgrass group Railroad Earth has announced some tour dates for the fall, coming in hot with a number of performances throughout the country. The band will kick off their tour with a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 16th, before hitting Boulder, CO the following night. They’ll head East from there, focusing on the Midwest states and cities primarily.The band also has two exciting festivals on the horizon, including Hillberry Music Festival and Hangtown Music Festival in October. Don’t miss out! You can see the full schedule below.Railroad Earth Tour Dates9/16 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Morrison, CO9/17 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO9/22 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH9/23 Mountain Arts Center Prestonsburg, KY9/24 House of Blues Cleveland OH9/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY9/28 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN9/29 The Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA10/14-16 Hillberry Music Festival – Eureka Springs, AR10/20-23 Hangtown Music Festival Placerville, CAlast_img read more

LCD Soundsystem Closes Out Austin City Limits Weekend One With Headlining Set [Video/Setlist]

first_imgLast weekend, the beloved Austin City Limits Music Festival treated fans in Austin, TX to an enormous showcase of live music. Throughout the weekend, artists like Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Cage the Elephant and more took to the famed Zilker Park to participate in the beloved festival. Though the festival now spans two weekends, yesterday’s festivities certainly had an aura of “ending,” as an Sunday event does before a work-week Monday.Fortunately, fans at ACL had some great performances to bring the weekend home. Among those was that of LCD Soundsystem, who treated fans to a power-packed set of their biggest hits. While LCD’s setlist hasn’t changed much throughout 2016, the band still incites fans to dance themselves clean wherever they go!Check out some videos from last night’s show, as well as a full setlist below.Us v Them (via Michael Ortega)Tribulations (via grahamwhite73)I Can Change (via cl4r3nk)All My Friends (via Michael Ortega) Edit this setlist | More LCD Soundsystem setlistslast_img read more

That Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Is No Longer Playing Trump’s Inauguration Gala

first_imgThe B Street Band certainly got a lot of attention for being included on the lineup for the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19th, at a time where Trump has been having trouble finding musicians willing to perform. Today, the band has formally dropped out of said lineup, citing Bruce Springsteen’s affiliations and unwarranted personal emails as reasons.“We felt that we had to make it known that we didn’t want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band,” says bandleader Will Forte in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I don’t want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn’t working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out.”To the band’s credit, they did get caught up in something without it really being their fault. The B Street Band has been touring regularly since 1980 and has been a fixture at the New Jersey-based inauguration celebration at the last two events. Their presence is distinctly representative of New Jersey, and they signed the contract for this year’s event way back in 2013.Still, the band ultimately had to make a decision about whether to show up to a Trump-hosted event. Though Springsteen himself never publicly weighed in on the issue, he is an outspoken critic of a Trump presidency. In that spirit, the band decided to remove themselves from the controversy surrounding the performance.“When I started this band 37 years ago, it was only about performing and making people happy,” said Forte. “I never thought the distortion of what we do as a band would’ve been so intense. I wish it never would’ve happened. We would’ve never got involved in this if I knew how this would turn out. Even with all the support and publicity, I would trade that all in just to go back to where we were four months ago. I don’t think they’ll ever be a cover band of our size in the history of music that has gotten the attention of something this big.”Clearly they haven’t heard Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.last_img read more

Minnesota Funk Band PHO Previews New Album With Debut Single “Dr. Drake” [Premiere]

first_imgThe funky crew known as PHO will return with their second full length album release, two, in March of 2017. The band brings an undeniable party wherever they go, as the seven piece funk armada never fails to incite the dance floor grooves. There’s a reason why Prince liked them…Today the band shares the first taste of the new album, premiering the track “Dr. Drake” exclusively via Live For Live Music. Says saxophonist Aaron Levin, “‘Dr. Drake’ will keep you dancing for all of its fiery five minutes. It features a relentlessly driving and tight arrangement catering to our Minneapolis roots, but with a unique and original approach that provides us with a fresh take on a new era of funk music.” He’s dead on about this exciting new groove.Feast your ears on “Dr. Drake,” below.Guitarist Spencer Christiansen adds, “‘Dr. Drake’ is like a funk puzzle. Every part has its place in the beat — inspired by the sounds of Prince’s Black album and James Brown. Our new record, two, represents all of our influences coming together under the funk.” We’re always down to come together under the funk.Says keyboardist Patrick Horigan, “‘Dr. Drake’ mixes the bubbly Minneapolis sound with our own touch, and a bit of psychedelia is added for good measure. It ends up being its own thing – and I think the new record as a whole is a collection of all of the vibes we’ve been cultivating since Cash It.”The band has a series of performances coming up soon, including dates supporting bands like TAUK and the Eric Krasno Band. They’re also celebrating the album release in March with shows in Madison and Chicago, so don’t miss out! The band’s full tour schedule is below, and all the information you need can be found on their website.PHO Tour Dates2/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre*2/17 Winona, MN – Ed’s No Name Bar2/24 La Crosse, WI – The Root Note3/9 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre**3/10 Chicago, IL – Tonic Room***4/14 La Crosse, WI – Midwest Music FestSupporting Eric Krasno Band*Supporting TAUK**w/ The Tomorrow People***last_img read more

Remember That Fire J Dilla Tribute That Went Down In NOLA Last Year?

first_imgJ Dilla is undeniably one of the most prolific hip-hop producers that ever lived. During his lifetime, some of the genre’s most incredible talents used beats created by Dilla; songs that would go down as some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hits to this day. Even though he passed away eleven years ago, there is still a huge catalog of untitled tracks still coming out to see the light of day. The creativity was endless with Dilla.Last year, Chris Rogers of Fiyawerx Presents, along with Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band) put together a seriously talented lineup of musicians to pay tribute to the legendary producer for a special late-night performance during Jazz Fest at Maison dubbed ‘Killa 4 Dilla.’ Rogers discussed the putting the show together:“A year ago today the amazing Borahm Lee and I put together a tribute to celebrate the life of one of Hip Hop’s greatest ever, J Dilla. We enlisted some of the baddest cats to get it done- Borahm himself, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall (on bass!), Alvin Ford Jr., Ryan Zoidis, Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom, Andrew Block, and Matthew Zarba on the mic. With sit-ins by our friends Adam Deitch, Jneiro Viberian Jarel, Derrick Freeman and Fiyawerx’s own DJ Otto opening. It’s incredible the amount of love Borahm and these guys poured into this night. Shout out to Steven W. Richardson for the great work with the A/V recording. I have been holding this back for an entire year. Just hit play. It’ll be the best 90 minute ride of your day. Trust me on this one.”Check out the full performance below, courtesy of Steven W. Richardson:last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Three Nights At The Capitol Theatre

first_img[cover photo by Andrew Blackstein] The Disco Biscuits have just announced three nights at The Capitol Theatre! From April 27-29, 2017, the jamtronica pioneers will return to Port Chester, New York for the second time ever, after making their debut with two nights last March. Bassist Marc Brownstein reflected about their performance at the venue last year, saying “Wow that’s a great venue! The Capitol Theatre was one of Jerry Garcia‘s favorite venues in the world. I can see why. Beautiful.” We can’t wait to see them return next month!In honor of the Snow Day, the band is opening up pre-sale for three-day passes on their website. Tickets for the general public will open on Friday, March 17, at 12PM ET. Check out the announcement below:Relive the glory from last year’s Capitol performances in the videos below:last_img read more

Get Nostalgic And Catch The Legend Of Zelda Symphony On Tour This Year

first_imgThe Legend Of Zelda is a truly epic game that has held a special place in many of our hearts for decades, with its newest installment, Breath of the Wild, being released a full thirty years after the franchise’s first game was released in 1986. Music has always taken a central role in the game, with many of the original compositions of Nintendo composer, Koji Kondo, still immediately recognizable to fans of the game. Thus, in between summer and fall tour and festivals in between, maybe you can catch The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of Goddesses this summer, as the 57-piece orchestra and 20-person choir hits the road and brings the music of the video game to life.The two-hour orchestra performance is officially approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and is in its fourth year. However, this year’s piece includes updates including music from the newest game in addition to tunes from across the game’s catalog over the year. For those who make one of these symphony performances, there’s also visuals to accompany the performance, which will help you recall some of the more nail-biting moments from the various games if it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a controller. Tickets for the symphony presented by MGP Live are available here, and a full tour schedule can be found below. For access to 5% discount, enter the code “LOZ17” at check out at any time before 11:59 PM on 3/20.The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses 2017 TourSan Diego, CA – July 21 – San Diego Civic TheatreSan Francisco, CA – August 4 – Davies Symphony HallToronto, Ontario – September 15 – Sony CentreSeattle, WA – September 22 – Paramount TheatrePortland, OR – September 23 – Keller AuditoriumLos Angeles, CA – September 30 – Dolby TheatreKansas City, MO – October 6 – Kansas City Music HallMemphis, TN – October 7 – The Orpheum TheatreDes Moines, IA – October 8 – Des Moines Civic CenterNew York, NY – October 20 – United Palace TheatreBoston, MA – October 21 – Wang TheatreSan Antonio, TX – October 27 – Majestic TheatreBaltimore, MD – November 3 – Lyric TheatreCleveland, OH – November 4 – State TheatreColumbus, OH – November 5 – Ohio TheaterPhoenix, AZ – November 6 – Phoenix Symphony HallJacksonville, FL – November 9 – Times-Union CenterDurham, NC – November 10 – Durham Performing Arts CenterNorfolk, VA – November 11 – Chrysler HallAtlanta, GA – November 16 – Cobb Energy PACKnoxville, TN – November 17 – Knoxville Civic AuditoriumChicago, IL – November 18 – Auditorium TheatreLondon, England – November 21 – Eventim ApolloDusseldorf, Germany – November 24 – Mitsubishi Electric HallBarcelona, Spain – November 25 – Auditori ForumFlorence, Italy – November 26 – Mandela ForumVancouver, BC – November 30 – Queen Elizabeth TheatreEdmonton, AB – December 1 – Northern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumCalgary, AB – December 2 – Southern Alberta Jubilee AuditoriumMontreal, QB – December 8 – Place des ArtsPittsburgh, PA – December 14 – Heinz HallNew Orleans, LA – December 15 – Saenger TheaterOklahoma City, OK – December 29 – Civic Center Music Halllast_img read more

Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’

first_imgToday, Gregg Allman’s final album, Southern Blood, was posthumously released. The album was recorded as the iconic Allman Brothers Band co-founder’s health began to decline. Mostly featuring covers that resonated with Allman during this time, a sense of finality permeates Allman’s final album. Coinciding with Southern Blood‘s official release, today, the Gregg Allman camp also released an official music video for one of the songs off the album—a cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live.” The song itself is a reassurance to fans, with “I Love The Life I Live” confirming that Allman was content with the way his life had gone and that he had enjoyed the ride.Gregg Allman’s Actual Blood Was Used To Paint Album Art For Posthumous LP ‘Southern Blood’In the music video for “I Love The Life I Live,” viewers get a glimpse into the recording process for Allman’s final album. Featuring clips of Gregg Allman in the studio as well as older footage from across Allman’s life on the road, the video is a nostalgic glance at the legendary musician’s life. Paired with the song itself and Allman singing “I live the life I love, and I love the life I live,” the video is triumphant, focusing on the high points of Allman’s life and the many people he shared those moments with. You can check out the video for Gregg Allman’s cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live” below.last_img read more