New Spotify Billboards Are Hilariously Invasive (But We Love Them!)

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(PCM) Spotify’s new marketing campaign is absolutely hilarious. They are using billboards to call out some of their subscribers more “questionable” listening habits, but of course they are not naming names. They are posing quite a few questions and adding some delightful commentary about just why certain users would listen in such a way. 

A few examples read, “Dear person who played ‘Sorry’ 42 times on Valentine’s Day, What did you do?”, another says “To the 1,235 guys who loved the “Girls Night” playlist this year, We love you.” Our personal favorite reads “Dear person in the Theater District who listened to the Hamilton soundtrack 5,375 times this year, can you get us tickets?” Too funny! 

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Spotify CMO Seth Farban recently told Creativity, “There has been some debate about whether big data is muting creativity in marketing, but we have turned that on its head. For us, data inspires and gives an insight into the emotion that people are expressing.” The article went on to explain that the ad campaign was originated with 2015’s end-of-year “Year in Music” campaign, as it transpired that data from listeners in different geographical areas provided some interesting insights. “That led to the idea of reflecting culture via listener behavior.”

The new ad campaign marks Spotify’s largest to date and it is definitely bringing them some attention. The billboards are a brilliant idea and incredibly funny, but definitely makes you think twice about just who is watching and collecting data in regards to our listening habits online. 

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Canadian Police Punish Drunk Drivers By Forcing Them To Listen To Nickelback

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(PCM) You almost have to feel bad for vocalist Chad Kroger and the boys in Nickelback. They are constantly getting ridiculed and no one seems to understand their overall popularity. It now seems that police on Canada’s Prince Edward Island have discovered a new way to punish drunk drivers in addition to fines, license suspension and criminal charges. They will also force individuals who are busted for drunk driving to endure listening to the police departments in-house Nickelback CD collection. 

Oh, the horror, but really actually pretty funny! The police department made a post via Facebook that said that anyone who was “dumb enough to feel they could drink and drive” would also be forced to listen to endless Nickelback while they are contained in police custody. The department went on to say “we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you.” You can view the Facebook posting below:

Definitely a creative solution to battle the on-going problem of drunk driving, especially around the holiday season. Although others may feel that having to endure endless Nickelback songs may literally “drive” someone to drink even more!  Sorry, Nickelback, at least it’s for a good cause! 

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Metallica Set To Headline Rock On The Range 2017!

(PCM) After much teasing and anticipation regarding the line-up for Rock On The Range 2017, it has been revealed that Metallica will headline the epic destination rock festival this spring!  We can hardly contain our excitement. Rounding out this year’s headliners Metallica will be joined by Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring. Primus and Bush to name a few.

Rock On The Range celebrated their 10th anniversary last year in epic fashion with headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and Disturbed and they are stepping it up even higher in 2017. The festival will take place from May 19-21 at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and feature over 50 bands throughout the course of the weekend. Rock On The Range truly is the place that “rock lives”! Just when we think they can’t raise the bar any higher with a better line-up they surprise us with a stacked line-up like the one we see for 2017.

Additional noteworthy bands featured on the 2017 line-up include Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Alterbridge, The Pretty Reckless,Taking Back Sunday, Skillet, Amon Amarth, Zakk Sabbath, Attilia, Whitechapel, Bleeker and so many more. You can view the entire 2017 line-up below:

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Pre-sale and layaway tickets are available now at the Rock on the Range website. Fans will also be able to choose Weekend Field VIP tickets or Premier Packages as well and are encouraged to purchase tickets early as last year’s festival sold out over two months in advance. Pre-sale codes can be found at the website in addition to the ROTR Facebook and Twitter pages for Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Field GA, Weekend Stadium GA and Weekend Stadium GA four-pack tickets.

Will we see you there?  Can’t wait for May!!

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Concert Review: Evanescence At The Fillmore In Silver Spring, Maryland

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Photography by: Cassandra Ference

(PCM) It has been four very long years since Evanescence has graced the stage and catching their recent show at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland was every bit worth the wait and more. It was a reunion that fans have been patiently awaiting for quite a long time and the band sounded as tight and well-rehearsed as ever! They were absolutely on fire!

When the lights went down and the band hit the stage the audience was instantly captivated from beginning to end. Vocalist Amy Lee is a true force to be reckoned with in the rock world and her performance was spot-on throughout the entire show. The band showed amazing energy and it was wonderful to watch both their stellar musicianship and engaging interactions with the crowd.

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We literally got chills listening to the entire room belt out each and every word to Evanescence’s multitude of hits including “Going Under”, “Lithium”, “Breathe No More” and an especially heart-wrenching and soulful performance of “My Immortal”. Amy Lee is a vocal powerhouse and she left us absolutely breathless. The band played a 19-song set list and added a fantastic cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” as an encore that definitely left us all hungry for more!

Let’s hope Evanescence will whet our appetites sooner rather than later as we don’t think we can stand to wait another four years to once again witness such a phenomenal band. Kudos Evanescence for putting on one heck of an amazing rock show!

Evanescence Set List: The Fillmore Silver Spring

Everybody’s Fool
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What You Want
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Going Under
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Sick
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Lithium
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Even in Death
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My Heart Is Broken
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Made of Stone
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Weight of the World
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The Change
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Take Cover
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Breathe No More
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My Immortal
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Your Star
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Whisper
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Disappear
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Call Me When You’re Sober
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Imaginary
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Bring Me to Life
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Encore:
Dirty Diana
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Concert Review: Queensryche At The House Of Blues San Diego

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Review and photos by Johnnie Crow

(PCM) Queensryche played the House of Blues San Diego on November 18, 2016 and it was a night to remember. After the enthusiastic crowd was warmed up by Midnight Eternal and Armored Saint featuring John Bush, the stage was darkened, the dual video screens were lit, and one by one, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Parker Lundgren and Todd La Torre took the stage.

The band played a set list that thrilled their dedicated fans, featuring songs from the debut EP through to Promised Land. Mixed throughout the night were four songs off their latest effort, Condition Human, which flowed perfectly with the classics, proving that Queensryche is not only a legend, but a currently relevant act with a bright future. Their skill, passion and ability to entertain are not to be missed.

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Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse Dishes On His Favorite Songs For KCRW’s Guest DJ Project This Thanksgiving

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(PCM) Emeril Lagasse, one of the most recognizable chefs in the world, joins host Eric J. Lawrence for the current installment of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project. Lagasse, a regional James Beard Award winner who owns 13 restaurants, and is well known for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, serves up some of his favorite tunes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday

For Lagasse’s Guest DJ set, he highlights a New Orleans’ legend, expresses the importance of music in his everyday life and work, and shares some songs that simply make him happy. He also reveals a personal connection to one of Billy Joel’s biggest hits, “Piano Man.” “The interesting story is that there’s a character in one of the lyrics of the song [now John at the bar is a friend of mine]… and John used to work for me at Commander’s Palace, way before he was with Billy Joel. But what’s amazing about the song is that it’s, for me, it’s very deep, it’s very personal, there’s a lot in there that says a lot about people and places, and just things going on in life then and things that are going on in life now.”

Emeril Lagasse currently stars in the globetrotting Amazon series “Eat the World.”

Emeril Lagasse Guest DJ Project Tracklist:

1. Piano Man – Billy Joel
2. Vertigo – U2
3. Free – Zac Brown Band
4. Right Now – Van Halen
5. Iko Iko – Dr John

Listen to the episode here.

KCRW’s Guest DJ Project is an online-only production that features an array of cultural luminaries sharing and discussing songs that have inspired and moved them. Past guests on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project include Joe Mantegna, Andy Cohen, D’Angelo Russell, Bruce Campbell, Bill Hader, John Krasinski, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, W Kamau Bell, Dr. Neil deGrass Tyson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more.

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