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Analyzing the trends, trade-offs in digital music consumption

Streaming platforms, which continue to grow as a primary revenue stream for record labels, have successfully disrupted the music industry.  Streaming refers to music consumed legally over the internet and cloud with applications that track users listening habits and data. However, these streaming services must overcome a variety of challenges to be sustainable businesses.  First, we shall discuss the shortcomings of the top digital streaming platforms; then, we will highlight the trends that position this disruptive industry as a sustainable presence in the music industry.

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Recap: Austin Music Video Festival returns for its third year

The Austin Music Video Festival awards show Saturday night definitely helped keep Austin weird for the third year in a row.  As I first walked in to the Austin School of Film, one musician waddled by me in scuba diving flippers, drinking beer through a snorkel and laughing with another woman in bunny pajamas.  This event was sponsored with catered drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vida’s organic Tequila, Uncle Billy‘s beer, Oskar Blues brewery, and Tubi 60’s vegan citrus Israeli liquor.  The free catered alcohol gave the venue a loose vibe and people were letting their freak flag fly.  For example, as Calliope Musicals performed in silver space suits while green aliens were dipping and dabbing in a background of cartoons and an orgy of psychedelic colors.  Other performances included women twerking with George Bush masks on and rock bands jamming out in yoga pants. To say the least, this was one of the most confusing and unique events I had ever seen.

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OV Recommends: Harry Paradise

It’s easy for people to assume that great musical successes have always been hustling in the music industry but in fact there are hundreds of musicians who never knew what their careers would later come to. Iconic musicians like Debbie Harry of Blondie and Sheryl Crow didn’t make it until later in the game when they met international success in their 30’s. Hundreds of people share those stories and have one way or another found themselves in music.

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Kids In a New Groove mentor, empower foster children through music

Co-written by Sam Votaw

For children living in foster care, consistency can be a virtually foreign concept. Often the victims of unfathomable abuse and neglect, these individuals then begin to seek security and belonging within a system where repeated home transfers—and the ensuing revolving door of friendly faces without ample enough time to make an impact—are unfortunately the norm.

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Spotify spotlight: Glenn McDonald divides music into thousands of niche genres

Well it turns out that Austin’s iconic hipsters and hippie music lovers are going to be thankful to one man for making their esoteric music taste now easily discoverable. Glenn McDonald is the person who has classified even the most obscure and niche genres and is now every fans best friend. Never before has it been easier to discover new styles of music and artists you otherwise wouldn’t have known.

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Austin Music Video Festival returns for its third year

The Austin Music Video Festival, now nearing its third annual start date, combined the music, art, food, and technology that everyone loves Austin for into a five day event.  Starting Tuesday, September 12th and ending Saturday, September 16th this festival gives everyone the chance to support local musicians, directors, and actors.  The AMVFest will be hosting screenings of 100 music videos, panels, live performances, mixers, and after parties all week that culminate into an awards show Saturday night.  This year the festival will feature special screenings from legendary director Spike Jonze, Flaming Lips, CHRISTEENE, and Holodeck Records, Walker Lukens, and more.  General admissions tickets are $15 a day or $65 for all five days of screenings, concerts, parties, and awards ceremonies.  AMVFest also offers VIP passes that give you access to complimentary drinks, hotel pool access, expedited lines, and priority seating.  Most importantly, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Americares in support of Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.  Both types of tickets are available here.