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Lotus Summarizes Winter Tour Using Clever Infogram

We've spent considerable amount of time on this site sorting through performance statistics and band minutae and making sense of it all through visuals.So it's kind of nice when bands go ahead and do it themselves.Lotus just finished a 25 show winter tour and has used create-your-own-infographic service Infogram to summarizewhat went down.Nice...

Charts & Fun Facts: Joe Russo's Almost Dead

One of these days, we'll put together our own statistical breakdown and visual analysis ofthe music of Joe Russo's Almost Dead, but for now there's some excellent work being published from an unlikely place. David Kay, a JRAD fan from Manchester UK, has packaged up some tidbits about the band's first 50 shows into a tidy...

Dear Neil, Streaming Is Just Fine [Charts]

I love Neil Young, but he really made a mess of things yesterday by taking to Facebook to complain about, of all things, streaming music. "Old Man", indeed. This is coming from the guy who recorded an album in a early 20th century phone booth.I don't deny artists the ability to take a...

Spotify Explains Freemium Model In Under Three Minutes

Spotify takes a lot of heat from artists, competitors, even fans, these days. Mostly for lack of payouts... but in taking the long view, and from a consumer perspective, I've always been a defender.But perhaps a little chalk-talk could get others on board?In this under three-minute video, they deflate the myth of "Free...

Grateful Dead 50 Chicago Ticket Price Analysis, Volume Two

Supply and demand is a helluva thing.When we last checked in with secondary market analysis for Grateful Dead Chicago tickets, we promised to re-evaluate again once the market has matured.Its three weeks later and indeed, the data continues to tell us a story (and perhaps a good one for those holding out and...

The Phish / Sgt. Pepper's Hall Of Fame Photoshop

It's June 1st, meaning it's the anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.Yes, it's a great and important album.  But there's plenty of places you can read about that.How about this Hall Of Fame worthy Phish / Beatles photoshop job by Reddit user 555--FILK that...

The Lyrics Of Recent No. 1 Singles Average A Third Grade Reading Level According To Study

Though nobody considers hit radio singles to be the most intelligent form of music, a recent study by Andrew Powell-Morse aims to show exactly how dumbed down the last decades chart-toppers can be.Powell-Morse formulaically analyzed the reading levels for 225 songs that spent at least three weeks atop Billboards Pop, Country, Rock and Hip-Hop song...

Grateful Dead 50 Chicago Ticket Price Analysis, Volume One

It was the most catastrophic and frustrating ticket on sale event that I can recall -- probably in history. Between the GDTS Too Mail Order fiasco, cancelled pre-sales, overloaded TicketMaster servers and thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of fans shut out, the sales for the final three Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago's Soldier Field were...

Who Listens To Internet Radio? [Graph]

No surprise here... young people.This is a graph put together from a study conducted via a partnership between musicbiz.org andAudiencenet and their Audiomonitor research platform.We've always advocated on-demand streaming (e.g. Spotify) over "radio platforms" that are being measured here (Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio), but it's clear that teens either see "curated"...

Where Are The Phish Dates? Summer 2015 Edition

By this point, most Phish fans with a pulse and an Internet connection know that Summer 2015 tour dates are imminent. Most even have a reasonable idea about the touritinerary(see bottom of this post for reasonable guesses) and are dutifully planning their summer. But the suspense, the tension of knowing they're out there and just...