WTOP: Livestream concert calendar for May 30-June 13

WTOP: Livestream concert calendar for May 30-June 13. “What’s a live music lover to do? Live concert streams! There is something for everyone, from national acts playing in their homes for charity to local faves with a guitar and iPhone trying to keep the money flow coming in through PayPal and Venmo.”

Westword: Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and More of the Best Online Concerts

Westword: Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and More of the Best Online Concerts. “Celebrate the planet at Pathway to Paris Earth Day 50: A Virtual Festival for Our Planet, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Enjoy performances from Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon (founders of Pathway to Paris), Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Flea, Tony Hawk, Ben Harper, Cat Power and more. Below are more offerings; one-off shows are up top and ongoing series are below. We’ll update the list as we hear about additional events.”

NME: Sonic Youth release archive recordings of 12 live shows to help you through quarantine

NME: Sonic Youth release archive recordings of 12 live shows to help you through quarantine. “Sonic Youth have released archive recordings of 12 live shows from throughout their career. The iconic noise rock band formed in 1981 and split in 2011, following Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s separation.”

Spotify: How Spotify Is Addressing COVID-19, On-Platform and Off

Spotify: How Spotify Is Addressing COVID-19, On-Platform and Off. “We have several COVID-19 efforts already underway, and today we’re announcing a new initiative to support members of the music community with the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project. Via our website, Spotify will recommend verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need. Spotify will match dollar-for-dollar public donations, up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.”

Ghost Cult: More Free Offers of Services for Bands Impacted by Coronavirus Cancellations

Ghost Cult: More Free Offers of Services for Bands Impacted by Coronavirus Cancellations. “The only way the music community is going to come out on the other side of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is by pulling together and helping each other. A lot of experts as saying it’s not going to come back the way it did before, and they might be right. But in the meantime let’s uplift each other and help each other make it through.” Most of the resource listings I’m include are large institutions and companies, but this is a bunch of smaller companies and individuals. Way to go, y’all.

Austin360: ‘Austin City Limits’ opens part of archives for free streaming

Austin360: ‘Austin City Limits’ opens part of archives for free streaming. “Tapings of new ‘Austin City Limits’ episodes may be on hold for now, but the longest-running music series in the history of television has plenty of great music in its archives. And on Monday, the program opened most shows from its past three seasons to the public for free streaming.”

Variety: Grammy Museum to Bring Artist Programs Online, Starting With Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Yola

Variety: Grammy Museum to Bring Artist Programs Online, Starting With Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Yola. “Included in the initial rollout from the archives: nine programs featuring Eilish with her brother Finneas, Carlile, Yola, Bob Newhart, Greta Van Fleet, Kool and the Gang, X Ambassadors, Larkin Poe and Scarypoolparty, many of them recorded in the last few months. All were filmed at the 200-seat Clive Davis Theater inside the museum, located in the LA Live complex.”

Coronavirus: every cancelled gig, festival and tour – and how to get your ticket refund (NME)

NME: Coronavirus: every cancelled gig, festival and tour – and how to get your ticket refund. “When it comes to getting your money back for shows that have been cancelled or postponed, Citizen’s Advice Bureau state that if the ticket was bought from an official ticket seller and not a secondary site ‘you can get a refund if the organiser cancels, moves or reschedules the event.'”

Variety: Read Universal Music Group Chief Archivist’s Update on Damage From 2008 Fire

Variety: Read Universal Music Group Chief Archivist’s Update on Damage From 2008 Fire. “The company’s chief archivist, Pat Kraus, sent the company’s staff a memo on Thursday updating progress on the inventory. Among other points, he says that the Times’ assessment may have been flawed due to its use of incomplete records — many of which were also destroyed — and insurance claims made by the company in the months immediately after the fire, which were at times general and based on staffers’ memories. He also provides specific numbers on the inventory, without naming artists.”

Pitchfork: Radiohead Add Rarities to Streaming Services in Online Archive Launch

Pitchfork: Radiohead Add Rarities to Streaming Services in Online Archive Launch. “The archive groups the miscellanea by era, with thumbnails linking to ad-free videos and galleries. After creating their own library card, fans can explore the band’s catalogue, visuals, and various artefacts in a “highly curated and organised archive,” a press release notes. That includes detailed artwork, music videos, HD live and TV performances, B-sides and rarities, previously out-of-print merchandise, and the playlists band members shared around their latter-period recording sessions.”

Consequence of Sound: Radiohead upload their entire discography to YouTube

Consequence of Sound: Radiohead upload their entire discography to YouTube. “Radiohead, the band who revolutionized music accessibility yet hates Spotify, have uploaded their entire discography to YouTube. This news arrives days after Billboard announced they will factor in YouTube streams when determining an album’s chart status.”

ABC News Australia: John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden added to official Sounds of Australia archive

ABC News (Australia): John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden added to official Sounds of Australia archive. “This will be music to your ears: John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden are the latest artists to be added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s selection of recordings.”

Choir and Organ: Choir & Organ completes 26-year digital archive

Choir and Organ: Choir & Organ completes 26-year digital archive. “Mark Allen Group title Choir & Organ has completed its digital archive in collaboration with Exact Editions, offering a back catalogue of over 150 issues dating back to 1993 as well as immediate access to every new issue published.”

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album. “YACHT had long possessed an interest in AI and its potential application in music. But the band tells Ars it wasn’t until recently, around 2016, that the concept of doing a full album using this approach seemed feasible. While research entities had long been experimenting with AI or machine learning and allowing computers to autonomously generate music, the results felt more science project than albums suitable for DFA Records (home to labelmates like Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem). Ultimately, a slow trickle of simplified apps leveraging AI—face swap apps felt huge around then; Snapchat and its dynamic filters rose to prominence—finally gave the band the idea that now could be the time.”

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings. “PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding site designed to allow fans to back projects from artists, has gone offline, according to Variety. The company closed down its operations earlier this year as it went into bankruptcy proceedings, and the site’s closure means that artists won’t be able to retrieve information on their profiles and fans.”