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DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - 13 hours 4 sec ago

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving, making smartphones important photographic tools for many. We've made a list in no particular order our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. Read more

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Record Store Day Coming April 18th

Record Store Day April 18, 2015The party in 2015 will once again cement Record Store Day’s legacy as the music industry’s biggest holiday, celebrating the culture of the independent record store worldwide on Saturday, April 18th. Each year, artists and lables release their vinyl offerings for this special day. The offerings include almost every genre and style and there's always something for bluegrass music fans too.

With music sales in steep decline, only two media formats are on the rise: Streaming and Vinyl! The resurgence in vinyl is a welcome format to both those older people who cherished the format and for the people just getting introduced. The newer "heavy vinyl" in 180 gram to 200+ gram are being added to audiophile libraries across the country.

In addition to the new vinyl releases, new outlets are popping up with viny music displays. Many are in unlikely places such as Whole Foods markets. Our local recycled records store is also selling new releases and more and more artists are offering a limited number of their latest works in the vinyl format.

Record BuyersThe vinyl releases related to bluegrass music this year include vinyl albums by Steve Earle & The Dukes, Robert Earl Keen, Mumford & Sons, Dolly Parton, Doc Watson, Lee Ann Womack and more. Here is a short list of what you can expect on Record Store Day...

Steve Earle A-side version of "Terraplane" (a song not on the record) and a b-side of Robert Johnsons "Terraplane Blues". Will be mastered at the level of Robert Johnson's original recording. Most of the versions you hear today are remastered and the db's are brought up. This one will be as close to the original 78 as possible. Includes download card.

Robert Earl Keen's much anticipated vinyl issue of the Texas troubadour's breakout 1994 release.

Mumford & Sons' bootleg style 7" hand numbered and hand stamped. First physical release of music from the upcoming album.

Dolly Parton's seminal award winning 1999 bluegrass debut, available for the first time on vinyl.

Doc and Merle Watson's Ballads from the Gap fan-voted vinyl re-issue of the iconic release, re-mastered from the original tapes and presented in 'exact replica' pacakaging.

Lee Ann Womack with her three track acoustic LP Trouble in Mind limited run release.

Check you favorite bluegrass artists as many have current LP offerings today that are not included in the Record Store Day list of releases. So, lets boogie down the boulevard to better ballads, truck down the trail to true tunes, spin the platter, cut the chatter, with another goldy oldy moldy blast outta the past on your turntable! Vinyl is alive and well and once again, growing in popularity.

Buying vinyl is only half the story. The other half is in helping the brick & mortar Mom & Pop record stores to stay open and offering to bring more vinyl to the market. With many younger people getting interested in the "old" format, more albums may be offered. While we will probably never see the supermarket sized stores like Peaches, Record Barn, or Sam Goody's, the fact that interest in vinyl is increasing is a good thing.

Categories: Music Industry

Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers at Carter Fold Saturday

Crooked Road RamblersHiltons, VA -- Saturday, April 4th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Kilby Spencer & the Crooked Road Ramblers. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. The Crooked Road Ramblers play traditional old time dance music from the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Members of the band are Kilby Spencer on fiddle, John Perry on guitar, Peco Watson on clawhammer banjo, Donald Hill on guitar and vocals, Wayne Dye on mandolin, and Karen Carr on bass and vocals. Most of the band are second and third-generation musicians who now play old time mountain music influenced by their families and communities.

Kilby grew up in a musical family. His parents are Thornton and Emily Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band – a band that has performed for over four decades. John Perry is well-known throughout our area for his guitar playing. Lots of people remember John for playing in the award-winning band the New River Ramblers. Donald Hill has been playing music his entire life. His father, Leon Hill, was a musician and singer as well. Don is the senior member of the band, and he was actually playing guitar with the Whitetop Mountain Band in 1982. In fact, he was playing at the 1982 World’s Fair while Kilby was being born. Karen Carr is a dream-come-true for any old time or bluegrass band. She loves to play music and sing. She and Don also handle comedy for the group. Karen is deeply rooted in the musical heritage of the region with relatives who played including Fred Cockerham and Wilson Ramey. Karen’s won the award for best old-time bass at Galax twice. Wayne Dye is a former member of the Russell County Boys – a band formed by the former sheriff of Russell County – Trigg Fields. Peco Watson is well-known throughout the region. He played with the award-winning New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters for many years. Kyle Creed taught him a great deal on the banjo.

Don’t miss Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes!

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.

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Jay Z's Tidal: Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher Among Artists Tweeting Support for Streaming Service

Billboard.com - 15 hours 30 min ago
With the imminent launch of Jay Z's Tidal streaming service, expected to be announced Monday afternoon (March 30) at an event in New York City,...
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Justin Bieber, Diplo, P. Diddy and Kiesza Join Skrillex During Ultra Headlining Set

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:59pm
After a noteworthy weekend of surprise guests that included Usher and Ariana Grande, Skrillex topped off his headlining set at Miami electronic music...
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iHeartRadio Awards 2015: Watch Madonna Sing 'Ghosttown' With Taylor Swift

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:27pm
Madonna performed her ballad "Ghosttown" live at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night. The singer had a little help onstage —...
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Rihanna Debuts 'Bitch Better Have My Money' at iHeartRadio Awards

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 9:40pm
Rihanna came ready to roll at the iHeartRadio Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night, and debuted her trap-inspired new single "Bitch Better...
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'Spirit in the Sky' Songwriter Critically Injured in Car Crash

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:15pm
A singer-songwriter behind the 1969 rock hit "Spirit in the Sky" has been critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a...
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Michelle Obama, Erykah Badu Celebrate 'Black Girls Rock!' in New Jersey

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:10pm
First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black...
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Brian May: Freddie Mercury Film News Was a 'Joke'

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:45pm
Sorry, Freddie Mercury devotees: the long-rumored biopic of the Queen frontman starring Sacha Baron Cohen is still shelved, despite persistent recent...
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Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Stage and Film Director, Dead at 93

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:30pm
Gene Saks, a director who earned three Tony Awards and frequently collaborated with Neil Simon, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter....
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Carrie Underwood Shares Photo of New Baby Boy on Instagram

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:33pm
Carrie Underwood has shared an adorable new photo of her 1-month-old son Isaiah Michael Fisher on social media. Carrie Underwood Gives Birth to Baby...
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Justin Bieber Roast: Ludacris Speaks Out About 'Over the Line' Paul Walker Jokes

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 3:11pm
Ludacris is now commenting publicly about controversial jokes that were told at Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. The Furious 7 star told...
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Watch 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas & Shawn Mendes Get Slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:24pm
At the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards no celebrity was safe from getting slimed. Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea Begged Producers to Get Slimed Host...
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Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea Begged Producers to Get Slimed

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:00pm
The screams were loud and the slime was falling at Saturday night's (March 28) annual Kids' Choice Awards, hosted by Nick Jonas and held at the Forum...
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Watch Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Perform Together in Miami

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 1:31pm
Justin Bieber has finally returned to the concert stage! The 21-year-old pop star made a surprise appearance at Ariana Grande's Saturday night (March...
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Watch Destiny's Child Reunite at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:07pm
As expected, Destiny's Child reunited at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Saturday (March 28). Kelly Rowland Explains Dropping 70 lbs After Giving...
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4 Surprises From One Direction's First Concert Without Zayn Malik

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:27am
At Johannesburg's massive FNB Stadium, 95 000 ecstatic fans Saturday night (March 28) showed One Direction's remaining four members -- Harry Styles,...
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Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, One Direction Win Big at Kids' Choice Awards

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:41am
Stars and slime were in abundance at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday night (March 29). Host Nick Jonas...
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Watch: Dwayne Johnson Sings About Being 'Franchise Viagra' During 'SNL' Monologue

Billboard.com - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:05am
Dwayne Johnson hit the SNL stage during his monologue Saturday night to sing about how he's "Franchise Viagra." In the hilarious slow-jam song, he...
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