Artist Vice Release Debut EP

Artist Vice are a rock trio from Charlotte, NC made up of long time friends Alex Stewart (vocals/guitar/piano), drummer Austin Eller, and bassist Josh Geddings. They have been playing music and touring over the past decade in different projects but recently joined forces to create Artist Vice. The outfit recently released their debut EP, Jot it Down, Get it Out, to showcase their uplifting brand of rock ‘n roll. Stream “Cleared for Landing” on YouTube to get an idea what the band’s all about.

You can find the EP on Spotify, Bandcamp, or Apple Music.

Sam Smith on Coming Out, and the Thrill of It All

Louis Wise, writing for The Times:

This is not new. “People don’t know this, but when I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that. There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr Martens and huge fur coats, for 2 ½ years.” Does he feel like a “cis” man? “No,” he scoffs. “I mean, I’ve got these tattoos on my fingers” — he flashes two delicately etched Venus symbols, one on each hand. “I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man.”

Julien Baker Bravely Confronts Her Traumas and Fears

Jon Pareles, writing for The New York Times:

“Sprained Ankle,” was a measured cry in the wilderness, a distillation of solitary despair. Just two years later, “Turn Out the Lights” is the work of a songwriter who has resonated with an international audience and who is moving beyond the apocalyptic self-absorption of adolescence. It’s the rare second album that, despite new self-consciousness, stretches beyond an unspoiled debut to reach for even bigger things, with all its passion intact.

“Once we finished recording it, in January, there was a lot of anxiety for me,” Ms. Baker said. “Is it too similar? Is it too different? How can you be afraid of both of those things at the same time?” She laughed. “But I somehow was.”

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Billboard Charts to Adjust Streaming Weighting in 2018

Billboard:

Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid subscription-based services (such as Amazon Music and Apple Music) or on the paid subscription tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (such as SoundCloud and Spotify) will be given more weight in chart calculations than those plays on pure ad-supported services (such as YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported services.