Reports: Amazon Preparing Music Streaming Service

Reuters is reporting that Amazon is preparing to launch their own, standalone, streaming music service:

The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said.

Christina Grimmie Fatally Shot

The Washington Post, reporting on the death of The Voice singer, Christina Grimmie:

“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling,” Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, said in a statement. “I learned this business through the eyes of a father, and Christina was like a second daughter to me. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business.

Blink-182 Playing Bethesda’s E3

Blink-182 will be playing Bethesda’s E3 this year:

That’s right, the punk rock band famous for “What’s My Age Again” and “All the Small Things” will perform following Bethesda’s E3 showcase on Sunday. It’s part of a post-showcase event called “BE3 Plus” that’s for the showcase’s attendees. In addition to the concert, attendees can check out demos and interviews about the games the company is presenting.

New Found Glory to Release New Book

New Found Glory will be releasing a coffee table book called, Stories of a Different Kind, a visual history of the band. Pre-orders are now up and the first 500 sold will be signed.

When New Found Glory first started, a messy photocopied piece of paper was the way in which we would tell people about our shows. Never could we have imagined that such a simple, lost concept would now serve as the visual spark to reignite a lost memory. Stories Of A Different Kind is a storybook, but not a beginning-to-end narrative. It’s a journey through a time period that pre-dates social media: a time that newer fans might not know had existed and older fans can look back on. We are very excited to share it with everyone. You’re just as big of the reason why it exists as we are.

It’s Been a Good Two Weeks (Encore Episode 126)

This week’s episode of Encore looks at a lot of the music that’s come out in the past few weeks, specifically: The Hotelier, PUP, Thrice, and Saosin. We also look at the new music from Descendents, Sum 41, Yellowcard, and A Day to Remember. Plus, there’s a nice tangent all about Less Than Jake, because those guys are still somehow not given enough credit for how awesome they are. This is a fun one! We hope you like it.