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5 Small Music Venues that Seriously Rock

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5 Small Venues

Toad’s Place – 300 York Street, New Haven, CT

Why Toad’s Place Rocks: Originally, the Yale Co-op stood where Toad’s now resides. It was various restaurants after Yale sold it off, and former culinary student Michael Spoerndle purchased the building to turn it into a French and Italian restaurant in 1975. But by 1976, Toad’s Place (that was also the name of the restaurant, btw), Spoerndle transformed Toad’s into a live music venue with the help of local musician Peter Menta, as well as friend and co-owner Brian Phelps. Right off the bat, acts like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker graced the stage at the 750 capacity club. Billy Joel recorded “Los Angelenos” from his album Songs in the Attic at Toad’s in 1980, and U2 played there three times at the dawn of the ‘80s while they promoted Boy and during their October Tour. They also premiered the song Fire there, and Adam Clayton can be seen in a Toad’s tee shirt in early promo photos of U2. In 1990, Bob Dylan played a set that lasted more than five hours, and was his first club appearance in a quarter century. More recent acts have included Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Juicy J, Interpol, and Wiz Khalifa.

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You’re invited to the party of the year! Taylor Swift will be playing nationwide this summer on The 1989 World Tour, and you don't want to miss out!

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Because humans have devolved to possessing less attention span than goldfish, it stands to reason that our music videos are now films. Or our films are music videos. Or something like that. Last night at the Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift premiered her video for “Bad Blood,” her newest single and collaboration with the inimitable Kendrick Lamar – who himself is promoting a new album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” From the perspective of lyricality, the crossover is a curious one, as Lamar continually turns out thought-provoking rhymes while Swift’s milieu is bite-sized, poppy lyrics on a loop. However, we gotta admit the song and video are pretty damn badass. Despite the fact that assassins cum supermodels is a bit of a trope at this point, the vid is great, and Lamar perfectly complements Swift’s choruses, taking the former country girl to the next level.

So whatever about the song, let’s get to the eye candy. This video is so chock-full o’ kick-ass ladies, it was hard to pick a favorite cameo, but here goes. (To be clear, Lamar is not listed as he is a collaborator, ergo would not qualify as a cameo, but his character is Welvin da Great.)

The 10 Most Killer Cameos in TSwift's Ass-Kicking "Bad Blood" Video

10) Cara Delevigne as Mother Chucker (selected primarily for the most obvious and still funny nickname)

Mother Chucker

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Everything You Need to Know about TIDAL

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Photo courtesy of Radio Survivor

On March 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT, to much fanfare and anticipation, the music streaming service Tidal was launched – or rather, relaunched. Mogul and rapper Jay Z has spearheaded the initiative, and the amount of star power packed into his press conference was impressive, but what does the revamped Tidal service mean for the music industry, and more importantly, for the consumer?

TIDAL: A Brief History

Scandinavian tech company Aspiro, which was founded in 1998, launched TIDAL in 2014, a complement to their other streaming service WiMP, which was launched in 2010. Throughout Aspiro’s history, the company has acquired various smaller tech startups, numbering at least 13 in total between 2000 and 2008. As of January 30 of this year, Aspiro announced a $56 million takeover bid from Project Panther Bidco, Ltd. Project Panther is indirectly owned and controlled by Shawn Carter, aka, Jay Z. While some shareholders objected to the takeover, claiming it undervalued the growth potential of Aspiro, the bid was accepted on March 13, 2015, with over 90% of shareholders in favor of the acquisition.

TIDAL itself is a relatively young streaming service. What differentiates it from other similar streaming services is that it boasts lossless audio streaming and HD video (currently available only to TIDAL HiFi subscribers), with over 25 million tracks and 75,000 music videos at its disposal at this point in time, with plans to increase the media library. Unlike many other competitors, however, TIDAL is a subscription-only service. Their base-plan, TIDAL Premium, will cost you $9.99 per month, with an option to upgrade to the more high-definition TIDAL HiFi for $19.99 monthly.

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The 5 Best Taylor Swift Feuds

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She's known as the "Girl Next Door," but Taylor Swift has had her fair share of public feuds, especially recently with Spotify. She's young, in the public spotlight, and constantly talked about in the news; a spat here and there was bound to happen. It just so happens that Taylor's fights tend to be kind of newsworthy.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best T-Swift feuds:

Taylor Swift vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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