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Haim: From a Family Band to International Acclaim

The day after headlining Webster Hall in New York, the Haim sisters hoist their equipment out of a black van and lug it across a sidewalk to the entrance of WNYC, which is kind of like the Big Apple's KCRW. Alana, 21, Danielle, 24, and Este, 27, in matching black......
Machinima has attracted millions in capital by appealing to so-called "lost boys

YouTube Stars Fight Back

The video titled "Thank you, I will miss you guys" is barely more than a minute long — all one shaky, handheld shot trained on the face of then–21-year-old Ben Vacas. Vacas, known online as Braindeadly, has big brown eyes, a fauxhawk, a stubbly goatee and a British accent, discernible......
Allstar Weekend needs to consultant their accountant

Do Kickstarter Bands Have To Pay Taxes? Accountants Aren't So Sure

Boy band Allstar Weekend are Poway's answer to One Direction. The San Diego county-bred group got its start on the Disney Channel music competition Next Big Thing back in 2009. They took second place on that show, but the exposure helped the band ink a four-album deal with Hollywood Records,......
David Greenwald (left) and Daniel Siegal; Credit: Kickstarter.com

Is Music Site Uncool Cool Enough to Get Funding?

Music writers David Greenwald and Daniel Siegal want to create a site for in-depth music reporting and criticism, and they want to pay writers a fair wage to do that work. Sort of like the L.A. Weekly's music section, but they want to do it minus the kind of pageview-driving......
Credit: Timothy Norris

What Went Wrong at Hard's Day of the Dead?

Lots of people enjoyed themselves at Hard's Day of the Dead concert, held at Los Angeles State Historic Park on November 3, and featuring Justice, Diplo and others. Our reviewer certainly did, even giving "kudos to the promoters for reorganizing the layout" to accommodate some 35,000 people, about 10,000 more......
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