For the longest time my older brothers would ask what music they should be listening to. Theyre all ten years older than meand seem to think Im clued up on whats hip and happening (do people still say hip and happening?) but as Ive gotten older, Ive done my best to avoid asking nephews and cousins about what I should be listening to and have aimed to find my own way. Until recently, after various attempts, I settled on a great Spotify App called Tunigo to find great new music. Its very good. So good in fact that Spotify ended up acquiring the app for itself. Its primary benefit wasnt truly discovering new music however, but rather manually compiling music for different tastes, moods and experiences old music and new. I still needed a way to find out which new tracks were being listened to by the mainstream AND those in the know, released by popular artists, up & coming artists AND new artists. Tracks that werent being played on the radio and backed my millions of dollars, but were being listened to by a passionate group of music aficionados and perhaps slowly but surely gaining popularity in the mainstream. Essentially, I wanted a way to discover great new music, irrespective of whether the artists were signed to a big label, small label or were completely independent. Hello Twitter #Music . After somewhat of a false start with a Web app that clumsily worked with Spotify and Rdio through the browser (which still exists, in fact), Twitter #Music launched a fully-fledged Spotify app and soon after, added integration with Rdio too , making the experience far more streamlined and user friendly. In no uncertain terms, within about two weeks, Twitter #Musics Spotify App has now become my de facto route to discovering new music.
Club drug ‘Molly’ taking a toll on electronic music party scene
On August 31, a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student died after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City. The deaths, and several other reported overdoses, prompted the Electric Zoo festival to cancel the final day of the concert. RELATED: ELECTRIC ZOO SUED FOR NOT REFUNDING TICKETS AFTER OVERDOSE DEATHS A University of Virginia student died at a rave in Washington, D.C., the same weekend, after taking what her friends said was Molly. Days earlier in Boston, a 19-year-old woman died in a club and three concert-goers overdosed at the waterfront, police said. In Atlanta, this weekend’s TomorrowWorld music festival organizers warned on its website of zero-tolerance for MDMA use, but noted: “If you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.” The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits. RELATED: ‘MOLLY’ OVERDOSE CAUSED ELECTRIC ZOO DEATHS: CITY In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching. RELATED: SCHUMER TARGETS “MOLLY” A NEW FORM OF ECSTASY Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions.