Music heals and fosters friendships at teen cancer survivor event at Boise Rock School

A cancer diagnosis can be an isolating experience to go through at any age, but especially as a teenager.

But one local group of survivors flexed their creative side Monday, and according to a rep from Camp Rainbow Gold, these awesome teens don’t want your pity– they want to be rockstars with their friends just like everybody else.

– 6 On Your Side

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YouTube Music Could Replace Google Play as the Default Music Player on Android Devices

The app version number 2.65 was quickly torn apart by tech enthusiast blogs, with changes under the hood analyzed.

One possibility discovered is that Google may be prepping to make YouTube Music a default app for Android devices. As part of the agreement to distribute Android devices, manufacturers agree to include default apps on their devices. Right now, the default music app is Play Music.

– Digital Music News

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What the Fyre debacle says about the state of the modern music festival

For years now, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — the desert blowout that takes place every April on the manicured grounds of Indio’s Empire Polo Club — has been selling many of its passes before its lineup is announced.

But if that success indicates the event’s importance as what might be referred to as a lifestyle experience, Coachella has nothing on the Fyre Festival, which in 2017 sold out before its lineup was even booked.

– Los Angeles Times

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Toto’s “Africa” to Play “For All Eternity” in African Desert Art Installation

The Namib is a desert in southern Africa, and thanks to a new sound installation, it will be the home to a new art installation that aims to play Toto’s “Africa” on eternal repeat, NPR reports. Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf’s installation is appropriately titled “Toto Forever.” It utilizes six speakers, an MP3 player featuring literally just that one song, and solar energy in an effort to play the song “for all eternity,” according to the artist. See what it looks like below.

– Pitchfork

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Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape

Much has been written about the struggles of music journalists in an ever-shrinking media landscape. A recent Longreads article called “Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?” offered a typically grim roll call of publications that have either discontinued their print edition or shuttered entirely: Blender, Harp, Spin, URB, Paste, to name a few. At the local level, the outlook is even bleaker, with major alt-weeklies closing up shop and others gutting their staffs, budgets and page counts. And the ranks of music blogs, once major voices in new music coverage, have thinned since their mid-2000s peak.

– Billboard

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