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From SXSW to Coachella, Will the Coronavirus Kill Live Music in 2020?

With a recent spate of cancellations and mounting fear of an emerging pandemic, the near-future of live music is in doubt.

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UPDATE:

Both SXSW and Coachella have been canceled, with the latter beung technically postponed until October. Coachella organizers released a statement on March 10:

At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall.

Less than a week prior, for the first time in 34 years, SXSW was canceled by the city of Austin, citing public safety concerns over the coronavirus.

There's something so special about seeing music live.

The energy from the crowd all around you. Thousands of bodies pressed together—moving in rhythm, sharing one voice, one breath, and one expanding cloud of viral pathogens…

Is it even really a concert or a music festival if you aren't making forced physical contact with two to five strangers at all times? With fears around the nascent coronavirus pandemic already disrupting tourism—Disney is forecasting tens of millions in losses from drops in park attendance—and leading to the cancellation and closure of various large, public events and venues, the thought of a music festival is starting to seem like a relic of a simpler time.

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All across the globe people are stocking up on dry goods and hand sanitizer and avoiding crowds as much as possible. So-called "self-isolating" is not just for binge-watching TV shows anymore, it's become actual medical advice along with "social distancing," which adds impossible precautions like maintaining six feet of physical distance when navigating public spaces. Tokyo all but canceled their yearly marathon, and it remains to be seen whether the city will be hosting the summer Olympics as planned. While apps and websites launch to help people avoid crowds, the Louvre is finally reopening in Paris this week with added precautions to protect staff and visitors.

In the US, the first real test of the new state of things will be taking place in Austin from March 13-22. South By Southwest—the annual amalgam of music, tech, and media events—is slated to begin next Friday, and it would normally be expected to draw attendance of more than 150,000. But events are already being canceled. Apple confirmed on Wednesday that it will be joining Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook in pulling back from scheduled events amid calls to cancel altogether. Meanwhile Austin's Public Health offices released a statement posted on the SXSW website saying that "no health departments in the state have requested the cancellation of any gatherings as the current risk of person-to-person spread in their jurisdictions remains low."

If that statement turns out to be correct—and attendance is not substantially affected by mounting fear and the slew of cancellations—then perhaps Coachella will proceed as normal from April 10-19 in Indo, California. With an impressive lineup including Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Run the Jewels, and Lana Del Rey, that's certainly what a lot of people are hoping. But if attendance tanks, or if even one new case of COVID-19 ends up being traced to Austin during SXSW, it seems unlikely that Coachella will take place without some major adjustments.

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Some companies are looking at the prospect of monitoring attendee's temperatures at the entrance to festivals, but there is reason to believe that this method has limited value, and with people practically living on top of each other for days on end—breathing the same air and swapping all manner of fluids—even one sociable carrier could quickly lead to a mass outbreak among nearly 100,000 daily attendees at Coachella. The venue has already proven to be an impressive petri dish for other diseases. Now imagine the Japanese cruise ship quarantine, except it's a crowd of underdressed Instagram influencers sharing not enough porta-potties.

Inside China, the rate of new infections is rapidly dropping. If that trend extends to the rest of the world, then perhaps there won't be a need for concern much longer. But if new cases continue to crop up as they have in California, Washington, New York and elsewhere, will bands even be willing to perform in mass venues? What if conditions worsen? Already, some live performances have been converted to livestreams from empty venues. Will that be the model for live performances in 2020?

There is an outside chance that as the seasons change the threat of the coronavirus may recede (or migrate to the southern hemisphere), in which case current concerns about the death of live music may be overblown. If the incidence rate drops in time for the Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Lollapalooza, then maybe live music can survive this brush with modern pestilence. On the other hand, if vaccine research doesn't proceed at a rapid pace, outbreaks could recur just in time for the fall and Austin City Limits from October 2-11. Tough year for Austin...

For anyone who's already committed to a crowded public event, the best advice is just to be aware of your vulnerabilities, to keep your hands clean, and to cough into the crook of your elbow. Also, use a condom. Good luck.

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The Infowars Heckler's Impeachment Rant Shouldn’t Surprise Us

Owen Shroyer just live-streamed a racist rant at an impeachment hearing, because what's more American than that?

A heckler from the far-right website Infowars was just forcibly removed from an impeachment hearing after delivering an incendiary and racist rant that took aim at former President Barack Obama.

"Americans are sick of your impeachment scam! Trump is innocent!" Owen Shroyer shouted early Monday morning. "Folks, Obama was emailing Hillary Clinton on her illegal server under a secret name, that came out in emails. And he claimed he didn't know she had it. Barack Obama is a treasonous ... he belongs in jail. He belongs in Guantanamo Bay. I mean look, I'm not saying this should happen but Barack Obama, you know, find the tallest tree and a rope."

Shroyer's comments were delivered in defense of President Trump, who has insofar obstructed the current probe into his attempt to persuade Ukraine to help him win the 2020 election by withholding documents and discouraging witness testimony. Shroyer delivered his rant at the start of the latest impeachment inquiry hearing, accusing Congressman Jerry Nadler and other Democrats of treason. Less than 40 seconds after he started speaking, he was forcibly removed by police.

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Shroyer is a known conspiracy theorist and instigator who has been banned from Facebook and YouTube, which is really saying something. Along with Infowars, he infamously helped spread the debunked Pizzagate theory, which alleged that the Clintons were involved in a child sex-trafficking ring.

Shroyer's comments at the hearing were, of course, deeply racist, as they concern the first African American president of the United States, but given his website's track record and white supremacist leanings, this shouldn't surprise us. Websites that perpetuate this kind of misinformation present major threats to any form of democracy and justice. Videos with titles such as "Why Impeachment Crisis Is a Textbook Lynching" add insult to injury, co-opting legacies of racist oppression and transmuting the American people's distrust of authority into fake news.

Still, we shouldn't think of Shroyer as a lone wolf or solo extremist gone rogue; rather, he's an unusually visible symptom of a much larger and very complex matrix of problems. Some of the worst perpetuators of racist systems hold positions of power across party lines, and mainstream media sources and politicians can be purchased and influenced by major moneyed influences as well. In all these cases, false information can easily become weaponized as protest and alternative versions of truth when refracted through the right's kaleidoscope of circumstances, rage, and high-profile distraction.

Silence is no longer an option for MILCK (born Connie Lim). The singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer grew up feeling as though her voice was oppressed. Being a Chinese-American female, she was often expected to be a quiet, wilting flower, but Connie pushed against this idea --not without resistance. Throughout her adolescence, the Los Angeles-based artist felt compelled to play certain roles in order to please those around her. However, compromising her own happiness in order to please others left Lim drowning in her own darkness.

After battling domestic abuse, anorexia, and depression, MILCK found her voice. Singing and songwriting became her release and escape from the binds that others placed on her. Now, she's on a mission to help other women find their own voice and strength through her music.

Make no mistake, the girl can sing. Her voice belts and somehow has the ability to feel dreamy, enticing, and powerful all at once. It's catching attention. MILCK's debut single, "Devil Devil," has now been featured on several shows in 2016 including the season finale of E!'s The Royals, Netflix's Marco Polo trailer, and Fox's Lucifer. With lyrics like "You can't try me, devil devil / You can't buy me, devil devil / You won't make a fool of me," it's impossible not to feel moved by the powerful resistance and rebelliousness of the song.

Last month, Shazam listed MILCK as one of their "Artists to Watch," which is another huge honor and success for Connie.

But the project she's most anticipating and excited about comes in just a couple weeks at the Women's March in Washington D.C. on January 21st. She will be releasing her second debut single, "Quiet," and its music video in conjunction with the March, which she will be attending. MILCK will perform "Quiet" in multiple guerilla-style a cappella performances at the Women's March in Washington D.C. She will even be joined by a full choir behind her from the George Washington University Sirens and the D.C. Capital Blends who are lending their voices in this powerful movement and project with MILCK.

The song is anthemic and evokes a raw and courageous strength and power. The lyrics say, "I can't keep quiet, no no no. A one woman riot, no no no," and MILCK will be out in the March empowering and encouraging women all over to join her movement in finding their voices and fighting back against those that wish to silence them.

The time for silence is over, #ICANTKEEPQUIET is coming with a rebel yell, and what a beautiful sound it is.

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The Obamas post White House Washington home is suitably presidential—perfect place to kick back and chill—and, let's face it, Obama's definitely earned a little R & R time..

To the dismay of many Americans (and those worldwide for that matter), the Obamas will soon be vacating their current dwelling in the White House and moving into a home of their own.

Come January, Barack and the bunch will be moving into an 8,200-square-foot home (no, mansion) in the Kalorama area of D.C., as per Today Home.

They plan to rent for a monthly fee of $22,000. Oh, that’s all?!

This is no ordinary, modest home for a family of four.

As a former President of the good old U.S. of A., this famous fam is going to be living it up in high-class style.

As per Today Home, the mansion has nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

That’s enough for an invite to Trump, Clinton, and a few of their other favorites on Capitol Hill to stay for the weekend!

Why remain in D.C. you may wonder?

Well, according to reports, the family wants to stick around until their little one, Sasha, finishes high school.

411 on the Obamas post White House Washington home

The façade of the home is brick, with rich hardwood floors throughout, and a lavish terrace and gardens surrounding the posh property.

Let’s not miss the gated courtyard where the family can enjoy peace and privacy as they take in the intoxicating D.C. air.

We know Michelle loves to eat healthfully, so the airy, spacious, high-end kitchen will suit her just fine.

There’s a giant marble middle island where the family can prepare delicious meals together now that they won’t have access to the White House chef.

The large rooms are elegantly decorated and designed, with simple colors and layouts perfect for a stylish family like the Obamas to dwell in until Sasha dons that cap and gown.

Want to say “Oh!” to the Obamas post White House Washington home?

With a place like this, they probably are looking forward to escaping the White House.

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Those stoners over at TheCut YouTube channel released a video of three grandmothers smoking weed for the first time in celebration of the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.

And, just look what that evil drug has done to these poor seniors! They’re relaxed! Laughing! And talking about Hannah Montana’s bleached asshole....

A few tokes in, you’da thunk these silver haired foxes had been thuggin’ all their lives!

“Put your whole face other that there," Grandma Paula instructs Grandma Deidre. “Do it like you mean it.”

Other highlights include:

“I can feel some tingle in my brain.”

“This could be dangerously fun.”

And a spirited debate as to the definition of the word “queefing.”