Martin Jensen

Armed with pyrotechnics, kaleidoscopic lights, and "fun tunes," Martin Jensen took his infectious melodic house discography and set up shop in Copenhagen's Telia Park.

The performance was part of Jensen's recent "Me, Myself, Online" livestream event, a heartwarming digital concert series that featured Jensen performing full sets in a handful of gorgeous locations around Europe. It was a feat that Jensen had been planning a year before the pandemic, but instead of performing in abandoned locations, the project was meant to feature concert footage instead.

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Half Waif, Ben Gibbard, and 5 Other Live Streams to Tune Into Now

Get your best headphones, crack open a cold one, and enjoy these livestream shows, straight from one artist's living room to yours.

Now that we're all stuck at home, musicians are turning to livestreams in order to share their art with the world. Here are some incredible livestreams to check out this week and next:

Friday, 3/27: Half Waif, the dreamy electro-pop outlet of Pinegrove's Nandi Rose Plunkett, is performing her ethereal new album "The Caretaker" this Friday at 7:30 PM. Tune in here. Plunkett also recently wrote a column for NPR about how she's staying sane during quarantine—which involves spending a lot of time on her couch.

Half Waif: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert www.youtube.com


4PM Daily: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been doing daily livestreams, and he just released a song called "Life in Quarantine."

Benjamin Gibbard - Life in Quarantine (Official Audio) www.youtube.com


Saturday, 3/28: Bands including indie outlet WD-HAN will be gathering for a festival called Doomed Fest on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th, starting at noon EST daily. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go towards supporting performers.

Doomed Fest


Sunday 3/29: Elton John is bringing Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys (all in the safety of their own homes) together for the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, airing 9PM Sunday.

Billie Eilish - The End of the World - Radio 1 Piano Sessions www.youtube.com


Sunday 3/29: Jay-Z's streaming platform Tidal will be bringing a coterie of illustrious artists together this weekend for free livestreams, including Beyonce and Rihanna for their Sunday R&B sessions.

Rihanna - Diamonds (Acoustic Live) www.youtube.com


Wednesday 4/1 (and every Wednesday and Friday): Indie band San Fermin is doing IGTV livestreams every Wednesday and Friday at 3PM EST. They also just released the second installment of their dual album, The Cormorant, along with a new video for "Freedom (Yeah Yeah Yeah)." Tune in to the livestreams here.

San Fermin - Freedom (Yeah Yeah!) (Official Video) www.youtube.com


Thursday, 4/2: The musician Mike Broussard is doing livestreams every Thursday at 1PM EST. Experience his rollicking, expansive ballads by tuning in here.

Marc Broussard-Solo Acoustic (Round 2) www.youtube.com


April 4th: Actor and musician Michelle Creber will be performing a livestream concert on April 4th. She also just released a new music video for "Storm" and dropped a moving, cinematic new single called "False Empire."

STORM (music video) - Michelle Creber www.youtube.com


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Kids these days are up to a lot of things.

Saving the planet, running businesses, starting social movements... It's fair that we'd all be concerned for their well-being. Fortunately, the Internet has come through with a handful of codes and cheat sheets that you can use to decipher what your child is really getting up to online.


Astrology

BTS

(Timothée) Chalamet

Decolonization

(Edgar Allan) Poe

Financial Crisis (2008)

Guinea Pigs

Hamlet

Intersectional Feminism

Julio-Claudians

Kingdom Hearts

Love, Simon

Molecular Biology

Naruto

Oklahoma

Pop-Punk

The Q'uran

Radical Liberalism

Stew

Tide Pods

Unions

(Two Gentlemen of) Verona

Writing

X Factor Auditions


(The New York) Yankees

Z


The truth is that these memes are more about Boomers and Gen X'ers than they do about kids these days. We all know that older generations spend more time than anyone leaving angry comments on Facebook pages, and they're the ones who worry relentlessly about the Internet when maybe they should have been worrying about climate change or gun violence. But hey, as long as your kid isn't texting about communism, everything's going to be just fine.

Now, please, let's all get off the Internet.

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Ed Sheeran Announces Hiatus After Stealing Music (Again)

The singer announced an "18 month" hiatus to be with his wife, but we know the truth.

Ed Sheeran announced at a show in Ipswich last night that he will be taking a break from music for "probably 18 months."

'Thinking Out Loud' vs. 'Let's Get It On': Does Ed Sheeran's song sound too similar? www.youtube.com

"There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich," Sheeran said before oddly closing out his set with "You Need Me, I Don't Need You." The news came as a shock to his prepubescent fans, who handled the news rather dramatically.


While Sheeran claims that the break will be an opportunity to start a family with his wife, the timing of the break is eerie considering the singer is two weeks away from a scheduled court date over plagiarism allegations. Sheeran is accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit "Let's Get It On" on his 2014 smash "Thinking Out Loud." The court appearance comes after it was additionally announced that the singer would not be able to receive royalties for his smash hit "Shape Of You," due to another set of plagiarism accusations from musician Sam Chokri. Chokri alleges that the track's chorus was lifted note for note from his 2015 song "Oh Why." He claims he sent the song to Sheeran's representatives in a bid to collaborate with the singer. The High Court Of England will review the case in 2020.


The most recent allegations also come after the singer recently settled another plagiarism suit outside of court with a former X-factor contender, who claimed that Sheeran copied his song "Amazing" note-for-note on his song "Photograph." As you can see below, Sheeran is no doubt guilty.

Did Ed Sheeran plagiarise Matt Cardle's “Amazing" with his song Photograph? (Comparison / Mashup) youtu.be

Whether the world will miss Ed Sheeran is yet to be seen. No other musician has been such an epitome of toxic masculinity. From the self-deprecating ego-trips of "Shape of You" and "I Don't Care" to the unrealistic and unhealthy relationship guidelines laid out by tracks like "Thinking of You" and "Galway Girl," children and teenagers alike will no doubt be better off without the mediocre singer/songwriter. Perhaps his socially inept fans can start living in the real world and learn how to start and maintain healthy relationships before it's too late.

MUSIC

Alex Kinsey Releases Sultry Debut EP "Party of One"

Alex Kinsey continues his solo career with a soulful and sultry six-track debut EP.

Nick Gilligan

After releasing two edgy singles within the last few months, singer-songwriter Alex Kinsey, best known as one half of the X Factor champions Alex & Sierra, has made the next step in his solo career with the release of his debut EP Party of One.

The singer says the experience of working on a solo project has been enlightening in many ways. "I'm kinda figuring it out as I go, but knowing that when I screw up it's all my fault is something I think about a lot," said Kinsey. "This has been truly fun, though—working as a solo artist. If I like something, I can put it out, and if I don't, I have to...I get to make music I like, and if I like it enough, I can put [it] out for people to listen to, and that's been a fun process."

The EP is a collection of six tracks covering topics like love and past and present relationships, with each song putting Kinsey's soulful, raspy voice on full display. "There isn't necessarily a set story or theme, they're just six of my favorite songs," he shared. "I really liked them, and they're all different, but I think the continuity between all of them is my voice. That's what keeps them tied together."

Kinsey, of course, didn't have to go through the process of making his debut EP alone. "On the music side of things, I'm pretty much writing and producing and creating with my friends and people I've had in my group for a while now." This team includes co-writers iLana Armida, Johan Linbrant, Yei Gonzalez, and Josh Cumbree, who has known Kinsey since his days on X Factor.

For his music videos, Kinsey was able to work with his cousin, director, and producer Bruce Bohman, creating the dynamic visuals for "Simple" and the newly released, steamy video for "Hot Mess." "This EP was worked on by all friends and family. I've been able to keep everything in-house and within my friend group and family and people I genuinely care about, people I want to share my successes with."

After the release of Party of One, Kinsey ultimately hopes to go on tour and experience the adventures that come along with crossing the country and performing for fans. "My short term goal after the release is to go back into the studio to work on more music, but If I could do anything for the rest of my life I would wake up in a new city every day and play...To go to sleep in one place and wake up in another one that you've probably never been to before and meet new people who are excited to be where they are—I don't know, there's just something magical about touring."

Be sure to check out Alex Kinsey's debut EP Party of One and his latest music video "Hot Mess" below.

Hot Mess - Kinsey www.youtube.com

Party of One

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Alessandra Rincón is a journalist, writer, and photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana living in New York City. She loves covering music, art and culture news and you can usually find her at a show or with her nose in a book. In her spare time she is a musician, comic book nerd and wannabe cook.

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