IROCKE Best of 2013

Best of 2013

Live streaming music took one giant leap for mankind in 2013 To honor the successes of artists, brands, venues, producers, and tech geeks that are making this revolution possible, we present you with IROCKE Best of 2013.

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Latest News | Apple announces 2014 iTunes Festival

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The eighth annual iTunes festival has been announced, and is set to feature 60 artists with notables like Maroon 5, Robert Plant, Pharrell, Beck, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, and many more. The festival, which kicks off in September, will take place at the historic Roundhouse in London over 30 days.

Although in previous years, festival-goers have won tickets through a lottery run by the iTunes Festival app and local radio stations, this year’s tickets will be distributed to winners of contests held by iTunes along with “local media partners.”

In addition to tickets to see the show live, iTunes will be live-streaming the festival for the third year in a row, as well as offering on-demand video. To watch the show live, fans can log on to iTunes, watch on Apple TV, or stream through Apple any device that uses iOS software.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

To stay up to date with news about the festival or enter to win tickets, follow @itunesfestival on Twitter or visit www.iTunesFestival.com.

Spotlight | Northwest String Summit @ Stumptown Bliss 07.17

Held annually at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR, the 13th annual Northwest String Summit music festival takes place this weekend from Thursday, June 17 – 20th. Stumptown Bliss is offering a pay-per-view webcast option to catch bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous String Dusters, The Wood Brothers, and many more. Don’t miss the live streams beginning Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Source: Stumptown Bliss on Thursday, July 17, 5:00 p.m. PDT

Spotlight | Pepper @ Audiotree Live 07.18

The reggae rock band of Hawaiian natives have just kicked off a North American Summer tour and are traveling across the country with the Dirty Heads. The trio are set to perform a variety of songs from their five chart topping studio albums. Tune in as Pepper will live stream their performance from Audiotree Live in Chicago this Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Source: Audiotree Live on Friday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. PDT

Spotlight | Tomorrowland 2014 @ Tomorrowland TV 07.18

Tomorrowland, one of the top EDM music festivals in the world, returns to Boom, Belgium for two weekends filled with dance music featuring the worlds biggest electronic artists set to perform both weekends. Fans around the world will have the chance to share in the adventure from anywhere with the action provided by Tomorrowland TV with a live stream beginning this Friday at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

Source: Tomorrowland TV on Friday, July 18, 12:00 p.m. PDT

Spotlight | Tori Amos @ Bing Lounge 07.18

Eight time GRAMMY-nominated American singer-songwriter Tori Amos will perform for an intimate audience in Bing Lounge on Friday. The pianist and composer is one of the few alternative rock performers to incorporate a piano as her primary instrument, and perhaps the best.  Watch Tori Amos perform live from The Bing Lounge on Friday at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Source: Bing Lounge on Friday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. PDT

Spotlight | Pitchfork Music Festival @ Pitchfork TV 07.18

pitchfThe 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park in Chicago this weekend for three days featuring a variety of top performers. Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Neutral Milk Hotel and St. Vincent are scheduled to headline along with other artists like Giorgio Moroder, Sharon Van Etten, and Neneh Cherry. Stay tuned for webcast schedule and catch all the action as it happens starting this Friday at 11:30 a.m PDT.

Source: Pitchfork TV on Friday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. PDT

Top 10 Most Watched | Ultra Europe, EXIT Fest, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Dave Matthews Band and more

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ultra euroULTRA Europe @ UMF TV

 

dmb5Dave Matthews Band @ Live Nation / Yahoo! Screen

 

exit ferstEXIT Festival @ EXIT Festival TV

 

garth pc (1)Garth Brooks Press Conference @ Garthbrooks.com

 

hawtinENTER. Experience – week two @ ENTER.

 

srlVirgin Mobile SA Urban Sessions @ SkyRoomLive

 

balatonMasterCard Balaton Sound Festival @ Ustream (Hungary)

 

bkhipBrooklyn Hip-Hop Festival @ Dailymotion

 

mjfMGMT and Metronomy @ Montreux Jazz Festival

 

cruillaCruilla Barcelona Festival @ Dailymotion

Latest News | Pete and Toshi Seeger memorial concert to be live-streamed from Lincoln Center

Folk legend Pete Seeger, along with his wife Toshi, will be honored with an all-star concert at Lincoln Center on the afternoon of July 20 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The concert, put on in a partnership between Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Seeger Fest, will be live-streamed for free at lincolncenter.magnify.net.

This memorial event will be a celebration of the couple’s contributions to folk music and social justice over the years. It is one of the many events to comprise the five-day Seeger Fest, which was arranged by the Seegers’ grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson and will continue the celebration of their work.

In a nod to Pete Seeger’s love of audience participation and sing-alongs, online audiences can sing along with the song lyrics being posted to the screen, and then share their own video of the selected song. Other fans can check out the hashtag #LCOutOfDoors to view video recordings and other news about the show.

Latest News | Pitchfork Music Festival to live stream three days from Chicago

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The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival takes place this weekend from Union Park in Chicago, Ill. featuring performances from Beck, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Grimes, and over 30 other top acts across three days. Those unable to make the trek can enjoy from the comfort of home with the second-best option to watch the live webcast sponsored by Choose Chicago and Goose Island.

Beginning Friday, Pitchfork will be streaming live and integrating LiveOne’s CrowdSurfing® platform to enhance the live digital experience. Viewers will be able to access the stream via IROCKE and through Pitchfork.com starting at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, and 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday.

LiveOne’s CrowdSurfing® platform is a live streaming companion that immerses users in a global audience of friends, fellow fans, and major social network activity. LiveOne is a digital entertainment company that connects major media partners to advanced technology, revolutionizing digital media consumption. With a central focus on creating an active community of digital viewers, LiveOne’s services benefit both the media partner and the user, creating enhanced and socially connected events.

Stay tuned for the complete webcast schedule coming later this week.

Latest News | Tomorrowland 2014 announces live webcast for both weekends

TOMORROWLAND2014One of the world’s largest EDM music festivals announced their plans to broadcast both weekends through Tomorrowland TV. The 10th anniversary of Tomorrowland returns to Belgium featuring two weekends of dance music. Yet again, fans across the globe will have a chance to experience the celebration of EDM music as Tomorrowland TV will host a live stream of the world renowned festival via YouTube.

Tomorrowland will open a window for the world to experience the impact and passion of electronic dance music around the globe with both a radio broadcast and live video webcast of the festival. Join the experience wherever you are beginning July 18th-20th for weekend one and July 25th-27th for weekend two.

It has yet to be announced which artists will have their sets live streamed, but judging by an all star lineup, rest assured it is not one to miss! Opening the festival, Diplo will host the Mad Decent stage on Friday to start the party with fellow artist such as Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and DJ Snake. Saturday Hardwell and Tiësto will participate in an exclusive 30 minute tag team performance after their own solo sets. Plenty other artist are set to hit the stage both weekends including Kaskade, Skrillex, Dada Life, Deorro, Steve Aoki, and much more.

Tomorrowland TV will air live from 12pm until 5pm PDT each day of the festival with a rebroadcast following each days transmission.

Latest News | Yahoo! acquires international mobile video streaming start-up RayV

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Amidst rumors that have been circulating for months, Yahoo! recently announced its acquisition of eight-year-old Israeli mobile video streaming start-up RayV.

The addition of RayV to the Yahoo! team is the latest in the efforts of the company to expand the video streaming and media offerings on the site. ”This deal demonstrates our dedication to accelerating our video strategy and boosting our underlying technology infrastructure in the space,” said Yahoo! in a Tumblr post.

The tech giant, which has its roots as a search engine, hopes this acquisition, along with other partnerships like the recent team-up with Live Nation, will help Yahoo! move towards a future based on rich digital content.

“Watching mobile and online video has gone from being a novelty to a daily habit for millions of users. Yahoo! is focused on growing video users and monthly streams, and while we’re only getting started, we’re very focused on this in 2014,” said P.P.S. Narayan, Vice President of Cloud Platforms and Services at Yahoo! in an online statement.

The partnership between the two promises an increase in the content and scope of online video streaming, with both companies having expressed their excitement for the future.

Latest News | Garth Brooks announces new album, world tour and digital music

garth pc (1)In a casual press conference in Nashville on Thursday morning, country music superstar Garth Brooks confirmed his return to the music scene after a 13 year break with the announcement of a partnership with Sony Music Nashville that includes a new album and three-year world tour. The press conference, which was live-streamed at garthbrooks.com, was kept intentionally vague about the specifics, but Brooks implied that the album will be released in late November, “sometime around Black Friday.” As for the opening city of his world tour, Brooks will mark his return on September 4th at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill. with Trisha Yearwood.

Unlike his previous albums, the new album will be made available online, exclusively on his website garthbrooks.com. Brooks has been one of the last major musicians to join the digital world, and his choice to stay away from iTunes and other streaming services was intentional. He hopes his decision to release his music independently will encourage fans to download the music as a complete album rather than individually as singles, which is common on iTunes. Additionally, his music will be made available “at a stupid price” compared to other music downloading sites.

Although the album will be released differently than in the past, Brooks will not compromise the quality and style that distinguish his music. “For me, it’s ‘Garth music,’” rather than the “bro country” or “hick hop” currently dominating country radio, Brooks said about his new music.

However, fans can expect hits from the album. Brooks commented that “The first single might be one of the greatest statements ever. This album also holds a song on there that… I shouldn’t say this, that might have taken the place of ‘The Dance’ for me as my favorite Garth Brooks song. I didn’t write it but it’s a beautiful song.”

The press conference, in addition to allowing Brooks to discuss his upcoming album and world tour, also gave him the opportunity to address the issue with two of his shows in Ireland that were cancelled due to the refusal of the city council to grant permits. Determined to fix the problem and play the five planned shows, Brooks said ”If the prime minister himself wants to talk to me, I will crawl, I will swim… I will drop on my knees and beg for those 400,000 people to have fun and come sing.”

Although the Ireland debacle was bad news for Brooks and his fans, it did not diminish his enthusiasm for his new album and world tour. He retains his optimism and gratitude, saying “I want to thank God and everyone who is giving me a second chance to look at a second career. I don’t know too many artists who get this chance.”

Visit garthbrooks.com to stay up to date with all things Garth Brooks.

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