4. Last.fm While Last.fm has been around since 2002 (or forever, in Internet terms), its music discovery and recommendation tools are only getting better. In the last year, its music recs feel even more spot on than ever. Organized in tiles at the top your dashboard, the recommendation section takes what you have been listening to (your Last.fm “scrobbles”) and offers suggestions based on that data while noting which artists you like that are similar. The expanded recommendations page offers even more options to sort through, such as tags, related artists, new releases and some free downloads. You can better the odds of a helpful recommendation by removing artists in which you know you’re not interested. Plus, Last.fm makes it even easier for you: Listen to its radio station based on your recommendations. Of course, Last.fm’s social features are still rife with discovery possibilities. Find your friends to see what they’re scrobbling now (feel free to make fun of them if you catch them listening to something that ruins their credibility), check out gigs happening in your area and invite your friends. 5. Hype Machine Despite its name, Hype Machine circumvents the so-called hype machine of the major music press to bring you what’s being shared across all music sites right now. In the span of a few songs, you could find a crazy EDM remix next to a folksy ballad, DIY punk single and a glitchy electronic track. It’s those remixes that thrive on Hype Machine some users may not exactly create them with artist permission and are instead mixed by amateur DJs. As a result, they might not receive the attention they’d deserve on a standard music website.
09/22/13 01:11 AM ET EDT Subscribe Follow: AP Red Hot Chili Peppers performing live at Music Midtown. ATLANTA It was wet, muddy and slippery outdoors on the closing day of Atlanta’s third annual Music Midtown Festival, but the bands rocked on. Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the crowd swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages. The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event. It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain. “I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.” Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival. “There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music.
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