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. Hype Machine offers “Remixes Only” and “No Remixes” filters on its Popular page.
____ Loading Slideshow Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z FILE – This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows recording artists Just Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, Feb. 22, the pair announced their 12-city Legends of the Summer tour beginning July 17 in Toronto and ending Aug. 16 in Miami. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, file) Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z FILE – This Feb. 10, 2013 file photo shows recording artists Just Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, Feb. 22, the pair announced their 12-city Legends of the Summer tour beginning July 17 in Toronto and ending Aug. 16 in Miami. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, file) Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z perform on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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The heart-on-his-sleeve rapper with a million friends and the tightest of crews seems all alone here after ridding himself of fake friends, trying to sort out why all the success, the money, the drugs and the women leave him with a hollow feeling. He tells us over the course of the album how his relationships with his family and friends, like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, have been strained. The only pleasant memories seem to come from his childhood represented by that chubby-cheeked cherub in the cover painting and the 90s are all over the album, serving as touchstone, reminder and measuring stick. He references the Wu-Tang Clan in the song Wu-Tang Forever and in a half-dozen other places. Nothing is full of the kind of studied minimalism and sped-up soul vocal samples favored by RZA and his acolytes like West, who well get back to in a minute. But hes not aping the game-changers as much as using them as a landmark. So the biggest star in the rap world retreats. Ive been plottin on the low, he sings on Furthest Thing, Schemin on the low, the furthest thing from perfect like everybody I know. Its moments like this that differentiate Nothing Was the Same from the years other releases in the three-way battle for king of the hill. Where Yeezus shows us West has turned confrontational in the post-fame portion of his career and Jay Z has become condescending with Magna Carta … Holy Grail, Drake becomes more and more confessional with each release. His charismatic self-doubt remains intact even as he wears the crown. It sits atop his sharp-cut fade, heavy and at a tilt, but still firmly in place.
Music Review: Drake plays melancholy king on introspective 3rd album ‘Nothing Was the Same’
View Larger Leita Cowart Autism patient Jordyn Moore rewards Jamie George with a hug after a session at the George Center for Music Therapy in Roswell. Sponsored Links By Laura Raines Pulse editor On May 2 of last year, Georgia became the third state in the nation to require licensure for music therapists. The minimum credential to practice music therapy in the state is the MT-BC (music therapist board certified). The new law is considered a win by people who work in the growing profession and anyone seeking music therapy. As the demand for alternative therapies continues to grow, it is crucial to strengthen the law, which governs how music therapists practice in Georgia, said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who sponsored the bill. With the passing of SB 414, patients can rest assured knowing their music therapist is operating under the highest level of professionalism. Music therapy in the broadest sense has a long history. Using music therapeutically goes back to the beginning of time, really; every culture has examples of it. We find David playing his harp to soothe King Saul in the Bible, said Jamie George, owner/director of the Georgia Center for Music Therapy in Roswell. But the clinical history of the profession only goes back about 60 years. After World War II, musicians played for veterans in hospitals and nurses noticed that patients had higher oxygen levels and lower blood pressure afterward. Since then, research on music therapy has been exploding, said George, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT. For musicians to play in hospitals is a wonderful thing and a huge benefit to patients, but thats not the same thing as music therapy. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music intervention to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program, according to the American Music Therapy Association. When prescribed by a physician and practiced in a goal-oriented treatment plan, music therapy is reimbursable by insurance plans and Medicare. In Georgia there are waivers that allow music therapy for Medicaid patients. Music therapists work at hospitals, schools, nursing homes, clinics and in private practice.