Michigan is home to a few different popular nightlife scenes, and two of the most notable are in Grand Rapids and Detroit. While Detroit is more internationally known, it's no secret around here that Grand Rapids has an exciting nightlife scene. If you've been lucky enough to party in both destinations, you know exactly what we're talking about when we say that these spots are electric destinations all throughout the week. We think it's important to set aside the time to enjoy a night out with friends. There's no better way to get acquainted with any city, regardless of what side of the Mitten you find yourself in.

Enjoying nightlife doesn't always have to consist of jumping from one bar to the next, although there's nothing wrong with that scenario if you're looking for fun. There are other options outside of the norm that will result in just as much fun! Consider checking out a paint and wine destination like Brush Studio or Painting with a Twist in Grand Rapids. This is the perfect way to flex your creativity while enjoying the company of friends and alcohol. If you're looking to party in the Motor City, be sure to check out local event schedules on social media like Facebook. There are constantly innovative and captivating events happening each night in the city at art galleries, parks, and rooftop destinations.

The best way to tie a nightlife trip together is to introduce professional transportation to the mix. Booking with Michigan Limo Service is the top way to ensure there's no search for a designated driver after enjoying drinks through the night. Not only is it the safest option, but it also works out to be an affordable one when it's split between the group in attendance. Not to mention, the drivers of these vehicles are extremely familiar with the city and are happy to offer suggestions if you're looking for them on the road.

The features on board a party bus are perfect for bringing the celebration on board! There are tinted windows for privacy, color changing lights, auxiliary capable audio systems, contemporary interiors, television screens, cup holders, and counter tops for convenience. Safety and fun are the top concerns when anybody is out enjoying drinks with their friends. With a limo or party bus along for the ride, it is easy to make sure all of these bases are covered.



There are a lot of tips and advice for young authors on how should they write their book, but people don’t find relevant to overlay things you shouldn’t do while writing a book. On the contrary, we understand that there are moments to be avoided in composing your novel or story if you’d wish to turn it in a real banger. Here are some steps you shouldn’t take while writing a book for the first time.

1. Copy someone else’s style

The problem of creating your own writing style hits many writers at the beginning of their career. Being literature lovers, the beginners tend to copy the storytelling style of famous authors. They often use Joyce’s stream of consciousness, Camus’ existentialism or Faulkner’s expressiveness. Of course, it isn’t forbidden to apply those familiar storytelling manners in your works, but you have not to forget to keep your style original. To develop your personal storytelling mode, you have to write a lot, to find an own way of presenting thoughts and feelings. Find out what inspires you the most and try to describe your feelings honestly. Avoid using pompous and complicated phrases. Exercising in the depiction of your story using simple sentences will help grasp reader’s attention and catch the plot.

2. Get hung up on details

Concentration and attention to detail can be good. But, sometimes many young authors get stuck in the middle of the story trying to find ideas. Thinking over the best possible continuation of events you’re wasting your time. Instead of hanging up on the deadlock, try to work with the plot. Develop following events in your story, and reconsidering the plot, the idea you’ve been looking for will come to you eventually. Though, if you faced with a standstill and your fantasy has no desire to assist you in storytelling anymore, you can ask for ‘writing salvation’ at Edu birdie with years of experience can pull you out from the point of struggle.

3. Use prosaic language

Ernst Hemingway already determined one of the best rules to writing a book. He said: “write hard and clear about hurts’’. Even now, this quotation isn’t losing its genuineness and help young souls to describe their emotions on paper.

If you want a book to bring you success and recognition, write honest and transparent. Avoid prosaic and hackneyed phrases. They diminish the value of crucial things in your novel. Don’t be shy about your feelings: let them surprise and touch reader’s mind. People value honesty and simplicity and when opening your heart to the readers, you will absolutely find your audience.

4. Keep it to yourself only

Many writers are making this huge mistake. They don’t share their stories with friends and family. Constructive critique is useful for your story. Ask your relatives or close friends to look through your novel. Maybe give them some chapters to read. They can have a different view of some things, and it will help you to see drawbacks, you didn’t notice earlier. Maybe, their fresh opinions can push you to find the words to avoid in writing a book or suggestions of new ideas for the plot.

5. Give up

Composing a book isn’t an easy task. It requires a lot of your time and imagination. Sometimes you lose, other times you win, that’s what life is about. Even if everything goes wrong, find the inner strength to continue your path in storytelling and don’t give up. In fact, a lot of famous authors weren’t that successful at the start of their career, but they tried hard and became acknowledged crafting masters. Remember that bad times are temporal and good will sure to come if you keep on trying and working hard.

Whether you are still wondering how to start writing a book, it’s not a big deal to find advice and inspiration on the Internet. Watch films, reread your favorite novel or chat with a friend. You can come up with the idea any time and be ready to start writing process. Your patience and hard will totally be rewarded, so don’t feel sorry for yourself if something didn’t go the way you’ve expected. Read, practice and try again!



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Now in their 48th year, King Crimson will be returning to America in the Fall of 2017! The new dates see the group performing in some states and cities that have not been visited in a while. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, last had live Crimson music in 2001, while Texas has experienced something of an epic Crimson drought since 1974, not counting ProjeKct Three's week-long residency in the Lone Star state during March 1999.

Tour dates:
19 Oct Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX 
21 Oct Music Hall, Dallas, TX 
23 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA 
24 Oct Center Stage, Atlanta, GA 
26 Oct Duke Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC 
28 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. 
29 Oct Lisner Auditorium, Washington D.C. 
31 Oct New Jersey Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ 
02 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia, PA 
03 Nov Merriam Theatre, Philadelphia. PA 
06 Nov Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA 
08 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY 
09 Nov The Egg, Albany, NY 
11 Nov Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA 
17 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY 
18 Nov Beacon Theatre, New York, NY 
22 Nov Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI 
24 Nov Hard Rock Rocksino, Cleveland, OH 
26 Nov Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI 

For more ticket information:

With three drummers up front including Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, as well as the return of multi-instrumentalist Bill Reiflin on keyboards, guitarist, and original founding member, Robert Fripp, states that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before. Rounding out the eight piece line up are guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk, long-time bassist Tony Levin, and saxophonist Mel Collins, who was a mainstay of Crim from 1970-1972.

As well as standard tickets, the band's label, DGM, also has announced sale of VIP Royal Packages, limited to just 60 per show. Details can be viewed at the label's interactive and recently redeveloped website, www.dgmlive.com.

Here's what the press have raved about King Crimson's summer 2017 North American tour:

“On our final evening at the festival, we were witness to the concert that inevitably proved to be its highlight...The blend of mood, melody, ambiance and atmosphere dazzled the audience, which responded with frequent standing ovations.” - Lee Zimmerman, Goldmine Magazine

“Complex musical structures, the power, the intensity and the flight of guitars, flutes and especially drums, the progressive rock of King Crimson unfolded like never...With a dense and complex performance that perfectly coincided with the title of the tour entitled Radical Action, King Crimson took over all the years of his long career, offered new material and transported the music lovers to their rich universe and especially without compromise.” - YVES LECLERC, Journal de Quebec

“Fripp and his band offered an impeccable performance in two stages. No melodies, no flapping, only musicians at the top of their art.” - IAN BUSSIÈRES La Presse, Quebec

“The band finally reaps all that it has sown in its many transformations...the company of the good old days got its money's worth! In short, the king is not dead, far from it, and they still rejoice.” - Réjean Beaucage, Voir.ca

There was an undeniable nostalgic thrill to these songs, but considering the unconventional setup and the band's longstanding aversion to living in the past, they weren't presented as museum pieces...this remained a celebration from a band that has found a way to honour the scope of its legacy without abandoning its avant-garde principles. Crimson has never sounded more complete, or more joyous, on stage than it does now.” - Jordan Zivitz, Montreal Gazette

“The eclectic setlist covered the bands forty plus years, beginning with 1973's 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One' earmarked by one of several Mel Collins' exemplary solos, then jumped a decade later for the fluid 'Neurotica' with Fripp’s hyper-kinetic guitar riffs perched alongside a dizzying high tempo jazz beat. The uniqueness of seeing each of these seasoned musicians working is near indescribable and has to be experienced live, to fully embrace their vision - think of eight master painters working in their own style, but on a common canvas, and you begin to get the idea of things.” - We Heart Music, Minneapolis

“As part of their 17-show 'Radical Action Tour 2017,' King Crimson made a stop at the Greek Theatre for what can only be succinctly described as nearly three hours of absolute musical bliss — subtle and pastoral on one hand, a cacophony of sonic thrusts on the other.” - Shawn Perry Vintage Rock

“While their strong EP of new originals 'Heroes,' (in tribute to David Bowie) has devoted fans pleased and open-eared, it's the rarities from the back catalog that haven’t been played in decades or ever that make this tour's lineup exceptionally strong. Astounding as it was, King Crimson still has the propensity to tackle songs from all over their vast catalog, while incessantly adding new intersections and elements.” - Dylan Muhlberg, Grateful Web

In other news:

The band has recently released “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box.” As with previous releases in the “Elements” series, the full variety of King Crimson's music is presented over 2 CDs! Featuring extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2016, many of which make their first appearance on CD.

Every line-up is featured across the double CD set. Of particular interest on the new set is the inclusion on disc 2 of every part of “Larks' Tongues in Aspic” (some studio, some live) from “Part I” to “Level 5” – interspersed with elements taken from the original studio sessions and rehearsals.
Packaged in a DVD-sized fold out digipak style book case with a 24 page booklet including sleeve notes by co-compiler Sid Smith, photos of memorabilia, full info about the 2016 tour and a number of band and individual photos of the current band line-up CLICK HERE

Also, coinciding with the first leg of the tour, King Crimson released a CD EP titled “Heroes - Live In Europe, 2016.” Recorded in Berlin during the band's 2016 European tour., the EP was released on June 2nd 2017 and, along with “The Elements Of King Crimson 2017 Tour Box,” can be ordered via the shops at www.dgmlive.com as well as available through traditional retail outlets. The US based Schizoid Shop has recently added a range of new shirts and other band-related merchandise, and offers weekly specials including offers to win free tour tees. www.schizoidshop.com.

For more information: www.dgmlive.com


5 Great Books Which Will Inspire Your Own Writing

Every one of us dreamed of creating something unique one day. It could have been a new technology, a new medicine, etc. However, most of us intended to build the whole world in its own Universe. Surely, the only way to do so was to create it either in your mind or writing about it down on paper.

Every child wished that necessity to put his thoughts on a paper, but when they grew up, all their inspiration has gone away. It`s great that in our times we have a lot of special companies which can provide us with any case study services or other tasks. Well, if you still want to write a novel or a book here are 5 great books, in which you can find inspiration for your own story.

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

There is no a single child or an adult who still hasn’t heard of Harry Potter and his adventures. The boy who survived has made a huge influence on people these days. Moreover, many of them admit that the series about an unusual kid are incredibly inspirational as they bring you into the magical world where everything is possible (such place is everyone’s dream). Harry Potter stories are easy to read, and if you ask the author how to start writing a story like that, her answer is simple “One day when my train was delayed, I become bored and started dreaming. That was the exact moment when I made up the beginning of my story, and I wrote it down immediately. Later, I continued to write about it every single minute…” Thus, according to Rowling’s experience, you need to write down everything you are thinking about, because one day even a small story about a boy may become a world-known bestseller.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (S. Chbosky)

At the first look, this is a simple novel about a regular high school student Charlie who wanted to be free. However, why it is called the modern “The Catcher in the Rye”? “The perks of being a wallflower” is a story that may happen to all of us. Everyone has to face tough school years, and Chbosky just tells one story about teenagers’ difficulties on paper. If you have ideas what to write about, recall your high school experience and share tips with everybody. “Don’t think about special literary style, just write about what you like”. Undoubtedly, your story will be unique and who knows, maybe one day critics will name your book a new “The perks of being a wallflower.”

1984 (G. Orwell)

Orwell’s prediction, which was supposed to be a warning, is now becoming a true reality. с. This book is a must for those, who is going to write with no censorship about faithful and disgusting reality about us. The modern world is not a piece of a pie and if you have something to say about – you are welcome. There is a huge variety of talented writers and books on the similar topic, though they are not alike at all. Thus, if you realize what critical thinking and critical writing are, take your chances and become Orwell of our days.

Master and Margarita (M. Bulgakov)

This book of a Russian novelist, considered to be the classic, is world famous and translated into all possible language. The unusual story of God and Devil, love and hate, art and sin. The story of Author, who is an unappreciated by society genius, is touchy and reflects the vulnerable nature of every artist. His search of happiness in life through his art is a warning for all beginner writers, as this will wait for them as well. This novel will not come in handy for those who are looking for ideas or perfect literary style, but for those who are not sure if he handles the heavy cross of being a writer.

The Fault in Our Stars (J. Green)

The title of this novel may be familiar to you as a few years ago the movie based on this book rocked every teenager in various countries. However, if you think about it deeper, you’ll see that it is not a simple love story. The small details are important here. First of all, this book is filled with a contemporary writing style which is easy to comprehend. Thus, if you have writing issues, read this novel and note how it is composed. Secondly, this novel is incredibly inspiring for those who are about to write such serious stories, though they are only popular with youngsters.



DETROIT - July 17, 2017 - Fans attending concerts, shows or sporting events at the new Little Caesars Arena will enjoy state-of-the art video displays designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation. The centerhung system at Little Caesars Arena, the future home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless entertainment and community events, will be more than 5,100 square feet.

As the largest seamless centerhung system in the world, the new scoreboard will allow video programming to completely wrap around the system and create a 360-degree experience. A total of 45 LED displays featuring more than 13,500 square feet and more than 16.5 million LEDs will be installed in and around the new arena before it opens for events in September.

"Little Caesars Arena will give fans the best entertainment experience available, including this incredible scoreboard and display system from Daktronics," said Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. "Today fans have very high expectations for the size and quality of displays and the information they provide.

This system will exceed fan expectations in the seats, in the concourse and in new spaces like the expansive Chevrolet Plaza. Fans seated in the ends of the arena will experience the same size display as those seated on Little Caesars Arena sidelines, an amenity that few other arenas offer today." FULL STORY


UK AOR/Classic Rock band, MORITZ, have announced the release of their long-awaited follow-up 'About Time Too' to the successful 'SOS' album. The album consists of 13 new songs, including two instrumental intros, due for release on 31 July 2017 via Shadows of a Dream and 25 August, 2017 via Cargo Records. A video teaser can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/-Fi35XWRxKE

The album was recorded over the last four years at a number of studios. It was produced by MORITZ and mixed and mastered by MORITZ bass/keyboard player Ian Edwards.

It is now 30 years since the band’s first release, the now highly collectable 12” vinyl Shadows of a Dream EP. To celebrate this MORITZ have resurrected the Shadows of a Dream label for the new album.


1. About Time Too (Intro)
2. One More Beautiful Day
3. To The Moon and Back
4. Chance Of A Lifetime
5. Dreamland
6. Forever Is
7. Take It On The Chin
8. Run
9. Love Long Gone
10. Own Little World
11. You Don’t Know What Love Is
12. There’s Something About (Intro)
13. Unwanted Man


Peter Scallan - Lead/backing vocals (Chris Glen and the Outfit, Samson, If Only)
Mike Nolan - Electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Kenny Evans - Electric and acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, vocals
Ian Edwards - Bass, synthesizers, Hammond organ, vocals (If Only)
John Tonks - Drums

MORITZ are playing on a number of dates as part of the 30 year celebration. They will be joined by new members Chris Teeder (Gary Moore, Dave Gilmour, Ted McKenna, Frank Gambale, Geoff Whitehorn, The Vibrations) on keyboards and Russ Wilson on drums on these dates:

03/08/2017 Cambridge Rock Festival, Cambridge
22/10/2017 Rockingham, Trent University, Nottingham

MORITZ was formed in 1986, the band reformed in 2009 and released the critically aclaimed LP 'Undivided' in 2010. 2013 saw the successful release of SOS which received rave reviews selling nearly the entire pressing. It also saw the band returning to gigging for the first time in 25 years. This culminated in a successful appearance at HRH AOR in Rotherham.

AOR/classic melodic rock from the UK - blending the best of both British and US melodic rock delivering a 'transatlantic' sound!



Cranbrook Art Museum Presents the Symposium 
"Uncovering the Fantasy and Magic
of Alexander Girard"
Saturday, July 22, from 1-4pm

A fascinating examination of one of the most influential, yet overlooked, designers of modernism in America, Alexander Girard. Historian Deborah Kawsky will introduce us to Girard’s Detroit days—from his modern design shop in Grosse Pointe to the architecture of his lesser known residences. 

Curbed’s national architecture critic, Alexandra Lange, will discuss Girard’s uncanny ability to bring structure to seemingly disparate things, from found artifacts to city streetscapes. Curator Monica Obniski will look at Girard’s prescient collection and use of folk art as an inspiration and antidote to modern design. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Symposium: Uncovering the Fantasy and Magic of Alexander Girard
Saturday, July 22, 1-4pm
Free with Museum admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Future events include:

Alexander Girard Family Day
Saturday, August 12, 11am-3pm
A day filled with Girard-themed tours and activities! Kids under 12 are always free at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Just announced!
A Conversation in the Conversation Pit
Sunday, September 10, 1pm
Join us for a Girard-inspired conversation with legendary textile artist Ruth Adler Schnee and Historian Deborah Kawsky. Free with Museum admission.

This exhibition is organized by the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. Global sponsors are Herman Miller and Maharam.



Warren Earp
Photo: PW Butler Collection 

Warren Earp: Full name Baxter Warren Earp, Wyatt's youngest brother. Warren was born on March 9, 1855 in Pella, Iowa. Due to his age, Warren didn't participate in most of his older brother's activities. He was still living at home with his parents when the shooting in Tombstone happened. He had been to Tombstone previously in 1880 and 1881 for visits, hence some of the stories about Wyatt in Tombstone include Warren.

Warren Earp, the youngest of the Earps, was murdered in an Arizona saloon.

Nicholas and Virginia Earp raised a family of five sons and four daughters on a series of farms in Illinois and Iowa. Three of the Earps’ sons grew up to win lasting infamy. On October 26, 1881, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp fought a brief shoot-out with the Clantons and McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. The Earp brothers, along with their friend Doc Holliday, managed to kill all three of their opponents.

The gun battle—which was named after a nearby livery stable called the O.K. Corral—later became a favorite topic of sensationalistic dime novel writers and moviemakers. Ever since, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan have been icons of the Old West.

The Earps with Doc Holliday

The youngest Earp brother, however, did not share in the fame of his older brothers. Warren Earp was probably in Tombstone on the day of the famous gunfight, but for reasons that remain unclear, Warren did not join in the gunfight (the eldest Earp brother, James, did not participate either). Warren, however, was involved in the bloody series of revenge killings that followed the shoot-out.

Within six months of the first gunfight, Morgan Earp was assassinated and Virgil Earp was badly wounded. Wyatt presumed the Clantons and McLaurys were behind the attacks. Determined to strike back, Wyatt turned for help to his little brother, Warren.

Together with Doc Holliday, the two brothers took their vengeance, killing two men suspected of having been behind Morgan’s murderer. In danger now of being arrested for murder, the three men fled to Colorado.



Emerson Lake and Palmer Legend Greg Lake's Eagerly Awaited Autobiography “Lucky Man” Now Available In The UK!

London - Greg Lake first won acclaim as lead vocalist, bass guitarist and producer when, together with Robert Fripp, he formed King Crimson. Their first album, the landmark In the Court of the Crimson King, co-produced by Greg, featured the iconic song “21st Century Schizoid Man.” King Crimson pioneered progressive rock and paved the way for many famous bands that followed, from Yes and Genesis to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In December 1969 Greg met fellow legend Keith Emerson at the Fillmore in San Francisco during a North American tour; the two shared common bonds: European musical influences and a desire to reinterpret classical works while creating a new musical genre. After being introduced to drummer Carl Palmer, they formed the first progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

To date ELP has sold over 50 million records. Lake produced “Emerson, Lake & Palmer,” “Tarkus,” “Pictures at an Exhibition,” “Trilogy,” “Brain Salad Surgery,” “Works Vol. 1 & 2,” and two different live albums.

All went platinum and featured a series of hit singles, most written and all sung by Lake. The three created a unique live theatrical performance which featured Emerson attacking his keyboards with knives, Palmer playing a 2.5 ton stainless steel kit and Lake performing on a £6,000 Persian rug which had its own roadie. One of their very first performances was at the historic Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 and they went on to headline California Jam, one of the biggest concerts of the 1970s, attended by 350,000 people.

Probably the voice of his generation, Greg fronted the greatest rock supergroup of the 1970s but never held with the “progressive” tag that attached itself to both the music and the excess. “Lucky Man” not only charts the highs and lows of a career in rock music but also reflects on the death of Keith Emerson last year, living with terminal cancer and the end of life. Greg can best be summed up by his now-famous line: “Material wealth is a very fleeting pleasure ... when you can buy anything you want and do anything you want, you soon discover that you actually don't want any of it.”

To purchase Greg Lake's “Lucky Man” autobiography:


Why do we set off fireworks on the 4th of July? Because we always have.

In 1777, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia held a massive celebration. American University’s James R. Heintze dug up this account, from the Virginia Gazette:

One of the most elaborate celebrations in 1777 and the first organized celebration of its kind occurred in Philadelphia. This event had all of the elements of typical future celebrations–the discharge of cannon, one round for each state in the union, the ringing of bells, a dinner, the use of music, the drinking of toasts (it would subsequently be traditional to have one toast for each state in the union), “loud huzzas,” a parade, fireworks, and the use of the nation’s colors, in this case the dressing up of “armed ships and gallies” in the harbor.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-set-off-fireworks-on-the-fourth-of-july-470334/#xd2FzwLI8ROAQwBv.99
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Retro music is a contemporary music that consists of stylistic elements that are similar to the past. Many people are fond of this type of music, especially the middle-aged and older people, because it reminds them of their younger years. Trying to replicate the past may be as easy as listening to punk rock or psychedelic genre music that was released in the 70s and 80s. Below, you will discover more information about retro music and why it is making a huge comeback.

Top Dance Music

Today, rap, pop rock and hard rock has taken over the music scenes. While it is not unusual for people to dance to this type of music, it may be difficult for some people to feel the rhythm. Retro music featured some the best dance music ever created. In fact, many dance clubs and taverns continue to hire bands that play retro music. They have discovered that it is the best way to entice people to get up on the dance floor. If you want to relive the 70’s with ease, you can click here to learn exactly how to do it without all the hoopla.

Does Not Rely On Electronic Equipment

Creating music from the modern genres can be extremely difficult, if not impossible without expensive electronic equipment and computers. Bands are already piled down with tons of equipment that they have to transfer from one place to another, just to perform live. While it is fairly easy to utilize the equipment that is already set up in the recording studio, it is impossible to do it live in front of a large crowd. With this said, most retro music was created prior to the adaptation of electronics. Which makes it no less creative, but less simplistic to pull off a replication.

Sony Going Back To Vinyl

Sony is without a doubt one of the biggest names in entertainment, yet it has been around three-decades since the company produced a single vinyl record. However, Sony announced this week that it would begin recreating the magic that was known as vinyl. Over the past several years there has been a great increase in the vinyl industry and that is what prompted this comeback for Sony. The interesting thing is that this increase has seen in younger music lover rather than older. Recent statistics show that vinyl record purchases account for around 18% of all physical music revenue this year alone, which produces a margin of right around $5 million. I addition to this turntables and vinyl record machines are also taking advantage of this influx.

Retro TV Series Inspiring Younger Generations

If you are a big TV fanatic, you have probably noticed a lot of the big TV stations targeting younger generations with older style TV series. For instance, the TV series Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire could not be two better examples. While these two iconic series were based in completely different time lines and implored different story lines, they both prompted younger viewers to explore the fashions and music of that time. The sets, actors, costumes, and soundtracks were so captivating in both of these series that users couldn’t help but delve deeper into these worlds to uncover the entertainment styles available in these times.



Fitz and the Tantrums are bringing their energizing live act on the road this summer for a number of headline dates, festival appearances, and will join OneRpublic for the 2017 Honda Civic Tour.

The nationwide trek kicks off July 7th at Kansas City, MO’s Sprint Center and travels into mid-September (full dates below). Fitz and the Tantrums’ latest single “Fool” – the follow up to RIAA platinum certified smash hit, “HandClap” – will be included on the upcoming Deluxe Edition of their latest acclaimed album, “FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS,” set for digital release July 28th.

To celebrate the release, the band will perform live from New York City’s Rockefeller Center on release day as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series” (check local listings).


7--Kansas City, MO--Sprint Center

8--Maryland Heights, MO--Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

9--Peoria, IL--Peoria Riverfront

10--Nashville, TN--Ascend Amphitheatre

11--Cincinnati, OH--Riverbend Music Center

13--Noblesville, IN--Klipsch Music Center

18--Burgettstown, PA--KeyBank Pavilion

19--Clarkston, MI--DTE Energy Music Theatre

21--Bristow, VA--Jiffy Lube Live

22--Camden, NJ--BB&T Pavilion

23--Virginia Beach, VA--Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre

25--Darien Center, NY--Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

26--Scranton, PA--The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

28--Holmdel, NJ--PNC Bank Arts Center

29--Wantagh, NY--Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

30--Dewey Beach, DE--Bottle & Cork *


1--Saratoga Springs, NY--Saratoga Performing Arts Center

2--Hartford, CT--Xfiniity Theatre

4--Mansfield, MA--Xfinity Center

5--Bangor, ME--Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

6--Gilford, NH--Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

9--Quebec, QC--Videotron Centre

11--Montreal, QC--Bell Centre

12--Toronto, ON--Budweiser Stage

15--Winnipeg, ON--MTS Centre

17--Saskatoon, SK--Sask Tel Centre

18--Edmonton, AB--Rogers Place

19--Calgary, AB--Scotiabank Saddledome

21--Vancouver, BC--Rogers Arena

22--Auburn, WA--White River Amphitheatre

23--Ridgefield, WA--Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre

25--Wheatland, CA--Toyota Amphitheatre

26--Mountain View, CA--Shoreline Amphitheatre

27--Concord, CA--Concord Pavilion

29--Phoenix, AZ--Ak-Chin Pavilion


1--Chula Vista, CA--Sleep Train Amphitheatre

6--Salt Lake City, UT--USANA Amphitheatre

8--Greenwood Village, CO--Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

9--Greenwood Village, CO--Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

11--Dallas, TX--Starplex Pavilion

12--The Woodlands, TX--Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

23--Atlanta, GA--Atlanta Braves Post Game @ SunTrust Park

24--Franklin, TN--Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival †

* Headline Show

† Festival Appearance



The Full Moon for July's 2017 will be on the morning on July 9th in the United States and Europe later in the afternoon. The New Moon falls on July 23th. For exact Full Moon times across the world including your local time see below.

For many American Indian tribes July's Full Moon is commonly known as the Full Buck Moon beause it's the time of year the Buck Deer start to grow there new antlers. This months moon is aslo known as the Thunder Moon because of the large thunder head clouds that form on the American plains in this summer month."

The next full moon will be:
DETROIT Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 12:06:34 am (EDT)
Moon sign: Capricorn 17° 09'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 04:06:34 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 02:06:34 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 01:06:34 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 12:06:34 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 11:06:34 am (ICT)
DELHI = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 09:36:34 am (IST)
DUBAI = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 08:06:34 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 07:06:34 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 06:06:34 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 05:06:34 am (WAT)
LONDON = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 05:06:34 am (BST)
RIO = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 01:06:34 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 12:06:34 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Sunday * 9th July 2017 * 12:06:34 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 8th July 2017 * 11:06:34 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Saturday * 8th July 2017 * 10:06:34 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 8th July 2017 * 09:06:34 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Saturday * 8th July 2017 * 08:06:34 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Saturday * 8th July 2017 * 06:06:34 pm (HAST)


The Emperor's character speaks of establishing a strong, stable foundation for life and of forging plans that will convert thoughts and ideas into reality. A disciplined leader, he has always earned his way and never retired to the background or relied on the charity or assistance of others. These traits make him a respected teacher for the next generation, who will view him as the father and benefactor, builder of the home, husband, lover, and strong career man.

Power and ambition define the Emperor. He assumes command of his own life as well as his environment, body, temper, instincts, and affairs of his heart. The wants and needs of others cannot hope to control this aggressive, brave, bold, and commanding figure.

As monarch, commander and chief of his environment, the Emperor can either be demanding or charismatic, possibly representing just the person that you need to motivate you and impel you to realize your potential.

Positive Position: You are confident, the father and builder of structures, solid foundations, and the boss in control. The Emperor is in control of his marriage, family, business and his environmental relationships. The Emperor represents a person who offers sound advice and a secure relationship.


HISTORY.COM The transistor radio was a technological marvel that put music literally into consumers’ hands in the mid-1950s. It was cheap, it was reliable and it was portable, but it could never even approximate the sound quality of a record being played on a home stereo.

It was, however, the only technology available to on-the-go music lovers until the Sony Corporation sparked a revolution in personal electronics with the introduction of the first personal stereo cassette player. A device as astonishing on first encounter as the cellular phone or digital camera would later be, the Sony Walkman went on sale for the very first time on July 1, 1979.

The Sony Walkman didn’t represent a breakthrough in technology so much as it did a breakthrough in imagination. Every element of the Walkman was already in production or testing as part of some other device when Sony’s legendary chairman, Masaru Ibuka, made a special request in early 1979.

Ibuka was a music lover who traveled frequently, and he was already in the habit of carrying one of his company’s “portable” stereo tape recorders with him on international flights. But the Sony TC-D5 was a heavy device that was in no way portable by modern standards, so Ibuka asked his then-deputy Norio Ohga if he could cobble together something better.

Sony TC-D5 

Working with the company’s existing Pressman product—a portable, monaural tape recorder that was popular with journalists—Ohga had a playback-only stereo device rigged up in time for Ibuka’s next trans-Pacific flight.

Even though this proto-Walkman required large, earmuff-like headphones and custom-made batteries (which, of course, ran out on Ibuka midway through his flight), it impressed the Sony chairman tremendously with its sound quality and portability.

Many objections were raised internally when Ibuka began his push to create a marketable version of the device, the biggest of which was conceptual: Would anyone actually buy a cassette device that was not for recording but only for playback? Ibuka’s simple response—”Don’t you think a stereo cassette player that you can listen to while walking around is a good idea?”—proved to be one of the great understatements in business history.

After a breakneck development phase of only four months, Sony engineers had a reliable product ready for market at 30,000 Yen (approximately US$150 in 1979 dollars) and available before the start of summer vacation for Japanese students—both critical targets established at the outset of development.

The initial production run of 30,000 units looked to be too ambitious after one month of lackluster sales (only 3,000 were sold in July 1979). But after an innovative consumer-marketing campaign in which Sony representatives simply approached pedestrians on the streets of Tokyo and gave them a chance to listen to the Walkman, the product took off, selling out available stocks before the end of August and signaling the beginning of one of Sony’s greatest success stories.
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