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By Associated Press, Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers (American) The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. Its all being well received and The Avett Brothers new album Magpie and the Dandelion should be no exception. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Songs like Open Ended Life and Skin and Bones present a folk version of rocks wall-of-sound approach. Instead of a nuanced give and take between banjo and guitar and drums, we get them all at once, side by side, vying for attention. With proper mixing it works on these hardened-heart love songs. Things work up to a glorious crescendo on several tracks, going from simmer to boil on Another is Waiting. Though its worth noting that the sizzle on Magpie is mostly thanks to strong instrumentals. The group lacks a strong lead vocalist. Both Scott and Seth Avett can sing, but not convincingly enough to mesmerize the listener because of it. All in all, this is pleasant listening and the songs stick in the head. The North Carolina trio is a tight band eight albums into their career, and the folk renaissance has ushered in a new and deserving appreciation for their lilting nu-folk. ___ Follow Ron Harris: http://www.twitter.com/Journorati Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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You can follow friends, strangers, musicians, businesses, etc. and get a sense of what they’re listening to. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you to check out based on your friends’ interests. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re not quite sure what to listen to, this feature is one of the best in helping you figure it out. Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks. With rival services, having your favorite music in front of you means scrolling through hundreds of playlists in the sidebar of the app. It’s less than ideal. Rdio instead presents your collection as a highly visual array of album thumbnails that can be sorted in a variety of manners. But functionality aside, Rdio is just laid out and presented across all platforms (desktop, phone and Web) in manner that’s visually cleaner and easier to process than its competitors. You’re immediately welcomed by those friend-generated recommendations. Other details, such as being able to easily and intuitively cache an album or playlist to your phone for offline listening, also make a huge difference for average users. If you’re someone who needs the ability to integrate their locally stored music with their streaming library, or if you want the service that gets all the newer, slightly more obscure music first, Rdio might not be for you.

Music Review: The Avett Brothers deliver fine folk on ‘Magpie and the Dandelion’

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For example, chain gangs of prisoners like these men working in a Texas prison in 1966 would often sing in synchrony with the beat of their work. But scientists didnt really begin studying this connection between music and exercise until the mid-1990s, when technology suddenly made it possible for a lot of people to take music wherever they went. When Iused to go running in the 80s and listen to music, I had to carry a walkman. And at the time we thought, Oh these are great! recalls Andy Lane , an exercise scientist at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. They were terrible, of course, these great heavy things and the headphones never worked.Now youve got iPods, and this massive use of this technology. So the research corresponds with the demand. Research by Lane and others has shown, for example, that music can reduce your perception of exhaustion during a moderate workout and boost your physical output. Whats more, syncing your movements with a musical beat seems to increase stamina and metabolic efficiency. The mainstream explanation for these positive effects is that music serves as a mental distraction.But Fritzs new study suggests thats not the whole story. Fritz asked 61 non-athlete volunteers to workout on one of three machines a tower, a stepper, or a stomach trainer for six minutes and then fill out questionnaires about their perceived exertion. The volunteers always worked out in groups of three. In one session, they listened to music passively, and in another they made music together using Fritzs jymmin set-up. For 53 of the 61 participants, their perceived exertion was lower during the jymmin session than the passive-listening session, the study found. Thats interesting, Fritz says, because when jymmin you cant be distracted from your proprioception the awareness of your bodys position in space and the force its exerting. On the contrary, you must focus on your muscles.