Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Measures Taken to Ensure Online Content is Being Accessed Legally

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Emilio Quintana
  • Photo from Flickr Creative Commons by Emilio Quintana
If you are one of the many who share online media content illegally between computers, beware.

The Center for Copyright Information released a statement in a blog post on Monday, announcing that their new Copyright Alert System (CAS) has gone into affect. The system targets those who share media content between different computers and can lead to loss in Web access or slow broadband connections.

"Over the course of the next several days our participating ISPs will begin rolling out the system. Practically speaking, this means our content partners will begin sending notices of alleged P2P copyright infringement to ISPs, and the ISPs will begin forwarding those notices in the form of Copyright Alerts to consumers. Most consumers will never receive Alerts under the program. Consumers whose accounts have been used to share copyrighted content over P2P networks illegally (or without authority) will receive Alerts that are meant to educate rather than punish, and direct them to legal alternatives. And for those consumers who believe they received Alerts in error, an easy to use process will be in place for them to seek independent review of the Alerts they received," said Jill Lesser in the blog post.

The CAS is a collective attempt by the entertainment industry and five major Internet Service Providers: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, according to CBS News.

It is also being referred to as the "six strikes" system, because those who are seen sharing data illegally will be given different alerts, the sixth of which is expected to lead to punishment by the providers.

According to the Huffington Post, each of the providers punishments will be slightly different for those who take part in continuous online piracy.

To read the entire blog post about the new system, click here.

Watch the video below that explains the process of the how the CAS works to target illegal content sharing:

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Leftover Salmon
 at the Rialto Theatre, Sunday, 
Feb. 24

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Leftover Salmon
While it was all red carpet and formals for Oscar Night at the Fox, down the street the sidewalk in front of the Rialto was awash in tie-dye, construction and the sweet smell of cannabis. Leftover Salmon, one of the preeminent jam bands of the 1990s was on break, having just reminded almost 400 faithful that even though the group has been somewhat out of the mix these last few years, they still have it.

The band’s surviving founders, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt, have decided to pick up the pieces of their once highly successful enterprise. The band’s timeline in the years following co-founder Mark Vann’s death in 2002 included a hiatus, disbandment, and a handful of reunions in 2007. But they appear to now be back for the long haul and are playing with a renewed vitality.

Hitting the stage at exactly 8 p.m., they opened with “Big Wheels,” a bouncy cover of an old New Riders tune. Aside from its catchy hook and a reference to Tucson, the tune distinguished itself as the only time in the set where Emmitt would pick up an electric guitar; he was otherwise killing it on the mandolin. For the most part the group best functioned as a high energy acoustic band with Herman on rhythm guitar, Andy Thorn on acoustic and electric banjos and new part-time member Jason Carter on violin.

While the term jam band has a certain connotation, as in long, meandering and seemingly endless solos, these feel-good tunes were delivered with crisp vocals and precise arrangements. While the solos may have been expansive, they rarely overstayed their welcome and were seamlessly handed off from one player to the next. This band is also a bluegrass band at heart, although bluegrass-on-steroids might be more appropriate given the relentless backbeat that powered so much of the show. Give bassist Greg Garrison drummer Jose Martinez credit for that.

When they weren’t doing the super-bluegrass thing at breakneck speeds it was faux calypso (“BooBoo” and “Zombie Jamboree”); and when it wasn’t that, it was Emmitt picking up a fiddle and dueling with Carter on a Cajun zydeco tune (“Tu N'as Pas Aller") that would have given BeauSoleil reason to smile. While their encore, “Take It Easy,” was a bit of a head scratcher, they still get the award for best reason not to be in front of a TV on a Sunday night.

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Just In: KFMA Day 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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KFMA 92.1 FM has just announced the lineup for KFMA Day 2013, which is set to take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 4.

The Killers will headline the event, which will also feature performances by Cake, Minus the Bear, Bad Religion, Middle Class Rut, Black Veil Brides, and Dead Sara.

Tickets will be available for a special presale price of $27 at all Tucson-area Domino's Pizza locations this Saturday, March 2, only. No word yet on how much they'll be after that, but "more" is a very safe guess.

You might also want to allow some extra time for your pizza delivery if you're planning on ordering Domino's on Saturday.

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Primus Announces May Rialto Show

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Primus is bringing what they call the "first ever" 3D-enhanced tour to the Rialto on May 18.

The experimental rock three-piece that many know from the South Park theme song will drop by the Old Pueblo on their "3D Tour" to promote their latest record, Green Naugahyde, which was released nearly a year and a half ago. The tour spans the western U.S. and parts of Mexico before going north for a number of Canadian shows.

Supporting acts for the show haven't been indicated, but tickets go up for sale this Friday. Pick them up at 10 a.m. at the Rialto box office or right here from the venue's website. General admission starts at $39 or $41, and a reserved balcony spot will set you back $44.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Frank Ocean Hints at 'Channel Orange' Follow-Up in 2013

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

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  • Courtesy of Idolator

Fresh off a Grammy win for his studio debut Channel Orange, Frank Ocean is already “10 or 11 songs” into an as-yet-untitled follow-up to what many critics pegged as one of the best albums of 2012.

Ocean, who was in the UK to appear at the BRIT Awards (where he won the Best International Male Solo award) spent time in the hot seat with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1. The interview is one of several that Ocean’s consented to this year, which is rare for the artist: he expects more than the modicum of privacy most celebrities tolerate, and journalists aren’t exactly his high on his list (as he disclosed early - and rather bluntly - into a recent profile by the New York Times).

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Local Band to Set Foot on Rialto's Stage Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Vocalist Tom Sellers and drummer A.J. Ward of Bangarang get the crowd pumped up at a show at The Rock on Oct. 12, 2012. Photo by: Wolfgang Sven and Andrei Gardiola
  • Vocalist Tom Sellers and drummer A.J. Ward of Bangarang get the crowd pumped up at a show at The Rock on Oct. 12, 2012. Photo by: Wolfgang Sven and Andrei Gardiola

The members of local Reggae band, Bangarang, compare their sound to Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sublime, and Bob Marley. They draw influence from these bands, plus others like Blink 182, The Who, and Jimmy Eat World.

Bangarang will play at The Rialto Theatre on Thursday in the “Tucson’s Best” Showcase: SKA/Reggae Edition.

“I am very excited to play at one of the premiere venues in Tucson,” said vocalist Tom Sellers. “Some of our favorite bands have played there, and those bands have profoundly influenced our music.”

Sellers started out playing solo shows at The Rock. He asked his friend, Joe Catallini, to play a few songs with him one night. A.J. Ward happened to be in the crowd and wanted to form a band with the two after hearing them play. They then recruited Catallini’s roommate, Micah Donovan.

“I always wanted to start a band while at the University of Arizona and finally got the right people involved at the right time,” said Sellers. “I can’t say enough about my fellow members of Bangarang, they are all very talented and creative musicians.”

The lineup they have today is consistent with the one upon their creation in the spring of 2102, with vocalist Tom Sellers, guitarist Joe Catallini, drummer A.J. Ward, and bassist Micah Donovan.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yet Another Reason for Tucson to Thank Coachella - Modest Mouse to Play at Rialto

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Even if you can't make it to Coachella this year, Tucson seems to be getting lucky with the Coachella bands that are making stops here before, after, or in between their performance at the music festival.

Immediately after finishing their first Friday slot at Coachella on April 12, Modest Mouse will head to Tucson to play a show at The Rialto Theatre on April 13.

In a previous article about the band Phoenix making a two stops in Arizona before their headlining slots at Coachella (one at AVA Amphitheater and the other at Marquee Theatre), we brought up the Coachella radius clause. The clause makes it so that any band playing at Coachella cannot play in Southern California from the time they sign their Coachella contract to 30 days after the festival, according to L.A. Times.

This same clause is likely to be the reason that Modest Mouse will be making two Arizona stops and one central California stop in between their slots at Coachella.

For tickets to show at the Rialto, click here.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Far East Movement to Play Free Rialto Show Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Hip hop four-piece Far East Movement will play a free show at the Rialto Theatre tonight, thanks to Tucson's Hot 98.3 FM, which is sponsoring the event.

The show is a brief stop-over during their tour of the western U.S. through the rest of February before the band takes off to Japan for a single show in Tokyo. After forming in L.A. in 2003, the band gained its initial fame in 2006 when their song "Round Round" was featured in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Four years later, their single "Like a G6" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes charts.

As advertised, the show is 100 percent free, and all attendees need for admission is a way to get inside the doors when they open at 7 p.m. If you're feeling lucky, you can listen to the radio station throughout the day for details on winning meet-and-greet passes.

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