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Big Grams Team Up With Microsoft Kinect To Reveal Live Interactive Visual Experience @Okeechobee Music Festival

March 04, 2016

Microsoft announces that hip hop trio Big Grams will incorporate Kinect powered visuals into its upcoming live performance at the […]

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Big Grams Team Up With Microsoft Kinect To Reveal Live Interactive Visual Experience @Okeechobee Music Festival

Microsoft announces that hip hop trio Big Grams will incorporate Kinect powered visuals into its upcoming live performance at the inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival on March 6, which will feature tracks from the band’s self-titled debut. Custom made by new media and entertainment company V Squared Labs, a dynamic interactive backdrop will use Microsoft Kinect’s motion sensing technology to complement Big Grams’ eclectic and energetic performance.

Vello Virkhaus, CEO & Creative Director of V Squared Labs, says of the project, “The creative idea behind the Big Grams show was to transform the artists’ physical movements into experience visuals. We did this by utilizing Touch Designer and Microsoft’s Kinect technology.”

“The exciting thing about Kinect’s motion sensing technology is that it can be customized to the artist for a unique and highly personalized performance,” said Steve Milton, Founding Partner of We are Listen who worked with Microsoft to document Big Grams’ use of the technology.
“It’s a great complement to innovative artists like Big Grams who are looking to create a transformative and unexpected experience for their fans.”

Big Grams is a collaboration between seven-time Grammy winner and founding member of Outkast Big Boi and the eclectic indie duo Phantogram. The band’s unlikely alliance was formed after Big Boi heard Phantogram’s “Mouthful of Diamonds” in a pop-up ad and blogged about it on his website, leading Phantogram to contact him. The trio recently released their self-titled debut album (Epic Records) to critical acclaim.

Big Grams’ performance at Okeechobee is the latest in a series of artist collaborations featured on MUSIC x TECHNOLOGY, an online destination for ideas at the intersection of music and technology, curated by Microsoft. Monthly content features new artist collaborations with behind­the­scenes access on how the music experiences came to life through technology.

Phantogram previously used the Microsoft Kinect in a midnight show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Creative technologist Blair Neal used custom technology to generate images onto the band’s bodies while simultaneously showing a real­ time projection map of their moving silhouettes on the stage background.

For more information about Big Grams and more upcoming tour dates visit www.biggrams.com

ABOUT OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of multimedia art, community, adventure and natural beauty, with prominent environmental and socially conscious aspects. More info at “http://www.okeechobeefest.comwww.okeechobeefest.com

ABOUT MICROSOFT
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

ABOUT LISTEN
Listen helps brands + artists grow through creative and culturally relevant applications of music and sound. Visit us at “http://www.wearelisten.comwww.wearelisten.com

Click here for video teaser : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJ_ZAHcalA

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Judas Priest Unleash New Live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray “Battle Cry” on March 25th!

March 03, 2016

Judas Priest’s tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive […]

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Judas Priest Unleash New Live CD/DVD/Blu-Ray “Battle Cry” on March 25th!

Judas Priest’s tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive of the group’s entire career – consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries, and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of their classic albums. And now, fans can relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25th, 2016, via Epic Records (preview available for viewing HERE).

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany’s Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

What makes the show’s track listing so appealing is it balances new classics (“Dragonaut,” “Halls of Valhalla,” “Redeemer of Souls”) along with headbanging classics (“Metal Gods,” “Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear (“Devil’s Child,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Jawbreaker”).

Originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Priest is responsible for offering metal fans worldwide some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’ etc.), while helping spread metal music to audiences not normally associated with the genre (Live Aid in 1985, and a surprise appearance on American Idol in 2011), and helping popularize the now instantly recognizable “denim and leather” look.

For decades, Judas Priest has been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. And as evidenced by Battle Cry, Priest rock harder and more ferociously than ever.

Battle Cry CD sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Redeemer of Souls
8. Beyond the Realms of Death
9. Jawbreaker
10. Breaking the Law
11. Hell Bent For Leather
12. The Hellion
13. Electric Eye
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15. Painkiller

Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:

1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

BONUS TRACKS
18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
JudasPriest.com

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Fifth Harmony Perform “Work From Home” On Live With Kelly & Michael

March 01, 2016

In case you missed it, check out Fifth Harmony’s debut TV performance of their new single “Work From Home” on […]

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Fifth Harmony Perform “Work From Home” On Live With Kelly & Michael

In case you missed it, check out Fifth Harmony’s debut TV performance of their new single “Work From Home” on Live With Kelly & Michael’s After Oscar 2016 show! Pick up the new single now and pre-order their upcoming album “7/27” now on Apple Music.

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Fifth Harmony Release New Single & Video “Work From Home” ft. Ty Dolla $ign

February 26, 2016

Pop supergroup FIFTH HARMONY set social media a buzz this week with a surprise announcement of their brand new single, […]

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Fifth Harmony Release New Single & Video “Work From Home” ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Pop supergroup FIFTH HARMONY set social media a buzz this week with a surprise announcement of their brand new single, second album and cover art reveal. After months of speculation and excitement, single “Work From Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, is now available everywhere. “Work From Home” is the first single off their simultaneously announced upcoming sophomore album, 7/27. The album is available for pre-order now with the single as an instant-grat with purchase, and set for a May 20th release via Epic/Syco Records.

The girls kicked off their release day with a visit to New York City’s Z100 radio station to chat with Elvis Duran and make the radio debut of “Work From Home.” Z100 was just the first stop on “Work From Home’s” global takeover, as Ally, Normani, Dinah, Camila and Lauren are set to embark on a massive promotional tour to support the latest release. On Monday, February 29th, “Work From Home” will make its worldwide television debut on “Live With Kelly and Michael’s” Annual After-Oscar Show, set to air live from the Dolby Theater at 9am EST/PST on ABC. Immediately following the show, each member of the group will travel to designated radio markets in an unprecedented support of new music, culminating in nearly 100 stations visited ending in a massive fan event.

Giving fans a sneak peak of the new look and what to expect from Fifth Harmony this year, loyal Harmonizers were also given a brand new visual with the track’s buzzed-about music video, directed by the famed Director X. View the video in its entirety HERE. Listen to “Work From Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign HERE, and pre-order Fifth Harmony’s sophomore album HERE.

Get “Work From Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign on Apple Music, Google Play or Deezer

Pre-Order Fifth Harmony’s sophomore album on iTunes, Amazon Music or Google Play

Watch the “Work From Home” music video HERE or below.

About Fifth Harmony:
2015 was a breakout year for pop power group Fifth Harmony following the release of their first album, Reflection, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and has since been certified Gold. Reflection includes two platinum records, “BO$$” and “Sledgehammer” in addition to the multi-platinum success of the single, “Worth It.” The track, featuring Kid Ink, soared up the Billboard Hot 100 charts, catapulted to number 4 at Top 40 Radio and was certified 3 times platinum, making it the group’s best-selling single to date. Most recently named Billboard’s Women in Music’s Group of the Year, their latest success follows an award-winning 2015, with honors at the MTV VMAs, MTV EMAs, MTV Fandom Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, YouTube Music Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards. Already off to a huge start, 2016 has seen a nomination for the Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Music Group and a win for the People’s Choice Awards Favorite Group.

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