U2 Releasing 30th Anniversary Edition of The Joshua Tree

This year marks the 30th anniversary of U2’s incredibly influential album, The Joshua Tree. Some might argue that Joshua Tree is the U2 album, a sort of alpha and omega. First they announced The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, wherein U2 will play the album in it’s entirety, and then expanded that tour, which was all incredibly exciting news, as it was. But if that wasn’t enough, U2 has announced the reissue of their seminal album in a massive, sprawling packaging.

This new reissue will feature demos, studio outtakes, B-sides and the recording of a Madison Square Garden concert from 1987. It will also feature new remixes of six of the original songs from producers like St Francis Hotel, Jacknife Lee, Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno and Flood. The packaging varies in a few different formats: a super-deluxe box set (vinyl, digital and CD), a two-disk deluxe set (CD and digital), and standard editions in digital, CD and vinyl. The physical copies of the super-deluxe box sets will include exclusive, unseen personal photography from The Edge, taken during their 1986 photo shoot in the Mojave Desert.

The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Edition releases on June 2. The vinyl super-deluxe box set is incredibly expensive, but super worth it, we imagine.

The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Edition

The Joshua Tree
01. Where the Streets Have No Name
02. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
03. With Or Without You
04. Bullet the Blue Sky
05. Running to Stand Still
06. Red Hill Mining Town
07. In God’s Country
08. Trip Through Your Wires
09. One Tree Hill
10. Exit
11. Mothers of the Disappeared

The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987
01. Where the Streets Have No Name
02. I Will Follow
03. Trip Through Your Wires
04. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
05. MLK
06. Bullet the Blue Sky
07. Running to Stand Still
08. In God’s Country
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. Exit
11. October
12. New Year’s Day
13. Pride (In the Name of Love)
14. With Or Without You
15. Party Girl
16. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
17. “40”

Remixes
“One Tree Hill” 2017 Remix (St Francis Hotel)
“Bullet the Blue Sky” 2017 Remix (Jacknife Lee)
“Running To Stand Still” 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
“Red Hill Mining Town” 2017 Mix (Steve Lillywhite)
“With or Without You” 2017 Remix (Daniel Lanois)
“Where The Streets Have No Name” 2017 Remix (Flood)

Outtakes
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87)
“One Tree Hill Reprise” (Brian Eno 2017 Mix)
“Silver and Gold (Sun City)”
“Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of Experience”
“Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)”
“Desert of Our Love”
“Rise Up”
“Drunk Chicken/America”

B-Sides
“Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)”
“Walk to the Water”
“Spanish Eyes”
“Deep in the Heart”
“Silver and Gold”
“Sweetest Thing”
“Race Against Time”

Cassette Tapes Are Making A Comeback!

Like so much of what modern life has given us, we’ve replaced the romance of music — its soul and spontaneity — with convenience and quantity.

When most of us jumped into the digital music revolution, we didn’t realize what we might lose. I only thought of how amazing it would be to have 1,000 songs on a device the size of a pack of cards. And that’s a legitimately great feature — when you’re on the go or traveling, it’s pretty awesome to take along a large chunk of your music collection. But the rest of it, from pouring over liner notes, to organizing your record/tape/CD collection, to shuffling through a box of old music and discovering a gem — is gone. (Not to mention lending a friend a beloved album, though I lost four copies of Rage Against the Machine’s first album that way!)

Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Record sales have recently bypassed music downloads, and now, cassettes are regaining popularity, too.

National Audio is just one of the companies churning out cassettes these days: “Most people would probably think there aren’t 100,000 cassettes left in the world,” National Audio owner Steve Stepp told Rolling Stone. “I’ve got an order of 87,000 going out today.” The company is printing up copies of old favorites, like Green Day’s 1994 hit album “Dookie,” as well as newer indie bands.

Cassettes can take a beating

I’m excited about cassettes because they have something no other music format has, near-indestructibility, long with great sound. CDs and records are notorious for getting scratched, and both these formats snap and bend easily. Digital downloads are wholly dependent on your device working, as well as being charged up. Whereas I’ve played tapes with chunks of their plastic frame missing, and I spent my teenage-hood basically throwing tapes from one bag to another (sans covers) — and they’re still perfectly listenable 20 years later. I’ve even scotch-taped broken tape ribbon back together, and gently fed it back into the tape and voila! Fixed.

I love records for sound quality, but the truth is they aren’t convenient to carry around; I’d argue that of all the music formats in existence, cassettes are the ideal combination of durability, fidelity, small size and repairability. (I’m not even going to go into the joys of giving and receiving mixtapes, because that’s an entire article unto itself.)

Too much of a good thing?

Yes, tapes are bulkier than digital music, but there’s something to be said for too much of a good thing. Can you appreciate music the same way when you have access to all of it? I know I spend far less time listening to music these days, even though I can hear everything I want to on Apple Music at the touch of a button.

“The quality and the appreciation of music isn’t the same when you just have this infinite catalog on your computer, compared to having a stack of tapes, or records, or CDs, or whatever that you collect,” Cory Giordano, the founder of Inner Ocean Records, a Canadian cassette-dubbing service, told the Global News. “I think that people just end up appreciating that much more now. I’m just trying to facilitate that.”

Maybe it was the fact that at some point four years ago, when I bought a new computer, most of my music files disappeared — only those that I had specifically bought from Apple made the changeover. Or maybe it’s because I used to spend hours looking over record covers, and later tape inserts, and CD liner notes, where I could read the lyrics to the songs I was hearing; gaze at cool/weird/glamour photos of my favorite musicians; and decode hidden meanings in album art (Beatles to Tool fans will know what I mean). Whatever the reason, I’ve been missing the corporeal aspect of music.

There’s nobody happier than me to hear that I can buy new (and old) music again on cassettes. And I’m even happier I saved a big box of my favorite mixtapes and originals — I couldn’t bear to throw them out.

Now I just need to find some vintage cassette holders so I can display my tapes proudly!

10 Surprising Fitness Hacks For Your New Year Routine

Why even pretend otherwise: January fitness is a mix of holiday self-loathing and goals for a fresh start to the new year. That annual tradition of maybe trying this year and requesting workout gear for presents never seems to crack the formula. Trying the same strategy sans fitness hacks again this year isn’t persistence, it’s madness. If you didn’t kind of suspect that, you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Don’t worry—this is a shame-free zone. We’re here to help. Follow these 10 fitness hacks and this year, just maybe, you’ll break the rut.

Develop A Routine

A common mistake about returning to exercising is that should include some discomfort. No pain, no game, right? So you lock yourself into the gym for two hours a few times a week, staying until it hurts. Here’s a better approach: Small routine. Just 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity five times a week can do wonders. Don’t kill yourself just to live healthier.

Prepare Your Clothes

Are you the type of person who likes working out first thing in the morning? But then you wake up and you’re cozy in your jammies and maybe just hit snooze once more. One habit of fit people: Sleeping in their workout clothes. This creates an expectation. This is also why you should carry a gym bag around all day if you plan a lunch break run or post-work gym session.

Plan Ahead With Your Jams

A study from Harper’s Fitness concluded that men waste about 21 minutes on non-exercise activities for every hour spent at the gym. Meanwhile, the same survey found that 55 percent of participants wasted time from their workout to pick the perfect song or playlist while working out. Don’t drag out the process. Choose ahead and plan a playlist that lasts exactly as long as you want to work out.

Make Fitness Entertaining

Before I seriously dove in, I considered running a dull, monotonous activity. I’m just jogging with nothing to occupy my brain begging me to quit? Then I discovered podcasts and it unlocked everything. Explore some of your topics of interest or find a great audiobook and promise only to listen while working out.

Gamify Your Workout

It’s pretty easy to poke fun at Fitbits and Apple Watches and every fitness app out there. But tracking your exercise with firm data points allows you to track the progress you’ve made and set up future goals. In short, they work.

Experiment With Ginger

Exercise is a lifestyle. How you prepare and supplement your workout matters almost as much as the workout itself. A study in the Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness shoed that consuming a single teaspoon of ginger daily can help you lose about 4.1kg of body fat, over 10 weeks, if it’s combined with strength training. Remember: ginger is your friend.

Weights First, Cardio Second

Most of us think about hitting the treadmill or bike as a warm-up before working out. But as celebrity trainer Lacey Stone told Daily Burn, “It’s vital that you lift before your cardio workouts, because you will have the most power and the most strength to lift heavier loads, which in turn will make you stronger.” That muscle will help you burn more fat and your cardio afterwards won’t suffer from the weight training.

Shorter Breaks

If your goal is to burn fat, then maintain a higher heart rate is key. As Men’s Fitness writes, “The first method is simply to burn as many calories as possible, in which almost continuous exercise with little to no rest between sets (such as circuit training) is ideal.” The magazine also suggests alternating sets that work different parts of the body.

Set Goals, Then Reward Yourself

As much as we pretend otherwise, working out for health benefits alone isn’t enough to get most of us off the couch. So instead of wasting money on an expensive gym membership, save the money you would’ve spent to buy yourself that will keep you going when you otherwise wouldn’t.

Dance, Dance, Dance

It isn’t just a fun activity to participate in while at the club. “Dancing provides physical, psychological, and social benefits galore,” as Berkeley Wellness concluded. The publication added, “It has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being, with the benefits lasting over time.” So if everything else isn’t working, the answer is simple: dance, dance, dance.

Become More Productive With Music Scientifically Designed To Help You Focus

We’re all busier than ever, but despite our growing to-do lists, we’re also more distracted than ever – even when we’re trying to block the rest of the world out with music.

But it turns out, not all music is created equal.

Brain.FM is an audio streaming service that’s been created with the help of neuroscientists to provide music that’s scientifically designed to boost your productivity and help you focus – whether you’re trying to study, sleep, or simply relax.

The system is designed so that when you select an attention-boosting playlist, it helps improve focus and reaction times. If you pick a relaxing playlist, it improves slow-wave sleep instead.

(Note: The results of the pilot studies are in the process of being peer-reviewed, but haven’t been published in a journal as yet. In the meantime you can see them here and here.)

You can select playlists for a certain length of time, or indefinite ones, if you just want the background music to last all day.

Turn Up The Music To Amp Up Your Workday

Do you whistle while you work or work best when you’re streaming iTunes? You’re not alone.

Nine out of 10 workers perform better if they have their tunes playing, and it’s not exactly news. A 1972 study from the University of Birmingham in England found that factory workers were more productive if music was playing during the day. More recent studies, like this 2005 study published in the Psychology of Music, have confirmed that music helps us focus and get our tasks done with more efficiency and satisfaction than we might without it.

Basically, listening to music while you work can be one of the most productive things you can do, says Michael Tyrrell, an author, composer and producer of Wholetones, a healing frequency music project that helps improve your health.

Music matters, Tyrrell explains, because there are specific frequencies that promote the body’s productivity centers by stimulating the brain and increasing the responsiveness of neurons within the brain. Music comes in handy because it helps you stay engaged, especially given how much of our time is being spent looking at screens.

“Certain frequencies make it easier to think, react and focus on what’s immediately in front of you,” Tyrrell adds. “This becomes especially useful when you have a repetitive task that you’ve been dreading. Turning on the right music with the right frequency can help you speed up balancing your checkbook, writing a stale report or even doing the dishes after dinner.”

Researchers have also found evidence that that music engages all parts of our brain, both emotional memories and physical movements.

“This means that music can relax us while it exercises our brain, keeping us healthy both inside and out,” says Christobel Llewellyn, a music educator and co-founder of Kinderjazz, a big jazz band aimed at encouraging kids through live music. “It can change our mood in an instant as it connects us with our memory, and this can keep us going when working on repetitive tasks as it transports us through our imagination to a higher place.”

Then again, it all depends on what kind of music you’re streaming — and what task you’re doing.

On the one hand, if you’re deep in writing mode, classical music (without distracting lyrics) might be more productive. On the other hand, if it’s noisy in your workplace and you have a report to complete, familiar songs or even a greatest hits compilation may be better to tune out the clatter. If you love working to a soundtrack, one of the best ways to use music to help improve productivity is to associate certain styles or mixes with certain activities, suggests John Turner, CEO and founder of QuietKit, which provides guided meditation for beginners.

“The way it works for me is that when I’m working, I put a specific mix on play, randomized, so I’ll cycle through songs in a random but continuous order,” he says. “And, because it’s the same mix I’ve listened to a million times before when working, I now associate hearing that music with working, and when I hit play on that mix, I get right into a work mindset.”

Here Is The Full List Of Winners From The 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards hold a unique position among the rest of the big music shows, in that the winners are not determined by voting from an academy, but how a given act performs on the charts in the prior year, giving the statues a little more weight. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards highlight some of the biggest songs and artists from the last year, and here is the full list of finalists and winners from one of the biggest nights in music.

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Rihanna
Adele
Drake
Little Big Town
The Weeknd

Top Artist:

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist:

Fetty Wap
OMI
Charlie Puth
Silentó
Bryson Tiller

Top Male Artist:

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist:

Adele
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

Maroon 5
One Direction
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist:

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Silentó
The Weeknd

Top Social Media Artist:

Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song:

Adele, “Hello”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Adele, 25
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Selling Song:

Adele, “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
OMI, “Cheerleader”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Radio Song:

Adele “Hello”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Drake, “Hotline Bling”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Silentó, “Watch Me”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Touring Artist:

Madonna
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift
U2

Top R&B Artist:

Chris Brown
Jeremih
Rihanna
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:

Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
Wiz Khalifa
Silentó

Top Country Artist:

Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist:

Fall Out Boy
Elle King
twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Latin Artist:

Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
David Guetta
Major Lazer

Top Christian Artist:

Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
Hillsong United
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist:

Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp

Top Soundtrack:

Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Pitch Perfect 2

Top R&B Album:

Chris Brown, Royalty
Rihanna, Anti
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
Tyrese, Black Rose
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Rap Album:

Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre, Compton
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money

Top Country Album:

Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

Top Rock Album:

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
David Bowie, Blackstar
Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
twenty one pilots, Blurryface

Top Latin Album:

Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
Mana, Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

David Guetta, Listen
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
ODESZA, In Return
Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Zedd, True Colors

Top Christian Album:

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Hillsong UNITED, Empires
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

Top Gospel Album:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live

Top R&B Song:

Alessia Cara “Here”
Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, “Post To Be”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Rap Song:

Drake, “Hotline Bling”
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Fetty Wap, “679” feat. Remy Boyz
Silentó, “Watch Me”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Country Song:

Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

Top Rock Song:

Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
twenty one pilots, “Stressed Out”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance”
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”

Top Latin Song:

J Balvin “Ginza”
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”
Maluma, “Borro Cassette”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses”
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On”
Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber

Top Christian Song:

Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Hillsong UNITED, “Touch The Sky”
MercyMe, “Flawless”
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Brother”
Chris Tomlin, “Good Good Father”

Top Gospel Song:

Anthony Brown and group therAPy, “Worth”
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, “I Luh God”
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Travis Greene, “Intentional”
Brian Courtney Wilson, “Worth Fighting For”

Radiohead’s New Album Drops May 8th, Here Is Their New Video For ‘Daydreaming’

Radiohead has been operating from a place of mystery leading up the release of their ninth studio album.
However, all mysteries must reveal themselves eventually, and Radiohead are no different. First, we finally heard a song (and saw the video) for the single “Burn The Witch.” Now, another song from the album has been unveiled, and perhaps most importantly, we have a release date for the album.

The rumors had been circulating that Radiohead’s follow up to 2011’s The King of Limbs would be coming out in June. It turns out that was not ambitious enough, as the album is being released digitally on Sunday, May 8, presumably as a gift to all the mothers of the United States. Physical copies of the still-untitled LP will drop on June 17.

We know when the album is coming out thanks to the release of the video for “Daydreaming” on Radiohead’s official YouTube channel. The video is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, known for films such as Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood often provides music for Anderson’s films, so it is only natural for him to return the favor by directing the clip.

Unlike the “Burn the Witch” video, which was a weird, trippy, animated clip, we actually get to see Thom Yorke in the video for “Daydreaming.” However, similar to “Burn the Witch,” this song is super good. Get excited for the new Radiohead album, people, and get ready for it to drop on May 8.

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WATCH: This Is Your Brain On Music

Doesn’t matter whether you love metal, classical, pop, or, erm, cat music, everyone’s brain responds to music in much the same way. Scans have shown that the regions in the brain most involved in processing music are associated with movement, attention, motor planning, and yep, the auditory cortex, and while that probably doesn’t sound so surprising to you, scientists don’t really know what to make of it.

Turns out, our brains respond to music entirely differently from other auditory stimuli. And that’s kinda weird, especially when you consider that at the peak emotional content of a particular song, your brain is likely to release dopamine- a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres.

That puts music in the same pleasure-prompting category as food, sex, and drugs. What other sounds can achieve that?

As the video from Life Noggin below explains, music not only causes our bodies to release a chemical that makes us feel awesome and want more, it also makes us see the world differently.

Research has shown that depending on whether you’ve just been listening to happy or sad music, you’re likely to project some of those emotions onto someone else. One experiment found that when presented with a ‘neutral’ face, participants who had been listening to sad music perceived it as sadder than it was, and participants would had been listening to happy tunes interpreted it as being happier.

Not only can music mess with our emotions and ability to read others, it can also have some pretty fascinating effects on people with damaged brains.

Back in 2013, scientists studied patients who were experiencing a behavioural syndrome called unilateral neglect, which is a common side effect of a stroke that can cause you to be unaware of sensory stimuli on the side of the body opposite the brain lesion.

A team from the National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan exposed patients to either silence, white noise, or classical music, and found that classical music had the most positive effects when it came to restoring their attention to visual stimuli. Even white noise turned out to be more therapeutic for the patients than no music.

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Research Shows Brain Waves Sync to the Music We’re Listening To

Many of us naturally tap our feet when we want to keep in time with a tricky piece of music. However, researchers at New York University have discovered that this physical technique is but one example of our how our bodies naturally interpret tunes. Deep inside our skulls we have two types of low-frequency brain waves, delta and theta, that automatically synchronise with the music we’re listening to. These cortical brain rhythms help us to process the piece — they perform a similar function in conversation, breaking down syllables, words and phrases so that we can understand what someone’s trying to tell us.

Researchers identified the musical synchronisation using magnetoencephalography, which measures tiny magnetic fields inside the brain. In a group that included both musicians and non-musicians, they noticed that the former were better at synchronising with unusually slow pieces of music. The difference, the team says, can be attributed to how these individuals are able to process tracks as both melodies and individual notes. They’re also better equipped than non-musicians to identify pitch distortions, which are then replicated and synced through these cortical brain rhythms. Researchers believe that our brains can, therefore, be taught to make better use of these innate and involuntary audio-detection systems. Maybe those classical piano lessons weren’t such a bad idea after all?

A Petition Has Been Started To Ban Kevin Gates From Performing In Florida After He Kicked A Fan at Lakeland Club

When Florida considers you disgusting enough to ban you, you’re definitely doing something very wrong. That’s the predicament Kevin Gates finds himself in after recent video emerged of him kicking a fan at a show. Couple that incident with his song lyrics and comments about incest and you get a Change.org petition started to ban the rapper from performing in the state again.

Calling him a “disturbed rapper,” the petition claims the “Kno One” MC is “ruining the hip-hop culture and it’s strongly believed that his presence in the music industry will incite more violence.” By banning him from performing in the state, their hope is to show the world that Gates’ words and actions won’t be tolerated. The petition is seeking 2,500 signatures and has more than 1,700 at the moment with the plan being to submit their request to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama. The comments section of the petition seems to be fed up with Gates, although I’m not 100 percent sure how many of them listen to his music.

“Kevin Gates is a lowlife despicable creature that needs to be in jail. His actions were horrid and he should be reprimanded immediately.”

“He has no music talent and is basically pointless. Teaches violence against women and incest.”

“It’s disgusting that someone could do that!! That is someone that likes your music and is a fan!!”

Whether you agree or not, we’re reaching a point of redefining what is and isn’t acceptable from rappers. Starting with Rick Ross’ rape lyrics to the lengthy discussion surrounding Dr. Dre’s abusive past, rap’s treatment of women seems to be undergoing a shift to change how women are treated within the music and culture.

I’m not a fan of Gates music, and a lot of his off-the-mic antics definitely make it hard to tolerate him. For a while there, he was on a straight path to being Plies with the incest talk and animal sex sh*t. Those were a little easier to overlook because he wasn’t harming anyone — at least not publicly, who knows what he did with the damn dog and a groupie in private. But seeing him kick a female fan for what looks like no reason leaves him on an island by himself to explain his actions because I can’t back buddy.