The various chat rooms of digital listening lounge Turntable.fm will play host to several dozen musical guests throughout the month of December. Each weekday, a different artists will be on hand to chat and play tunes with fans in one of the site’s rooms. A tentative schedule has been announced, along with the lineup listed in the picture above (click on the image to view full-size). The lineup is eclectic, with appearances planned from everyone from Work Drugs to Umphrey’s McGee. An unlimited number of users will be able to listen and observe, however only the first 200 fans to enter the room will be able to chat directly with the band.
The experiment is the first for the social music platform. Turntable.fm unveiled a suite of updates last month. Billy Chasen, the site’s CEO and co-founder, told Mashable that the updates were designed to allow the rooms to host much larger volumes of users. Obviously these updates were necessary to accommodate the type of response that the site is hoping to see from initiatives like the winter festival.
The start-up has experienced its share of ups and downs since its launch last year. Turntable wowed the tech community by attracting 140,000 users in its first month and 400,000 after two. Since then, interest has waned. Chasen now claims a user base of more than 1.2 million with hopes that opportunities to reach large digital audiences will pay dividends in the future.
Written by Rob Peoni
I like to think of the Queen City as the hidden jewel of the Midwest. We tend to be a city ignored by the East Coast driven media except for when bad things happen. So naturally Cincinnati is often thought of in a negative light. When I left Indianapolis and moved back to Cincinnati almost two years ago, it came with great reservation at the time even though I grew up in a northern suburb. Cincinnati and its urban, cultural areas were an enigma…I really just didn’t know what to expect. As I moved into the area and began discovering the countless fabulous restaurants and neighborhood pubs in and around the renaissance occurring in Over the Rhine, I eventually came to the realization that Cincinnati is a fabulous place to live while in your mid twenties.
And perhaps my favorite event that takes place here every fall is the highly underrated MidPoint Music Festival held all throughout OTR. This year’s festival will take place September 27-29. Last year brought about my first three-day experience at the Thursday through Saturday festival and I woke up on Sunday with a massive hangover and a smile on my face. While last year’s lineup was stellar, the team at MidPoint may have just outdone themselves with the first announcement of initial lineup yesterday.
Grizzly Bear | Dirty Projectors | Sleigh Bells | Dinosaur Jr. | Best Coast | Cloud Nothings | Imperial Teen | Willis Earl Beal | Frankie Rose | Tennis | Julia Holter | Laetitia Sadier | Craft Spells | Seapony | Lord Huron | The Black Belles | Zeus | The Growlers | J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound | Andrew Bird | The Walkmen | The Antlers | Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys | Hospitality | Rich Aucion | Stepdad | White Arrows | Eternal Summers | F. Stokes | Hume | Wooden Wand | Sidewalk Chalk | Dirty Bourbon River Show | Hundred Waters | Army Navy | Tim Easton | Golden Boy | Kitten | Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Wow. That’s about all I can say. A limited number of Early Bird passes are still available for just $59, so if you’re interested act fast as the Loyalty Passes already have sold out. Christmas came early this year Cincinnati. Check out some of the links beneath the post for a taste of what’s to come.
Written by Greg Dahman
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