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Norway Becomes First Country to Turn Off FM Radio Signals

Norway Becomes First Country to Turn Off FM Radio Signals

The future is here and it’s even more digital than we expected. Norway just turned off some of its FM radio signals. The music world will keep on living, though, at least if artists can help it. Bonnaroo rolled out a stacked bill with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Weeknd headlining, Eddie Vedder performed at President Obama’s farewell address, Beyonce interviewed Solange because sisters stick together, and Arcade Fire finished recording their new album which means a massive tour is in the works.

Go analog, baby. As of this week, Norway became the first country to switch off some of its FM radio signals. In its place, they used traditional radio with digital audio broadcasting (DAB, which is really a name). They hope to use DAB and only DAB by the end of 2017. The pros include higher quality audio and a more cost-effective radio signal. They know it will work because, prior to this deletion of FM signals, almost 70% of the country’s population already switched to DAB of their own accord. In honor of how bizarre this is, listen to Motion City Soundtrack’s classic single, “The Future Freaks Me Out,” because, well, just read the song title. [Rolling Stone]

Festival season is in full swing and with that comes yet another big announcement. Bonnaroo revealed its lineup and it’s incredibly top heavy. How could it not be with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Weeknd scheduled to headline? Tickets can be purchased on their website. So block off June 8-11 in your calendar and figure out how to drive to Manchester, Tennessee. It’ll be a beautiful day. [Rolling Stone]

It’s strange to realize President Obama will no longer be the President come the end of January. Yet at the same time, he’s been in office for eight years and, in that time, given our country plenty. To help send him off, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed before his farewell address this past Tuesday evening. Vedder took the stage there in Chicago around 7:30 PM. He performed covers of Patti Smith, Neil Young, Labi Siffre, and more, all with a 24-person ensemble called Voice of Chicago backing him up. Not too shabby. We wish we could have been there, but for now, this short video clip will have to suffice. [Consequence of Sound]

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom that Beyoncé and Solange, both giants in the music world, are sisters. One continues to pave the way for hip-hop and pop, the other redefines the grace of R&B. Now, in the newest issue of Interview magazine, the two musicians spoke together, rather candidly, about everything. Technically, it’s Beyoncé interviewing Solange about their mother, vocal flexibility, and trends, but even still, there’s some subjects that are “too personal” for her to answer. It’s a riveting read that will warm your heart and inspire you. That’s a hell of a bargain. Read it in full right here. [Rolling Stone]

It seems like just yesterday that Arcade Fire released Reflektor, but the Canadian indie rock group has a new LP on the way. Drummer Jeremy Gara told Red Bull Poland that they finished recording all the tracks for the upcoming full-length and it “should come out this year,” which rules. “[We’re] still mixing and trying to decide which songs will end up on the record, because we’ve recorded more than we need,” said Gara. “I know we’re a popular band, but we always stick to the same rule; we record until we feel that the music is ready.” If we’ve learned anything from them, it’s that their music is well worth the wait. We’re just antsy to learn more. [Consequence of Sound]

That’s it for today, but see you back here on Friday for another Music Dispatch!

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