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How New York Is Still Influencing The Music Scene In 2021

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This Image By Chris Lavado, All Other Images By Gail

New York is an influential state and city, with millions of tourists flocking there year after year so that they can experience the Big Apple. This is because New York is known for and famous for a variety of things such as its iconic Statue of Liberty, exciting Broadway performances, and exclusive shops. The state and city have captivated people all over the globe, and it’s showing no signs of lessening its grip and influence on the rest of the world.

What about New York and the music scene, however? New York and music go hand-in-hand, with some of the biggest bands and musical performances coming from this high-rise city.  In 2021, New York is still influencing the music scene.

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Reccomended Reading: Alice Cooper in the 70s: Decades By Chris Sutton

Alice Cooper in the 70s Book

In September of 1970 the band called Alice Cooper had been living out of their suitcases for a year; playing gigs across the country nonstop since leaving California in 1969. Choosing to put down roots in just outside of Detroit, in the center of the Midwest rust belt, proved to be one of the best decisions the band ever made, both creatively and financially. With two commercially unsuccessful albums behind them, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Vince Furnier (aka Alice Cooper), Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith were at the threshold of turning their music into Gold and Platinum for the first time. In the dawn of a decade bookended by The Beatles and Punk Rock, Alice Cooper exploded as a revolutionary force in theatrical American Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Alice Cooper in the 1970s: Decades, a new book by UK-based author Chris Sutton explores the story of Alice Cooper  from their early years as band of five guys through to the end of the decade, when Alice launched a solo career after the band dissolved.

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Eye On Design: Mutant Fashion From The X-Men’s Hellfire Gala

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Storm (All Images Courtesy of Marvel Comics)

In this week’s Design post, we are going to step out a bit and have some fun exploring the world of the X-Men comics, checking out what all the cool Mutants wear when they head out to do some serious partying!

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This June, the Hellfire Trading Company invites readers everywhere to the inaugural Hellfire Gala to announce the first team of Krakoan X-Men to the world and unveil the startling plans that mutantkind has in store for the Marvel Universe. The Hellfire Gala will unfold in issues of your favorite ongoing X-Men series as well as Planet-Size X-Men, a special double-sized one-shot. These twelve issues will all center around a single night that will go down in Marvel Comics history and while it’s too early to reveal the world-shattering steps mutantkind is about to take, one thing is for certain: the X-Men have never looked better!

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Why Choose an Acoustic-Electric Violin?

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In the music industry, singers and songwriters also invest in choosing and buying high-quality instruments. According to some research, knowing how to play a musical instrument can enhance an individual’s tune. Aside from that, it also enhances your brain functions.

If you’re an aspiring musician and would like to learn to play a musical instrument, perhaps you can consider acoustic-electric violins. This instrument gives the best of both worlds as it is composed of an acoustic violin body but with a more amplified sound. Regarding the genres you can play, an acoustic-electric violin has more diverse options as it can play acoustic as well as other genres such as rock, and experimental music.

In this article, readers will know why aspiring musicians should choose an acoustic-electric violin  among other types of musical instruments available in the market.

List of reasons to choose an Acoustic-Electric Violin

Buying a musical instrument must have multiple acceptable and practical reasons before deciding to acquire them. Therefore, here are some of the probable reasons to help you decide if you should choose an acoustic-electric violin:

  • Affordable pricing, not exceeding $5,000 and above.
  • It offers the best quality like the structure, style, color, etc.
  • Allows recording and headphone jack feature. It is suitable for using amplifiers; gigantic speakers usually present in events, etc.
  • The sound quality is endearing and promising, especially when playing romantic music to serenade a specific person.
  • It has a better shoulder-rest system which is a big deal for a violinist.

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The Odds of Being Inducted into The R & R Hall of Fame For Class of 2021 Nominated Artists

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Nomiees (Image Source)

According to the odds-makers at Sports Betting Dime, the Foo Fighters (-400), Jay-Z (-350) and Tina Turner (-200) have better than even odds to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year when the Class of 2021 is announced in May. Both the Foo Fighters and Jay-Z appear on the ballot for the first time. Turner was previously inducted for her work with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue but has yet to be inducted as a solo artist. Devo (+110), Todd Rundgren (+150) and The Go-Go’s (+175) are the most likely to join them.

Here’s a look at the odds for the 16 nominees to be inducted as part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 from the oddsmakers at @SBD. By the way, if fractional odds confound you, whichever artist has the lowest number – less than a value of 1 being ideal – is the favorite to win.

1. Foo Fighters: -400 (1/4)
2. Jay-Z: -350 (2/7)
3. Tina Turner: -200 (1/2)
4. Devo: +110 (11/10)
5. Todd Rundgren: +150 (3/2)
6. The Go-Go’s: +175 (7/4)
7. New York Dolls: +233 (7/3)
8. Fela Kuti: +250 (5/2)
9. Rage Against the Machine: +250 (5/2)
10. Carole King: +275 (11/4)
11. Mary J. Blige: +300 (3/1)
12. Iron Maiden: +400 (4/1)
13. Dionne Warwick: +450 (9/2)
14. Kate Bush: +500 (5/1)
15. LL Cool J: +700 (7/1)
16. Chaka Khan: +800 (8/1)

(-400 = bet 400 to win 100. +250 = bet 100 to win 250)

Happy Wagering!

Get Paid $2K to Watch Rom-Coms With Your Squad

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Galentine’s Day, a holiday where ladies come together to celebrate other ladies (made popular by the TV show Parks and Recreation) traditionally takes place before Valentine’s Day. But since we are living in a Covid Time Warp, we can celebrate Galentine’s Day whenever we want, because rules no longer apply! That said, the team at US Dish (an authorized reseller of DISH Network Satellite TV) wants to offer one lucky person the dream job, where you can earn $2,000 for one evening’s work — all one the guise of a Galentine’s Day bash! You might remember that last year, US Dish paid someone $1,000 to watch 15 hours of The Office. This job is even sweeter:  US Dish will pay someone $2,000 to watch movies with their friends, virtually! To give people more time to submit their applications, US Dish has extended the deadline for applying to February 26th, 2021.

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Here are the main ‘Job Requirements‘:

What: US Dish is looking to pay someone $2,000 to host a virtual rom-com watch party for their best pals!

Why:  They believe that spending time with the people we love is important. It’s been a difficult year to get together with friends and tell them just how much they’re appreciated, so they are offering this stress-free dream job — because who wouldn’t want to get paid for (virtually) hanging out with their friends?

How: The winner will complete the job from the comfort of their own home, in their PJs, or all decked out — who cares?

The Must-Dos: The winner will have to watch three (3) movies with their best friends, and then complete a task sheet.

The Optional Dos: Decorate, get matching jammies, hang some balloons — this is your party and the options are endless. If you’re lazy and plan on turning off the lights so your friends don’t see the mess around you, that’s cool, too!

The Perks:  US Dish will dish out $2,000 to the winner of the Dream Job, and they’ll also pay for all streaming access, and a video conferencing tool. You’ll also receive a Swag Bag (worth over $200) full of heart-shaped candies, snacks, a warm blanket, empowerment books, and more. But wait, there’s more: the host and their friends will be provided with a delivery dining credit as well! Mangia!

Interested candidates can easily apply online at This Link! Applications are open now through February 26th, 12:00 Noon Mountain Time! Good Luck!

Led Zeppelin Pinball Game!

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Led Zeppelin Pro Edition Pinball Game (All Images Courtesy of Stern Pinball)

Do you like Led Zeppelin? I sure do. If you’re also a collector looking for a bit of Led Zeppelin memorabilia that (probably) no one you know already has, and you have several thousand dollars at hand, maybe you want to enhance the decor of your home Media Room with the addition of a Led Zeppelin Pinball Game? If so, Stern Pinball has just released three different models: and to own one, all you need is cash.

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Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.  Together they became one of the best-selling bands with estimated record sales of 300 million units worldwide.  In 1995 Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their innovative and influential impact on the entire music industry. Now, they have their own Pinball Machines! Led Zeppelin!

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