Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Around the Bay in Music: Mog Targets TV and Auto, Local Teen Makes American Idol Finals

By Kathleen Richards
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

1. Berkeley tech company Mog is bringing its web-only subscription music service to the car and TV. This week, the company announced that LG, Samsung, and Vizio will incorporate Mog into their Internet-ready TVs and other devices, according to the New York Times. Mog’s on-demand streaming will also be available in BMW’s Mini line.

Mog offers 10 million songs at rates of $5 a month for music on PCs, or $10 for additional access through mobile devices. On new TVs and home theater systems, Mog will be preinstalled, and in Minis it will be activated by plugging in a smartphone.

2. Speaking of Mog, that Berkeley company is just one of hundreds of music tech companies that have popped up in the Bay Area, according to the Bay Citizen. In addition to Mog, there’s also social media sites like Bandcamp, file-sharing services like SoundCloud, streaming sites like Pandora, and small start-ups creating music apps. See what some of them are up to at the upcoming SF MusicTech Summit, on May 9 at the Hotel Kabuki.

3) Sixteen-year-old singer Thia Megia has made the Top 13 finalists in American Idol, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Mountain House resident grew up in Hayward.

4) In a not-so-good sign, 924 Gilman’s web site is down. It’s unclear whether this is related to the all-age venue’s rent woes.

5) The Bay Bridged unveils a new track from Sonny & The Sunsets, “I Wanna Do It” off the band’s upcoming album, Hit After Hit, to be released April 12 on the Fat Possum label.

6) Backseat Beat features local band Social Studies.

7) The Oakland Metro holds a two-day all-ages black and death metal festival this weekend. Black Metal Saturday, Mar. 12, will feature Disprit, Valdur, Mutilation Rites, Necrite, Chronaexus, Pale Chalice, and Pandiscordian Necrogenesis. Death Metal Sunday will feature Embryonic Devourment, Ontogeny, Rings of Saturn, Truculence, Slaughterbox, Feast, and Apocryphon. $10 for one show, $15 for both days.

8) Our Video of the Day comes courtesy of WolfHawkJaguar: “Throw the Rope,” filmed in West Oakland.

9) And RIP Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who was found dead in a Utah home yesterday afternoon. His death comes a few weeks after being arrested for illegal possession of prescription narcotics, although his cause of death is currently unknown.

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