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Music and Vicarious Emotions

A recent study by Japanese researchers, published by Frontiers in Psychology, reveals that listening to sad music can, and often does, invoke positive emotions. These findings would seem to go against the grain, particularly for anyone who has been dumped and spent hours listening to classic breakup songs. The study set out to discover why we listen to sad music if it makes us sad. What's the payoff?

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Join OMA's 24-Hour Party

With the O Music Awards set to take place on June 19, 2013, music lovers can look forward to a 24-hour party with the entertainment lineup featuring more than 50 bands, including a host of today's hottest artists and stars of the future. In 2012 MTV’s O Music Awards (OMA) and The Flaming Lips set a Guinness World Record for the most live performances in 24 hours with a road trip that included Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. This year the festivities include a drum-a-thon, kicked off by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of Roots, and a competition to "Make a Band Famous".

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Support Record Store Day 2013

Celebrated on the third Saturday of April each year, Record Store Day will take place on 20 April 2013, with thousands of independent record stores participating worldwide, bringing together artists and fans in a series of entertaining events. This annual event offers the opportunity for artists to meet and greet fans and fans to mingle with some of their favorite artists. The occasion is marked by the release of special limited edition vinyl and CD albums, as well as a variety of unique promotional items as mementos of Record Store Day 2013, with some venues featuring special appearances and performances.

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Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals

Music festival fans are no doubt delighted by the news that Indio's city council has approved the proposal by Goldenvoice to continue staging the popular Coachella and Stagecoach annual music festivals in the city of Indio, California, through to 2030. Moreover, it has been agreed that Goldenvoice can stage an additional two concerts per year, bringing the total number of concerts to five – three in the spring and two in the fall. This latest development puts to rest the controversy caused by a proposed tax on concert-goers which had organizers scouting for a new venue, and while some citizens of Indio would prefer not to have the concerts in their neighborhoods, the economic benefit of hosting the increasingly popular events appears to have outweighed any concerns raised.

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Musical Training Increases Cognitive Abilities

When two scientists at the University of Auckland carried out research on whether musicians use the same brain areas to process both music and language, they discovered some interesting information about how background music affects cognition in musicians versus non-musicians. Lucy Patston and Lynette Tippett tested two groups of 36 adults - the one group consisting of musicians with at least ten years of musical training, including having performed in university or at a national level, with the second group consisting of non-musicians. The results revealed that musical training may physically change the actual neural organization of various cognitive activities.

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