August 4, 1901: Louis Armstrong is Born
On this day in 1901, Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo,” was born in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Armstrong is best known for his inventive and energetic performing style which focused primarily on solos rather than ensembles.  In addition to singing and playing the trumpet, Armstrong also appeared in over 30 movies and wrote two autobiographies during his lifetime.
Check out PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank video on how Louis Armstrong became “Satchmo.”
Photo: Library of Congress

Frank Delgado talks with Killyourstereo.com


No strangers to Australian festivals (having played Big Day Out numerous times and headlined the first nationally touring Soundwave Festival), alternative metal legends Deftones return to Australia to blow away audiences in less than a fortnight for 2014’s Big Day Out. Frank Delgado took the time…

According to Kreayshawn, she only earned $0.01 from the sales of her debut album Somethin ‘Bout Kreay. It debuted at No. 112 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release, making it the all-time lowest first week sales by an artist signed to a major record label.

In addition to screaming his lungs out as frontman for Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is chief creative officer for Beats Music, the new streaming-music service that launched earlier this week. Reznor recently spoke to us about how he landed his Beats gig, why people should ditch Spotify and his recording plans for this year.

"Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine."
Ludwig van Beethoven (via mymusicmasterclass)
Big K.R.I.T. Reworks A Gary Clark, Jr. Single & It Sounds Amazing (Audio)
Big K.R.I.T. and Gary Clark, Jr. have both stepped into the mainstream around the same time. Both major label artists bring cult audiences with them since their Internet-obscure days, and a sound that few could replicate. While people tend to associate K.R.I.T.’s sounds less with guitars as much as pounding drums, and more subdued sample arrangements, the Crooked Letter State native is out to tackle a Gary gem, “Blak & Blu,” from his forthcoming mixtape of the same name.
[Continue to Ambrosia for Heads to read entire article and hear tracks from mixtape.]