AMA - verified This is Dermot Kennedy and I'm hosting my first Reddit AMA around my new album 'Sonder.' Ask me anything!
My name’s Dermot Kennedy and I’m an Irish singer/songwriter who started off busking in the streets of Dublin over 10 years ago. I’m constantly influenced by so many different kinds of music, from Bon Iver to Drake and Taylor Swift (you may have recently come across my cover of ‘Anti-Hero’ on this very channel). When I’m not on stage, you’ll always find me with a book in hand, hitting up a coffee shop or watching/playing sports (I’m a Manchester United fan, don’t judge me).
My second studio album 'Sonder' is out now, and it revolves around the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. I am very proud of it and hope more than anything that there’s something you can connect with in these songs. I can’t wait to play them for you live on the ‘Sonder’ tour next year and can’t believe I’m headlining Madison Square Garden! Hope to see you at a show or surprise busk soon!
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Not looking for a big debate or nothing, just a general pulse from the community. They were obviously very popular and have alot of fans but are they considered greats the same way we look at Tupac or Eminem in the rap world (not saying they are as big as these 2 but respected for what they accomplished).
Edit: just to clarify, I'm asking in part because how often my freinds talk about the best and they never either bring up the Beastie Boys or have never heard of them but will mention rappers from the same era
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee will lead a new subcommittee investigating the lack of competition in ticketing markets. Klobuchar stressed the need to scrutinize Ticketmaster’s dominance over the concert ticket market in light of chaotic Taylor Swift Eras Tour sales last week. “Ticketmaster’s website failed hundreds of thousands of fans hoping to purchase concert tickets,” Klobuchar said. “The high fees, site disruptions, and cancellations that customers experienced shows how Ticketmaster’s dominant market position means the company does not face any pressure to continually innovate and improve.”
Ticketmaster blamed unprecedented demand and a “staggering number of bot attacks” for the Eras Tour fiasco, ultimately canceling a scheduled on-sale date for the remaining tickets. The company apologized to Swift, who had written a pointed statement that read, in part, “It’s really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.” She added, “I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could.”
Two days after the initial debacle, Klobuchar took up the cause in a letter linking Ticketmaster’s “dramatic service failures” to its “power in the primary ticket market.” Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, chairs the Senate judiciary subcommittee on competition policy, antitrust, and consumer rights, of which Lee, a Utah Republican, is a ranking member. The hearing date has not yet been set.
Which pre 2000s album is a pure masterpiece from start to finish and why?
Lots of good options here. Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, the classic Sabbath lineup, Jimi Hendrix Experience… who is your pick?
other Ticketmaster - “Sorry, another fan beat you to this ticket” but the concert is in 5 months and it’s not a mega-popular band.
I apologize if this is the wrong sub- please point me to the right one if so. I’m trying to see Bikini Kill 5 months from now. I am really surprised, as I’ve never had this issue at another concert or with ticket master— I saw The Smashing Pumpkins after buying tickets the night before the show. Bikini Kill is a big deal but they aren’t Lady Gaga big, and the concert isn’t for 5 months. Could it be a bot attack? Is there any way to beat this?
UPDATE: screw ticket master. I went on the venue’s website like a couple of you said to do and I got tickets for much cheaper than ticket master advertised them to be, no hassle. Deleting my account immediately… what the hell.
Which post 2000s album is a pure masterpiece from start to finish and why?
Today I was listening to 'The Downward Spiral' and remembered that Johnny Cash did a cover of the last song, 'Hurt'. I've listened it a couple of years ago, but oh man it didn't hit me so hard as today!
For some reason Cash's version it's sooo much powerful for me, to the point that I can listen to the original without a problem, but Cash's rendition makes me cry every damn time.
Why do you think about that cover? I know it's old by now, but today I rediscovered it and would like to know what other people think about that version?
Have a good day!
For me: I would definitely attend a Queen concert and attend Live Aid to see the raw power Freddie Mercury had to the audience.
Legal experts question whether unwinding the 2010 megamerger would address problems raised by lawmakers and fans
Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift tour fiasco last week renewed calls to investigate the 12-year-old merger that joined the world’s largest live event promoter with the dominant ticketing company. But some legal experts are skeptical that dismantling the behemoth would address the problems raised by officials and fans.
Lawmakers and attorneys general have lined up to hold Live Nation Entertainment Inc. LYV -0.17%decrease; red down pointing triangle and its Ticketmaster unit accountable for a botched ticket-sale process for Ms. Swift’s first concert tour in five years, blaming the website’s failure and high fees on a lack of competition.
This week Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Ed Markey (D., Mass.) urged the Justice Department to consider actions including the breakup of Ticketmaster and Live Nation LYV -0.17%decrease; red down pointing triangle if misconduct is found. “This may be the only way to truly protect consumers, artists, and venue operators and to restore competition in the ticketing market,” they wrote in a letter.
The Justice Department is investigating Live Nation over whether the company has violated antitrust laws, a probe that predates the glitches during Ms. Swift’s recent ticket sales, according to people familiar with the matter.
Live Nation said it believes there are many industry changes that would make the ticketing experience better for fans and artists, and that it looks forward to working with policy makers. The company has said it didn’t engage in behavior that warranted litigation or an order to change its business practices.
Ms. Klobuchar said the Senate antitrust panel she leads will hold a hearing on competition in the ticketing industry. She said she wants to know how consolidation in live events has harmed customers and artists. The committee said it would later announce a date for the hearing.
Ms. Klobuchar and other politicians said a lack of competition has discouraged Ticketmaster from innovating and making the customer experience better. Breaking up the companies, some government officials and industry veterans said, would force competition on prices and product.
Ticketmaster has invested $900 million in digital infrastructure over the past five years, a Live Nation spokeswoman said.
Some legal experts said they doubt unwinding the merger would serve as an effective solution.
“Ticketmaster would still likely retain substantial market share in the primary ticketing marketplace,” says former Justice Department prosecutor Philip A. Giordano, who served on the Justice Department team that reviewed the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in 2010 and now heads the antitrust practice at law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
Live Nation promotes live events including concert tours and festivals, owns and operates some venues, and has an artist-management division. Ticketmaster sells tickets to live events including concerts and sports on behalf of venues. They sometimes will be employed to work on the same events but not always.
Typically, the artist and the promoter set the prices and choose the venues a tour will go through, but they aren’t able to decide who sells tickets to the shows. Rather, venues have exclusive ticketing contracts with companies like Ticketmaster, which pioneered such agreements decades ago and holds the most. When a major touring act of Ms. Swift’s stature hits the road—even with a competing promoter—she mainly plays stadiums whose ticketing inventory Ticketmaster controls.
Both the ticketing company and the venue set and collect fees on top of the ticket price set by the promoter.
Live Nation and Ticketmaster were allowed to combine in 2010, but under an agreement with the Justice Department, known as a consent decree, that included conditions intended to help preserve competition in the live-events industry.
The consent decree was originally set to expire in 2020 but was extended to 2025 after a 2019 settlement to resolve an investigation into five incidents of potential misconduct. At the time Live Nation said it was compliant with the consent decree, which bars the company from requiring venues to use Ticketmaster, and from retaliating when venues use a ticketing competitor instead.
Provisions of the extended agreement make it easier for the government to investigate and punish Live Nation for violations, the Justice Department said at the time.
There continues to be no evidence of any systemic violations of the consent decree, a Live Nation spokeswoman said.
Presales for Ms. Swift’s Eras Tour were hampered by glitches in Ticketmaster’s systems that kept fans waiting for hours in virtual queues before turning up empty-handed or finding tickets at prices that had skyrocketed. Ticketmaster has pointed to historically unprecedented demand for the tickets and said it is working to improve its technology. Ms. Swift sold more than two million tickets on Ticketmaster in one day, a company record, it said.
Mr. Giordano said any effort to break up the company would face substantial hurdles, including unwinding more than a decade of integration between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. He said the Justice Department would face an uphill battle in court since Ticketmaster and Live Nation’s businesses serve complementary rather than duplicative functions. That issue is even more of a legal obstacle in light of the Justice Department’s failed attempt to block the 2018 vertical tie-up between AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc., Mr. Giordano said.
He also noted that U.S. antitrust laws don’t prohibit a monopoly in and of itself, or the use of monopoly power to raise prices—they prohibit abuse of monopoly power through exclusionary conduct. Ms. Swift’s tour is being promoted by a joint venture with Live Nation competitor AEG Presents.
“So the Justice Department may not have much of a legal basis for prosecuting the kinds of problems that led to the Taylor Swift meltdown,” Mr. Giordano said.
Some live-music executives said Live Nation doesn’t have to explicitly threaten venues into using Ticketmaster—the company’s market power is such that it is implied. Venues rely heavily on Live Nation shows coming through their buildings to stay in business, these executives say.
“If Ticketmaster had to compete for ticketing at venues maybe they would start to cut some of those fees,” said Peter Cohan, management professor at Babson College and co-author of the 2010 case “Chokehold on Live Entertainment,” which discussed the monopoly the merger would create.
“There is a need for more competition,” he said. “I don’t know if breaking them up would be the way to do it.”
A US Senate antitrust panel will go ahead with a hearing on the lack of competition in the country’s ticketing industry after Ticketmaster’s problems last week managing the sale of Taylor Swift tickets.
Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation, has blamed presale problems for Swift’s Eras tour – the pop superstar’s first US tour in five years – on “unprecedented demand” and an effort to keep out bots run by ticket scalpers.
After registered fans struggled with glitches for hours to get tickets in the presale, and tickets quickly began appearing for resale for as much as US$22,700 (£19,100, A$33,500), Ticketmaster cancelled sales to the general public. It later claimed the demand for Swift tickets “could have filled 900 stadiums”.
Swift has said it was “excruciating” for her to watch fans struggling to secure tickets and that she had been assured Ticketmaster could handle the demand.
The chaos attracted the attention of US politicians, many of whom have voiced concerns about how dominant Ticketmaster has become after it merged with the entertainment company Live Nation in 2010.
Tennessee’s attorney general, Jonathan Skrmetti, has said he will launch a consumer protection investigation into the company after his office was bombarded with complaints from Swift fans.
The congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also criticised the merger. “Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, its merger with Live Nation should never have been approved, and they need to be reined in,” she tweeted. “Break them up.”
On Tuesday the senator Amy Klobuchar, who will chair the panel, and the senator Mike Lee, the top Republican on the committee, announced the Senate hearing would go ahead. They have yet to provide a date or a list of witnesses.
“The high fees, site disruptions and cancellations that customers experienced shows how Ticketmaster’s dominant market position means the company does not face any pressure to continually innovate and improve,” Klobuchar said. “We will hold a hearing on how consolidation in the live entertainment and ticketing industry harms customers and artists alike.”
Ticketmaster denied any anti-competitive practices and said it remained under a consent decree with the Department of Justice after the 2010 merger, adding there was no “evidence of systemic violations of the consent decree”.
“Ticketmaster has a significant share of the primary ticketing services market because of the large gap that exists between the quality of the Ticketmaster system and the next best primary ticketing system,” the company said.
Klobuchar was one of three lawmakers who argued in a letter on Monday that Ticketmaster and Live Nation should be broken up by the Department of Justice if any misconduct was found in an ongoing investigation.
The department has proven in recent years to be much more willing to file antitrust lawsuits against giant companies – including the ongoing December 2020 lawsuit against Google – and to fight mergers.
I am a huge fan of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. However, their album, Infest the Rats Nest, is the one that elevates them for me.
I am asking for your suggestions on songs/artists/albums that have the same vibe/musicality as that album.
Thank you so much
The experience is phenomenal. I don’t know how to explain it. There’s a huge collection of them in my house, and I can’t wait to watch em all!
First of all im not saying Imogen hasn't had recognition, she has 2 Grammys.
Im saying that in this day and age her music is still relevant, her style and especially the Speak for Yourself album (2005). Many people have sampled her music like A$AP Rocky ( which are
are amazing), Jason Derulo and Ariana Grande alongside MANY more.
Since new artists are always rising these days I see alot of Imogen Heaps music style ( I would describe as New Art music) in people like Oklou, Caroline Polachek. Thier recent albums are AMAZING and have been filling the void of not having Imogen albums lol.
Looking for songs that build-up and explode out to the end:
Do you have any favourite songs that start out relatively tame and build up to a big climax? Looking for recommendations.