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Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs YouTube to stage its own music awards show Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 12:01 a.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Guests will range from Lady Gaga to YouTube violin phenom Lindsey Stirling. Lady Gaga chats with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Bravo) Story Highlights The inaugural awards show will air live from New York on Nov. 3 – on YouTube, of course Jason Schwartzman will host SHARE 1 CONNECT 15 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If YouTube has proven anything over the past eight years, it’s that humans are big-time voyeurs. And one of the things we like to watch most is music. From a pre-teen Justin Bieber starting a revolution from his bathroom to Psy making the world realize we all love Korean hip-hop, YouTube has launched artists that a few decades ago might never have broken out of their own backyards. To celebrate that power, the mother of all video platforms announced Tuesday that it would throw its first-ever YouTube Music Awards show on Nov. 3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a strong YouTube and gamer following. (Photo: Shore Fire Media) Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the program, which will unfold live at Pier 36 in New York; details will be shared later this month on how fans can apply for tickets. Spike Jonze is the show’s creative director. Guests include Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and YouTube-fueled phenomenons such as the music-video collective CDZA and violinist Lindsey Stirling.

NEW YORK — Early during the magnificent tribute to folk music at Town Hall while much of America was learning the fate of “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White, actor John Goodman welcomed the capacity crowd to a night of reckoning devoted to what he called “weeping and wailing and sowing and reaping.” Performing folk songs from the canon, many of which are featured in the forthcoming Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis” and its soundtrack, what followed on Sunday night was three-plus hours focused on hard truths and tested faith, on doubt, death and, of course, rocket ships to the moon. A movie set in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, “Inside Llewyn Davis” features music curated by T Bone Burnett, and though the night bore his imprimatur, it was the artists who burned. TIMELINE: Summer’s must see concerts Specifically: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Jack White , Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, the Punch Brothers , Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, the Milk Carton Kids — take a breath, because the lineup was packed with talent — Oscar Isaac , the Avett Bros., Conor Oberst, Secret Sisters, Willie Watson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops’Rhiannon Giddens and more delivered sharpened songs on acoustic instruments, singing in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned — then vocally thrilled. One by one they came, drawn to a stage that over the years has supported some of the greats. It was Bob Dylan ‘s gig at Town Hall50 years ago, for example, that prompted the New York Times’ Robert Shelton to write a rave that helped propel the erstwhile troubadour to stardom. The Punch Brothers, led by Chris Thile, greeted the crowd with a languid version of “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds,” then transitioned into the evening’s backing band. Mandolin, banjo, bass, guitar and fiddle, the portable instruments that have carried the music through the decades, drove voices consumed by the spirit of hand-me-down folk. “Hang me, oh hang me, and I’ll be dead and gone,” sang Isaac in “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” The singer and actor plays the titular character in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the song opens and closes the film. Loosely based on the late singer Dave Van Ronk, “Davis” focuses on the plight of a struggling singer to prove his gift to an often hard and unforgiving world. Isaac’s portrayal succeeds because he’s such a talented musician. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The night’s narrative was driven by something more elusive than plot, though, and the wonder was divided equally between the songs themselves and the many thrilling interpretations. I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a room with so many humans with perfect pitch. Notes soared with pure vocal and instrumental virtuosity as young voices embodied ancient emotions. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings channeled the Carter Family for “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a deathly ode to eternal bliss featuring dueling guitar and mandolin solos. Actor/singer Stark Sands , who plays an earnest Southern singer in the film, offered the sweet folk-pop song “Last Thing on My Mind.” Lake Street Dive highlighted magnetic vocalist Rachael Price, drawing fromfolk and jazz for “Go Down Smooth.” Over and over, the boldfaced names proved their status.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ concert at NYC’s Town Hall celebrates folk music

Concert photos by the L.A. Times

thejazzcruise.com/2014 For jazz fans on the West Coast who would prefer a sailing closer to home, the same cruise line offers the “Smooth Jazz Cruise” from San Diego this October onboard the Westerdam . The seven-night voyage includes the coast of Baja California, a stop in Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Artists include Jonathan Butler, DW3, Richard Elliot, Marcus Miller, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Chance Howard, and many more musicians. thesmoothjazzcruise.com/ Mountain Song at Sea (Bluegrass) In February 2014, the “Mountain Song at Sea” kicks off for the second year from Miami with bluegrass and folk artists like Steep Canyon Rangers, Trampled by Turtles, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Kruger Brothers, David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio, and many more. En route to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, expect spontaneous artist collaborations, theme nights, Q&A sessions, and of course, fabulous musical performances. Onboard the Norwegian Pearl , there is also a bowling alley, casino, spa, and even a rock-climbing wall among other amenities. mountainsongatsea.com/ Country Music Cruise Get those dancing boots ready to “stomp the boat” on a week-long cruise from Fort Lauderdale with stops in Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Maarten aboard one of Holland America ‘s newest ships, the Eurodam . More than 16 musicians and bands are already booked for the January sailing, including Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart, and many others including comedian John Reep. countrymusiccruise.com/ The KISS Cruise Bring your costumes and your face paint and get ready to rock and roll all night! This October the “KISS Cruise” kicks off from Miami on the Norwegian Pearl .

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