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David Holmes

  1. Seven things we learned about the music industry in 2015 at Pandoland/Bonnaroo

    I just spent ten days in Tennessee, plied with whiskey, sun, smoke, and food as fried as I feel right now. I did it for you.

    By David Holmes

    From the Music desk

  2. "Silicon Valley"'s Season 2 finale finally balances the best and the worst of the modern tech industry

    Having spent the last week reporting from Bonnaroo and helping to put on the tech conference-cum-whiskey party Pandoland in Nashville, you'll have to forgive me for filing my review of Silicon Valley's Season 2 finale five whole days after it aired. Not that the broader sphere of cultural criticism was in some dire need of another blogger's recap of a television show. But the season's tenth and final episode, "Two Days of the Condor," holds special significance for Pando, as the fate of the show's protagonist became tied up with a subplot that echoes one of this site's most-read and most-important stories.

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

  3. "Let the girls sing." Annie Bosko and Nashville's Song Suffragettes fight to bring gender equality to country music

    “Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.” - Radio consultant/raging sexist Keith Hill.

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

  4. Pando at Bonnaroo, Day Two: Let's talk about Adderall, people

    Following a Day One that neatly brought together all the ways the Internet has made it harder than ever to be a "hipster" and keep a straight face, Day Two of Bonnaroo scorched into existence with one of the best single-day lineups the festival's seen in recent years. The blistering, heart-exploding hip-hop duo Run the Jewels unsurprisingly stole the show, but rapper Kendrick Lamar's main stage performance was clearly the fan favorite. Kendrick's delivery and swagger were flawless, and appropriately the crowd loved every moment.

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

  5. Pando at Bonnaroo, Day One: Celebrating the long-awaited, digitally-driven death of the hipster

    I was only 12 in 1996 and not quite old enough to understand the magnitude of the injustice. Nevertheless, my older sister and her friends took pains to impress upon me the blinding outrage they felt at whatever force of corporate machismo was responsible for the grotesque crime against alternative culture at foot.

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

  6. Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No -- Spotify's been doomed from the start

    On Monday, Apple finally unveiled its long-anticipated subscription music service, Apple Music. And all week many commentators have been saying the same thing we've been writing for months: That the streaming music space is Apple's to lose.

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

  7. "I'm more similar to Elon." The 5 silliest things Chris Sacca said yesterday

    Chris Sacca is a rich man and is therefore occasionally asked to say things on television. As an early investor in Twitter and Uber, Sacca is living proof that you don't have to be right all the time -- or even most the time -- to make a fortune in Silicon Valley. As for his influence, it's likely more than mere coincidence that Dick Costolo stepped down not long after Sacca wrote 8,500 words on everything the Twitter CEO had been doing wrong. (Plus, he's also a poet when it comes to profanity, as this supercut of the most vulgar PandoMonthly moments proves).

    By David Holmes

    From the News desk

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