News: Tarah Who? Announced Documentary Series

The independent band Tarah Who? has recently announced a documentary series called How it All Began. The group will dive into many subjects about their history and various aspects of the music industry.

Tarah Who? was founded by Tarah G. Carpenter, the leading visionary behind the upcoming series and aims to give her fans an in-depth look into the group’s identity and how they formed. The pilot will show how Carpenter came together with her bandmates, Coralie Herve and Joey Southern. The first episode will also go into Tarah’s views on the industry.

“I started playing music when I was 14, and I  wanted to play the drums,” says the founding member. “But I remember having to deal with a share amount of sexism, because ‘girls don’t play drums’ we were told. I had teachers who did not take me seriously and made me feel uncomfortable. I started teaching myself because I was tired of having to prove how strongly I felt about learning how to play the drums or the bass to get approval.”

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Following episodes will go into a variety of subjects that directly and indirectly involve the band. Topics on women in the music industry, social media use for an artist, and plenty of interviews from other music groups.

One goal of Carpenter’s is to deliver a behind the scenes perspective that will educate viewers on what it takes to make a band work from promotion, writing music, and touring. The positives and negatives will come together to allow for a realistic outlook on how people survive as touring musicians.

Carpenter describes the business end of being in a band, “A few years went by, and I started having the urge to write, express myself. I taught myself how to play the guitar and wrote a few songs,” she says. “In 2006, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my music dreams. Most people listen to bands without really knowing or understanding what it is to be a musician and what the process of making music is. It’s an enormous endeavor, from writing songs, to finding the right people to make your project come to life – you are the CEO of your own business.”

Carpenter talks about how her biggest goal is to show a different perspective on the industry and how musicians survive on the road. She wants to expose challenges from “pay to play” shows and the difficulties involved with festivals.

The series does not have an official release date yet, but the end card on the trailer says it is “coming out soon.”

To keep up with the band and any developments on the documentary you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and website.

Watch the trailer below:

Images provided by Tarah Who? and Rogue PR

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Google Announces Stadia: What We Know (So Far)

The longest time gamers only had Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation, and PC to choose from when deciding on what platform to play their games. Google has been talking about getting in the game, and now they have shown the world how they are doing so with Stadia. Here is a rundown of everything known as of now.

What is it? How does it work?

Unlike any of the previous choices for gamers, Stadia will be a less expensive option, allowing people to stream games quickly without having to buy expensive hardware without having to download the game. Yes, streaming a game instantly in 4K and 60 FPS. Eventually, Google wants the bar to be set even higher with players getting 8K resolution and over 120 frames. As long as the developer of the title allows it to be on Google’s service.

You do need a PC, but don’t worry about needing high-end specs to play. Google’s servers take care of all of that for players to enjoy their experience with a high framerate and beautiful graphics. Discussions about streaming games have been going on for years, and this is what it will look like.

When you have the service, you simply hop onto Google Chrome and open up the Stadia tab then select what you want to play. The game will load up in seconds and go full screen, then you are good to start shooting aliens or owning noobs on Fortnite.

What else can you play it on instead of a PC?

PC is not your only option with Stadia. Phones, laptops, and tablets can all be used for the gaming service. If you have Chromecast, then you can stream right from your TV.

Internet Requirements

A strong, stable internet connection is needed. Google requires that you have a streaming rate of 15Mbps, latency below 40ms, and data loss below 5%.

Controller or mouse and keyboard?

Both can be used. For a controller, Google created its own to go with Stadia. The Stadia gamepad will connect itself to Google’s cloud then you have control over what you are playing.

Playing on PC allows for any controller you prefer to use, but playing on Chromecast on your TV must use the Stadia gamepad.

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Games offered?

Nothing is revealed yet, but the demo did display Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey along with confirmation that exclusives will be developed for Stadia. Expect plenty of AAA and indie titles ranging from third party to first party developers.

Price? 

No price has been listed.

Release

TBA 2019

More information will be released in the summer. Most likely this sounds like E3 season when Google will provide more details.

What do you think of Stadia? Is it the future of gaming? Is Google going for another ambitious gimmick that turns into Google Glass or is this something substantial? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments.

Image via Google

Edgar Wright’s Next Project is a Psychological Horror Flick, Plus Updates on Baby Driver 2 and Sparks Documentary

Edgar Wright’s career has centered around comedy with the zombie rom-com Shaun of the Dead and his spoof on the British police force with Hot Fuzz, after taking a turn to the crime-thriller genre with Baby Driver, the director told Empire his eyes are set on a new direction into the world of psychological horror featuring a female lead in London.

“I realized I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years,” Wright told Empire. “With Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”

The film will shoot this summer and will be co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful).

Besides this horror project, Wright remains working on a documentary based on the rock band Sparks and has his first draft of the sequel to his 2016 film Baby Driver. He told Empire that it will “takes the story further” and introduce plenty of new characters.

You can read everything he has to say on Empire’s new issue.

Image via commons.wikimedia/Punktoad

News: Red Dead Online Beta Details

Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode arrives tomorrow. The beta will be launched in waves for a small number of players then slowly come out to all players of the open-world western.

Owners of the Ultimate Edition will be the first to play on Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Players who booted the game up on the launch day will be the next to be let in on Nov. 28. On Nov. 29, anyone who played within the first three days will get access. By Friday, Nov. 30, everyone who owns RDR2 will be able to play the beta.

Despite no marketing for the online mode besides a confirmation, this is how Rockstar explains the multiplayer experience in Red Dead Online:

“With the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its foundation, Red Dead Online transforms the vast and deeply detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players. Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style, and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience.

Explore this huge world solo or with friends. Form or join a posse to ride with up to seven players; gather around the fire at your camp; head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole posses in open world challenges and much more.”

Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on Oct. 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Image via screenshot captured on PlayStation 4 Pro from my review.

News: PUBG Coming to PS4

PlayStation posted on PlayStation.Blog that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to the PS4 on December 7.

“Hey everyone, today we are thrilled to unveil the exciting announcement that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is officially coming to PlayStation 4,” writes Joon H. Choi, development project manager. “Bringing PUBG to the PS4 has been an ambitious project for us, and we are beyond thrilled to finally be sharing this news with the world.”

Four different editions will be available for pre-order. “Disc Edition” for $29.99 USD includes the base game. “Looter’s Digital Edition” for the same price and items. “Survivor’s Digital Edition” costs $59.99 USD which includes the base game, Survival Pass: Vikendi, 2,300 G-Coin Pack, and 20,000 BP, and the Champion’s Digital edition which costs $89.99 and delivers players with the same as the previous edition except for players receiving extra G-Coin.

Various exclusive skins will be available. You can view each one below:

 

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Nathan Drake Desert Outfit from the Uncharted series via PlayStation.Blog

 

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Ellie’s backpack from The Last of Us via PlayStation.Blog

 

 

Header Image via Bluehole/PUBG Corporation

Rock on the Range is Ending and Announces a Replacement

After twelve year, one of America’s biggest rock festivals – Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range – is now ending due to a split between the companies Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live. The replacement festival will be named the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival.

The split between the two organizers will direct the festival to a new direction with Danny Wimmer. Danny spoke to Loudwire on September 7 about the changes the festival will be making.

“I feel like Rock on the Range has fallen short on delivering better art installations and better food and drink options. Rock on the Range is the biggest rock festival in America that has no bells and whistles. This show deserves to have better offerings.”

The focus of added art exhibits, better food, and other forms of entertainment besides rock music is heavily influenced by other festivals. Mainstream festivals like Coachella or rock festivals like Knotfest have a wide variety of entertainment outside of their music lineups. Danny later continues by saying:

“We’ve built this to 45,000 fans a day, they deserve to get the art and the secondary entertainment. They deserve the best food options. They deserve to have the stadium look different than it does for normal events. They deserve for this to not be just another stadium parking lot show.”

Currently, there has not been a lineup for next year, but a venue and date have already been booked. People will be able to attend the festival on May 17 – 19, 2019 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, the venue that Rock on the Range was formerly home to.

Image via Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live

 

The Reason Behind Thanos Not Doubling Resources and Instead Going for Genocide

Avengers: Infinity War is still taking the world by storm even months after its release. Since the film has come out on DVD and streaming services, fans have been able to discover a lot more secrets that nobody was able to catch the first time. A part of all of this discovery is the commentary which reveals a lot about the story and characters, especially the main antagonist Thanos.

Many people tended to ask when the film came out, “Why doesn’t Thanos increase resources rather than murder everyone?” It is the proper question to ask because it sounds so obvious. In the commentary, we get a new insight into his motivations which explains why the Mad Titan chose genocide over increasing resources. Here is the answer from Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of the film:

“People have asked us why Thanos didn’t just use the stones to double the resources in the universe since he clearly he has not. Well, he was told no to an idea that he felt was the only solution and then proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon. So in his messianic complex, he is now committed to following through on the idea that he had made many many years ago.”

This explanation shows more about the mind of Thanos, but more would have actually been shown in the actual movie. Drafts of the script and scenes involving Thanos were either written off or deleted at various stages of production. Scenes were meant to make it in showing his life on Titan and different other scenes involving the Mad Titan to flesh his character out further.

With one last movie with Thanos has the main threat to the universe for the Avengers, we will probably get more information about his character then since both movies were filmed back to back. Ideas for Infinity War such as a further explanation behind his motivations or his life on Titan can be shown in the untitled Avengers 4. Until then we will just have to decipher everything we can from what we have now.

Image via Marvel Studios