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This is Part 1 in this Connected Music Series, which features conversations, conference sessions, use cases, reports and data showcasing the digital and technological impact and influence on live music events.

The traditional advertising model in all its forms seems well on its way to Disarray Town. Networks are trying to cram full-length television ads into streaming content viewing models with square-peg-round-hole finesse. Publishers are trying to force-feed their bread and butter ad placements by restricting access until readers turn off their Adblocker (and of course, someone figured out a workaround). Meanwhile, those that haven’t cut the cable television cord (yet) use their DVRs to gleefully fast forward through commercials.

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Earlier this week North Carolina’s legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory took society backwards in time when they passed House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, that flushed anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays and bisexuals down the toilette while also barring transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificate.

2016 is flying by, and as we speed along towards the end of March, it’s time to prep ourselves for summer festivals. The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) kicked fest prep into gear with the announcement of pre-sale tickets for the Denver street festival, which takes place July 28th through July 31st.

In our previous piece on FEWS in anticipation of SXSW 2016, I (and I’m sure many others) expected that we would hear about the band’s debut album fairly soon. And so it is, Means will be released on May 20 on Play It Again Sam. This week FEWS also let go of a new single “100 Goosebumps.”

When you think of SXSW, sessions and keynotes featuring heads of state and Hollywood stars, thousands of band gigs and hundreds of films come to mind. So do lots and lots of parties, all serving up a bevy of beverages. What better time and place for a cocktail app to launch, even in the midst of a noisy, massive conference? "Giving away a free drink, everybody's interested," said Hooch CEO, Lin Dai, "Nobody ever walked away from that conversation."

Seven League's CEO and founder, Richard Ayers, is taking part in this week's SXsports panel, "Going Global: Taking British Sports Brands Abroad," along with Alexandra Willis, Head of Digital & Content for AELTC Wimbledon; Ben Gallop, Head of Interactive & Formula 1 at BBC Sport; and Chris Harris, Managing Editor for the Arsenal Football Club.

Today, Twitter and other social media sites were in a flurry of inspiring and educational posts in support of #InternationalWomensDay, in conjunction with Women’s History Month. One such Tweet and video came from Microsoft, asking young girls to name off inventors. They spouted off the men they read and learned about in school and in books. Da Vinci, Edison, Einstein, Graham and Tesla all rolled off their tongues. When asked about women inventors, the girls were not able to name a one, “In school it was always a male inventor. I just realized that,” said one student.

This 2nd Episode of The Kaffeine Buzz Show SXSW Music 2016 Edition, delves into the topic of small, DIY venues, their importance and influence on musical communities and culture, plus the latest news on showcases, including The British Music Embassy, Music From Ireland, and the Amsterdam Dance Event & Red Light Radio.

"For the first time, The FADER FORT is expanding its programming to six full days, and two events," said today's SXSW 2016 announcement. Now in its 15th year, FADER FORT feels to be kicking it up a notch beyond the annual extravaganza within it's musical compound during SXSW.

Tapping films included in this year's Oscar nominations, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Leslie Jones poked fun at the lack of diversity that brought back the #OscarSoWhite social storm in full force for the second year in a row.

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