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Last night, Kanye West kicked off his Saint Pablo tour in Indianapolis with a crazy flying stage. Instead of a boring, normal, stationary stage — you know, the kind most artists jump and gyrate all over — Kanye decided to float above the audience on a suspended platform.

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A new plague has infected concert-goers around the world: the condition where the person in front of you must hold up their crappy smartphone to take a video of whoever is performing. Mostly the videos taken at concerts on smartphones are rubbish, but we tested the iPhone 6 last night at a Justin Timberlake concert and were pleasantly surprised by how it held up as a "concert phone".

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Coachella. Glastonbury. Bonnaroo. The Grammys. You name the music festival, Marcus Haney has somehow snuck into it. He makes fake passes, pretends to be the press, jump fences and does anything he can to get in and has somehow made friends with famous bands and shot their album covers. Here's the movie trailer for his story, No Cameras Allowed.

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Bummed that you can't make it to London in time for Kings of Leon's concert? YouTube's got you covered. For the first time ever, YouTube's concert live stream will include a viewer-controlled 360 degree camera, letting you take in the action from all sides, and the webcast will be directed by actor/comedian/music nerd Fred Armisen.

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Even at the going rate of 1000 words, accurately depicting the the audiological experience of a headlining band delivers is no easy feat. That may be part of the reason why epic concert posters like these — ones that really illustrate what your ears are in for — often become collectors items at show's end.

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The scene: your girlfriend and/or boyfriend got you tickets to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You've been waiting your whole life to see those goats up close, so, naturally, you want to post pictures of your beloved gift on Facebook, rubbing it in all your friends' rodeo-less faces. Here's a tip: don't. Because someone will steal it.

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Over the weekend I attended a US concert of the Deftones opening for System of a Down — which I was hell bent on documenting, thoroughly, using my iPhone. All through the Deftone's set, I snapped pictures and took video. Then it started to pour, with thunder and lightning very nearly cancelling the rest of the show, even before SOAD took the stage, and my phone was temporarily borked via water damage, primarily in the camera functionality.

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Moshcam's taking its web-and-smart-tv concert sets onto tablets and smartphones, releasing an iOS app today. I've had an early hands on and time to chat to Moshcam representatives about their plans for the app.

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Attending a show is different now. Everybody's holding up a mobile phone shooting video instead of watching and listening. This doesn't have to be a 100 per cent bad thing, however.

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If you've never had the pleasure of seeing musicians perform in someone's home, you should try it some time. The beer is cheaper, the bathroom line shorter and the audience (usually) more familiar.

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Not again. Last night, during a Smith Westerns set at Pukkelpop 2011 in Belgium, a stage collapsed during a massive storm, killing five people and injuring a 100. The video above shows the stage as it's coming down down.

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For decades, Amon Tobin has constantly pioneered new sounds in the world of electronic music. So it makes sense that he'd want a visual stage show as advanced and experimental as his sounds. I think he nailed it this time.

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Live Nation Entertainment, the live music behemoth forged in the mega-merger between ticket seller Ticketmaster, artist manager Front Line Management Group, and promoter and venue owner Live Nation, finds itself at a crossroads.