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  1. Jim Louvau

    Next month, Louise Post, the co-leader of ’90s alt-rock greats Veruca Salt and the subject of the Foo Fighters song “Everlong,” will release Sleepwalker, her first-ever solo album. Post has said that Sleepwalker consists entirely of songs that she wrote while in “the transitive state between sleep and consciousness.” We’ve already posted Post’s song “Guilty.” Today, she’s also shared another track called “What About.”

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    After a stop at the Hangout festival over the weekend, Paramore kicked off the North American leg of their tour behind grand return This Is Why Tuesday in Charlotte. At Spectrum Center, the band performed two songs from the album live for the first time, “Big Man, Little Dignity” and “Figure 8.” Fans posted lots of snippets of both tunes, and somebody filmed the whole show, so take in all of that below.

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    The Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has been making lush, expansive electronic music for a long time. In the mid-’00s, Lindstrøm helped popularize the dance subgenre known as space disco, but he hasn’t always stuck with that sound. In 2019, Lindstrøm released the meditative ambient LP On A Clear Day I Can See Forever. A year later, he followed that record with III, his third full-length team-up with longtime collaborator Prins Thomas. Today, Lindstrøm announces the forthcoming release of Everyone Else Is A Stranger, his first solo album in four years.

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    Chas Newby, the rare musician who could claim the rare distinction of having briefly been a Beatle, has died. Newby joined the Beatles on bass for several shows in 1960. The news of his passing emerged on Facebook; both Roag Best, the brother of former Beatles drummer Pete Best, and Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the venue where the Beatles famously cut their teeth, announced the news. No cause of death has been revealed. Newby was 81.

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  5. AMD's Radeon RX 7600.

    Enlarge / AMD's Radeon RX 7600. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

    Earlier this month, AMD briefed the press on its first mainstream RX 7000-series card, the RX 7600. A mostly incremental upgrade over the original RX 6600 but with many of the new features from the RX 7900 XTX and XT, it would come with a price cut, from the RX 6600's $329 to $299. Nvidia then briefed the press on its new mainstream RTX 4060 series. The prices for the higher-end 8GB and 16GB RTX 4060 Ti are already set at $399 and $499. The price for the lower-end RTX 4060 was left undisclosed.

    A few days later, presumably having caught wind of AMD's pricing plan for the RX 7600, Nvidia announced the price for the RTX 4060: also a surprisingly low $299. (This entire time, review embargoes and briefings have been shifting by a few days here and there as the companies maneuver around each other.) Then, around 36 hours before this article was published, a new update came from AMD: The RX 7600 will now be launching for $269, $30 less than the RTX 4060 and $50 less than the old RX 6600.

    This is what competition in the mid-range GPU market looks like after a years-long cryptocurrency-and-scalper-fueled shortage and many more months of Nvidia and AMD focusing on their pricey flagships. These are new, modern cards with modern features available at a price that can at least be called "literally affordable" even if they aren't quite "budget."

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    CD Baby, the longtime Portland-based indie-music distributor, will no longer sell physical products, according to an announcement on the company’s website. “Today, we’re announcing that CD Baby will stop distributing physical products on June 22, 2023,” the announcement reads. “Digital distribution to places like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music will continue, as will our support for artists at any stage of their journey. We will even have some exciting new features and offers to help you manage your music career coming soon that we can’t wait to share with you.”

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  7. Illustration of a house with a Netflix logo and several TV screens.

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    Netflix is now telling US customers to stop sharing accounts with people outside their households or pay $7.99 a month for each extra member. "Your Netflix account is for you and the people you live with—your household," Netflix says in an email targeted at customers whose accounts are being used in multiple locations.

    The email provides two options: transfer the extra person's profile to a new membership that they can pay for separately, or spend $7.99 a month extra to "share your Netflix account with someone who doesn't live with you."

    "Starting today, we will be sending this email to members who are sharing Netflix outside their household in the United States," Netflix announced.

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  8. Swanky vacuum manufacturer Dyson has had a turbulent relationship with robovacs. The company's first swing at the idea came in 2016 with the Dyson 360 Eye, which sported a weird tall and stumpy form factor that didn't fit under furniture. A 2020 sequel, the Dyson 360 Heurist, kept the ultra-tall form factor and wasn't even released in the US as a result. This new robovac, the "Dyson 360 Vis Nav," opts for a more typical low, wide body design, making it look like a normal robot vacuum. Or at least, it's as normal as a Dyson product can ever look—it still has a screaming metallic purple paint job and what looks like a silver Alien-like facehugger on the top deck.

    Old Dyson robovacs were around 9 inches wide and 4.7 inches tall, so the company previously opted for a robot with a small footprint and a tall body. That theoretically allowed it to maneuver into tighter places than your average short, flat disk vacuum, but it can't kill the dust bunnies under the couch. Dyson says this new model can fit under a 99 mm (3.9 inch) tall gap, which is right in line with the normal height of a Roomba. It's also D-shaped now, like a Neato vac or high-end Roomba, which allows for a wider coverage path and to really get into those corners.

    Edge coverage is normally done by a spinning brush, but you won't find one here. Instead, there is what looks like an extendable, L-shaped red squeegee just behind the brush bar. When the robot detects a wall, the squeegee extends to connect with the wall, and Dyson says this will "redirect suction" and pick up everything.

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  9. An example of a 1983 file photo of the Apple Lisa computer that has been significantly enhanced by Generative Fill in the Adobe Photoshop beta.

    Enlarge / An example of a 1983 file photo of the Apple Lisa computer that has been significantly enhanced by the new "Generative Fill" AI tool in the Adobe Photoshop beta. (credit: Apple / Benj Edwards / Adobe)

    On Tuesday, Adobe added a new tool to its Photoshop beta called "Generative Fill," which uses cloud-based image synthesis to fill selected areas of an image with new AI-generated content based on a text description. Powered by Adobe Firefly, Generative Fill works similarly to a technique called "inpainting" used in DALL-E and Stable Diffusion releases since last year.

    At the core of Generative Fill is Adobe Firefly, which is Adobe's custom image-synthesis model. As a deep learning AI model, Firefly has been trained on millions of images in Adobe's stock library to associate certain imagery with text descriptions of them. Now part of Photoshop, people can type in what they want to see (i.e. "a clown on a computer monitor"), and Firefly will synthesize several options for the user to choose from. Generative Fill uses a well-known AI technique called "inpainting" to create a context-aware generation that can seamlessly blend synthesized imagery into an existing image.

    To use Generative Fill, users select an area of an existing image they want to modify. After selecting it, a "Contextual Task Bar" pops up that allows users to type in a description of what they want to see generated in the selected area. Photoshop sends this data to Adobe's servers for processing, then returns results in the app. After generating, the user has the option to select between several options of generations or to create more options to browse through.

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    Odesza are big. You know it. I know it. Even your mom might know it, assuming she spends any time perusing festival lineups. It has become one of life’s universal truths: Name any random big-tent festival, and there’s a solid chance Odesza are headlining it. Seldom have I seen artists include a “Festivals” section as a part of their website’s tour itinerary, but Odesza have one. Until reporting this article, I don’t think I’d ever met a single Odesza fan, nor had I heard a single Odesza song, and I write about music professionally (on the side, but still). If two random dudes passed by on the street, and you told me convincingly enough that they were Odesza, I’d maybe believe you.

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    Just a few more days until Graham Johnson releases Easy Listening, his latest EP as quickly, quickly. “Satellite” and “Falling Apart Without You” gave us a sense of the project’s woozy, jazzy, almost soft-rockin’ approach to post-genre pop music. Today’s new track “Natural Form” further elucidates the vibe. It’s a bit like a retro soul song witnessed in a mirage, one that evaporates into gorgeous ambient noise spiked with psychedelic fuzz guitar.

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    The deal

    Shutterstock announced today its definitive agreement to buy Giphy for $53 million, seven months after Meta said it would accept the CMA's ruling that it must divest Giphy. Shutterstock said the deal is expected to close in June and is "subject to customary closing conditions."

    The deal should assuage trepidation from Giphy, which encouraged the CMA to enact behavioral ordinances rather than force Meta to sell Giphy. The animated images company feared GIFs just weren't as cool as they were in 2020, and so the platform would mostly attract "weak or inappropriate" suitors.

    “User sentiment towards GIFs on social media shows that they have fallen out of fashion as a content form, with younger users in particular describing GIFs as ‘for boomers’ and ‘cringe,’" Giphy told the CMA in August.

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    At the end of this week, the Chicago band Stuck are releasing a new album, Freak Frequency. We’ve heard “The Punisher” and “Time Out” from it already, and today they’re sharing its sparking, tense title track, which bandleader Greg Obis describes as “the thesis for the record,” continuing: “It’s about the inverse relationship between the slow motion collapse of US Empire (good) and the constant escalation of paranoia, anxiety, and violence for those that live within it (bad).” Check it out below.

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