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Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player and Internet Radio

Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player and Internet Radio
Grace Digital’s Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player is an Internet radio featuring a 3.5-inch color LCD display, perfect for easily viewing your album art and the player’s icon-based menu system. Listen to more than 18,000 radio stations completely free of charge or on-demand content from all over the world, including NPR and BBC. Plus the device offers access to free music services such as Pandora. It also works as an alarm clock, complete with snooze bar. gracedigitalaudio.com

Chuck Taylor All-Stars
One of the most popular sneakers of all time continues its reign of relevance by evolving in style and design — and allowing musical artists to get in on the action. Following previous models based on Jimi Hendrix and The Doors, the latest Chucks design, from Gorillaz co-creator/artist Jamie Hewlett, features four unique artistic takes on the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star kicks. converse.com

Vinyl to Digital in One All-Inclusive Component
How many people out there have a crate of records stashed away in the attic or garage? ION has made it easy to convert that beloved collection of vinyl into a more portable CD format. To convert a vinyl LP to CD, the majority of turntables require software and a computer connection. But the ION LP 2 CD player removes the middleman with a CD tray/burner built right in. It works as a traditional turntable as well, but when you put in a disc, the component captures the warm sounds from the original LP guaranteeing nostalgia on every subsequent spin. ionaudio.com

Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Book
July 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the first show played by one of the greatest rock bands to ever take the stage — The Rolling Stones. To commemorate the event, Britain’s Thames & Hudson is releasing a new photography book called The Rolling Stones: 50. Perfect for a coffee table, the tome is full of pictures (700 of them) and writing from the band members themselves about the past five decades. It’s only rock and roll and we like it! thamesandhudson.com

Best Seat in the House
Looking for a great venue to catch an act this summer? Check out a show from one of these “best seats in the house” in your favorite music city.
• Dallas — Originally opened in the spring of 1942, the venerable Kessler Theater is one of the finer establishments in Dallas to catch a show. Get a VIP table seat at The Kessler for an extra $10 and you’re in for a night of stellar sounds and wine bottle service. thekessler.org
• Austin — For 38 years, Austin City Limits has been bringing live music to the television masses. And for one year, they have been broadcasting from the beautiful ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Catch some of the best acts in the world (Death Cab for Cutie, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco) with three levels of sweet seats, including suites. acl-live.com.
• Miami — Combining the best of the beach and big-name bands, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater is one spot in Miami not to miss. While all seats in the recently renovated 2,460-seat venue are great seats, one of the favorite spots is the front row of the balcony that has a VIP section with service from the attentive wait staff available during select shows. fillmoremb.com
• Chicago — For an extra $25 added to your admission, a reserved table in the balcony of one of the newest venues in Chicago can be yours. Opened in 2009, for a great spot at the 500-seat Lincoln Hall, reserve one of the 13 tables available. You’ll not only get great personal service, you’ll have the best seat for such indie acts as Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls), Joe Pug, and Cloud Cult. lincolnhallchicago.com
• New York City — Though great venues are a dime a dozen in the Big Apple, a seat in the first balcony or middle orchestra of the historic Beacon Theatre is the spot for an evening you won’t forget — no matter who’s on stage. beacontheatre.com
• Los Angeles — With every seat in the house a good one and stars overhead acting as a backdrop, the Hollywood Bowl is as good as it gets. You can bring your own food and drink. Make it an extra-special evening and reserve a garden or terrace box, both come with tables. hollywoodbowl.com
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Megaphone by EN&IS
A thin wooden frame delicately cradles the Italian-designed ceramic flared-horn Megaphone by EN&IS. Made to produce an ethereal sound, the elegant amplifier is compatible with an iPhone or
iTouch. enandis.com/en

One Firey Guitar
Gibson guitars are legendary for style and sound. From the Les Paul to the Flying V to the SG, talented musicians have been playing Gibson axes for decades. The Gibson Firebird X continues the heritage of the original 1960s Firebird model while advancing the guitar shredding to a new level. Starting with the standard six-string everyone knows and loves, it features a lightweight, comfortable body with fast playing functionality and 20 revolutionary features including more than 2,000 pickup combinations, making a truly all-in-one guitar. Pick yours in red and blue. gibson.com/firebirdx

Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider
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Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider
The prolific troubadour pays tribute to his musical hero in his new release (just seven weeks after his latest disc of new material, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables). Snider recorded 14 Jerry Jeff Walker standards — songs he says were the first he ever learned to play and inspired him to become a singer-songwriter — with friends and fellow Walker fans: Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn, sits in with Snider on the crowd-pleasing “Sangria Wine.” The CD features other classics like “Hill Country Rain” and the chart-topping “Mr. Bojangles.” Snider continues his tour across the country through June, with stops in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. toddsnider.net