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So what are we to make of Motley Crue’s “The Dirt?”

After two decades of development limbo, the film version of Motley Crue’s The Dirt finally made it to Netflix yesterday. What are we to make of it from an accuracy point of view? Keep in mind that this is one of those “based on a true story” biopics. Don’t expect a completely truthful recounting of [&hellip.. more

Want: David Bowie sneakers

Vans, the shoe company that’s always been big into music (cf. The Vans Warped Tour) have released some new David Bowie kicks with a theme based on his glam years. The Slip-On 47 V DX, Era, Old School, and Sk8-Hi each pay homage to a different Bowie albums: Space Oddity (1969), Hunky Dory (1971), Aladdin [&hellip.. more

The inquest into the fatal Radiohead stage collapse begins in Toronto Monday

On the afternoon of June 16, 2012, just minutes before Radiohead was scheduled to do a soundcheck ahead of their gig at Downsview park in Toronto, the scaffolding above a specially-constructed stage collapsed. Scott Johnson, Phil Selway’s drum tech, was onstage at the time. He was killed by a video monitor that weighed 2,270 kg. [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Saturday, March 23, 2019

Squirt, the junior English bull terrier in the house, turns five today. Special treats for everyone! On to music news for March 23, 2019. Here are my weekly music picks for GlobalNews.ca. Guy Oseary, the manager for acts like U2 and Madonna, has set up a GoFundMe page for the victims of the mosque shootings [&hellip.. more

Rising country singer Justin Carter killed during a music video shoot

If you’re into country, you’ve probably heard about Justin Carter, an upstart singer who was making waves with a series of indie releases that led to a big record deal. Last Saturday (March 16), Carter was shooting a music video in his apartment in Houston when he was killed with a gun that was being [&hellip.. more

Meet the man who wrote the encyclopedia on Canadian music

For a small country, Canada has a music history and heritage that can fill an encyclopedia. Jaimie Vernon has written that encyclopedia, in two different versions, over the past 30 years, dedicating his adult life to researching and preserving Canadian artists from the dawn of the vinyl age. “It used to be two books at [&hellip.. more

Tom Morello explains why he loves Star Trek

Back in the 80s when Tom Morello was just another unemployed musician living in LA, he spent a lot of time watching late-night TV. That’s when he got deep into Star Trek reruns. That turned him into a fan. Here’s Tom doing a little geeking out about the series. And did you know that he [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, March 22, 2019

On this day in 1993, Intel released the first Pentium chips, the first of the new x86 series. They had a clock speed of 60 MHz. Woo-hoo! Moving now to music news for March 22, 2019… Here’s me talking to the BeachBooster podcast about the upcoming Roxodus Music Festival. Ozzy’s grandkids sing “Crazy Train” for [&hellip.. more

A band featuring lead vocals by Bono’s son just released a new single

Elijah Hewson, son of some guy named Bono, has been playing in a Dublin-based band called Inhaler since 2012. A debut single called “I Want You” was quietly released last year back with a demo of a song entitled “Is She My Girl?”, both of which can found on iTunes. Yesterday (March 20), the four-piece [&hellip.. more

Could this be the most metal guitar EVER? It has TWENTY strings!

Back at the annual NAMM event in January, we heard of a new guitar that had 18 strings. Phht. For rookies. Behold this 20-string monster from 10S guitars of China. The Spring BH Djent 20 Guitar–meaning that like its 18-string predecessor, it requires Djent-style of playing. That involves a lot of muting of strings with [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox: Vampire Weekend, Mini Mansions, Hezen, and more!

Artist: Vampire Weekend ft. Steve LacySong: SunflowerAlbum: Father of the Bride Vampire Weekend’s new music video for this charming, bright track has a star cast: directed by Jonah Hill and featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Lacy, and Fab 5 Freddy. Catch this tune on Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated fourth album, Father of the Bride, out May [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy birthday, Twitter! You’re now 13 years old. As for music news on March 21, 2019… The Junos drew almost a million viewers. That’s a pretty good number for Canada on a Sunday night considering all the competition.Watch this nine-year-old rip through the solo in “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” It looks like someone from Radiohead [&hellip.. more

Metal in pictures: The Hexed Tour in Toronto

[Once again into the breach with photographer Andrei Chlytchkov, this time to shoot the Hexed Tour at The Phoenix on Toronto on March 16. The gig featured Children of Bodom, Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart and Summoner’s Circle. Text by L. Benny Sanders.] Children of Bodom, along with tour mates Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart and Summoner’s [&hellip.. more

As rumoured, Apple announces updates to AirPods

AirPods, Apple’s wireless earbuds, have been wildly successful for the company since their introduction a few years back. I have a pair and they work great, even though I’m still self-conscious about the way it looks like I’ve got cigarettes hanging out of my ears. Today (March 20), Apple announced the second generation AirPods with [&hellip.. more

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