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U2 at the Rogers Center in Toronto: Bots 1, Humans 0 (So Far)

The emails started coming at 10:15 this morning (January 17). “How can all 50,000+ tickets for U2’s Toronto show at the Rogers Centre be gone in less than ten minutes? Goddamn bots!” Ticket-buying bots definitely figured into things–don’t they always?–but there weren’t as many seats available as you might first thing. A quick spin through [&hellip.. more

Some Sweet Rides Owned by Musicians are Going Up for Auction

This story makes the unrepentant petrolhead in me drool with envy. New Atlas reports on a series of celebrity-owned vehicles that are shortly going up for auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Forget Magnum’s Ferarri 308 (I’d never, ever have one) or Sonny Crocket’s Testarossa (outdated in every way), but if I had the chance to sit [&hellip.. more

Fascinating Music History: The First-Ever Gay Album

What was the first-ever record directed at a gay audience? We have to go all the way back to 1962 when a label called Lace Records released an album called Love is a Drag, which, as far as anyone knows, was the first album to featuring a man singing love songs about other men. The [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This was the day of the great 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles. It wasn’t the Big One, but it was bad. And now, the music news… Two Canadians are among the dead at that shooting at an EDM club in Mexico. Music streaming finally now has more paying subscribers than Netflix. Things continue to [&hellip.. more

Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks Pay Tribute to Gord Downie

Joe Thornton, superstar centerman for the San Jose Sharks–and a good Canadian boy from St. Thomas, Ontario–has, like many of his countrymen, a soft spot for the Tragically Hip. Tragically (sorry), the band doesn’t have much of a following in the Bay Area of California, but that’s slowly starting to change thanks to Joe. This [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox January 16, 2017: Leif Vollebekk, Sarah Beatty, Leopold and His Fiction & more

By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger) Artist: Leif Vollebekk Song: “Into The Ether” Album/EP: Twin Solitude Off of his forthcoming album, Twin Solitude, “Into The Ether” from Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk is absolutely inspired. Tracked in a single take, the song, which features string arrangements by Chargaux (known for their work on Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, January 16, 2017

On this day in 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man made his debut. And now in music news… Jack White’s Third Man Records is planning its own vinyl pressing plant. Good timing, too. Vinyl is also exploding in Japan. Fifty Shades of Grey: the musical. Wait–what? David Byrne has written a musical about Joan of Arc. Here’s [&hellip.. more

Here are the Nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards

The Brit Awards–scheduled for London on February 22–have revealed this year’s nominees. Here’s who’s up for what. Further coverage at The NME. BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music Craig David David Bowie Kano Michael Kiwanuka Skepta BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – In association with Apple Music Anohni Ellie Goulding Emeli Sandé [&hellip.. more

Want to see Green Day? No problem.

The second leg of Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour went on sale Friday morning with dates in the US and Canada through mid-September. Roughly 48 hours later, seats are still available at every location on the tour. This is a noted change from the first wave of dates: When the tour was first announced and [&hellip.. more

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