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Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 196: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The geeks look at the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin. Don’t call it Musak 2.0, but bro it’s gonna change the way you unleash your beast mode at the gym. Jeff Yasuda of feed.fm drops by the studio to explain while Michael takes pot-shots at Alan’s workout [&hellip.. more

How Music Affects our Brain: a One-of-a-Kind Interactive Event!

Calling all Music Technology geeks! My next Music Technology event is a must for anyone who has ever wondered what happens to our brains while we listen to music. Attendees will be active participants in McMaster University LIVELab’s one-of-a-kind interactive music performance at world’s only combination research lab and performance hall. You won’t want to miss [&hellip.. more

Pearl Jam Protests with a Poster

As mentioned in Pearl Jam Comes Home, the Seattle-bred band are playing a series of outdoor venues to close out the Summer of 2018 (sorry for the reality check, but the first day of school is 20 sleeps from today). In bassist Jeff Ament’s home state of Montana, Pearl Jam were at Washington-Grizzly Stadium Monday [&hellip.. more

How to use a smart speaker to commit murder

Obviously, I’m not advocating this–and it was designed as an art project–but here’s another example of how someone can take a cool technology and turn it…weird. (Via Amber) An artist has found a way to command a smart speaker to fire a weapon to show the unforeseen consequences of technology. pic.twitter.com/aIDJXGBBVF — BBC (@BBC) August [&hellip.. more

Help the Downie Wenjack Fund this Friday in Muskoka

A warm summer night in Muskoka, great friends, better music, under a starry sky. Sounds pretty fun, right? A concert to benefit the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund makes it memorable, a can’t-miss event. This Friday, Aug. 17, is the second FamilyBand Benefit Concert at the KEE To Bala, featuring Buffalo’s Strictly Hip, DJ Shub [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

On this day in 1965, the Beatles played to 60,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York. This is considered to be the birth of stadium rock. And as for August 15, 2018… Here are your Canadian music sales and streams numbers for last week vs. a year ago: Total albums, -18.2%; digital albums, -21.2%; [&hellip.. more

Arkells to issue a new album called Rally Cry

With their triumphant homecoming still fresh in the minds of 20,000+ fans, Hamilton’s own Arkells are striking while the proverbial iron is hot, announcing new album Rally Cry will be released on October 19th. In a series of social media posts accompanied by photos of the band in studio, Arkells explained how “there’s an urgency [&hellip.. more

Got a stressed out dog? Try this music written especially for canines

As the servant for a line of English bull terriers, I’ve noticed their distinct interests in music. Our first, Willy Bumpers, became hypnotized by both the theme from the TV show Dallas and Rough Trade’s “High School Confidential.” Sponge seemed to prefer classical music as long as there weren’t too many high strings (“Rhapsody in [&hellip.. more

Need a new music player and you have too much money? One of these might do.

Hardcore audiophiles will often stop at nothing when it comes to acquiring esoteric stereo gear. At the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show last week, Sony showed off this audio player from its Signature Series. What have we got here? Well, the DMP-Z1is a digital music player that supports all formats (including High-Res Audio, of [&hellip.. more

Billy Corgan, cat lover

For the second time in the last few years, Billy Corgan is on the cover of Chicago-s pre-eminent cat lover’s magazine. Hey, it’s mid-August. Everyone’s on vacation, so you take whatever music news is out there, you know? Shiny + Oh So Bright – the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the PAWS Chicago magazine featuring @SmashingPumpkins [&hellip.. more

What Makes The Ultimate Driving Music?

[A post by Jess Walter on how to make the best of your next road trip. – AC] The best music to listen to while driving is very much a personal preference, but a lot of work has gone in to studying what gives some songs an edge over others. One study showed that songs that [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My neighbourhood drugstore is already stocking Halloween supplies. Anyone seen Christmas displays yet? Too soon, people. Too soon. It’s only August 14, 2018. Oh, and here’s some music news. Is it acceptable to use the term “urban music” these days? Apparently not. Want to make it as a musician? Once again, it all starts with [&hellip.. more

Jack White Renews Passport for New Canadian Tour

Fear not, music fans who don’t live in Toronto or Vancouver – Jack White hasn’t forgot about you! The one of a kind rocker is bringing his Boarding House Reach tour back over the border for an exclusively Canadian leg starting November 2nd at Rogers Place in Edmonton. From there White and the four instrumentalists [&hellip.. more

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