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Geeks and Beats Podcast, episode 192: The Sci-Fi Future is Female

Sure, everyone credits Star Trek for bringing us cellphones. But did you know Sears & Roebuck gets the credit for…

Alan Cross

Global concert ticket sales hit new heights, but so do ticket prices

Pollstar is the go-to place for news on the concert industry. According to its 2018 mid-year report, revenues from concert…

Alan Cross

Death metal grandma: Watch

I'm trying to imagine my grandma doing something like this. The freakiest she ever got with music was Charlie Pride.

Alan Cross

Blame the victims: Survivors of the Route 91 Festival SUED after last year’s Las Vegas massacre

This is cold, even for the coldest-blooded of all shark-like lawyers. The company that owns the site of the Route…

Alan Cross

There’s another trailer for the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Watch.

Damn, but Rami Malek seems to have nailed it when it comes to portraying Freddie Mercury in the upcoming (November)…

Alan Cross

Greta Van Fleet: The Video Interview

Just before the band played their first of two sold-out shows in Toronto (7,500 each night), I had a chance to…

Alan Cross

More Music From The Inbox 18 Jul 2018 Mr. Dreem, Odina, Alex Bayly and More!

Artist: Mr. Dreem, “You Versus The World” Album: The Impossible Sometimes These brothers from North Carolina are really onto something…

Larry Lootsteen

Random music news for Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I really should pay more attention to what's happening in our country rather than watching the next installment of the…

Alan Cross

And the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List is…

After a year of arguing, lobbying, cajoling, kvetching, and passioned imploring by the 200+ members of the extended Polaris Music…

Alan Cross

More fun with isolated vocals: Marilyn Manson and “The Beautiful People”

Isolated vocal tracks are fascinating because of the insight it gives us into the singer's decisions and instincts about breathing,…

Alan Cross

Who knew that Beck was a Leafs fan

From Beck's Twitter feed. Who knew? (Via Michael) Adios Toronto thanks to all who came down on Saturday night and…

Alan Cross

Time for another richest celebrities list from Forbes

Forbes like to keep tabs on exactly how rich the rich and famous are. Here's the Top 10 highest-earning musicians…

Alan Cross

Social Conscience In A Paper Bag: How a Turkish band is pushing back

It's not every day a band does a massive collaboration to elevate people's understanding of the social issues of the…

Larry Lootsteen

New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (July 17, 2018): Jupiter Lion, The Velveteins, Trace Decay, and more!

Artist: Jupiter Lion Song: "Un Sol Extraño" Album/EP: We Will Lose Gracefully Atmospheric and droning post-rock, "Un Sol Extraño" is an…

Mathew Kahansky

Random music news for Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On this day in 1976, the Montreal Olympics opened. And in music news for July 17, 2019... Another source mentions…

Alan Cross

Last week was an all-time low for physical musical sales in the US and Canada. The CD is definitely dying out. Take a look at these shocking numbers.

If you had any lingering doubts about the battle between CDs and streaming, this should sort things out. Almost no…

Alan Cross

Weekly Survey: What are your top 3 cover songs?

The sign of a great song is its ability to be adapted by anyone in any style and still be…

Alan Cross

Jack Jam – Jack White meets Pearl Jam

[Another report from correspondent Gilles LeBlanc. - AC] Forget backpacking across Europe – When I was younger, all I wanted…

Alan Cross

Can you tell which of these World Cup fans was listening to the radio?

When we watch any live event on TV, it's not really LIVE live. There's always a lag of several seconds…

Alan Cross

Facial recognition at concerts: It’s coming, like it or not.

[This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. - AC] It’s an annoying part of the concert-going experience: lining up at…

Alan Cross

When the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins wanted to sing lead, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers stepped in

The Foo Fighters are a pretty equal-opportunity sort of band, so when Taylor Hawkins wanted to sing a cover of…

Alan Cross

What are the most-viewed music videos from the 80s and 90s on YouTube?

This one caught me by surprise. Guns N' Roses hold records for both decades. If we look at the 1980s,…

Alan Cross