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Chris Cornell’s Funeral Plans Revealed

While we await the results of the toxicology report, Chris Cornell will be laid to rest this Friday (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. His body was flown from Detroit on Sunday. While the ceremony will be private, Chris’ family will coordinate public memorials. The family might help arrange an official [&hellip.. more

Chris Cornell and Growing Up in the Shadow of the 90s

It took me a few days to wrap my head around the death of Chris Cornell last Thursday. This is an excerpt from a longer post originally published at Scholars and Rogues.  I’m a child of the ‘90s. My best friend has been an insatiable music fan since we were kids and introduced me to [&hellip.. more

Indians Who Rocked the World: ‘Rumble’ Documentary Coming To Toronto

Indigenous peoples used to not get much attention in history books, and it seems the same thing can be said about music history. It turns out that key figures in the world of jazz, blues, rock, and metal were either themselves Indigenous or heavily influenced by Indigenous artists – but hardly anybody knew. That quiet [&hellip.. more

New Book ‘Rock n Radio’ Explores Montreal’s Golden Age

Here’s a hit of nostalgia for any Montreal residents. Do you remember the golden era of rock radio in la belle province? When announcers like Dave Boxer, Dean Hagopian and Buddy G were the voices of Montreal? When AM gave way to FM, CKGM became CHOM, and the British Invasion hit the anglos first? If you [&hellip.. more

Here’s How Important Merch Sales Are to Today’s Artists

Over the four decades Dell Furano has been selling concert merch, he’s seen the industry evolve into a $12 billion a year business. Artists now make up to 35% of their revenue from selling things like t-shirts and a guy like Justin Bieber can gross $400,000 a night in merch sales. Billboard has this feature [&hellip.. more

Donald Trump Probably Won’t Like the New Roger Waters Show

Never one to be afraid of controversy or offending someone, Roger Waters’ upcoming tour won’t find much truck with Donald Trump or his supporters. Take a look at this Trump-heavy footage from rehearsals taking place at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Along with Trump being dressed as a Klansman and an actual pig, there’s a [&hellip.. more

Now THIS is Weird Vinyl

Jack White has a rep of creating weird records and strange merch, including triple deckers, liquid-filled records, and mini-discs, but Romanus Records is a couple of steps further into the strange. Team Rock reports: So far, stand-out editions include Texan rock’n’roll duo Ghost Wolves’ In Ya Neck v2, on “dangerous vinyl”, filled with razor blades [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

And how was the long weekend? Ready for some music news for May 23? Justin Bieber has pink eye. Just thought you needed to know. Canadian album sales were 17% lower last week than they were a year ago with digital albums leading the drop with a fall of more than 25%. Single digital tracks [&hellip.. more

Explosion, Many Deaths, Injuries at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester in Suicide Bombing

One of Manchester’s saddest days. We are heartbroken. — Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) May 23, 2017 Something awful happened at the Manchester Arena Monday night (May 22) where concertgoers claimed their heard two explosions at the very end of Ariana Grande’s concert. People have been killed (Manchester police say 22 have died with at [&hellip.. more

The Fyre Festival’s Problems Go Back Further Than the Actual Festival

The implosion of the Fyre Festival is the car crash that people can’t stop staring at. The New York Times explains: A few days after the spectacular collapse of the Fyre Festival, just as federal investigators began to circle the wreckage, the event’s would-be mastermind, Billy McFarland, was still making promises. His failed event was [&hellip.. more

Jack White’s New Project is a Children’s Book. No, Really.

At first look, it’s kinda Dr. Seuss-y. Look a little longer and it feels like a White Stripes project. And it is–sort of. Jack White’s new children’s book. We Going to be Friends, riffs on the Stripes’ song of the same name. The book follows the Suzy Lee “as she goes to school with her books [&hellip.. more

Dinosaur Jr. J Mascis Kills It on “Funny or Die”

J Mascis is not the most emotive guy you’ll ever meet, but he knows how to put that good use when to comedy. In this Funny or Die clip called “Long Haired Businessman,” he’s fired, rehired and fired again. Long Haired Businessmen – Firing Jay (Feat. J Mascis) from Funny Or Die.. more

Quick: Name the First Canadian Band to Make a Music Video

One of the coolest things about all the Canada 150 celebrations are all the features people are writing on our history. For example, the Ottawa Citizen tells us that a local band called The Esquires were (probably) the first Canadian band to shoot a music video. An Ottawa entrepreneur named Mac Levin like the band [&hellip.. more

New Music From The Inbox: The Mae Trio, Twin Bandit, Basement Revolver & more!

By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger) Artist: The Mae Trio Song: “Well Enough Alone” Album/EP: Take Care Take Cover Melbourne’s The Mae Trio has returned with a foot stompin’ new single entitled, “Well Enough Alone.” Off of their forthcoming sophomore effort, Take Care Take Cover, which is due out on May 26th, the track pulses with the [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Monday, May 22, 2017

It’s a holiday Monday for us in Canada, but since this site has readers around the world, I feel obligated to offer up some music news for May 22. Chris Cornell’s funeral has been set for Los Angeles on Friday. Another commentary on the sad fate of grunge. Please, Eddie, stay safe. If you’re into [&hellip.. more

Trent Reznor Wants to Sell His Beverly Hills Mansion for $5.75 Million

In Toronto. $5.75 million would buy a nice place in the Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto on somewhere in West Vancouver. In Beverly Hills, it’ll get you Trent Reznor’s mansion. The house at 1663 Summitridge Drive has five bedrooms and four bathrooms spread over 4,317 square feet on a half-acre lot. Built in 1966, the house includes [&hellip.. more

I’m Trying to Imagine Eddie Vedder’s Headspace Right Now.

First, it was Kurt, dead of a shotgun blast to the head. Then it was Layne Staley, who turned into a drug-addicted hermit, eventually dying alone of an overdose, his body not found for two weeks. This past week, it was Chris Cornell. The only frontman of the Big Four of Grunge still left alive [&hellip.. more

Awkward: Donald Trump Dances at Saudi Welcome Ceremony

The Saudis went all out with the welcome they gave Donald Trump when he arrived in the kingdom on his first foreign trip. Unfortunately for Donald (and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson), they were expected to dance along with the ceremony.. more

No, You Can’t Reserve Chris Cornell’s Detroit Hotel Room

What’s wrong with people? According to some reports, the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit has been receiving requests about room 1136, the suite in which Chris Cornell died Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Although the doorframe has been repaired (it was kicked in by Chris’ bodyguard when there was no reply to his frantic knocks), the $600/night [&hellip.. more

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