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Random Music News for Friday, April 21, 2017

We lost Prince a year ago today–and we haven’t heard the end of this story. Not by a long shot. But I can tell you that he sold more albums than any other artist in 2016. And now, the music news for April 21. Jay Z is now getting into National Geographic documentaries. Then again, [&hellip.. more

NXNE Announces Full Line-up for Port Lands

NXNE has unveiled their full lineup for the Port Lands Festival on June 23-25 in Toronto. Newly announced highlights include Tinie Tempah, Amir Obè, Yukon Blonde, Lizzo, River Tiber, and Franklin Electric. Weekend and day passes are available on the NXNE website. In addition to musical performances, festival-goers also will be able to experience a [&hellip.. more

Watch a Trailer for Jack White’s Music Doc, American Epic

Part of the reason we haven’t heard much from Jack White over the last couple of years is because he’s been working on a documentary for PBS called American Epic, which is a deep study of the blues in the 1920s. Yes, it was supposed to come out last year, but now we have a [&hellip.. more

Are Your Bose Headphones SPYING on You?

Great. Another reason to consider a tinfoil hat. A lawsuit was filed against Bose by one Kyle Zak, who claims Bose shows “wholesale disregard” for its customers’ privacy by selling information that it secretly gathers through its Bose Connect app. The lawsuit alleges that the app, which the company urges users to download to “get [&hellip.. more

Canadian Music Week: Thursday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

Here we go: Canadian Music Week has arrived! The expansive festival can be found all over Toronto’s clubs and venues for the remainder of the week and there’s plenty to see, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore. But if you don’t have the time or cash to hit up everything on the [&hellip.. more

The Show That Never Ends: An Upcoming Book on the History of Prog Rock

Coming June 13, David Weigel’s book The Show That Never Ends gives a wildly entertaining story of Prog Rock and the musicians that succeeded. Weigel, a reporter for the Washington Post proves that he is just the person to tell the story, with his encyclopedic knowledge of this music and its history. In 2012, he [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Thursday, April 20, 2017

4-20, yada, yada, yada.  And now, the music news for April 20. If you’re a Canadian musician, read this. It explains how Canadian music royalties work. Tanya Tagaq, who is Inuit, is pushing for an American band called Eskimeaux to change their name. Canada’s analogue broadcasting rules definitely need an update in the digital era. And [&hellip.. more

CARAS Enters New Partnership with CBC

After a successful 16-year exclusive partnership with CTV, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) just announced a new six-year exclusive broadcast partnership with CBC. Next year’s JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from the Vancouver Canuck’s home, Rogers Arena, on Sunday March 25, 2018, with JUNO Week celebrations running that [&hellip.. more

CIMA Introduces Two Charts for Independent Music

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) launched Canadian independent-only music charts, CIMA 20 and CIMA 40, in partnership with BuzzAngle Music yesterday. Available weekly on Tuesdays, the two charts represent the market success of independent artists in Canada, calculated by ranking the musicians’ current album packages including album sales, downloads, and streams. This week, Mario.. more

New Prince Music Coming Friday. (UPDATE: Maybe.)

Yes, he’s still dead, but Prince left behind a massive trove of unreleased material. The first batch of songs will be released Friday through a Vancouver-based indie label called RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) in the form of an EP entitled Deliverance. Nice timing, too, since Friday will be the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. These [&hellip.. more

Another Good Bar Bet Question: Name the Only Instrumental Ever Banned from the Radio

Censorship in music is hardly a new thing, but it’s always lyrics that get the powers-that-be all twisted. But there was that one time when an instrumental was banned from American radio. Open Culture has the story. Link Wray’s 1958 song “Rumble” remains the most dangerous-sounding instrumental blues vamp ever recorded, unmatched in its raw, [&hellip.. more

Why Do Ugly Male Rock Stars Attract So Many Women? Science Has the Answer.

Dudes: Read this carefully. It may reduce the incidences of you being swiped left. There isn’t a guy on the planet who hasn’t wondered why so many butt-ugly male rock stars–Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Gene Simmons, etc.–are attractive to women. A new study from Abertay University in Scotland found that “less attractive faces” [&hellip.. more

Can You Name the Four Guys Who Sang for Van Halen? (Yes, I Said FOUR.)

If you’re looking for a great bar bet, pose this question: How many Van Halen leader singers can you name? The people around the table will smirk. “Dude, this is so easy! First, it was David Lee Roth. Easy-peasy. When he and Eddie started fighting, Sammy Hagar was drafted in. Again, piece of cake. And [&hellip.. more

PageFlip: Hands-Free Page Turning

I always enjoy when I hear about devices and products that allow for more inclusivity in music. A great product that comes to us from Marlena of PageFlip revolutionizes the way that musicians and people with disabilities turn pages and sheet music. PageFlip’s device, a bluetooth page turner pedals and mechanical page turner, offers portable, [&hellip.. more

What are the Hometowns of Britain’s Biggest Rock Bands?

Here’s a fascinating illustration of British music, courtesy Cameron Gordon of Completely Ignored. He took a look at the 100 greatest UK rock bands of all time, sorting them by hometown. Here’s what he found. (Click on the graphic for even more analysis.).. more

Canadian Music Week: Wednesday’s Suggestions and Curiosities

Here we go: Canadian Music Week has arrived! The expansive festival can be found all over Toronto’s clubs and venues for the remainder of the week and there’s plenty to see, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore. But if you don’t have the time or cash to hit up everything on the [&hellip.. more

More Music From The Inbox 19 Apr 2017 Black Foxxes, Middle Kids, Riit and More!

Artist: Black Foxxes, “River” Album: I’m Not Well Wow this Southwest UK band is on fire Sounds like:  That scream we feel inside Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Middle Kids, “Old River” Album: Middle Kids Great sounds out of Sydney, Australia Sounds like:  living the experience Link/Listen/Watch: Artist: Riit, “Imiqtaq” Album: N/A Nunavut based singer-songwriter and throat singer [&hell.. more

Random Music News for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

If you’re going to be at Canadian Music Week and you see me, make sure you come up and say hello. And now, the music news for April 18. Has the EDM bubble burst? Or is the scene just undergoing a period of retraction? Drake robbed! Looking for something truly different how about a 93-year-old [&hellip.. more

Son of Metallica Bass Player Debuts Onstage with Korn. He’s 12.

Korn was in a bind. Fieldy, their regular bass player, couldn’t make the trip to South America. Where could Korn find a fill in? They just called up Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and asked if his son was busy. Apparently he wasn’t, so Tye Trujillo accompanied Korn to Bogota, Colombia. Did I mention he’s 12 [&hellip.. more

Footage of U2’s Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour Stage Surfaces

The official start of the tour is still a few weeks off–it starts May 12 at BC Place in Vancouver–but it appears that the staging crew is giving the gear a shakedown at NRG Stadium in Houston. *SPOILER ALERT* A video showing The Joshua Tree stage has been uploaded onto Instagram. It looks exciting! #JT30 [&hellip.. more


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