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Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Friday, August 11, 2017

I seem to have acquired an intense like for kombucha. Where did that come from? Whilst I sip my tea, here’s the music news for August 11.

  1. Chris Cornell’s family have announced plans for a memorial statue in Seattle.
  2. Two people were stabbed at a Rancid/Dropkick Murphys show in Chicago.
  3. A Saudi singer was arrested for dabbing (a type of hip hop dance move).
  4. Has the new “Watch” tab shown up on your Facebook page yet? It’s the service’s attempt to get a little more YouTube-y.
  5. A good question: Why have so many music festivals gone so badly this year?
  6. Employees at the American embassy in Havana were apparently subjected to some kind of weird acoustic attack.
  7. Want some Michael Jackson sunglasses? There’s a new line limited-edition line of them.
  8. Wait: Music therapy for autism doesn’t work?
  9. Meanwhile, there are now audiobooks for dogs. I wonder what stories my bull terriers might like?
  10. Here’s that provocative question again: Is it time to rethink Canadian content for radio?
  11. Live Nation is doing well. Revenue was up 29% to $2.8 billion USD in Q2.
  12. What’s happening to Toronto’s El Mocambo? Renovations are wrapping up and a soft opening is planned for November. A grand opening will happen in March, just in time for the venue’s 70th birthday.
  13. Meanwhile, Ottawa’s Zaphod Beeblebrox (which closed May 14) will reopen as the 27 Club November 18.
  14. Will SoundCloud be rescued by a bank in Singapore? Maybe.



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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