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Published on May 15th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, May 15, 2017

On this day in 1940, the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California. And now, the music news for May 15.

  1. A musician from Memphis committed suicide by lighting himself on fire and running into a local music venue. Naturally, it was live-streamed on Facebook.
  2. Paul McCartney, following in the footsteps of Keith Richards, plays a pirate in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
  3. This is another of the many articles we’ll see about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album leading up to its 50th anniversary June 1.
  4. The new emoji collection from Lady Gaga is here.
  5. Let’s take a look at the new album from the people who give us Bob’s Burgers.
  6. You have until tonight to download this video game which comes with cool music from people like David Bowie. After tonight, it’s gone.
  7. A revamped Siri, a revamped iPad and a new mysterious Echo competitor are apparently coming from Apple.
  8. There has been a seventh lawsuit filed against the organizers of the Fyre Festival. This one says that they’ve defaulted on a $3 million loan.
  9. Here’s a growing problem with festivals this season: too many bands, sets that are too shorts.
  10. Little Steven had this to say to university grads.
  11. If Spotify gets this royalty deal with Warner, the company will be one step closer to an IPO.
  12. This sign language interpreter really got into that Snoop Dogg gig.
  13. Vladimir Putin can do anything, apparently, playing concert piano.
  14. A New York dance club has turned off all the lights. Not even the glow of cell phones is allowed.
  15. Here’s a journey through Italy’s abandoned nightclubs.
  16. And here’s one way to respond to a one-star review of a nightclub.
  17. Cool! All the ways the world will change by the time Jay Z’s new 10-year deal with Live Nation expires.
  18. Here’s something to think about the next time an artist dies and we all rush to the Internet to mourn.



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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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