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Published on May 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

For the first time in its 10-year existence, my wisteria bush is going to give me flowers this spring. About bloody time. And now, the music news for May 17.

  1. Here’s an explanation of Ticketmaster’s new “Verified Fan” program designed to cut down on scalping.
  2. Looking for a music city travel experience? Start with this website.
  3. The Eagles will continue with Deacon Frey, son of Glenn, taking the place of his father.
  4. Did you notice that Shazam started forgetting song titles last month? There was a reason for that.
  5. Are radio station bumper stickers about to make something of a return? Maybe.
  6. Two former Netflix employees have an interesting new radio-like app called 60 dB.
  7. Here’s why businesses are so interested in podcasts these days: 1 in 4 Americans listen to a podcast each week and the audience tends to be wealthier and younger than average.
  8. A story on The Strokes and how they were brought low by heroin.
  9. PWR BTTM’s music has been removed from iTunes and streaming services a result of those sexual assault allegations.
  10. These musicians are competing to be the first to play a gig in space.
  11. How dancing is helping mental health in Nunavut.
  12. The worst lies told by power ballads. (Via Brad)
  13. Ian Brady, murderer of children (and the inspiration behind the Smiths’ song “Suffer Little Children”) has died. (Via Michael)
  14. And in Katy Perry urination news
  15. So this guy puts his album on Spotify for fun and…
  16. More punk rock and The Simpsons, please. Done!
  17. Here’s why you answer email on the weekend.



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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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