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Is the concept of musical genres dying? Maybe.

Humans naturally try to bring order to the world by putting things into neat little piles. Take music, for example. As of the end of last year, Spotify has divided its music universe into 2,424 different genres. If you want to see a visual representation of that, check out the map at Every Noise at [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Thursday, April 18, 2019

It’s almost Easter. Take down the damn Christmas lights. Meanwhile, the rest of us will investigate music news for April 18, 2019. How’s this for a metal Game of Thrones jam session? And what about these special Game of Thrones guitars? For this price, they’d better contain both Valerian steel and dragon glass. (Via Tom) [&hellip.. more

Geeks and Beats, episode 225: Game of Thrones Dubset

Under the law, we had to discuss the season eight of Game of Thrones (it’s a podcast rule). We also discuss restaurant ratings for your ears and we talk to the founder of Dubset, a clearinghouse for music licensing that makes DJ mixes legal for everyone. More here. Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | Learn More By the way, we’re.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 63: Jason Collett

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC] Jason Collett is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. He has released eight solo albums and is a member of [&hellip.. more

A graphic novel about punk rock and mental health? Yes, please.

Punk rock has always intersected with issues of mental health. Think about it: all those recurrent themes of rage, anxiety, fear, and confusion that have been at the foundation of much of this music for the last 40 years. Reid Chancellor has been studying the situation. The result is a graphic novel entitled Hardcore Anxiety: [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

It was a big day in space history on this date in 1970 when Apollo 13 made it back to Earth. Moving on to music news for April 17, 2019, we have this. There are people who believe that podcasts could be bigger than music streaming. The fire brigade captain who ran into Notre Dame [&hellip.. more

City Council officially declares Montreal to be a metal city

If you’ve ever been to a concert in Montreal, you’ll know that audiences tend to really get into the show. The city (and much of the surrounding province, actually) also appreciates its hard rock and metal. One of the great festival events on the calendar his Heavy Montreal. I mean, just look at this year’s [&hellip.. more

What is the future of rock concerts?

Few things beat the communal experience of being in a crowd where everyone is losing their mind to a live music performance. That’s something you can’t download. But going to a gig can be onerous and expensive. The price of tickets, parking, maybe a babysitter, a couple of drinks, possibly some merch–it can be tough [&hellip.. more

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Get yer wallets out: One more Gord Downie fundraiser

It was a friend of a friend who introduced Izzy Camilleri to Gord Downie. Downie had decided, for the first time ever, to have a custom-made suit for the 2015 Fully and Completely 25th anniversary tour. But the tour was set to launch in few weeks and he wasn’t sure the suits he liked, made [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox Tuesday Edition! (Apr. 16, 2019): Troi Irons, Late Night Revival, Orouni, & More!

Artist: Troi IronsSong: “Strangers”Album: SingleArtist location: Los Angeles, California Why I like it: Haunting female vocals. Watch: Artist: Late Night RevivalSong: “Xo”Album: SingleBand location: Los Angeles, California Why I like it: Upbeat rock. Watch: Artist: OrouniSong: “Former Lorry Driver”Album: SingleArtist location: Paris, France Why I like it: Fun with 80s sounds. Listen: A.. more

Random music news for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On this day in 1910, the Boston Arena opened. It’s still open, making it the oldest hockey rink still in universe. Moving to music news for April 16, 2019… Weekly Canadian music sales and streaming stats vs. this time in last year: Total album sales, -20.5%; CDs, -25.2%; digital albums, -18.2%; digital tracks, -29.8%; vinyl [&hellip.. more


EntertainmentTO is here!

I have a really exciting announcement to make.  My Music Technology group has joined forces with Canada’s largest and most innovative technology community, TechTO. We are now Canada’s leading entertainment technology community: EntertainmentTO. My mission with EntertainmentTO is to inspire and empower those interested in shaping the future of entertainment, including m.. more

Weekly survey: We needs a musical name for the black hole in galaxy M87

You’ve probably seen the amazing picture of the black hole at the centre of the black hole of a galaxy known as M87. This thing now needs a name. Soundgarden fans are supporting a petition that asks that this black hole be named after Chris Cornell. After all, he did sing “Black Hole Sun” with [&hellip.. more

A great point: We are killing our rock stars.

Looking for something thought-provoking today? Check out this story from Classic Rock about how today’s music economy is driving rock stars into the ground. “If there’s anything that sums of the perilous state of affairs on the nostalgia circuit, it’s The Rolling Stones pulling out of the New Orleans Jazz Festival due to illness, and their replacements Fleetwood [&hellip.. more

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