Random music news for Monday, April 1, 2018

[NOTE: I’m on vacation this week, so there will probably be fewer posts than usual. -AC]

On this day in 1982, Argentina started the Falklands War. And on April, 2, 2018, this is what’s making music news.

  1. The #WhoBitBeyonce mystery has been solved!
  2. Feeling academic? Try this article: “Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music.” (Via Larry)
  3. Love high-end audio? This party is powered by a 50.000-watt stereo.
  4. There’s a rumour that The Weeknd offered Selena Gomez one of his kidneys.
  5. Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band had a bunch of guitars ripped off.
  6. The new owner of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is Richard Branson.
  7. Arcade Fire thinks that everyone has lost their sense of humour. They’re not wrong.
  8. Queen guitarist Brian May–an astrophysicist himself–was at Stephen Hawking’s funeral.
  9. Let’s explore why people like David Bowie, Tom DeLonge and Olivia Newton-John believe in aliens.
  10. Cher, international diplomat.
  11. Real estate porn courtesy of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.
  12. Looking for some furniture for your turntable and vinyl? Take a look at this.
  13. Another example of someone playing a musical instrument during brain surgery to make sure doctors don’t dig in the wrong place. (Via Tom)
  14. Good story: “The Radio Jock and Preacher Who Redeemed a Southern Town.”
  15. The tale of the one-copy-only Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, keeps evolving.
  16. And the story of the K-pop diplomacy between North and South Korea keeps expanding.
  17. Looking for some furniture to store your vinyl? This is pretty cool.

Alan Cross

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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