Random Music News for Monday, June 8, 2015

Why is the octane level of our gasolines so low compared to other countries? Our “super” is 94 at best. That’s barely “regular” in some parts of the world.

  1. Want to boost your memory? Listen to Mozart, not Beethoven.
  2. The head of Spotify says that free music will save the industry, not kill it.
  3. Chris Martin performed at the funeral of US VP Joe Biden’s son. Watch it here.
  4. If you’re a fan of the Fox series Empire, you’ll want to read up on what they’ve got planned here.
  5. If you’re a fan of Sonic Youth, check out this interview with Thurston Moore in The Independent.
  6. Theatre fun: There’s a new musical in London based on a series of serial killings.
  7. Want to be a promoter who puts together mega music events? Then read this.
  8. One Direction fan fiction is being developed into a movie. That’s it. We’re out of ideas.
  9. Dash Radio is online radio/streaming DJed by real people.
  10. Here’s a story about the quack doctor that almost destroyed Brian Wilson’s career.
  11. Toyota has joined Ford on an open-source connected car initiative.
  12. Jennifer Lopez is being sued for being too sexy.
  13. Minnie Driver probably won’t be asked back to sing at a Dodgers game again.
  14. Why you don’t want to live next door to the world’s fastest man: the music’s too loud.
  15. Tom Hanks’ rapper son is wanted by the British police.
  16. Check out this new Miami hotel that was partially designed by Lenny Kravitz.

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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