Random Music News for Monday, March 9, 2015

The Barbie Doll was unveiled at a toy show on this day in 1959. And today Apple will tell us about their new watch. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

  1. What if Nick Hornby were to write a sequel to High Fidelity? Nick says it would play out like this.
  2. Tom Hanks can lip sync at least one Carly Rae Jepson song.
  3. Did you know Hozier was this good at cover songs?
  4. This man is bagpiping his way around the world. No one knows why.
  5. Sixteen songs that don’t mean what you think.
  6. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is about to open a music store in Oakland.
  7. Marcia Brady of The Brady Bunch once dated Michael Jackson. Seriously.
  8. This new electronic instrument could revolutionized classical music.
  9. Watch this dad and son have fun making music in the kitchen. The kid’s a good headbanger.
  10. Rumours are that Apple’s new streaming service will debut in June. And it won’t have a free tier. You want it? Pay up. Naturally, the music industry loves this idea.
  11. Are you in a band? Here are five important lessons in leadership.
  12. New Canadian Music–a great place to keep tabs on emerging artists in this country–has a new set of charts you need to check out. And if you’re a musician, you should get involved. Trust me.
  13. Dave Grohl called off the last show of an Australian tour so he could go to a father-daughter dance back home.
  14. That’s nine straight #1 records for Noel Gallagher.
  15. And so begins the breakup of Google +.
  16. An American cable TV baron is making a play for Universal Music.

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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