Random Music News for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NOW it’s tax day. No refund me me this year. And it was fifty years ago today that the Grateful Dead played their first show.

  1. Attention, hipsters. Beards are out. Seventies-style porn ‘staches are in.
  2. Iron Maiden sold 5 million pints of its Trooper Beer in its first year.
  3. Is this guy the most influential man in hip hop?
  4. Joni Mitchell is apparently close to being discharged from the hospital. That’s good.
  5. The Pirate Bay is down. Again.
  6. Is Apple pushing to kill the free level of streaming music services?
  7. Mayweather-Paquiao wasn’t the only fight in Las Vegas Saturday night.  Right, Chris Brown?
  8. This guitar-playing driver (i.e. playing the guitar WHILE DRIVING) has been named one of the worst drivers in Britain.
  9. The sounds of this Irish waterfall are lulling people to sleep around the world.
  10. Here’s an oral history of the making of Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic.
  11. The Grateful Dead: still 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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