Random music news for Wednesday, March 31, 2021

This is good news. Could warp engine nacelles be far behind? Off to examine music news for March 31, 2021.

  1. Pearl Jam was one of the first to postpone their tour in March 2020 because of COVID-19. They’ve now postponed their summer 2021 tour of Europe. Will they be just the first?
  2. David Byrne is launching a socially distanced dance club.
  3. Spotify has launched a series of playlists curated by famous workout trainers.
  4. BTS now has their own font.
  5. Fatboy Slim has been working in a cafe during the lockdown.
  6. Listnr is an app that allows you to start a podcast “without recording anything.” What?
  7. Andrew Cash, a former MP and Juno-winning indie artist, is now the new head of the Canadian Independent Music Association.
  8. Essential?” Really?
  9. Brian Rohan, the lawyer who represented so many musicians on drug charges, has died at 84.
  10. The Reading and Leeds festivals seem to be going ahead this year but it looks like festival-goers will need a vaccine passport.
  11. And then there’s this vaccine app that could be used for shows outside of New York.
  12. Matt Bellamy sent 10-year-old phenom Nandi Bushell one of his signature guitars.
  13. Here’s a new podcast for LGBTQ metal fans: “Hellbent for Metal.”
  14. I was on a podcast called Decomplicated trying to decomplicate NFTs.

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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