Random Music News for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (Back to the Future Day Edition)

Happy Back to the Future Day! Time’s up. Where’s my goddamn hoverboard?

Hoverboards

Wait: are we getting an announcement about power-lacing shoes today? And what about some of those other predictions?

  1. Drake goes emo. Sort of.
  2. Oh, Lorde. And she probably doesn’t even like baseball.
  3. High-res audio players are gathering momentum. There’s Neil Young’s Pono, a couple from Sony and now this one from Onkyo and Pioneer.
  4. Why is it so hard for Canadian acts to cross the border to play gigs in the US? Well, it’s expensive, for one…
  5. Fun! Listen to a 20 year-old Eddie Van Halen covering Queen back in 1975.
  6. The UK venue crisis continues–and it’s very real.
  7. Sometimes drinking and singing can work out. See?
  8. You know where streaming continues to really heat up? India.
  9. Another deluded cassette fan. This guy is from Winnipeg. (Via Tom)
  10. Ed Sheeran, hero of the old folks’ home.
  11. Want to get all 90s-cheesy with Instagram? Try this.
  12. The reviews of the new Guitar Hero Live are starting to come in–and they’re pretty good.
  13. Will Smith’s son is doing his best to convince us that he’s batshit crazy.
  14. Were you a fan of Empire Records? That movie is turning 20.
  15. Britney Spears has a $7.4 million USD mansion. Wanna look?
  16. If you’re into Marvel heroes, take a look at this musical tribute.
  17. The Aerosmith sandwich. It’s called “Janie’s Got a Bun,” of course.
  18. Hamilton’s The Reason have made a documentary about themselves. I may or may not be heard it in.
  19. The Game just released a new album, so he bought himself a new Lamborghini Aventador.

Alan Cross

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