Random Music News for Friday, February 13, 2015

I’m somewhere in Dublin. So far, so good.

  1. I think it’s time to embrace this new music genre label: No Pop.
  2. It’s festival season. Here’s what’s happening at Bestival in the UK this year.
  3. Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” makes $100,000 a week through Spotify.
  4. Metallica…skiis? Yep.
  5. Apparently, the Stones are going on tour again.
  6. Ten heavy metal albums that are hated by fans of the band. Er, since when did Rush qualify as “heavy metal?” (Via Tom)
  7. 43 things that scare the crap out of a major record company.
  8. Musicians with some of the most interesting day jobs. (Ornithologist? Doctor? Barrister?)
  9. Canada’s Caribou (aka Dan Snaith) just won Europe’s IMPALA award for creating the best independent album in Europe.
  10. Here are the details on the new Florence + the Machine album.
  11. Hacking your brain with 3D audio.
  12. How X-rated lyrics and beats delivered Jamaican dancehall to the world.
  13. Explaining the resurgence of analogue. And it’s a lot more to it than just vinyl records.
  14. Why the world of music isn’t flat–at least not yet.

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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