Random Music News for June 11, 2014

If you’re in the GTA or going to be in Toronto this summer, make sure you check out The Science of Rock’n’Roll exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre. It opens today and runs until October 26.

  1. “Britney Spears” and “Christina Aguilera” were code names for coke within an NYC drug ring.
  2. Iggy Azalea’s online popularity is equal to that of the word “apparent.”  Here’s an explanation. (Thanks to John for the link.)
  3. Here’s a cool feature on a guy who makes acoustic guitars for the stars–including Elvis.
  4. It’s that time when bands start scheduling gigs around World Cup games–including the Rolling Stones.
  5. Speaking of footie, here’s a new piece that was inspired by an Arsenal match.
  6. Here’s a fascinating story about a blind classical pianist.
  7. Montreal’s metal band Mutank has won the right to represent Canada at the Wacken Festival, which is a HUGE deal in the metal world.
  8. Moby is writing his memoirs.  He says he’ll try and remember as much as he can.
  9. Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne’s latest project is Electric Wurms.
  10. Yet more support for the streaming way of life when it comes to accessing music.
  11. Will Ferrell and the Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith are gunning for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich for a three-way drum-off.  The gauntlet has been thrown.
  12. This turntable uses a laser instead of a stylus to play vinyl.  Cool!
  13. Check out this gallery of weird post-Soviet dance clubs.

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.

2 thoughts on “Random Music News for June 11, 2014

  • June 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

    It seems all the ‘links’ by John don’t work. They send you to a Forbes site.

    • June 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      The story is at Forbes. Click past the opening ad and you’ll see it.


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