Random Music News for Saturday, March 12, 2017

On this date in 1894, the first bottles of Coca-Cola were sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi. And now, music news.

  1. Christ, another one. The co-founder of SXSW has died.
  2. Pearl Jam will offer fans earplugs for their upcoming tour so they won’t go deaf. More bands should do this.
  3. Kanye West supports Donald Trump. Seriously?
  4. These could be the 25 best bands at this year’s SXSW.
  5. Elvis Presley’s estate is now suing a Vegas casino over swag.
  6. Gawd: A Mariah Carey reality show is in the works.
  7. If Sony drops Dr. Like, what happens to all these artists?
  8. Insta-releases are cool (cf. what Kendrick Lamar just dropped), but what does this mean for music writing?
  9. The NYPD has a military-grade sound cannon.
  10. If you’re in the Toronto area, the big spring record show is coming up.
  11. This app turns all your friends’ phones into one big speaker. Kinda cool, really.
  12. Madonna’s daughter has a new job. She might end up crossing paths with Grimes.
  13. These 25 songs could give us some idea where music is heading.
  14. Chris Martin is still stalling with the divorce papers.
  15. Really, Mr, Macklemore, was this necessary?

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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