Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 17, 2017

A plea to men in the music industry: You can do infinitely better

White men have not only found ways to shape and dominate the music industry but also immediately began to create narratives of women's place in it – Jordannah Elizabeth, LA Weekly

Nothing retro about Daniel Lanois’s approach to music

His musical journey has taken him to the tip of avant-garde in his quest for new rhythms and beats, far from the commercial mainstream  –  Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record

Is free improvisation the ultimate in underground music?

“There are people that hear it once and think: never again!” admits avant-garde guru Evan Parker –  Noah Payne-Frank, The Guardian

“Protest songs spell out problems. Activist songs spell out solutions.”

And for more than half a century, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been looking for solutions –   Alex Frank, Village Voice

Is it really Rock 'n' Roll without guitars? Yes, it is

Even as the tools of popular music evolve further from the analogue to the digital, the spirit of rock 'n' roll is as dangerous and incisive as ever –  Geoffrey Himes, Paste

Beatles, Bowie, Pink Floyd sales surge as music buyers get physical

A survey done for eBay may make the world think again about the death of vinyl and CDs –   Mark Beech, Forbes

Warped Tour to hit the road for final trek in 2018: Interview with founder Kevin Lyman

The music industry’s last remaining major travelling festival is saying goodbye –  Chris Payne Billboard

Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records releasing entire catalogue to streaming outlets

This is huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists and composers – Winston Cook-Wilson, Spin

Husband, wife rock duo Whitehorse wants to inspire thought with social commentary

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland of the rock duo Whitehorse say they aim to inspire a degree of empathy in the stories they tell within their music –  Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Songs we love: Brandi Carlile, 'The Joke'

Co-produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, Carlile's new album, By The Way, I Forgive You takes her into a new space of risk-taking — as well as the emotional stratosphere  –  Ann Powers, NPR

Why I'm breaking up with Morrissey

As the increasingly problematic British singer's new album Low In High School approaches, it's impossible to go on defending him –   Kevin Hegge, NOW

NAC Presents: Globe-trotting Montreal collective Nomadic Massive

Montreal hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive will play a free concert as part of the NAC Presents series Friday, Nov. 17. Together 14 years, the act continues to break down barriers, performing in English, French, Creole, Spanish and Arabic throughout the world –  Eric Volmers, Ottawa Citizen

Before the gold rush: excavating the lost early years of Canadian rock

As the Years Go By: Conversations With Canada’s Folk, Pop and Rock Pioneers is a welcome corrective to a gap in pop-culture history books –   Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette

Ron Hawkins gives the Low on Buffalo and his creative process

The Lowest Of The Low mainman was in town to work with a group of Buffalo musicians who were recording a song as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western New York –  Tim O'Shei, Buffalo News

 

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