Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 2, 2017

Over 50 killed in mass shooting at Las Vegas country fest

It is believed to be the deadliest shooting in modern US history —

The Boss on Broadway: Springsteen readies for a marathon run

The superstar singer and storyteller is about to embark on a 79-show residency in New York – an intimate experience that will cost fans an outsize price — Edward Helmore, The Guardian

Kraftwerk is more influential than The Beatles. Let us explain

A startling amount of the music you hear today, from the most obscure indie rock to the most mainstream pop to every suffering inch in between, bears their impression — Tim Sommer, LA Weekly

Leonard Cohen and a tale of two Montreal murals

Two large tributes to a favourite son have been installed, without any joint consultation  —  Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq addresses her art, and her critics, at Nunavut Music Week

The singer has faced controversy throughout her career — not least from other Inuit people — but as she prepared to perform in Iqaluit on Saturday, she said she was drawing strength from her community — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

It's all in the details: Learning art and science of recording at MacEwan's new studios

“We're called sound engineers because there is a lot of equipment to integrate together and there's a lot of room for it to go wrong" —  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

My brilliant and troubled friend Lou Reed

In an extract from his new biography, rock writer Anthony DeCurtis reflects on the icon he knew personally and delves into the making of his 1973 solo album Berlin and his encounter with Czech president – and fan – Václav Havel  —The Guardian

The story behind Devo’s iconic cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”

In 1977, the band Devo—five misfits from Ohio with a love of performance art—took Mick Jagger’s classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and mutated it beyond recognition — Ray Padgett, The New Yorker

Kacy & Clayton still humble despite wowing famous fans

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy produced the prairie folk duo's new album   Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Why British DJs from the ’60s and ’70s kept their best records secret

The art of the “cover-up” once led an obscure Marvin Gaye record to be misidentified for decades — Ashawnta Jackson,

Venus Festival is Canada's attempt to create an inclusive music and art event

'We need space to hear the voices of women and non-binary artists, and we need space to celebrate our work and accomplishments.' say organizers of the event held in Toronto on the weekend  — Sadaf Ahsan, National Post

We formed a band: the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat


In the New York of Blondie and Talking Heads, there was no better way to make waves than with music — Matt Barker, The New Statesman

Justin Bieber's behavioiur problems were worse than realized

His manager, Scooter Braun, reveals the extent of the pop star's bad boy side, adding that he accepts some blame for the Sorry singer’s downward spiral back in 2013  — WENN

14 Toronto musicians and promoters pick their best bets for fall music

Metz, Cold Specks, Owen Pallett, Dan Burke and more tell us what albums and concerts they can't wait for —  Richard Trapunski, NOW

Hugh Hefner left a problematic legacy, but his Playboy Jazz Festival endures

His Playboy brand was also built on providing a platform for ideas on liberation, literature, politics and, of course, music — Chris Barton, LA Times

How Jim Jarmusch used music to put a spell on Hollywood

The director doesn’t just stick music on top of his films – he weaves it into their fibre. A new concert series shows how his soundtracks give a voice to drifters and dreamers — Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

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