Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 27, 2017

Facebook tests change that is catastrophic for music marketing

Facebook is testing a change that would shift all non-promoted posts coming from pages out of its news feed. The shift would be disastrous for artists, music marketers and all content creators who rely on the social network to build and engage an audience —  Digitalmusicwire

Jim Steinman’s passion for Bat Out of Hell is still glowing

Composer is incredibly proud of stage musical inspired by mega-hit 1977 album now playing in Toronto —  Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

Dolly Parton's bedtime story could be CBeebies' greatest hit

The singer is the latest megastar to read a book at bedtime on BBC kids show CBeebies – and the show is drawing a whole new audience of grownups. So who is behind all the big name bookings? — Stuart Heritage, The Guardian

Dvsn get stark and sentimental on Morning After

The Toronto duo's second album is full of beautiful-sounding mid-tempo R&B jams, yet it's also beset by breakup ballad clichés  — Kevin Ritchie, NOW

Joni Mitchell is pretty much peerless

We speak to Barney Hoskyns, the legendary music critic and editor of a new collection of writing on Mitchell, 'Joni: The Anthology'  — Philip Eil, noisey

Elise LeGrow takes liberties playing Chess

After playing Toronto rock 'n roll bars and jazzy dinner crowds her debut album provokes with reimagined standards  — Mike Doherty, Toronto Star

Darius Rucker and the perplexing whiteness of country music

For many years, he has been the only black country artist making the singles charts  — Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker 

Local Broadway star to join Rocky Horror Show's one-night-only fundraiser

On Oct. 28, for one performance only, Patrick R. Brown will reprise his role as Frank N Furter for Calgary fundraiser  —  Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald

Here's what three ex-Guns N' Roses' guitarists are up to these days

A check on Gilby Clarke, Buckethead, and Bumblefoot — Brett Callwood, LA Weekly

From the Vault: A Vancouver classic by Young Canadians

It probably seemed like a great idea at the time to name a punk-rock band after K-tel, the purveyor of the most middle-of-the-road, crowd-pleasing music imaginable. Unfortunately, the folks at K-tel didn't think it was such a great idea, so the K-Tels became Young Canadians   John Lucas, Georgia Straight

50 underground albums you've likely never heard of before

Sexed-up Canadian synthpop, Japanese junglism, ritualistic Finnish bear hunting music … our writers select treasures from the darkest corners of their record collections  The Guardian

The story behind Christopher Owens's scrapped Toronto gig is deeper than a run-of-the-mill cancelled show

The California songwriter says a well-intentioned fan found him homeless and booked him to play the Garrison without his knowledge —  Jonathan Dekel, NOW

Downtown Hamilton church re-envisions itself as a concert hall

New Vision United Church is trying to raise funds for renovations that would allow it to become a mid-size concert space and fill a gap in the city's live music scene —  Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

 

Monteverdi’s landmark opera Orfeo comes to Chan Centre

Orfeo is a landmark piece that helped define just what opera was at the turn of the 17th century, and also set a course for what opera could become —  David G. Duke, Vancouver Sun

What does a $225,000 piano sound like?

Toronto's Tapestry Opera is about to find out as it inaugurates its Imperial Bosendorfer with two benefit concerts this week  — John Terauds, Toronto Star

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