Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 27, 2017

'The status quo will be obliterated!' – the inventors making their own musical instruments

Hundreds of people are beavering away, hoping to create their own game-changing instrument – but most won’t sell a single one. Will any change the future of music? — Alex Marshall, The Guardian

Who needs Mozart or Bach when you have video-game music?

The Legend of Zelda Theme, composed by Japan's Koji Kondo specifically for the video game's first edition, has become synonymous with one of the most successful franchises in Nintendo's history  — Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

Three new record stores open in time for Black Friday

Pop Music and second locations of Female Treble and Dead Dog Records have started operating in Toronto — Richard Trapunski, NOW

A&R Angels’ tale of musical rescue could use some tuning up

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent show musical talents in Drew’s first play but structure is a sour note — Carly Maga, Toronto Star

What music do psychopaths like? More Bieber, less Bach

Despite the film industry’s depiction of psychopaths, classical music is not their go-to soundtrack in the real world  — Amy Nutt, Washington Post

Kellylee Evans finds peace in sharing her story of music and recuperation

The award-winning vocalist performed Saturday night at her alma mater, Carleton University — Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

David Cassidy was the Rolls-Royce of teen idols

It's hard to explain just how big David Cassidy was in 1971, the year when — for a brief, flickering instant — he ruled the world — Joel Rubinoff, Waterloo Region Record

Mauno brings it all home 

The Halifax quirk-pop quartet capped off an autumn of transatlantic touring with a hometown release of Tuning last week  — Brennan McCracken, The Coast

Sam Grosso reflects on his long career in Toronto's music scene

The man behind the Cadillac Lounge and former El Mocambo owner looks back — Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Crooner, inspiration, father I never had: Gregory Porter on his hero Nat King Cole

Hotels turned him away, his neighbours tried to drive him out – and the KKK placed a burning cross on his lawn. But nothing could silence the extraordinary voice of Nat King Cole. Jazz star Gregory Porter pays tribute  —The Guardian

Singer Kat Danser explores the blues at cusp of rock 'n' roll

Watching how the business of making music has hit dire straits, it’s good to remember artists who contribute so much to the cycle of creative renewal — artists such as Edmonton’s Kat Danser — Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Get charmed by Taylor Knox’s unfussy, swooning Love

The musician’s concept album is bright and immediate and easy to get with —  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

When not worshiping Merle Travis, Pigat keeps it positive with Cousin Harley

While he describes himself as anything but politically correct, Paul Pigat is careful to keep the humour playful on his new album Blue Smoke  — Allan MacInnis, Georgia Straight

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