Joni Mitchell makes a triumphant return to the Newport Folk Fest (pictured), Hammer rockers Monster Truck perform at a hometown fest, and an A-list of Canadian hip-hop and R&B stars play an OVO show tonight. Also in the headlines are Allison Russell, iskwē and Tom Wilson, RATM, Soundcloud, Bramwell Tovey, Vera, Erin Costelo, Lucy Dacus, Dan Mangan, Facebook, Kobalt, sync licensing, Bruce, Ticketmaster, Strange Fruit, Epidemic Sound, CMA, Lady Gaga, George Jones, and NYC punk.
Royal Wood (pictured) fulfils a dream, James Bryan McCollum farewells Prozzak, and Moist reflects upon 25 years. Others in the headlines include Drake, Leonard Cohen, Stars, Kobalt, Burton Cummings, Christina Martin, Metric, Gowan, bundling, valuable vinyl, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Eric Carmen, Melanie C, Clive Davis, and Navajo country.
A roundup of news and gossip about musicians, bands, associations and other components that fit under the umbrella of the music business today, and delivered with brevity and elan.
Hedley going on hiatus, the budget gets mixed reviews, Lights lights up Houston, Quincy apologizes, books to read, Elise LeGrow finds fandom in Paris, and Sarah Slean joins a Joni tribute – plus a whole lot more in the weekend read.