NYC’s Music Row Is Officially Dead

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 6:54 pm

NYC’s historic Music Row, the strip of instrument stores, repair shops, and sheet music stores on a block of Manhattan’s West 48th St, is officially dead, as the New York Post reports. It’s been disappearing for years as rising rent costs and changing shopping habits drive out old businesses — a number of Sam Ash… More »

Dick Dale Is In Very Rough Shape, But Keeps Touring To Afford Medical Treatment

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 5:37 pm

78-year-old surf-rock legend Dick Dale is in rough shape. He’s had rectal cancer twice, had parts of his stomach and intestines removed, and thus wears a colostomy bag under his clothes at all times. He’s currently in renal failure and refuses to go on dialysis. He has diabetes. And he suffers from vertebrae so damaged… More »

Read David Byrne’s NYTimes Op-Ed About Streaming Payment Transparency

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

David Byrne has been a vocal critic of the paltry royalties artists receive from both streaming platforms like Spotify and commercial radio broadcasts. In a new op-ed for the New York Times entitled “Open the Music Industry’s Black Box,” Byrne once again takes on artist payment, calling for greater transparency in the way that revenue… More »

Watch Taylor Swift Cover “Am I Wrong” With Nico & Vinz In Vancouver

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Taylor Swift is the world’s bestie, and that means she has a lot of friends. She’s been putting this fact to use on her massive North American tour, bringing out a different famous friend for a song at every show. At Swift’s concert in Vancouver last night, her latest guests were Norwegian pop duo Nico… More »

Flipper Announce Reunion Shows With Jesus Lizard’s David Yow

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Seminal San Francisco punk band Flipper have announced that they’re reuniting for a series of shows this fall fronted by the Jesus Lizard’s David Yow, as KQED reports. The band last reunited in 2005, touring and releasing several albums, but a new back injury in late 2009 following a serious back-breaking car accident in 1994… More »

Download Chief Keef’s Bang 3 Mixtape, Earlier Than Expected

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Since getting dropped by his label last year, exiled young Chicago drill star Chief Keef has already put out four mixtapes and an album. He’s been spending the past month or so feuding with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel after the hologram benefit concert that he tried to put on was repeatedly shut down, but now… More »

Watch Mos Def Join Kendrick Lamar On “Alright” At Osheaga

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 11:43 am

Kendrick Lamar headlined the second day of Montreal’s Osheaga festival last night. As Pigeons & Planes reports, the audience started chanting the hook to “Alright” before Kendrick even took the stage, and Kendrick ended his set with the glorious one-two punch of TPAB highlights “King Kunta” and “Alright.” Before starting “King Kunta,” he noticed Yasii… More »

Watch Morrissey Cover The Late Lynn Anderson’s “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” In Nashville

By Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 11:14 am

A month ago in Nashville, Morrissey covered Lynn Anderson’s 1970 country hit “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.” Anderson died on Thursday of a heart attack at 67, as CNN reports, and Morrissey just shared a post entitled “Lynn Anderson, RIP”on his semi-official website True To You:

A few weeks ago we… More »

Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl Also Rebuilt Max’s Kansas City

By Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Last month, Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter briefly transformed Rough Trade Brooklyn into a mid-’70s Sam Goody for their upcoming ’70s-set HBO series. Now they’ve recreated the iconic NYC venue Max’s Kansas City for another shoot at 19th St and Broadway, right around the corner from where the original once… More »

Dr. Dre Announces New Album Compton: The Soundtrack, Explains Why Detox Never Came Out

By Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 7:46 pm

A few days ago, Ice Cube said that the soundtrack to the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was coming soon and would be a new Dr. Dre album “inspired by Compton.” Now, as Pitchfork points out, Dr. Dre has just officially announced his third solo album Compton: The Soundtrack on his Beats 1 radio… More »

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