In 'Clouds,' the Zach Sobiech biopic debuting today on Disney+, Neve Campbell plays Laura Sobiech - the mother of the young Minnesota man who wrote and recorded the inspiring title song before dying of cancer at age 18.
Published 10/16/20
Artists including Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and R.E.M. have asked the President to stop playing their music at campaign rallies - and this isn't the first election cycle where musicians have clashed with politicians over the unauthorized use of their songs. Why can't musicians get politicians to stop using their music? Jay and Jade explain.
Published 10/01/20
The festival has now announced that its spring 2021 event will be at least partially virtual. At the same time, SXSW hasn't entirely given up hope that a live-in-person option could be part of the mix. 'SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021.'
Published 09/23/20
all is always a big publishing season, and this fall is going to see a slew of new books for music fans - including a poetry book by Lana Del Rey, a songwriting guide from Jeff Tweedy, a Mariah Carey memoir, and a book inspired by David Byrne's sensational Broadway show.
Published 09/16/20
Discover a bunch of new songs. From Janelle Monae to SZA, Gorillaz, New Order and the newest Sylvan Esso track, there are some heavy hitters this week.
Published 09/11/20
What's it like running a college radio station in fall 2020, as students return to campus amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Jay Gabler talked with Julian Green, program director of Radio K at the University of Minnesota.
Published 09/04/20
Jade and Jay talk about the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and highlight a few of the best videos to come out of quarantine.
Published 08/31/20
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the planet, the music world is working to protect the mental and physical health of artists and fans. A 'test' concert in Germany sought to pave the way towards a return to live music.
Published 08/27/20
While many workers struggle amidst the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America's tech giants are booming. How much of that money is coming from music?
Published 08/25/20
News broke this week that criminal charges have been filed in the 2002 killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay. Why has this crime taken two decades to crack?
Published 08/20/20
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the music world - in some ways that will change back, and in some ways that won't.
Published 08/18/20
Jay Gabler interviews Maria Sherman, author of 'Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS.' Subjects of discussion include boy bands vs. girl groups; K-pop; Brockhampton and the future of the boy band; underrated boy bands (remember Magneto?); and the ultimate boy band song of all time.
Published 08/13/20
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, huge crowds are gathering for outdoor concerts. Are they safe?
Published 08/12/20
President Trump has threatened to ban TikTok, the China-owned video app that now has an enormous role in driving music discovery. Whether you're a TikTok addict or have absolutely no idea what it is, Jade and Jay break down the reasons why TikTok turmoil has the attention of everyone in the music world right now.
Published 08/06/20
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Spotify is doing well. The company's most recent quarterly earnings statement says that the number of listeners -- including the numbers of paying listeners -- is on the rise. In an interview with Music Ally, CEO Daniel Ek sounded frustrated with artists who complain that they're not getting much of that streaming revenue. Jay and Jade talk about Ek's pronouncement that 'you can't record music once every three to four years and think that's going to be enough.'...
Published 08/04/20
Taylor Swift isn't an 'independent artist' in the conventional sense, but her new album 'folklore' was assembled remotely with indie artists like Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon. From Nur-D to Charli XCX, everyone's going DIY these days. Will this become the new normal?
Published 07/30/20
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced a Save Our Stages Act. If passed, it would establish a $10 billion grant program and provide other measures to help live music venues survive the COVID-19 shutdown.
Published 07/28/20
As the coronavirus crisis continues, we look at some of the sadly many musicians - from world-famous to quietly impactful - we've lost to COVID-19.
Published 07/23/20
Mood Media, the owner of the Muzak brand, is filing for bankruptcy. Is this the end of an era for elevator music? Jay and Jade gather on Instagram Live to discuss.
Published 07/14/20
Aaron Dessner of The National and Michael Stipe, formerly of R.E.M., connected with Jade to talk about 'No Time For Love Like Now,' a collaboration between Stipe and Big Red Machine.
Published 07/10/20
The shock has faded, and the long scary slog has set in. How can artists sustain themselves over the course of a pandemic that could last well into next year? Today, we look at ways people in the music world are struggling to keep their heads above water.
Published 07/08/20
Changing their name to the Chicks, the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have declared that they want to 'meet this moment.' Is this the moment when country music finally faces a reckoning that will unseat the genre's longstanding racial exclusion?
Published 06/30/20
As the music world confronts institutional racism and white supremacy, individual artists are wondering what steps they can take to establish a new, more equitable norm. Jeff Tweedy and Fiona Apple are sharing revenue, Patterson Hood is acknowledging 'the bad name I gave my band,' and the Beths are wondering about the responsibilities of white artists releasing new music.
Published 06/23/20
As music venues continue to fight for their survival during the coronavirus pandemic, artists are getting creative. We talk to the company behind Garth Brooks's upcoming drive-in streaming show, look at what went wrong during the U.K. 'quarantine raves,' and consider the risk Live Nation is now asking artists to assume.
Published 06/18/20
Nabil Ayers is the U.S. General Manager for the record label 4AD. He's also a musician and a writer, and recently in the New York Times, Ayers published an interview with Ed Eckstine, who was the first Black person to be appointed head of a major label in the U.S. In this episode, Jay Gabler asks Ayers about that New York Times article and about the conversations happening in the music industry around Blackout Tuesday.
Published 06/17/20