Music Biz Headlines, April 19, 2019

Dan Mangan (pictured) scores on Jimmy Kimmel Live, a tribute to Justin Haynes, and the return of Nile Rodgers' Chic. Also in headlines: Chip Taylor, Tafelmusik, Beyonce, Stevie Nicks, The Pixies, Creation Records, Bob Dylan, and Fyre Fest.

Music Biz Headlines, April 19, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Vancouver's beloved Dan Mangan receives an avalanche of support after a dream appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Dan Mangan has to be feeling pretty great on a couple of fronts this morning. First, the big one: the man known as the nicest guy on the Vancouver music scene scored big time last night by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!   Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

In memoriam: Justin Haynes

His gift was his music, his burden was his mental illness and poverty. He was a significant contributor to the big community of creative musicians in Toronto, a prolific, boundary-pushing improvisor, and an enthusiastic collaborator and composer. –  Rebecca Campbell, NOW

‘Unknown band’ is opening for Cher in Toronto — but their leader is not worried

Nile Rodgers is discovering during the Cher opening slot that Chic’s relative anonymity is working to his advantage. “We walk out onstage — most people don’t know who we are — but by the end of the show they go, ‘Jesus Christ, I know every one of those songs!’ And they have a blast!”–  Nick Krewen The Star


Five decades in, Robert Christgau is still a rock critic

As he prepares to release his fourth essay collection, the American writer talks bad reviews, covering abusers and how he's kept writing for 50 years. – Susan G. Cole, NOW  

Wild Thing songwriter Chip Taylor on staying ‘in the mix’ after all these years

He wrote the song Wild Thing. He’s been a golf pro, and a whiskey salesman, too. His talent for counting cards got him barred from some of your better blackjack tables. He penned Angel in the Morning, and his 1973 album Chip Taylor’s Last Chance was judged as one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Tafelmusik musicians say goodbye to old boss with a horn’s blast

Jeanne Lamon is returning to lead Tafelmusik Orchestra’s next concert program with the blast of a horn. The period-instrument ensemble presents a package Classical-era offering featuring the French horn played by guest soloist Scott Wevers. – John Terauds, Toronto Star


Beyoncé surprise-releases Homecoming live album

n the early morning hours Wednesday, she one-upped the arrival of her own Netflix documentary, “Homecoming,” with a previously unannounced live-album version of the same concert. – Joe Coscarelli, NY Times


Leather and lace: how Stevie Nicks created a new musical language

A career-spanning box set documents the Fleetwood Mac singer’s influence as a solo artist, starting with her 1981 debut Bella Donna and it's beguilingly witchy, feminine energy. – Annie Zaleski, The Guardian

Unplugged: Is the guitar solo finished?

Every song used to have one — including massive pop hits — but today it’s an endangered species. Can old-school shredding ever return to the mainstream? – David Browne, Rolling Stone

10 stories behind the Pixies’ Doolittle

A look at the references, details, and allusions found on this 30-year-old alternative classic. –  Adam Kivel, CoS

Creation Records movie in the works from Trainspotting team

Film on the label behind My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, and more recruits Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle. – Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork

The 5 new songs you need to hear right now

Unless a new song gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a spot on your favorite playlist, or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered. –  Sadie Bell, Thrillist

Bob Dylan is not a fan of you taking his photo onstage

“We can either play or pose,” Dylan barked into a microphone at a Vienna show. “Okay?” He has had a strict “no photos” policy at his concerts for years.  – Andy Greene, Rolling Stone


Fyre Fest bankruptcy trustee orders subpoenas for Hulu, Netflix, StubHub & Billy McFarland's mom

The latest round of legal demands is looking into more than $2 million in payments. –  Dave Brooks, Billboard

Barry McCall



Hozier Thanks OVO Arena For Clearing Up ‘Misunderstanding’ Over Fans’ ‘Free Palestine’ Scarf

The singer said his team has a "zero policy" about prohibiting sings at shows.

Hozier and the OVO Arena Wembley have apologized and responded to a fan’s complaint about an incident in December in which she was reportedly told to remove a “Free Palestine” scarf before attending one of the singer’s shows. “Thank you to OVO Arena Wembley for clearing up this misunderstanding,” Hozier wrote early Monday morning (Feb. 26) after the venue posted an apology last week to attendee Hiba Ahmad, who said in an earlier X post that she was “pulled aside and escorted to wardrobe” in December while attending a show at the venue while wearing the scarf.

“The team and I have zero policy of prohibiting signs of any kind and I’m sorry to Hiba and her friends that they experienced this at the London show,” Hozier added.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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