Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 6, 2017

Today's roundup of the headlines looks at the Canadian music stars writing theatrical shows. Also featured are St. Vincent, The Horseshoe Tavern, Queen, Chris Stapleton, Eric Clapton, Al Green, John Prine and LCD Soundsystem.

Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 6, 2017

By Kerry Doole

Happy 70th, Horseshoe Tavern: music lovers pick 70 incredible concert moments there

From small-time passionate punks to the Rolling Stones, decades of musicians have made magic happen at fabled Queen St. W. venue, which turns 70 this week —  Ben Rayner, The Star

How vinyl fills a generation’s need for human interaction

"The difference between my experience in the record store and the experience of opening an app on my phone is the presence of human interaction"  — Teddy Crimmins, Chicago Tribune

The Top 100 tracks of 2017

The list is taken from votes from more than 50 Guardian writers and critics, and features everything from rap to pop, vocal jazz and shoegaze. Drake comes in at 9   — The Guardian

Stage right: Canadian musicians find much to love about writing theatrical shows

The list includes Alan Doyle, Kevin Drew, Steven Page and Torq Campbell —  David Friend, CP


St. Vincent throws caution to the wind for daring solo performance in Portland

She plays without the safety net of a band in place to steady her and cover up mistakes  — Robert Ker,

70 Vancouver concerts in December

The options include Franz Ferdinand, Black Mountain, Diana Krall, Emily Haines, Metz and Jay-Z   Steve Newton, Georgia Straight

Eric Clapton talks addiction, Cream's brilliance, the future of the guitar

The guitar god looks back on his turbulent history, as chronicled in new doc 'Life in 12 Bars,' and ahead to what's next  David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Some great music has come from that eternal sparring match between God and The Devil — John Kelly,

Chris Stapleton's bold but simple plan: to put music first

The multiple Grammy winner and country superstar released two albums this year — Kristin Hall, AP

LCD Soundsystem’s dance party lets the grown-ups get down

During its years away, James Murphy’s band got bigger, and its fans got older, but neither stopped the fun at their recent Air Canada Centre show — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Bryan Singer fired from directing Queen biopic after on-set chaos

Fox halted production Dec. 1, saying it was because of the "unexpected unavailability" of director Singer — Hollywood Reporter

‘The Voice’ launched Danielle Bradbery’s music career. But then she had to find her path

The rising country star has just released a new album, and there's a lot at stake  —  Emily Yahr, Washington Post

Kinky Friedman talks new biography and the recipe for a long life

"Be more of an asshole," the Texas Jewboy advises — Rachel Williams, Dallas Observer


John Prine readies first all-new album in 13 years, plots 2018 tour

The legendary songwriter's spring trek will include shows with Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Kurt Vile  —  Stephen Betts, Rolling Stone

50 Cent

50 Cent


50 Cent Takes A Victory Lap at Toronto's Cabana Pool Bar: Canadian Concerts of the Week

Also this week: it's festival season, with Hillside, Le Festif! and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival all happening on the same weekend.

Summer is in swing, and that means festival season. While many of the biggest ones take place in August, this weekend sees a handful of folk or adjacent events with the perfect summer vibes. Find those below, after our concert of the week featuring one of the biggest rap success stories of the last two decades.

Concert of the Week

50 Cent at Cabana Pool Bar, Toronto — Saturday, July 20

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