Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 2, 2018

Acclaimed TO hip-hop crew Keys N Krates finds a new groove, and Justin, Beyonce et al find a new language. Also in the headlines are Roxy Music, WHFS, Cuneiform, The Smiths, Moog, Vancouver shows, Hillsburn, Mike Nesmith, Omhouse, Tafelmusik, and Leaving Thomas.

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 2, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Keys N Krates find a new groove on Cura

Longtime Toronto hip-hop crew live drops its first full album — and changes its tune just a bit –  Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

Meet the Spanish-language coaches who helped Beyonce, Justin Bieber & more sing like a native

With bilingual remixes soaring, meet the emergency language coaches being called in at the last minute to help artists roll their R’s –  Leila Cobo, Billboard

Bryan Ferry on how Roxy Music invented art pop: 'We were game for anything'

With their thrillingly strange 1972 debut, Roxy Music announced themselves as a band unlike any other. The singer looks back at how they created a new kind of music – out of Stax, oboes and Marilyn Monroe  –  Jon Savage The Guardian

Remembering WHFS: The beloved progressive station that was ‘exactly the opposite’ of radio today

Mention the call letters “WHFS” to music lovers of a certain age, and don’t be surprised if a smile instantly appears on their face, or a twinkle seems to light up their eye  –  Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun


Grammy winner Serban Ghenea has 24K Magic touch as mixing engineer

Beyond his work on Bruno Mars's latest blockbuster, the ex-Montrealer's portfolio includes projects by Taylor Swift, Adele and many more  – T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

DC-Area record label Cuneiform has gone on hiatus and may not come back

It looks like there will be exactly 33 1/3 years between the company's first and last releases. "I can’t run an office on free,” says Mike Janssen, owner of the left-field imprint – The Washingtonian

I started something I couldn't finish: the Smiths reunion that wasn't

Three former members of the indie band were due to reunite for a series of gigs that fell apart as soon as they were announced. Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon explain why they tried to make it happen –  David Barnett, The Guardian

Leonard Bernstein introduced the Moog synthesizer to the world in 1969

The maestro played an electrified version of Bach's "Little Fugue in G" –

Nine shows guaranteed to help you forget the black winter rains

With pop queens, R&B upstarts, and metal veterans coming to Vancouver, you might even forget the monsoons –   Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Hillsburn’s wilder heart 

The Halifax band discusses its gradual expansion, ascension and a new album  – Tara Thorne, The Coast

Inside the stunning resurrection of Michael Nesmith's First National Band

How a half-forgotten Seventies country-rock group led by the Monkee in the green wool hat returned from oblivion –  Andy Greene, Rolling Stone


Omhouse distils years of exploration into an epic debut

Eye To Eye, the first LP from Toronto's Steven Foster and his band, fixes a stadium grandiosity onto dense, idiosyncratic guitar pop songs  –  Mark Streeter, NOW

Tafelmusik unveils its 40th anniversary season

The renowned baroque orchestra and choir will produce Harlequin Salon, by oboist Marco Cera, in January 2019 –  Debra Yeo, Toronto Star

Friendship fuels Calgary country duo Leaving Thomas

“We are the best duo. We are the best combination because we are not dating, but we’re really, really close," says Annika Odegard –  Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

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ScHoolboy Q’s Toronto Concert Cancelled, Blames Drake’s Beef with Kendrick Lamar

In a series of posts on X, Q implied that the show was cancelled due to Drake's feud with Lamar, writing: "CANADIAN POLICE DONT WANT NOBODY FROM TDE PERFORMING.."

A cancelled show is seemingly connected to the year's biggest story in rap music: the heated beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

ScHoolboy Q was supposed to perform a sold-out show at Toronto venue History today (July 18). But Q took to X last night to announce that the show had been cancelled, supposedly due to the feud: "CANADIAN POLICE DONT WANT NOBODY FROM TDE [Lamar's label] PERFORMING.." he wrote.

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