Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 7, 2018

A look back at a classic Leonard Cohen album, 30 years on, and rock'n roll's current drug problem. Also in the headlines today, Prince, Justin Timberlake, independent radio, Yacht, Juno nominees, J-Lo, Hookworms, Tafelmusik, and David Virelles

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 7, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Leonard Cohen's 'I'm Your Man' album turns 30: Artists reflect on the 'dark,' 'cheesy' masterpiece

The dynamic shift in the sound of Man arguably left a generation of kids under the impression the Canadian poet was a synthpop act –  Ron Hart, Billboard

LSD to Fentanyl: The New Age of Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Death by recreational misadventure is so ‘60s. Legal prescription drugs seem to be an increasingly common culprit when stars are taken from us –  Jim Slotek,

Halftime Review: Justin Timberlake emerges fumble-free after bad pre-game PR

The performance wasn't one for the ages, but was impressive as a show of athleticism interrupting the athleticism  – Chris Willman, Variety

Prince ‘Cloud’ guitars among late icon’s memorabilia set for auction

A custom electric blue two-piece ensemble Prince wore onstage in a 1999 pay-per-view concert at Paisley Park with Lenny Kravitz will also be auctioned, along with various pairs of Prince’s signature high-heel booties –  Associated Press


Istolethesoul FM aims to build a community around independent radio

Broadcasting open and live for 24 hours in the basement of Toronto's May Cafe, the streaming pop-up station is blurring the lines between music venue and radio –  Anders Marshall, NOW

Yacht makes things super personal

When they’re not making stomping disco-pop records, the duo has countless other projects on the go –  Kate Wilson, Georgia Straight

Full list of nominees: Junos mix in a few surprises to nominees list

Absence of superstars like Drake gives everyone from Edmonton’s Ruth B to Iqaluit’s Jerry Cans a shot at glory on the big night on March 25 –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Indie recording studio in basement of west-end building ordered out

The Toronto studio was operated in the building by musician Bryant Didier long before TCH bought the property in 2000 – Philip Lee-Shanok, CBCNews

J. Lo shout-outs A-Rod, covers Prince at pre-Super Bowl show

Jennifer Lopez raised money for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, celebrated an anniversary with beau Alex Rodriguez and covered Prince songs at a pre-Super Bowl concert in Minneapolis –  CP

Hookworms: are they the most cursed band in pop?

Fraud, flood, the loss of their back catalogue and all their new songs … the Leeds band reveal how they bounced back from all this and more to make knockout new album Microshift –  Dave Simpson, The Guardian


Tafelmusik’s Alison Melville shows recorders are not just child’s play

Musician shows off the instrument’s virtuosic side starting Feb. 8 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto with A Recorder Romp  –  John Terauds, Toronto Star

Pianist David Virelles investigates the fading folk traditions of his native Cuba

He honed his musical chops during a long stint in Canada  –  Matthew Kassel, JazzTimes

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Music News

Kaytranada Announces 2024 Timeless North American Tour

Channel Tres, Amaarae, Sam Gellaitry, Kitty Ca$h and Lou Phelps are set to be special guests on the trek.

Kaytranada will embark on his North American Timeless Tour this fall, Live Nation announced on Tuesday (July 16).

Special guests Channel Tres, Amaarae, Sam Gellaitry, Kitty Ca$h and Lou Phelps will join in select cities. The 15-date jaunt will begin in Canada on Sept. 14 at Vancouver’s Deer Lake Park, and goes through major cities such as Chicago, Toronto, New York and Miami before wrapping on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles’ BMO Stadium.

This article first appeared on Billboard U.S.

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