Music Biz Headlines, June 6, 2018

Neko Case, Joni Mitchell, an A-Z guide to K-pop, Oscar Peterson, Suzanne Ciani, Neil Young, Rich Aucoin, The The, Ticketfly, TSO, The B-52s, Après Noir, The Byrds, and Flying Nun Records make headlines in today's edition.

Music Biz Headlines, June 6, 2018

By FYI Staff

Analog Surround-Sound is reborn on a new Quadrophonic album

Suzanne Ciani's new album, LIVE Quadraphonic, comes out Monday, June 4. Only 227 copies will be printed and sold at $227 each. The 30-minute live performance will also be available on streaming platforms for stereo or quadraphonic listening –  Michael Carone, Wired

Neko Case on friends, a fire, and the freedom of confidence

No matter who else is in the picture working with her from album to album, even a renowned popsmith like Bjorn Yttling, it all tends to come out the other end sounding uniquely like Neko Case – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Joni Mitchell makes rare public appearance at James Taylor show in Los Angeles

But the most precious moment of the show took place off-stage: Joni Mitchell, who’s become something of a recluse of late, made a rare public appearance to say hello to her old friend and onetime lover – Mark Shanahan, Boston Globe


The A-Z of K-pop: know your sasaengs from your monster rookies

As BTS reach No 1 in the US and other K-pop stars start gaining traction in the west, here is a glossary for the uninitiated – from agencies to zaniness – Taylor Glasby, The Guardian

Celebrating Oscar Peterson: Paying tribute to a dad — and to jazz

"The artists working today really need as much support as possible," says Céline Peterson, the guiding force behind the Montreal concert – Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette

The Top 50 Best Albums of 2018 to date

It's been that kind of year so far: Exciting newcomers and welcome returning favorites, with plenty of unexpected joys to be found in between. We're only six months into the year, but already it's hard to choose just 50 albums to represent our favorites to this point –  Staff, Billboard

Heart of gold: Neil Young's online archives are a revolution in fandom

The ornery singer-songwriter’s new online venture soups up the CD box set with digital user-friendliness – and points the way to a new kind of music obsession  – Michael Hann, The Guardian

Rich Aucoin bike blog #8: Memphis to Nashville, TN

The freewheeling East Coast party rocker continues his two-wheeled US odyssey  –The Coast

With his band The The, Matt Johnson lit up the 80s. Now pop’s bright light is shining again

As The The tour for the first time in 18 years, its frontman explains how his brother’s death motivated him to write again – Sarfraz Manzoor, The Guardian


Ticketfly hack sends fans scrambling to record stores

The online outlet is investigating how much client and customer information has been compromised by the cyber attack – Michael Rancic, NOW

12 unreleased and unfinished albums we'd love to hear

Think of your favourite musician. Got one in mind? Great. Chances are they have an album’s worth of songs lingering in a vault somewhere that only their closest pals have heard –  Mark Daniell, Calgary Herald

A satisfying dip into Canadian waters by a German conductor at TSO

Young, energetic and attentive, Christoph Altstaedt is exactly the sort of conductor the TSO should be looking for to replace outgoing music director Peter Oundjian – John Terauds, Toronto Star

The B-52s kick off 40th anniversary tour still happy together

The Bs founding brain trust of Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Cindy Wilson was, and is, still intact, energetically performing their fun, frantic classics (to say nothing of maintaining the kitsch, goofball humor of their start) –  A.D. Amorosi, Variety

How Après Noir tapped Drake, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke for lavish dinner party performances

In Toronto's Chateau Le Jardin event space has secured top music talent like Drake, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson for something they believe is the first high-end option in an increasingly VIP-centric music “experience” business: a yearlong, monthly members-only “epicurean event” series called Après Noir  – Karen Bliss, Billboard

Byrds Co-Founders Plan 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' 50th Anniversary Tour

Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn recruit Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for trek celebrating pioneering 1968 country-rock album –  Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone


Anti-establishment Flying Nun founder just wanted to get music on the record

The founder of the globally influential NZ record label is honoured in his home country  Liz McDonald, stuff

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CNE Bandshell Gets Big Boi, Sloan, Big Wreck And More For Throwback Summer Concerts

The headliners tie together the Toronto waterfront series' '90s and 2000s revival theme, while contemporary acts like MacKenzie Porter, Ruby Waters, Tynomi Banks and more will keep things current.

Toronto's CNE Bandshell concert series is leaning into big nostalgia this summer, with major '90s and 2000s acts headlining the throwback-themed lineup.

OutKast rapper Big Boi, Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck, and east coasters Sloan are leading the summer music programming at the Canadian National Exhibition, a major entertainment fair that takes over the Exhibition Place grounds every August.

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