Music Biz Headlines, May 14, 2018

The controversy over gender imbalance at festivals continues, Fucked Up go underground at CMW, and the Sherlocks deliver elementary rock 'n roll. Also in the headlines are Grimes, Carla Bley, The Romeros, Lindsey Buckingham, 21st Century Fest, Childish Gambino, and ticket scalping.

Music Biz Headlines, May 14, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Canadian Music Week 2018: the best of the fest

Reviews from the festival so far, including standouts like Cupcakke, Nate Husser, Lydia Lunch, Jaunt, Yonatan Gat and more – Staff, NOW

'There’s still a big imbalance': how music festivals are working on gender equality

Festivals such as Wireless, Green Man and Slam Dunk have been criticised for heavily male lineups this year. Organisers argue that there aren’t enough female acts to go round – but is enough being done to change that? – Anna Rado, The Guardian

Latest British guitar group the Sherlocks openly aiming for anthems

There’s no mystery about the appeal of the group, coming to town on May 14, following the footsteps of Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and more – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

A lifetime of Carla Bley

No album by the legendary composer, pianist and bandleader sounds like anyone else could have created it –  Ethan Iverson, The New Yorker



Generosity helped Romeros recover from traumatic fire

Pharis and Jason Romero lost a workshop but gained a new love of humanity – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Fucked Up played the abandoned Lower Bay subway station at CMW

The de-commissioned TTC stop was the unusual setting for a memorable all-local concert also featuring Deliluh, Tyriqueordie and E-Saggila  – Michael Rancic, NOW

Lindsey Buckingham Speaks Out About Ouster From Fleetwood Mac

"I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective" – Ultimate Classic Rock

Twenty-First Century Music Festival makes this a lucky time in Toronto

Annual event returning May 23 has, since 2014, enriched local concertgoers lives with dozens of fresh experiences, and this year is no exception – William Littler, Toronto Star

By making the argument that the U.S. is fucked, Childish Gambino's "This Is America" is art at its most masterful

If the hallmark of great art is the way it gets people talking, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video has managed to achieve full-on masterpiece status in just a few short days – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

New ticket scalping law powerless to protect consumers, critics warn

Ontario law takes effect on July 1 - but province says there's no new money or staff to enforce it – Marco Oved, Toronto Star

Five Things to Know about Grimes, the Vancouver pop star dating Elon Musk

Vancouver appears to be the hot new dating pool for international A-listers – Harrison Mooney, Vancouver Sun

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The Weeknd Spotted at Kendrick Lamar's 'Pop Out' Concert in Los Angeles

Unlike former Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan, the Scarborough-born artist never got onstage, but he was in the audience of the show that featured Drake diss tracks 'Not Like Us' and 'Euphoria.'

Kendrick Lamar took over the internet last night (June. 19) with his "Pop Out" concert live-streamed on Prime Video from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. If it wasn't clear Kendrick had won public opinion in his beef with Drake, it was when the stage united cultural figures from L.A. — from up-and-comers to legends like Dr. Dre, basketball stars like Russell Westbrook, even someone Drake name-dropped in one of his diss tracks, DJ Mustard — to dance along to the scathing "Not Like Us."

DeMar DeRozan, the beloved former Toronto Raptor who was once close enough to Drake that he spilled the beans on an upcoming mixtape joined fellow L.A.-born NBA player Westbrook onstage at the Forum during "Not Like Us."

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