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

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young and Crazy Horse


Neil Young's Love Earth Tour Will Take Him Throughout Canada

The Canadian icon is bringing his Love Earth Tour with Crazy Horse to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Burnaby. He's also added a second date at Toronto's Budweiser Stage, accompanying the release of his new album, FU##IN' UP.

Neil Young is showing some love to Canadian cities on his Love Earth tour. While his original tour announcement featured just one stop in his home country, in Toronto's Budweiser Stage, he's now announced dates in Manitoba, Alberta and B.C., as well as a second show at Toronto's Budweiser Stage, in response to "incredible fan demand."

The original tour was set to kick off in San Diego at the end of April and finish in Chicago in May. These five new dates pick things back up in July, with stops in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Young's hometown of Winnipeg. The tour finishes at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby B.C.

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