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8 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Neve Campbell talks about playing Zach Sobiech's mom in 'Clouds'
In 'Clouds,' the Zach Sobiech biopic debuting today on Disney+, Neve Campbell plays Laura Sobiech - the mother of the young Minnesota man who wrote and recorded the inspiring title song before dying of cancer at age 18.
5 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Why can't musicians get politicians to stop playing their songs?
Artists including Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and R.E.M. have asked the President to stop playing their music at campaign rallies - and this isn't the first election cycle where musicians have clashed with politicians over the unauthorized use of their songs. Why can't musicians get politicians to stop using their music? Jay and Jade explain.
9 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
SXSW 2021 goes virtual, but holds out hope for IRL option
The festival has now announced that its spring 2021 event will be at least partially virtual. At the same time, SXSW hasn't entirely given up hope that a live-in-person option could be part of the mix. 'SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021.'
6 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
Lana Del Rey, Jeff Tweedy, Mariah Carey, David Byrne plan big music books for fall 2020
all is always a big publishing season, and this fall is going to see a slew of new books for music fans - including a poetry book by Lana Del Rey, a songwriting guide from Jeff Tweedy, a Mariah Carey memoir, and a book inspired by David Byrne's sensational Broadway show.
8 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
New Music Roundup
Discover a bunch of new songs. From Janelle Monae to SZA, Gorillaz, New Order and the newest Sylvan Esso track, there are some heavy hitters this week.
11 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Radio K's Julian Green on how college radio is showing up in 2020
What's it like running a college radio station in fall 2020, as students return to campus amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Jay Gabler talked with Julian Green, program director of Radio K at the University of Minnesota.
7 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
The 2020 MTV VMAs and the best videos to come out of quarantine
Jade and Jay talk about the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and highlight a few of the best videos to come out of quarantine.
7 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Music world works to guard mental and physical health in COVID era
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the planet, the music world is working to protect the mental and physical health of artists and fans. A 'test' concert in Germany sought to pave the way towards a return to live music.
6 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
In pandemic tech boom, who's making money on music?
While many workers struggle amidst the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America's tech giants are booming. How much of that money is coming from music?
8 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Why did it take 18 years to file charges in the murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay?
News broke this week that criminal charges have been filed in the 2002 killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay. Why has this crime taken two decades to crack?
8 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
How is the pandemic permanently changing the music world?
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the music world - in some ways that will change back, and in some ways that won't.
16 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Author and pop historian Maria Sherman on boy bands
Jay Gabler interviews Maria Sherman, author of 'Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS.' Subjects of discussion include boy bands vs. girl groups; K-pop; Brockhampton and the future of the boy band; underrated boy bands (remember Magneto?); and the ultimate boy band song of all time.
8 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
From Smash Mouth at Sturgis to illegal raves in Europe, music draws thousands outdoors
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, huge crowds are gathering for outdoor concerts. Are they safe?
8 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
How TikTok became a hit machine
President Trump has threatened to ban TikTok, the China-owned video app that now has an enormous role in driving music discovery. Whether you're a TikTok addict or have absolutely no idea what it is, Jade and Jay break down the reasons why TikTok turmoil has the attention of everyone in the music world right now.
8 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Spotify CEO says the album cycle is over
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Spotify is doing well. The company's most recent quarterly earnings statement says that the number of listeners -- including the numbers of paying listeners -- is on the rise. In an interview with Music Ally, CEO Daniel Ek sounded frustrated with artists who complain that they're not getting much of that streaming revenue. Jay and Jade talk about Ek's pronouncement that 'you can't record music once every three to four years and think that's going to be enough.' Is this the end of the album as we know it?
12 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Is every artist an indie artist now?
Taylor Swift isn't an 'independent artist' in the conventional sense, but her new album 'folklore' was assembled remotely with indie artists like Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon. From Nur-D to Charli XCX, everyone's going DIY these days. Will this become the new normal?
9 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Save Our Stages Act introduced to help independent venues
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced a Save Our Stages Act. If passed, it would establish a $10 billion grant program and provide other measures to help live music venues survive the COVID-19 shutdown.
7 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Musicians lost to COVID-19
As the coronavirus crisis continues, we look at some of the sadly many musicians - from world-famous to quietly impactful - we've lost to COVID-19.
7 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Muzak goes bankrupt
Mood Media, the owner of the Muzak brand, is filing for bankruptcy. Is this the end of an era for elevator music? Jay and Jade gather on Instagram Live to discuss.
17 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Michael Stipe and Aaron Dessner talk about 'No Time for Love Like Now'
Aaron Dessner of The National and Michael Stipe, formerly of R.E.M., connected with Jade to talk about 'No Time For Love Like Now,' a collaboration between Stipe and Big Red Machine.
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