Your Hero Is Not Dead is “a personal response” to those “anxieties and fears”, and finding a way through them. His lyrics aren’t particularly prescriptive, although Big Nothing Glow, about encountering a childhood friend who lived rough on the streets, cuts more than most. The album luxuriates in mood and tone instead: it sounds both melancholy and sanguine, “the sweet point in pop music between happiness and sadness,” says Westerman, “where it seems to be both.” … [Read more...] about Westerman: ‘Music is an incredibly helpful thing to have in difficult times’
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The catchiest song in the world right now? El Conejo Malo’s toast to someone who’s just fine dancing by herself, thanks: “She’ll call you if she needs you/But for now she is alone.” This song would be ruling the clubs if any were open; it also sounds pretty sweet in an empty living room. … [Read more...] about Music at Home: Lonely Nights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The last time bassist Jon Jones played a concert with his country group Eli Young Band was March 8. He hopes to hit the stage again in June to launch a new drive-in concert series in his first return to live music with fans since the devastating coronavirus. … [Read more...] about Socially distant concerts signal a reopening for live music
“Fundamentally, Google gets everything it needs from the music business out of YouTube as it is at the moment, so doing this new paid service is mainly about doing it because the labels are pushing them to do it, and that’s how they protect the relationships for the core business, which is YouTube,” he says. … [Read more...] about Streaming music: what next for Apple, YouTube, Spotify… and musicians?
Billed as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the campaign — boasting the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused — has gained support from people like Dirty Hit Records’ Jamie Oborne, former Hot 97 music director Karlie Hustle and Beats 1 host Ebro Darden. Variety first reported on Black Out Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Music Industry Reacts to George Floyd Death With Grassroots ‘Black Out Tuesday’