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Guitar Center, the largest retailer for musical instruments in the US, has filed for bankruptcy

View of a Guitar Center store in Hollywood, California. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images Guitar Center, the largest musical instrument retailer in the US, has filed for bankruptcy. The company announced Saturday it was entering the Chapter 11 restructuring process, during which it'll stay in business. Guitar Center said it expects to finish up the process by the end of the year. Like other physical retailers, Guitar Center has felt the negative impacts of consumers' increasing reliance o...
Tags: Music, News, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Bankruptcy, New York Times, Retail, Afp, Guitar Center, Hollywood California, Lord Taylor, Valerie Macon, Paige Leskin, Getty Images Guitar Center, US Guitar Center


Lou Reed Concert Film Berlin Streaming Free Online for the Next Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SzuZfOZnp4 Last laughs can be sweet, and according to music journalist, Anthony DeCurtis, his friend, the late Lou Reed, “reveled” in the critical drubbing that greeted his 3rd solo album, 1973’s Berlin. Not immediately, however. Berlin, which followed hard on the heels of Reed’s widely adored Transformer, had a painful, protracted delivery. This was due in part due to RCA execs getting cold feet about releasing Reed’s grim concept record as a double albu...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Brooklyn, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Rolling Stone, ANN, Lou Reed, Nancy, Cornell University, Lola


Word of the week (and maybe the year): Weird

2020 has been a sad year, a scary year, an angry year, a lonely year, a grieving year. Above all, though, it’s been a weird year. Very, very, very weird—from the personal (sheltering in place, in some cases for months on end) to the social (no funerals, no parties, no breaching the six-foot contact boundary) to the cultural (no movies, no theater, no concerts, no schools, no restaurants, no sports) to the political (do I need to repeat all the counterfactuals?). It’s been a weird year for mov...
Tags: Books, Music, Elon Musk, Mexico, Netflix, New York Times, Linguistics, Word Of The Year, Saturn, Calvin, Bermuda, San Luis Obispo, Schwartz, Jeff, Jon, Al Yankovic


The Weekend to Headline 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Tampa Bay

The Weekend has been announced as the headliner for the Super Bowl LV (55) Halftime show! The announcement came Thursday afternoon (Nov. 12) via the New York Times. “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl, and one can only dream of being in that position,” The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) said in a statement. “I’m humbled, honored, and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.” performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21 @pepsi #pepsih...
Tags: Music, Florida, Celebs, Jay Z, Football, Sports, NFL, Katy Perry, New York Times, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Madonna, Shakira, Rolling Stone, Justin Timberlake


Britney Spears Loses Bid to Remove Father From Conservatorship

Britney Spears has hit another setback in her ongoing attempts to free herself from her father’s conservatorship. The New York Times reports that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to immediately remove Jamie Spears as the head of Britney’s estate, although she said she will consider further petitions for his suspension or removal “down the road.” Samuel D. Ingham III, Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, told the judge during the hearing that Britney and Jamie have not spoken i...
Tags: Music, News, New York Times, Britney Spears, Jamie, Los Angeles Superior Court, Britney, Lynne Spears, Jamie Spears, Brenda Penny, Samuel D Ingham III Spears, Bessemer Trust


Former Ballerina with Dementia Gracefully Comes Alive to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owb1uWDg3QM According to dance/movement therapist Erica Hornthal, “dance/movement therapy operates on the premise that our life experiences are held in the body, and that through the use of movement, memories and emotions can be recalled and re-experienced despite cognitive, psychological, or physical impairment.” The video above of former dancer Marta C. González shows in effect how music might activate those muscle memories, as a recording of Tchaikovsky...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Washington, Russia, Neuroscience, Dance, New York Times, Tokyo, Npr, Swan Lake, Cuba, Valencia Spain, Facebook Twitter, Tchaikovsky, Gonzalez


When ABBA Wrote Music for the Cold War-Themed Musical, Chess: “One of the Best Rock Scores Ever Produced for the Theatre” (1984)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfalfT1Iqmg Chess is amazing. The simplicity of its characters and plot (capture the king!) can be appreciated and understood by children; the complexity of its tactics can consume an adult life. Despite its medieval origins—and stumpers for us moderns like the strategic importance of a bishop on the battlefield—chess remains as much a potent allegory for power and its tactics as it was 1,500 years ago in India when it was called “chaturanga.”  The game ha...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, China, India, New York City, Time, Theatre, Bbc, New York Times, Broadway, Moscow, Abba, Andrew Lloyd Webber


German Experiment Suggests Indoor Concerts Have Low Risk Of Spreading Coronavirus Under Safety Protocols

We're all hoping for good news today, and here's some we weren't expecting: Pandemic-era indoor concerts might be safer than anyone realized. Researchers in Germany recently staged an indoor concert as a test to study its effects on spreading COVID-19. As The New York Times reports, the news is good. As … More »
Tags: Music, News, Germany, New York Times, Tim Bendzko


Neu auf Netflix: Auf diese Serien & Filme kannst du dich im November freuen

Winter is coming, und seien wir ehrlich: Es wird durch die zweite Corona-Welle eine gefühlt besonders lange kalte Jahreszeit werden. Aber hey, viel Zeit zu Hause bedeutet natürlich auch viel Zeit für neue Filme und Serien!Hast du die letzten Monate dementsprechend schon gut genutzt, dürfte deine "Später ansehen"-Liste inzwischen ordentlich geschrumpft sein. Aber keine Sorge – ein neuer Monat bedeutet immer neuen Nachschub, und insbesondere der November bringt jede Menge davon. Du wartest schon s...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Isis, Supreme Court, Virginia, New York City, Nigeria, Los Angeles, Earth, Netflix, House, New York Times, Dolly Parton, Italy, Argentina, Ferguson


The Legend of How Bluesman Robert Johnson Sold His Soul to the Devil at the Crossroads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKkzNqCPnc We remember the bluesman Robert Johnson as the Jimi Hendrix of the 1930s, a guitarist of staggering skill who died before age thirty. Both found mainstream success, but Johnson’s came posthumously: in fact, his music and Hendrix’s first music hit it big in the same decade, the 1960s. King of the Delta Blues Singers, an album of Johnson’s songs released by Columbia Records in 1961, had a great influence on the likes of Bob Dylan, Keith Richards,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, London, Mississippi, College, History, Jimi Hendrix, New York Times, Johnson, Seoul, South, Eric Clapton, Columbia Records, Facebook Twitter, Robert Johnson


Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Placed In Solitary Confinement For Launching Podcast

Billy McFarland, the disgraced Fyre Fest founder who is currently serving six years in federal prison for fraud, has been placed in solitary confinement. McFarland's lawyer tells The New York Times that they believe he was put in solitary last week for launching a new podcast called Dumpster Fyre … More »
Tags: Music, News, New York Times, McFarland, Billy McFarland


Rapper Arrested For Unemployment Fraud After Rapping About Committing Unemployment Fraud

Fontrell Antonio Baines, a rapper who performs under the name Nuke Bizzle, was arrested for unemployment fraud after rapping about committing unemployment fraud, as The New York Times reports. Baines was charged with three felonies: access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. More »
Tags: Music, News, New York Times, Baines, Nuke Bizzle, Fontrell Antonio Baines


Megan Thee Stallion says Black women are 'expected once again to deliver' an election win for Democrats but are still 'constantly disrespected and disregarded'

Megan Thee Stallion. Rich Fury / Staff Rapper Megan Thee Stallion advocated to "protect Black women" in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday. "Black women are expected once again to deliver victory for Democratic candidates," she wrote. But "are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life." The musician also commented on various incidents for which she made headlines, including an alleged shooting by fellow rapper Tory Lanez and her criticism of Kentucky Attorney Ge...
Tags: Music, Politics, News, Entertainment, Kentucky, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, Rappers, Cameron, Taylor, Black, Kamala Harris, Louisville, Megan, Tory Lanez


The Incredible Six-Octave Vocal Range of Opera-Singing Punk Diva Nina Hagen

If you’re a reader of this site, it’s likely you known the name Klaus Nomi, the diminutive German singer who stunned New Wave audiences in New York with his angelic soprano voice and opera covers. If you know of Nomi, you likely know of Nina Hagen, who started releasing records in her native East Germany in the late 70s, mixing opera with punk, funk, and reggae and covering classics from Tina Turner to The Tubes “White Punks on Dope.” She became a major star, but her name does not come u...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, London, College, Berlin, New York Times, Madonna, Tokyo, Lady Gaga, Kraftwerk, Carmen, Yale University, Tina Turner, Irish Times, East Germany


The Year We Lost Our Breath

  During the worst days of the September wildfires, as I struggled to take my mind off the low-level perma-headache, I read an article in the New York Times, about how a group of scientists might have found life on Venus. The evidence—a chemical marker for anaerobic microbes—wasn’t exactly made for Hollywood. Just the filigree of a possibility, invisible to the naked eye. But something in me was desperate to hold onto those slim odds.  The article was accompanied by a painting of the Venusi...
Tags: New York Times, Portland, Jazz, Venus, Andrew Durkin


Megan Thee Stallion Playing SNL Season Premiere With Host Chris Rock

Saturday Night Live is coming back next month. We already know that the 46th season, which begins on 10/3, will have Jim Carrey playing Joe Biden. And now, thanks to a New York Times interview with SNL impresario Lorne Michaels, we know that the premiere will be hosted by Chris Rock and feature … More »
Tags: Music, News, Joe Biden, New York Times, Jim Carrey, Saturday Night Live, Chris Rock, Lorne Michaels, Megan, Megan Thee Stallion


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Favorite Opera Recordings (and Her First Appearance in an Opera)

U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has thrown an unbearably fraught political year into further disarray, a fact that has sadly overshadowed memorialization of her inspiring life and career. Ginsburg was a personal hero for millions of activists and students—from grade school to law school; an icon casually identified by her initials by those who felt like they knew her. “For many women, and many girls,” Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in a New York Times tribute, her loss...
Tags: Google, Music, Politics, London, Justice, College, Chicago, Vienna, Current Affairs, New York Times, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barber, London Symphony Orchestra, Verdi, The New Yorker, Mozart


Shorties (The Continued Influence of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Tom Morello's 's Musical Influences, and more)

NBC News examined the continued importance of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Tom Morello discussed the music that has inspired his life with Pitchfork. September's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman The Tibetan Book of the Dead Wild Seed by Octavia Butler The White Album by Joan Didion Phoebe Bridgers played a Tiny Desk Concert. Jacqueline Woodson talked to All Things Consider...
Tags: Music, Nbc News, Cnn, David, New York Times, Nick Hornby, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Brooklynvegan, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Gillian Welch, John Prine, Esquire, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Here’s What The Classical Industry Thinks Of Anthony Tommasini’s Proposal To Scrap Blind Auditions

“[The] reaction to the essay was spirited — and mixed, a sign of how unsettled the debate remains. A sampling of artists and administrators spoke with The New York Times, sharing their thoughts on blind auditions and offering ideas to make orchestral hiring more equitable. Here are edited excerpts from the conversations.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 09.10.20


Shorties (An Excerpt from Sigrid Nunez's New Novel, New Music from New Order, and more)

The Cut shared an excerpt from Sigrid Nunez's novel What Are You Going Through. The New York Times reviewed the book. Stream a new song by New Order. September's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: Arkansas by John Brandon The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark eBooks on sale for $2.99 today: Quichotte by Salman Rushdie The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu eBook on sale for $3.99 today: Lilith's B...
Tags: Music, India, Neil Young, Radiohead, David, Arkansas, Usps, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Cixin Liu, Julia Holter, Electric Literature, Fisher, Sam Sanders, Muriel, Salman Rushdie


Shorties (Claudia Rankine on Her New Book, The Week's Best New Albums, and more)

Claudia Rankine discussed her new book Just Us with All Things Considered. Pitchfork, The A.V. Club and Paste recommended the week's best new albums. September's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: The Crack in Space by Philip K. Dick eBooks on sale for $2.99 today: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene The Fifties by David Halberstam All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot Inland by Tea Obreht Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury NPR Music shared a ti...
Tags: Music, John Cleese, Ray Bradbury, David, New York Times, Dublin, Vox, Philip K Dick, Brit Bennett, Grateful Dead, Graham Greene, Sylvan Esso, Michelle Zauner, NPR Music, Anuradha Roy, Frances Quinlan


Peace Adzo Medie's Playlist for Her Novel "His Only Wife"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Roxane Gay, and many others. Peace Adzo Medie’s novel His Only Wife is a smart, poignant, and engaging debut. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Peace Adzo Medie’s mesmerizing debut novel lives up to both the power of its...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Africa, Adele, David, New York Times, Liberia, University of Bristol, Houston, Whitney Houston, Evelyn, University of Pittsburgh, Monica, Johnny, Muna, Oxford University Press


Shorties (Eula Biss on Her New Book, The Best Covers of Leonard Cohen Songs, and more)

Eula Biss discussed her new book Having and Being Had with The Cut. Cover Me shared the best covers of Leonard Cohen songs. September's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson West with the Night by Beryl Markham eBook on sale for $1.99 today: She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey Paste previewed September's best alb...
Tags: Music, David, New York Times, Oklahoma, Lawrence Wright, Leonard Cohen, Paul Theroux, Elena Ferrante, Hari Kunzru, Ma, Owen Pallett, Angel Olsen, Eula Biss, Beryl Markham, Great Railway Bazaar, McEntire


Why and How the Firearms Sales Got Spikes During Covid-19?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed things for the foreseeable future as we know it. We have grown conscious in cleanliness and wearing masks have become a fashion statement. We practice social distancing like our life depended on it. The pandemic done something I never thought I’d see and that’s shut down sports in America. The NHL and NBA restarted with the bubble concept, while baseball chose not to go that route. Unfortunately, they have had several games cancelled due to positive tests. The...
Tags: Guns, Life, America, New York Times, Nba, Jazz, NHL, Firearms, COVID, Purchasing Guns


Britney Spears files for father to be replaced as court-appointed guardian

Pop singer seeks to have father Jamie removed from conservator role set up in 2008 following breakdown in mental healthBritney Spears is seeking to make major changes to the court-appointed conservatorship that has controlled various aspects of her life since a public breakdown in 2008.As reported in the New York Times, the Blast and elsewhere, the pop singer is looking to permanently remove her father James Spears (also known as Jamie) as her conservator, a role that oversees her personal and f...
Tags: Health, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Pop and rock, New York Times, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, James Spears, Jodi Montgomery


Britney Spears seeks major changes to court-appointed conservatorship

Pop singer seeks to have father Jamie removed from conservator role set up in 2008 following breakdown in mental healthBritney Spears is seeking to make major changes to the court-appointed conservatorship that has controlled various aspects of her life since a public breakdown in 2008.As reported in the New York Times, the Blast and elsewhere, the pop singer is looking to permanently remove her father James Spears (also known as Jamie) as her conservator, a role that oversees her personal and f...
Tags: Health, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Pop and rock, New York Times, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, James Spears, Jodi Montgomery


Twenty years after Jam Master Jay's murder, two men charged in the case

In 2002, Jam Master Jay (aka Jason Mizell), the DJ in legendary hip hop group Run DMC, was murdered at his Queens, New York recording studio. Almost twenty years later, city and federal authorities charged Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr., longtime suspects in the case, with killing the musician. From the New York Times: According to court papers filed on Monday, Mr. Washington and Mr. Jordan, both of them armed, broke into Mr. Mizell's studio on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, at...
Tags: Video, Music, Murder, News, Maryland, Washington, US, Brooklyn, New York Times, Hip Hop, Jordan, Crimes, DMC, Queens New York, Jamaica Queens, Jam Master Jay


Two Men Indicted on Murder Charges for 2002 Killing of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay

It’s been nearly 18 years since the murder of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay, and now federal prosecutors believe they have the men responsible for the killing. Jay (born: Jason Mizell) was shot to death on the evening of October 30th, 2002 in a recording studio that he owned in Queens, New York. He was 37 years old. And now, almost 18 years later, federal prosecutors are indicting two men for the crime. Citing two law enforcement officials, the New York Times reports that 56-year-old Ronald Washingto...
Tags: Celebs, Murder, Washington, New York Times, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Jordan, Jay, DMC, Queens New York, Indicted, Jam Master Jay, Ronald Washington, Karl Jordan Jr, Jason Mizell


2 Men Indicted on Murder Charges for 2002 Killing of Jam Master Jay

It’s been nearly 18 years since the murder of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay, and now federal prosecutors believe they have the men responsible for the killing. Jay (born: Jason Mizell) was shot to death on the evening of October 30th, 2002 in a recording studio that he owned in Queens, New York. He was 37 years old. And now, almost 18 years later, federal prosecutors are indicting two men for the crime. Citing two law enforcement officials, the New York Times reports that 56-year-old Ronald Washingto...
Tags: Celebs, Murder, Washington, New York Times, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Jordan, Jay, DMC, Queens New York, Indicted, Jam Master Jay, Ronald Washington, Karl Jordan Jr, Jason Mizell


Jam Master Jay Murder Suspects Arrested

Two men have been arrested in connection with the 2002 murder of Run-DMC member Jam Master Jay. As The New York Times reports, federal prosecutors have indicted Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. on charges of murder while engaged in drug trafficking. Washington is already serving a prison sentence for robbery, while Jordan … More »
Tags: Music, News, Washington, New York Times, Jordan, DMC, Run-D.M.C, Jam Master Jay, Ronald Washington, Karl Jordan Jr



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