Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spotify charts history of music

To Timeline or not to Timeline? That has been the question for several Facebook users since the site introduced its new format last year. However, businesses don’t have a choice anymore. Facebook announced that all business pages must be converted to the Timeline format by today. Some companies expressed concerns and frustrations, while others embraced […]

Beyond Bluegrass: The Legacy of Earl Scruggs

Banjo genius Earl Scruggs died last night. According to reports, the 88-year-old died of natural causes at a hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Scruggs, an award-winning artist, started playing bluegrass music at a young age. He eventually joined Bill Monroe’s group. Scruggs gained even more notoriety when he formed the duo Flatt & Scruggs with guitar […]

Richie Havens retires from touring

Legendary folk performer Richie Havens, who has spent much of the last 45 years on stage, announced he will be retiring from touring. Havens, born in 1941, started out singing doo-wop and gospel songs with neighborhood groups in Brooklyn. Inspired by the folk music he heard visiting the clubs in Greenwich Village, Havens eventually picked […]

Label group changes the streaming game, offers artists 50 percent

A war is brewing. As music streaming services gain traction among listeners, interested parties such as the services themselves, record labels and mainstream and independent musicians, continue to debate the amount of profits, the possible cannibalization of revenue, and the distribution of earnings. Sean Parker, Napster co-founder and Spotify board member, predicted at a SXSW […]

St. Paddy’s Playlist: Celebrating Irish artists and music

Instead of drinking pints of Guinness, let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with another great export—music. These days, St. Patrick’s Day is more about reveling in Irish culture than about honoring the patron saint of Ireland, and as someone who loves all things Irish—Gaelic and Celtic culture, the Emerald Isle geography, the history—I am also an […]

Charity show honors The Rolling Stones with covers

More than 20 acts came together last night at Carnegie Hall in New York City for a charity show event featuring covers of songs by The Rolling Stones, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year (and are expected to do an anniversary tour in 2013). The concert featured performers from a variety of genres, including […]

Jimmy Fallon’s E Street Shuffle Shindig

Jimmy Fallon dedicated this past week to Bruce Springsteen, leading up to the release of Springsteen’s latest album Wrecking Ball as well as celebrating Fallon’s third anniversary as a late-night host on NBC. Throughout the years, Fallon’s penchant for musical impressions and parodies with famous artists has garnered laughs and acclaim. Fallon and Springsteen took it to […]