Heeere’s Johnny Thunders

Heeere’s Johnny Thunders

Punk rocker Johnny Thunders will get his close-up in 2017 when a biopic directed by Jonas Akerlund is set to hit screens. Based on the book Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood by British journalist Nina Antonia, the film explores Thunder’s life and career from his days as a New York Doll and then with his own […]

Pittsburgh Symphony Settles Strike

Pittsburgh Symphony Settles Strike

The Pittsburgh Symphony settled its 55-day strike, with a new five-year contract secured by the American Federation of Musicians, Local 60-471 negotiating committee on behalf of the PSO. The deal, concluded Nov. 23,  extends through 2021 and includes freezing certain pension benefits and a  pay cut of 7.5% the first year. It’s been a rocky year […]

Dogg Loose in Park After Dark

Dogg Loose in Park After Dark

2K pumps up the volume with DJ Snoopadelic and Park After Dark, a new feature for “NBA 2K17,”which leaped to the top of the charts since its release last month. While Imagine Dragons, Noah ’40’ Shebib and Grimes curated the in-game soundtrack for “NBA 2K17,” the artist also known as Snoop Dogg will spin a specially curated set for the […]

‘La La Land’ Scores 4 Hollywood Music in Media Noms

‘La La Land’ Scores 4 Hollywood Music in Media Noms

Damien Chazelle’s song-and-dance musical  romance La La Land tops the list of Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominations, with four, including Best Original Feature Film Score for composer Justin Hurwitz, a Best Music Supervision entry for Steven Gizicki, Jason Ruder, and Best Song nods to “Audition” and “City of Stars.” Tied with three nominations each are […]

Theremania

Theremania

Russian physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen was an eccentric guy.  Known in the U.S. by his westernized name,  Léon Theremin, he invented the spooky-kooky instrument that became synonymous with horror movie scores worldwide, and is surely the instrument that best voices the spirit of Halloween. Introduced in 1920, it created a sensation when its inventor toured the […]

Philly Orchestra Strike Settles, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Continue the Fight

Philly Orchestra Strike Settles, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Continue the Fight

The Philadelphia Orchestra may have settled its strike less than 48 hours after walking off the job, but on the state’s westside, there’s no end in sight for the strike at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, whose musicians hit the picket line the same weekend as Philadelphia, Sept. 30. The Fort Worth Symphony musicians also continue their walkout, which began Sept. […]

Record Math

Record Math

Vinyl is on the upsurge, so we thought it worth resurrecting this lamentable dissection of music biz economics, courtesy of techdirt.com and theroot.com. Pop artists, read it and weep! The report suggests that “for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40,” of which they often see zero after the labels recoup their expenses. Talk about starving […]

‘Gears of War’ Soundtrack Sumthing Else

‘Gears of War’ Soundtrack Sumthing Else

The “Gears of War 4” soundrack by Ramin Djawadi will be available Oct. 18 from Sumthing Else Music Works, a record label founded on releasing video game soundtracks by pop music impresario Nile Rodgers. Djawadi is currently touring in support of the soundtrack for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” for which he’s become something of a media sensation. He’s […]

Vienna Toasts Desplat

Vienna Toasts Desplat

The Wiener Konzerthaus comes alive with the sounds from The Secret Life of Pets under the baton of Alexandre Desplat, Oct. 14, when “Hollywood in Vienna” casts its magic over the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Desplat, the composer on the 2016 Universal Pictures animated film, produced by Studio Dentsu, will see his score’s concert world premiere broadcast […]

Alan Cumming ‘Sings Sappy’

Alan Cumming ‘Sings Sappy’

Alan Cumming’s well-received cabaret act, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, which premiered at Café Carlyle in June 2015 and by February was onstage at Carnegie Hall, makes its PBS debut Nov. 18 as part of the sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival. The hour-long show will be available for on-demand viewing on pbs.org through Dec. 16. Cumming, who […]

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