The Special Men Solve a 21st Century Problem with Vinyl and Alynda Lee Segarra

While the question of how to get paid in the streaming era constantly animates musicians and music fans on Facebook, a second question gets asked less often. How do musicians get people to notice their releases at all? One thing’s clear—the old model of releasing an album every year or so clearly doesn’t work in the current environment. That absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder theory suited record labels better than artists as it forced fans who wanted new music from an artist to buy the album that was out because that was all they were going to get for next 12 months.

Jazz Fest: David Byrne, Jon Batiste End the First Weekend on a High Note

[Updated] This first weekend of Jazz Fest will be remembered—to the degree that it will be remembered at all—for its extreme pleasantness. Whether because Festival Productions economized this year because they have their eye on their 50th anniversary in 2019 or because the right big ticket talent simply wasn’t available this year, the headliners were respectable but not spectacular draws. Sunday was the busiest day of the weekend with David Byrne and Jimmy Buffett topping the bill, but the crowds remained manageable throughout. 

Robert Gordon's Memphis Rent Party Comes to New Orleans

Writer and filmmaker Robert Gordon has made a career of documenting Memphis’ music and the underground culture associated with it. In 1995’s It Came from Memphis, he folds disc jockey Dewey Phillips and professional wrestling into an account of the music scene that swerves noticeably around the city’s two biggest successes—Sun and Stax Records.

Our Spilt Milk: Versace, Jackie Shane, and 30 Amp Circuit Goes to Mexico

FX is bringing back the big guns for Season 2 of American Crime Story. Season 1, a somewhat sensationalized but intensely thorough retelling of the O.J. trial, featured excellent performances by Cuba Gooding Jr. (as O.J.), Sarah Paulson (as state prosecutor Marcia Clark), Sterling K. Brown (as state prosecutor Christopher Darden), and Courtney B. Vance (as Johnny Cochran), not to mention solid supporting work from John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) and David Schwimmer (as Rob Kardashian).

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