The "Happy Birthday" song might go into the public domain, Taylor Swift's unintentionally rebellious "T.S. 1989" merch to go on sale in China and — shocker! — Ted Nugent says Cecil the Lion was fair game.
With a fan base as loyal as a Marine
battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse
Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke
parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite,
singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject
her creative methodology to any severe course corrections.
In 2004, when Chapel Hill, N.C. resident
Django Haskins lifted the name of his new band from the title of one of
Leonard Cohen’s most beloved albums — the ’70s classic New Skin for the Old Ceremony
— it could have been viewed as foolhardy bravado or a case of brilliant
To hell with bachelors and bachelorettes
dry-humping their way to faux decisions about potential partners for the
rest of their lives (or the season). For real drama, we need a reality
show about the travails of actual bands.
The Grateful Dead smash music pay-per-view records with farewell show simulcasts, The Doobie Brothers are suing a cover band with a much-more-clever name than their own (Doobie Decibel System) and, after officials forced the cancelation of a Chicago charity concert featuring Chief Keef, police shut down an appearance in a nearby Indiana town by Hologram Keef.
For all the grumbling about the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame, the induction ceremonies can often be revelatory and
moving, occasionally serving as a way to view an artist from a different
perspective and remind everyone why an artist is receiving the honor in
the first place.