When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters (Complex)

Complex: When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters. “Landing a high stream count or massive social media following can be very lucrative for jumpstarting an artist’s career—it can lead directly to label attention, playlist inclusion, press coverage, sync placements, and more. But for the fans, media, and others on the outskirts of the music industry, it can be a challenge to decipher if and how these numbers translate to actual offline interest.”

Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton Will Not Play Shows Where Proof of Vaccine Is Required

Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton Will Not Play Shows Where Proof of Vaccine Is Required. “Eric Clapton said he will not perform at any venues that require attendees to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19. Clapton issued his statement in response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, July 19th, that vaccine passes would be required to enter nightclubs and venues.”

Rolling Stone: Brian Wilson Announces Tour, Drops Demos, Rarities on New Website

Rolling Stone: Brian Wilson Announces Tour, Drops Demos, Rarities on New Website. “Wilson’s new site contains a timeline feature organized by decades spanning from his birth in 1942 to the present. He previewed the launch with a 1995 demo of ‘Desert Drive,’ which appeared on 2004’s Gettin’ in Over My Head. Other demos from the era, written with Andy Paley, are also available — including the unreleased ‘I’m Broke.’”

Rolling Stone: Holly Herndon Releases AI Deepfake Tool That Lets Others Make Music With Her Voice

Rolling Stone: Holly Herndon Releases AI Deepfake Tool That Lets Others Make Music With Her Voice. “Holly Herndon has released a new artificial intelligence tool — which the composer is also referring to as her ‘digital twin’ — called ‘Holly+’ that allows users to upload any polyphonic audio and receive a new version of that music sung in Herndon’s own voice.” I tried it with an old novelty song I downloaded from Internet Archive. The Holly+ version sounded like a drunk carousel underwater. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Bon Scott: Family of AC/DC powerhouse launches first official website (The West Australian)

The West Australian: Bon Scott: Family of AC/DC powerhouse launches first official website . “Bon Scott’s family will launch the first official website celebrating the late, legendary AC/DC singer tomorrow on what would have been the hell-raiser’s 75th birthday. The Bon Scott Estate has invited fans to send stories and tributes about the Fremantle-raised singer…. which will already be populated with testimonials from friends, famous musicians and other notable people when the site goes liveon Friday.”

106.3 The Buzz: Sammy Hagar + Michael Anthony Launch ‘Van Hagar’ Era Online Archive

106.3 The Buzz (no relation): Sammy Hagar + Michael Anthony Launch ‘Van Hagar’ Era Online Archive. “Former Van Halen members and current Sammy Hagar & The Circle rockers Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have jointly launched an archival social media destination saluting their time together in Van Halen, the period known as the ‘Van Hagar’ era to fans of the rock band co-founded by the late Eddie Van Halen.”

Chicago Crusader: Proposed ‘house museums’ continue to get momentum

Chicago Crusader: Proposed ‘house museums’ continue to get momentum. “Museums have the power to share the history, lived experiences, culture, myths and voices of a community, era or people. With that in mind, many are keeping a watchful eye on proposed developments slated in the former Bronzeville homes of blues legend Muddy Waters and journalist Lu Palmer and his activist wife, Jorga.”

National Library of New Zealand: Download Now… Free!

National Library of New Zealand: Download Now… Free!. “Today we are very excited to cut the ribbon on a new born-digital collection donated by Luke Rowell, one of New Zealand’s foremost computer musicians. Over the last 20 years, Luke has performed hundreds of gigs around the world and released over 15 albums of popular electronic music, either as Disasteradio or Eyeliner. Among Luke’s best-known tracks is the synthpop hit ‘Gravy Rainbow’, while his Eyeliner albums are considered among the essential works of the vaporwave movement.”

Heavy Consequence: Robert Plant Instructs His Kids to Unleash His Unreleased Archive of Music for Free When He Dies

Heavy Consequence: Robert Plant Instructs His Kids to Unleash His Unreleased Archive of Music for Free When He Dies. “On the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast, the iconic singer told co-host Matt Everitt that he spent a good portion of the pandemic archiving his unreleased material from over the years. The music dates from his pre-Zeppelin days in 1966 through the present day…. He added, ‘I’ve told the kids when I kick the bucket, open it to the public free of charge — just to see how many silly things there were down the line from 1966 to now. It’s a journey.’”

Richard Wagner Museum: Online collection: The most important part of the National Archives of the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth is now accessible on the Internet

Richard Wagner Museum, machine translated from German: Online collection: The most important part of the National Archives of the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth is now accessible on the Internet. “The core of the archive, namely the handwritten estate of Richard and Cosima and the artistic estate of Siegfried Wagner, is now accessible online from the previously purely reference inventory…. The convenient search for the high-resolution, highly detailed digitized documents can be carried out by the names of persons involved, such as authors or addressees, by dates and locations of origin, signatures or keywords.”

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered

SF Weekly: San Francisco’s Musical Legacy Remembered. “It’s hard to choose a favorite among San Francisco photojournalist and diehard environmentalist Greg Gaar’s extraordinary collection of 1,114 concert photos — taken between 1972 and 1989 at venues across the Bay Area — through which icons of the city’s eclectic and vibrant music history live on.”

Independent (Ireland): Claddagh reveals ‘treasure trove’ of music and poetry on website

Independent (Ireland): Claddagh reveals ‘treasure trove’ of music and poetry on website. “Claddagh and Universal are in the process of digitally remastering a ‘treasure trove’ of Claddagh material which has been stored in Bank of Ireland vaults for several decades. More than 600 products, including Irish music and poetry, will be available for sale internationally with plans for the Claddagh website to become a ‘go-to’ site for traditional Irish music and sound. “

New Statesman: How composer Kevin MacLeod became the king of royalty-free music

New Statesman: How composer Kevin MacLeod became the king of royalty-free music . “If you’ve spent much time at all on YouTube or similar platforms over the last 15 years, you will have heard MacLeod’s work. The flute-filled, easily meme-able ‘Monkeys Spinning Monkeys’ appears in numerous TikToks. ‘Sneaky Snitch’, ‘Thatched Villagers’, ‘Carefree’: even if you’ve never heard MacLeod’s name, so much of his computer-generated, nostalgic-leaning work will sound weirdly familiar.”