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Today’s Music News: Chinese government issues statement against Kenny G

Plenty of people have made statements against Kenny G, but it’s not his smooth jazz that’s upsetting the Chinese government—in fact, the saxophonist is a huge star in China. That’s why his participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong inspired a reprimand by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China,” said Hua […]

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Today’s Music News: Baker Street saxman Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60

Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophone player responsible for one of the most iconic sax lines in pop music history, has died of a heart attack at age 60. Though he worked with artists including Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Robert Plant, it was the 1978 solo hit “Bakers Street” by Stealers Wheel‘s Gerry Rafferty that made Ravenscroft a saxophone legend. (Billboard) […]

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How I overcame my fear of famous people

They say that the truth will set you free. So if you must know, the hand-on-my-heart truth is that I spent the first few years of my fledgling music journalism career positively terrified of the musicians I was forced to interact with in order to do my job. I have always loved music to an […]

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Today’s Music News: Julian Casablancas swears he’s not anti-brunch

Is the Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas anti-brunch? A firestorm now being referred to as “Brunchgate” erupted over a GQ profile in which Casablancas said he’d moved out of New York City because “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.” After the quote spread across the Internet as evidence that Casablancas […]

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Jeremy Messersmith, John Munson, Rogue Valley join video campaign against Minneapolis 70-30 rule

Jeremy Messersmith, John Munson, and members of Rogue Valley appear in a new video dramatizing what the musicians and the video’s producers see as the absurdity of a law requiring food revenue at some Minneapolis restaurants to greatly exceed revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages. As Election Day approaches, many Minneapolis restaurateurs have been campaigning for voters […]

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