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Is Chicago’s Music Scene Under Attack?

by Ben LaScola
Corporate Interests Challenge Chicago Indie Culture:   If you follow the Chicago music scene, you may have read about development group Sterling Bay and their proposed, “Lincoln Yards” project.  Sterling Bay wants to transform over 70 acres of defunct industrial land along the Chicago River between the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods into “commercial and […]

Marshmello & Kane Brown Team Up to Release Song in 2019

by Ben LaScola
Marshmello and Kane Brown have recently announced that they will release a song together in 2019, according to tweets from both musicians.   On November 22, Marshmello tweeted: I’m thankful that me and @kanebrown have a song coming next year — marshmello (@marshmellomusic) November 22, 2018 Brown, the 24-year-old Georgia native replied: It’s to real….. […]

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus Release “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”

by Ben LaScola
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson on Thursday released a new single called “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” The song is the first single from Ronson’s upcoming solo record; his first since 2015’s Uptown Special. In a recent BBC interview, the prolific producer described the album as one filled with “sad bangers” that will be equal […]

Fans Bid Florida’s Okeechobee Festival Farewell

by Ben LaScola
The Okeechobee team announced in a letter on Thursday afternoon that there will be no festival in 2019.     The announcements confirms many rumors predicting the end of the beloved Florida festival that had been swirling around social media all year. Okeechobee had been an annual event in Sunshine Grove, Florida for the past […]

‘SNL’ Delivers Sheck Wes- Inspired Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Ben LaScola
Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Chris Redd celebrate supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a Sheck Wes-inspired rap parody.   Kate McKinnon, who has portrayed the 85-year-old Ginsburg as a dancing, sick-burn-serving powerhouse on SNL’s Weekend Update segment, again put on the black robe for the music video.   Cast members, Pete Davidson and Chris […]

NFL Scrambles for Half Time Show Performers

by Ben LaScola
The NFL is settling for Maroon 5 as their performer for the 2019 halftime show after Rihanna turned down the offer, citing her support for Colin Kaepernick. It’s almost funny, picturing the NFL employee that had to call Rihanna’s agent, asking if she would be interested in doing the show. Surely the NFL might have […]