Universal Music’s Midyear Earnings Were Just OK on Paper, But Pretty Good for During the Pandemic

The leading music company is getting by alright during COVID-19, despite drops in streaming and merchandise revenues last quarter. Rarely can a company’s financial performance be deemed successful with seemingly mediocre financial results, but Universal Music Group is having a decent 2020 all things considered. Its segments either did great or poorly, with little in […]

A northern soul

If the Liverpool scene was a kind of surreal sitcom, then living next door to the Crucial Three, underneath OMD with their synths, and across the road from Pete Burns and his wife Lin with her kettle handbag, were Big in Japan. The Crucial Three loathed the camp, play-acting performance tarts Big in Japan, who […]

Apple Music vs. Spotify: The best music streaming service for you

Apple Music plays well with other Apple devices. If you want voice control on the HomePod, for example, Apple Music is your only option. Spotify, on the other hand, has greater cross-compatibility across lots of different devices, from game consoles to smart speakers.

The best iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Fire, Surface, and Pixel tablet deals for August 2020

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before […]

How YouTube spreads extremist ideas that inspire events like the Christchurch mosque shootings

The proliferation of conspiracies on YouTube also plays a part, he says. “Once you start to take on that conspiracy mindset it becomes very easy to accept other conspiracies. Many of the ones that are out there now, that are most widely believed, are very racist. If you end up believing the earth is flat, the idea […]

New York Independent Venues Form Group to Fight for Federal COVID-19 Relief

As Congress continues to debate the next round of COVID-19 relief funding, it remains to be seen whether the Save Our Stages Act or the Restart Act  — which isn’t specifically tailored to music venues, but broadly focuses on businesses with high overhead and no revenue during the pandemic — will pass as is, or […]

‘Mughal-e-Azam’ screenplay enters Oscars library to mark 60th anniversary

“The journey of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ started with words from the greatest writing team ever assembled in Hindi cinema and I thought the best way to honour them was to permanently preserve their screenplay in the world’s most renowned film library,” said Akbar Asif, a businessman based in London.

Roy Clark, Country Guitarist and ‘Hee Haw’ Host, Dead at 85

Roy Linnwood Clark was born April 14th, 1933, in Meherrin, Virginia, about 65 miles south of Richmond. From his infancy, Clark, the oldest of five children in his family, was a natural on stringed instruments. His father, who worked several jobs, also played banjo, guitar and mandolin at square dances, and by age 14, the […]

Dark side of wine labeling: A California winemaker’s Oregon controversy

It’s no secret that Carole Meredith and Steve Lagier make beautiful wines from the small vineyard at their 1,300-foot-high Mt. Veeder home. I’ve long enjoyed their peppery Syrah, which packs big flavors into a lithe frame. But on a recent visit to their property, the Lagier-Meredith Malbec 2016 ($45, 13.6%) was the real revelation, largely […]

Scenes for Survival review – Alan Cumming runs wild in lockdown drama

Watched right now, they can seem grimly close to home. If you are already feeling isolated, vulnerable and small, you’re unlikely to find solace in an inward-looking monologue. However vividly written, however crisply directed and however well acted (and there are many tremendous performances here), these works are often so overwhelmed by the enormity of […]