Why bands are disappearing: ‘Young people aren’t excited by them’ | Music- Tempemail

“The moment that we started a band was the best thing that ever happened,” sings Matty Healy on the 1975’s recent single Guys. The song is an ardent love letter to the band, and to the romance of bands in general: the camaraderie, the solidarity, the joyous fusion of creativity Continue Reading

Older Australians give smart tech a thumbs up for music and video chat – but not vacuuming | Aged care (Australia)

Older Australians with smart tech devices in their homes are keen to play music, video chat family and look at screensavers, but less enthused about robot vacuums wandering their homes, according to a study from Monash University and Deakin University on whether such technology could aid in-home care. Twenty-three households Continue Reading

‘Record companies have me on a dartboard’: the man making millions buying classic hits | Music

Merck Mercuriadis had a good Christmas. On Christmas Day, the No 1 song in the UK was LadBaby’s Don’t Stop Me Eatin’, a novelty cover version of Journey’s 1981 soft-rock anthem Don’t Stop Believin’. It replaced Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, which had topped the chart Continue Reading

Dr Feel Good? The NHS DJ helping lift Covid gloom for millions | Society- Tempemail

It has been another gruelling week of night shifts caring for Covid-19 patients in intensive care in Birmingham, but Dr Kishan Bodalia is already gearing himself up for his next DJ set. While nightclubs and musical festivals may be off the cards, Bodalia has found fame performing DJ sets in Continue Reading

Avast success! Sea shanty Wellerman sails into UK Top 40 | Music- Tempemail

The biggest meme of 2021 – at least until Bernie Sanders’ mittens came along – has translated into UK chart success, as the song at the heart of the sea shanty craze debuts in the Top 40. Wellerman, with its infectious chorus heralding the arrival of “sugar, tea and rum”, Continue Reading

Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains: teenage Diane Lane and Laura Dern rock punk | Culture

When Johnny Rotten crouched on the edge of the stage in San Francisco in 1978, at the demise of the Sex Pistols’ US tour, and asked, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” it would inspire a key moment in a film four years later. In Ladies and Gentleman, the Continue Reading

How a Scottish postie’s simple sea shanty struck a global chord | Folk music- Tempemail

It is no exaggeration to say that sea shanties have changed Nathan Evans’s life. The 26-year-old postman from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, has become a phenomenon online thanks to the driving, rhythmic a cappella music. The sea shanty genre has unexpectedly broken into the mainstream, having become something of a global Continue Reading

Not just for drunken sailors: how sea shanties took over TikTok | Folk music- Tempemail

Name: Sea shanties. Age: At least 600 years old. Appearance: Just about the hippest thing on TikTok right now. TikTok? The app where people dance? More or less, yes, although it’s worth pointing out that recently TikTok users collaboratively designed, built and patented a cutting-edge pill bottle specifically to improve Continue Reading

Video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture | Culture

It would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever before. In part, this is due to desperate marketers hunting for eyeballs in a Continue Reading

Events horizon: the films, music, art and more to get excited about in 2021 | Culture

Music Massive albums by massive artists… From Drake (due late December) to Foo Fighters (5 February). We may also hear from Adele, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Cardi B and Kanye West. Plus Beyoncé, that shock album-drop pioneer might join the party, too. Tour o’clockFrom Dua Lipa to Stormzy to the Pet Continue Reading