Many Occupational Hazards for Drummers

The rock band Black Keys have been forced to cancel some upcoming tour dates. The reason for this is that drummer Patrick Carney is having problems with a shoulder injury he sustained while swimming in January. Playing the drums on tour would doubtless stress the injured area even more than it is.

Drummers in rock music face a lot of occupational hazards. For one, they are playing music extremely loud extremely close to their ears. If they wear earplugs, then they can’t hear the music properly. If they don’t wear earplugs, then they could go deaf.

Also, hitting the drums hard stresses the hands, wrists and arms and can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or worse stated Halpern yesterday. Rock drummers are hitting the drums harder than percussionists in other musical genres and are at greater risk. Rock drummers run a high risk of having various other musculoskeletal disorders as they age.

In short, being the drummer in a rock band is more hazardous than it looks. Also, drummers rarely get compensated with fame and acclaim the way singers and guitar players do. They’re always in the back obscured by drums and cymbals. There are a few high profile drummers in rock – Neil Peart comes to mind – but they are few and far between. For the most part, it’s an anonymous, dangerous life.

Females That Dominate Spotify

Ever since the music streaming site Spotify earned a presence on the web people have been tuning in to hear their favorite artists. It is a gateway for popular music and a way to get yourself exposed to talent you didn’t know existed. Even though Taylor Swift backed out, their are still some bold females that dominate this site.

What Taylor Swift actually did was leave more room for top female artists like Rihanna and Beyonce to dominate on this site. The Queen Bee and the self proclaimed “Good Girl Gone Bad” are really making a huge impact on this site. Gianfrancesco Genoso seems to think that since there is an app that is associated with this it is so easy for people to listen to the music in their homes, at work and in their cars.

Most of the celebrities that are listed on the list do not surprise anyone. Aside from Beyonce, Ariana Grande is always in the top ten. Katy Perry is another force that tops the list. Miley Cyrus also made the top of the list. It is the type of domination that is defined by millions of listeners. Nicki Minaj is another one that has millions of streamers on the Spotify top female list. What many people will notice is that a lot of these stars run in the same circles. Beyonce and Nicki Minaj are quite close. Rihanna and Katy Perry are best buds.

Kid Cudi Releases ‘Love’ And He Wants Everyone To Hear It

Kid Cudi comes and goes in our minds without notice a lot of times. He drops some of the hottest songs and the fans can’t seem to get enough of him. He can drop an album and get a lot of recognition, then not release anything for a while and still be loved for his work. It is safe to say that he has set himself apart of the competition and has made a name for himself in the music game.

Cudi’s latest album ‘Man On The Moon III album’ is still under work and is getting a lot of hype from the fans. Cudi released one of the tracks off the album which is called “Love” on March 3rd and it is fire!

The new song was shared on soundcloud by Kid Cudi with some name droppings over the artists involved in the song. This song is about love and getting through, and Kid Cudi wants to dedicate it to you.

The song was worked on during their time in San Francisco where they worked on new jams and songs for the album. Although Paul Mathieson says the song didn’t make it to Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon, it will become a part of the new “Man On The Moon III Album’.

Ever since Cudi dropped ‘Day and Night’ he has been blowing up in the music charts, and his artistic skill have been improving ever since.

Tony Iommi Gets Animated

The legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi, is still making news. No, he does not have another book or album coming out. Interestingly, he is going to be appearing in a new animated series about the history of heavy metal music and hard rock says  Ricardo Guimarães BMG.

On the first episode, Iommi recounts the tale of how he lost two of his fingertips. Fans of Black Sabbath and Iommihave likely heard this story many times before. Those who are new to the music thanks to discovering Ozzy Osbourne over past few years might be stunned to learn one of the most iconic guitar players in heavy metal and rock history suffered such a horrible accident. Instead of letting the accident deter him, he continued to play.

Actually, he did a lot more than just play the guitar. Iommi become one of the greatest of the great rock and roll guitar players. His riffs on legendary songs such as Iron Man, Paranoid, and Children of the Grave are among the most memorable ever recorded.

Why did VH-1 decides to create a new documentary series in an animated format? Well, VH-1 has done a number of rock documentaries over the years. Going the route of producing the new series in animated format is, well, something both interesting and different. Consider the first episode is featuring the great Tony Iommi, the future installments are likely to be just as awesome.

Kanye, Beck Mashup

What happens when you take two great singers and put them together? Magic. That’s exactly what happened when Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took two greats and made a mashup of the two.

Kanye’s “Jesus Walks” and Beck’s “Loser” were chosen to create a unique and awesome song all of its own and Bruce Karatz can’t stop hitting repeat. The mashup most likely has some kind of meaning we can’t be sure of, but it’s unique sound is undeniable.

Many twitter users didn’t even know who Beck was until Kanye made a comment about giving the grammy of the year to Beyonce’ for artistry. When Kanye made this comment, a whole lot of people were confused with what was going on at least until some apt Googling revealed who Beck was.

This also brought back memories of Arcade Fire who won the Grammy in 2011. These two things probably prompted the mashup of Beck and Kanye giving not only Arcade Fire a new hit, but Beck as well.

There are many mashups that are created, but this one is by far one of the best ones we’ve seen this year. Be sure to catch it on your radio or watch it right here. You don’t want to be left out in the cold when it comes to this awesome song.

Jeff Beck to Release New Album Along with a Documentary and Book

This clearly appears that 2015 will be a big year for legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck. The jazz rock fusion guitar king will be releasing what he says is the best album of his career in terms of actual guitar sound and tone. Beck is well known within the industry for two specific techniques. One is the fact that he never uses a pick. The other is the fact that he never uses a processor or any sound modification. He is just a guitar player with an amp and a chord, and of course, a guitar.

Beck has also announced that he is making an official documentary of his life, which is one of the most illustrious in rock and roll history and will impress rock historians like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. Beck was originally a member of the Yardbirds, along with fellow legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Jimmy Page was also a member, and for a short time all three played with the historic British rock band. Beck has since led an individual career that has evolved into a jazz fusion rock music style all of his own, and largely all instrumental. Lyrics are not always necessary when Jeff Beck is on guitar.

Beck is also scheduling a string of live appearances for the summer, along with rescheduling his shows with ZZ Top as a co-act, then jamming with them during the end of their set.

Khloe and French Montanna Have a Run In on Grammy Night


Khloe Kardashian and French Montana just can’t seem to stay away from each other, even though they both admit they just are not meant to be. It seems like almost the day Khloe finally was over her current husband Lamar Odem, she was literally crazy in love with French Montana. For over a year the on again off again couple has been on a love rollercoaster and apparently neither of them is ready t get off.

Khloe has admitted more than once that she rushed into the relationship with French, and never really was in love with him but just looking to have fun. Even French Montana has said that he knew right away that Khloe was still too into her marriage and not ready to completely give 100% in another relationship said Marc Sparks. Even with all the making up and breaking up, Khloe and French always seem to make it to each other’s birthdays, family parties and just about any other special occasion to support each other.

Grammy night seemed like yet another Khloe and French hook up but now people aren’t too sure. Apparently Kendall, Kylie and Khloe hit up the GQ Grammy’s after party, and of course they all looked amazing. Of course French Montana just happened to be in the building and while the didn’t show up or leave together they did make time for a quick Instagram photo.

John Textor: Strap Yourself In

What does one think of when one hears movie titles such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tron: Legacy, and the Tranformers franchise? Three words: great special effects. Like so many things in this world, great special effects are impossible without the guidance of great leadership, and, in the world of movie “magic”, great leadership comes from John Textor.

As CEO of Digital Domain, the company that put forth the special effects of the above mentioned movies and many others, John Textor has helmed much of the magic that has left us in awe as we watched some of the films that have pioneered great visual effects in recent years.

In his early years, Textor, who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in economics, was a co-founder of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private equity firm that specialized in entertainment, internet, and telecommunication. He was also the director and later CEO of BabyUniverse, a company that sold items for babies, toddlers, and maternity over the internet.

John Textor became CEO of Digital Domain in 2006 and saw it restructured into the Digital Domain Media Group. Throughout his tenure there, he was at the forefront of the production of 25 projects, including True Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Many of the films that he lead to completion redefined “realistic computer generated imagery”. Recently, he also has worked to produce Ender’s Game, a sci-fi film about future military operations, and Art Story, a film by Disney filmmakers Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams.

Films of all types require our suspension of disbelief, something made impossible if the special effects seem unreal, but with John Textor leading projects in the future, we will most likely strap ourselves into journeys into many fanciful worlds.

But a huge part of John Textor’s more recent work has been in the music industry.  As he discusses on his blog, John Textor is trying to come up with ways to bring holographics into modern concerts.  That’s because of the buzz generated by Textor’s digital Michael Jackson performance at the Billboard Awards.

This may literally change the face of music for the better, and we’ll have to wait and see just what this is able to accomplish in the future.

80’s Alternative Music Legends New Order Make New Record

A recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine looks at where legendary 80’s alternative music group New Order is today. Fans like Marc Sparks know that the band just released an album of new material. The band had said in recent years that they planned to retire, but realized that they still wanted to carry on.

Rolling Stone praises the new music and talked to the different band members about where they are at musically with New Order. One of the band members said that the way the band records now is different than in the old days. In the past, the band would jam for hours to find riffs and phrases that worked. Today, band members will write on their own outside the studio and bring their work in to share with the band. It goes to show how the band’s songwriting methods have evolved.

Another thing the band says has changed is how they see themselves. New Order has recently added some new members. This gives the founding members the freedom to move from instrument to instrument. Consequently, they see themselves as composers more than instrumentalists.

In conclusion, I think it’s great that the band is still active and I thought the Rolling Stone article was an excellent examination of how an important act can still be relevant decades after the height of their popularity.

Scotty McCreedy Tours with Rascal Flatts!

Rolligstone Magazine reports that former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will be the opening act for the upcoming Rascal Flatts Riot Tour 2015! McCreery was the winner in the tenth season of American Idol at the young age of 17. McCreey has just released his third album and is keeping on the road where he laid country roots.

You can check out when this amazing tour is coming to a city near you, by cheking out the Rascal Flatts Riot 2015 Dates. Rascal Flatts will be ending its stay in Vegas in March of 2015 and will hit the road in May with Scotty McCreedy. Once again, Rascal Flatts concert tour promises to be a RIOT!

You can catch the newest single RIOT here and on Crunchbase. I love this band and recently showed their music to my friend, Christopher Cowdray, who is now a superfan. Also, see McCreedy’s newest release will leave you Feelin It! Be sure to check out all the latest news about your favorite artist or group by visiting Roling Stone Magazine Online.