News Bits

The HUB's News Bits hone in on the significant events that help shape the sound and direction of music. From tour and recording news to our weekly and slightly irreverent feature, This Week in Music History, you'll read about the artists that have revolutionized the sounds of rock, pop, blues, metal, R&B, and rap. We mostly skip the scandals to focus on the ways and means that music is made. We look at artists and gear from a music-geek perspective that both entertains and informs. Stay tuned for the best in music news with The HUB's News Bits.

This Week in Music History: November 24

Adios Freddie, Eric & George…Bowie Bests Beatles

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of November 24

Freddie Mercury Eric Carr George Harrison

Musician’s Friend Remembers Steve Read

Musician’s Friend Remembers Steve Read

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His enormous heart and love of making music helped shape our DNA

This Week in Music History: November 17

Bo Banned…Rotten Vindicated…Democracy Delivered

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of November 17

Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Bo Diddley

The Basement Tapes Revisited: Garth Hudson Returns to Big Pink

The Basement Tapes Revisited: Garth Hudson Returns to Big Pink

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This Week in Music History: November 3

Louis Louis Probed…Lennon Ribs Royals…Willie Stripped…Fiona Rambles On

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of November 3

The Kingsmen John Lennon Wille Nelson Fiona Apple

Steve Cropper: The Stax Legend Looks Back on a Stellar Career

Steve Cropper: The Stax Legend Looks Back on a Stellar Career

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Chops to die for and a sterling work ethic are the hallmarks of this Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s six decades of soulful musicianship

Steve Albini’s Upbeat Take on the State of Music

Steve Albini’s Upbeat Take on the State of Music

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Steve Albini speaks at the Face the Music conference in Melbourne. Photo: Jayden Ostwald

This music engineering icon says the internet has the potential to cure the problems that plagued the old music-biz model

This Week in Music History: November 10

Janis Jailed…Stewart Censored & Sued…John Backs John

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Historic Events that Rocked Music—The Week of November 10

Janis Joplin Rod Stewart Elton John John Lennon

Dizzy Reed: New Guns N’ Roses Album

Dizzy Reed: New Guns N’ Roses Album Could Be Out “Really Soon”

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Guns N’ Roses rocks Sofia, Bulgaria in 2012. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Follow up to Chinese Democracy may materialize any time at all

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Christian Sahm

Scottish bass player and vocalist Jack Bruce has died from liver disease in Suffolk, England. His October 25 death marked the end of an extraordinary career highlighted by critical and commercial success and an adventurous outlook that led him into many musical genres.

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