• Spotify’s taking over. Or is it? Lifehacker dissects the pros and cons of streaming services, breaking down the countless problems you might face if you try to move your entire music listening experience to a streaming platform.

  • Following last week’s uproar over Amanda Palmer‘s budget, Cord Jefferson weighs in on Kickstarter-funded projects. Additionally, Palmer has finally agreed to start paying all of her musicians.

  • The iconic album The Velvet Underground And Nico is getting reissued, with an accompanying tribute record from various garage rock luminaries of today, including Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, White Fence and more. Should be intense.

  • The guys of Hot Chip continue to be some of the most prolific musicians around. They’ll be reissuing their latest album, In Our Heads, with an extra disc of bonus material November 19.

  • Universal Music Group’s deal to take over EMI is allegedly nearing approval by the European Commission. The same deal is still under review in the United States but has been approved in Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

  • A failed musician would like to suggest that, if you are a new musician, you should hold off on putting out an album.

  • James Taylor is suing Warner Bros. The veteran performer and his representatives have compiled a list of 52 complaints against the label.

  • Things could get even worse for the jailed members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, as concerns about prison conditions escalate.

  • Adele might be the latest musician to cross over into the world of fashion design.