Is Live Music Dying?

This article by Nate Rogers for The Ringer centers around what Ticketmaster has done to the live music industry, but branches out into some broader topics. He spends a fair amount of time on poptimism and the problems that have come from the changes in some of the dominant music paradigms that came with the movement.

Income inequality is obviously a society-wide problem,” said Hyden. But when it comes to art, I don’t feel like the people with the most money make the best music. I think that’s been disproven over and over again. And I don’t think that’s true now. A lot of the big pop records, I think, are boring as hell.”

I felt like Rogers could have expanded on the role that Spotify has played in some of the problematic shifts in music in general, but was surprised to learn that The Ringer is owned by Spotify.