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Blues singer Marva Wright dies; WOXY shuts down; Todd P. takes heat for MtyMx

Marva WrightBlues singer Marva Wright has died at age 62. (2004 publicity photo)

By Ally Schweitzer

- New Orleans gospel and blues singer Marva Wright has died from complications of a stroke suffered in 2009. Wright, known as the Blues Queen of New Orleans, was 62.

- Internet radio took a big hit when WOXY, the popular online radio station that took many forms since its establishment in 1983, suddenly went dark at 10 a.m. EST Tuesday. A message on the station's website attributed the sudden shutdown to "current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations." WOXY, which Future Sounds purchased only last year from, was popular for its focus on lesser-known rock bands.

- Articles in the New York Times and the Village Voice aren't shining a flattering light on Brooklyn concert promoter Todd Patrick (aka Todd P.), the organizer of MtyMx, an underground rock festival that took place over the weekend in violence-rocked Monterrey, Mexico. Times contributor Jon Caramanica characterized the festival, which faced numerous band cancellations, logistical problems and lower-than-expected temperatures, as "a long string of indignities with a progressive soundtrack." Low blow, dude. Todd P. fired back on Twitter: "Yes, there were failures, but the energy by midshow Sunday was ecstatic... What city did you dudes visit & what festival did you attend?"

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 24, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Marva Wright, Todd P, WOXY  
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I think this is the third article I've read on WOXY shutting down. However, before yesterday, I had never heard of WOXY.

Over the past year, I have been discovering how out-of-the-loop I have been for far too long. However, I've been trying to poke around the web as time allows, but without a road map or a few good suggestions, it is simply overwhelming. It used to be true that you could at least turn on the radio, find WHFS, and have some idea of what was going on in the world. I believe that the musical scene has degenerated to the point where unless you are in the loop and know someone who can point you in interesting directions, you are going to miss a whole lot, because so much of what is going on is not so much part of a larger popular culture but rather esoteric, word-of-mouth, in-crowd information.

Like WOXY, whatever that was.

Posted by: MyPostID27 | March 24, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I discovered WOXY back in early 2005 after moving back down to DC for a new job. It was truly life-changing and helped me get through many really long days of work.

It's a real shame they could not meld their amazing musical curating with a viable business model...

Posted by: nodata2000 | March 24, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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