Hotels Are Record Labels Now

The newest record label in the music business is an operation called W Records — run not by moguls or artists, but the Marriott-owned, millennial-focused luxury hotel chain W Hotels. W debuted its label on Tuesday, noting that the company will sign four rising artists over the next year and provide them with recording space, video shoot […]

Subversion Gone Wrong: Inside ‘Bumfights’

In the late 1990s, when Ryen McPherson was a teenager living in the idyllic San Diego suburb of La Mesa, California, he met two middle-aged homeless men named Donnie Brennan and Rufus Hannah. McPherson, an aspiring filmmaker, was always tooling around town with a video camera. Brennan and Hannah had each spent time in the U.S. Army, […]