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Music News: The Strokes announce new EP

On the first episode of his new Sirius XMU show, Julian Casablancas premiered a new Strokes song, “OBLIVIUS,” and announced that a new EP — Future Present Past — will be released June 3. The EP’s two other songs, “Drag Queen” and “Threat of Joy,” later premiered on Beats 1 and BBC Radio 1 respectively, and all three are […]

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Preview: Soundset 2016 is one highlight after another

Soundset 2016 kicks off this weekend, and it’s been a long time since I was this excited for a festival. Typically, I start off festivals with a few favorite artists on the lineup, and I discover lots of new music just by catching bits of sets. At Eaux Claires, I found Elliot Moss; at TFBSE, […]

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Minnesota galleries to host Prince tribute art shows

Minneapolis artists Erin Sayer and Louisa Greenstock have announced an art show that will build on the overwhelming success of a Prince tribute exhibit that was on display this past weekend for Art-a-Whirl. (Update: A #57Princes closing reception has been announced for June 4.) Their new exhibit will be on display from June 30 to July 2 at Gamut Gallery, […]

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Music News: Neon Indian leads all-star cover of Prince’s ‘Pop Life’

Neon Indian has paid tribute to Prince with a cover of “Pop Life” that features contributions from Holy Ghost!, Kristin Kontrol, and several more guest artists. (Pitchfork) Questlove defends Madonna After the BET Awards criticized Madonna’s Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince, Questlove responded by defending her performance. “Every Prince rendition will not be a life-changing orgasmic xperience,” tweeted the Roots leader. “Just […]

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Bob Dylan turns 75: Celebrating a music legend’s legacy

On Friday, Bob Dylan released his 37th studio album. Fallen Angels is a collection of American standards, recorded by Dylan with his touring band — from the same sessions that produced his 36th album, last year’s Sinatra covers collection Shadows in the Night. That album was sent free to 50,000 members of AARP, in a publicity play […]

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