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Today’s Music News: Dave Grohl named 2015 Record Store Day ambassador

Dave Grohl. Photo courtesy Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl will be the official ambassador of this year’s Record Store Day on April 18. Grohl follows Jack White and Chuck D, previous Record Store Day ambassadors, and will release Songs from the Laundry Room—a four-track 10″ EP featuring unreleased material by Foo Fighters—to celebrate the annual day dedicated to vinyl. (AV Club)

Barry Manilow will get permanently off the road after his upcoming tour, which begins this week in Omaha and ends on June 17 in Manilow’s native Brooklyn. The 71-year old hitmaker says he’s not retiring—he’ll continue to record and perform—but he’ll be done with “big tours.” (Billboard)

On Tuesday night, Stevie Wonder was the subject of a tribute concert featuring artists including BeyoncéLady Gaga, and Janelle Monáe. The concert will air Monday night on CBS. (Billboard)

Morrissey published a long rant about the Brit Awards, often called “the British Grammys.” The former Smiths frontman calls the awards “bogus” and says they typically go to “a lot of shriveled young souls” rather than the veteran performers (not to name any names) who truly deserve them. (Stereogum)

On Monday night Babes in Toyland reunited in Pioneertown, California for the first show with their classic lineup in 19 years. The Minneapolis legends will perform again on Thursday night in L.A., then will go to Europe for several shows in May. (Local Current)

Information Society, another beloved Minnesota-born trio, have booked an April 18 show at the Fine Line Music Café that will be their first local show since 2009. (Local Current)

Producer Timbaland has been saying that Missy Elliot just needs “to pull the trigger” on a new album, but now “Misdemeanor” herself has confirmed that she’s in the studio with her longtime collaborator. Ten years since her most recent studio album, Elliot has seen a resurgence of popularity in the wake of her Super Bowl appearance with Katy Perry. (Billboard)

Jack White‘s latest B-side is a cover of a 1991 song by—wait for it—Harry Connick Jr. (Billboard)

There’s a new video for “Pray to God,” the collaboration between Haim and Calvin Harris. (Billboard)

The cover model for Playboy‘s April music issue will be Azealia Banks, who posed nude for a “frisky pictorial” that’s “sure to break the Internet,” says the magazine. (Billboard)