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Today’s Music News: Jack White’s record truck to visit Electric Fetus

Third Man Rolling Record Store, via Facebook event

The Third Man Rolling Record Store, a mobile offshoot of Jack White‘s Third Man Record Store in Nashville, will pull up at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis on April 9. The truck will feature limited vinyl releases from the label. Because one good truck deserves another, Chef Shack’s food truck will also park at the Fetus to sell comestibles. (Facebook)

A record store in a truck is pretty small, but NME is still claiming that the record label Ample Play (run by Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres of Cornershop) will open “the world’s smallest record shop” as a pop-up in London on Record Store Day (April 18).

David Byrne jumped on stage at a Carnegie Hall tribute to his music and that of his band the Talking Heads, singing “God’s Army” and then dancing to “Uptown Funk.” Many, though, felt the night belonged to Sharon Jones, who brought down the house with her cover of “Psycho Killer.” (Billboard)

Jamie xx of the xx is going solo, at least for an album: his debut In Colour will be released in June. (Pitchfork)

Rhett Miller‘s next solo LP will be a collaboration with Black Prairie—a Portland band sharing four members with the Decemberists. The Traveler will be released on May 12. (Rolling Stone)

The Decline of Western Civilization movies—music documentaries directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World) in 1980, 1988, and 1998—will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in a deluxe box set on June 30. Among the special features will be commentary by Dave Grohl. (Rolling Stone)

Songwriter/pianist Don Robertson has died at age 92. Robertson, whose best-known song was “I Don’t Hurt Anymore,” wrote songs performed by a wide range of pop and country artists including Elvis PresleyBob Dylan, and Bing Crosby. (Rolling Stone)

U.K. pop artist Lil’ Chris has died at 24, of undisclosed causes. Lil’ Chris (a.k.a. Chris Hardman) came to fame on the series Rock School, and was especially popular in his native country, though he also charted hits abroad during his 2006-2007 peak. (Billboard)

Ted Cruz, the first major Republican candidate to declare his candidacy for President in 2016, says that he “didn’t like how rock music responded” to 9/11, and therefore has listened primarily to country music since 2001. (Rolling Stone)