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Today’s Music News: Bono still seriously impaired from bike crash

courtesy U2

Bono has given the New York Times an update on his slow recovery from the serious bicycle accident he suffered last November in Central Park. He still can’t move two fingers on his right hand, and remains unable to play guitar. It will take over a year to know how fully he’ll be able to recover.

Meanwhile, Alexander Starovoitov, a member of Russia’s Parliament has formally requested that the country’s Prosecutor’s Office investigate the cover of U2‘s album Songs of Innocence. Starovoitov believes that distributing the album in Russia may be in violation of the country’s law against disseminating “gay propaganda” to minors—despite the fact that the two shirtless men on the album cover are U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and his 18-year-old son. (Billboard)

Cover art for U2’s “Songs of Innocence”

MTV has released the full-length version of a 40-minute Kurt Cobain interview from 1994. (Nova.ie)

Data from Spotify suggest that listeners’ musical tastes rapidly evolve from ages 15-25 as they move away from the Top 40 and towards less popular music—but listeners also continue to cue up the songs that were hits when they were young even as that music fades out of mainstream popularity. (AV Club)

Boxer Manny Pacquiao will take the ring on Saturday night to the strains of his own pop song, “Lalaban Ako Para Sa Filipino” (“I Fight for the Filipino People”), as he prepares to battle Floyd Mayweather in what’s likely to be the highest-grossing boxing match ever. (NME)

After a legal battle with three major record labels, streaming music service Grooveshark will shut down entirely. Its owners now admit that “despite the best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on our service.” (Billboard)

My Morning Jacket will donate a portion of proceeds from their upcoming tour to a foundation they’ve just established to bring about “positive change in the world,” starting with a focus on environmental issues. (Rolling Stone)

Instagram has debuted a music channel. Users can follow the Instagram account Music to learn more about “music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers and, of course, fans.” (Pitchfork)

Florence Welch is carrying on with Florence and the Machine performances despite a broken foot she suffered when she jumped from the stage at Coachella. Welch recently brought her cast with her to perform two songs on the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. (Billboard)

Katy Perry has caused a stir in China by performing in Taipei with a Taiwanese flag draped over a sunflower-themed dress, which many interpreted as a signal that she supports Taiwan’s Sunflower Student Movement—a movement that occupied Taiwan’s Parliament for 23 days last year to protest a trade agreement with mainland China. Perry has not commented on the incident. (Rolling Stone)

Toro y Moi hangs out at a grocery store in his new video for “Lilly.” (Pitchfork)

Meanwhile, Alabama Shakes get much farther-out in a new clip for the title track to their hit album Sound & Color. (Billboard)

Late Show viewers who were hoping that John Fogerty would use his Wednesday appearance on the show to bring out some Creedence Clearwater Revival material weren’t disappointed: he played a medley of “Travelin’ Band,” “Proud Mary,” and “Fortunate Son” with a jaunty kerchief tied around his neck. (Rolling Stone)

Scott Weiland played his band Stone Temple Pilots‘ 1994 hit “Vasoline” at a Texas concert with his new band the Wildabouts, and it was…rough. (Billboard)

Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman paid tribute to Def Leppard as the rockers prepared to play a Wednesday show at the city’s MTS Centre. Bowman worked eight Def Leppard lyric references into a single statement made to Winnipeg’s City Council. “I know at the floor of council, at times there can be some Hysteria as we make Promises that can be accused of Fooling people, Bringing on the Heartbreak. But it does not matter what kind of political Animal you may be, each councillor has the opportunity to propel your ideas for Winnipeg, to Rocket your ambition for your community. So we can say we Rock the Ages and we take a Photograph of our growing city.” (Winnipeg Free Press)