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Today’s Music News: Replacements co-headlining Converse festival in Boston

Paul Westerberg of the Replacements performs at Midway Stadium in St. Paul last September. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

The Replacements are among the headliners of the Converse-sponsored Rubber Tracks Live festival, taking place in Boston from April 27 through May 1. The ‘Mats will play on April 27, along with Dinosaur Jr., in a performance sandwiched in among others on their spring “By Unpopular Demand” tour. Other acts at the five-day festival include SlayerPassion Pit, and Chance the Rapper. (Rolling Stone)

Crystal Castles will continue despite the departure of vocalist Alice Glass. Remaining member Ethan Kath released a new Crystal Castles track, “Frail,” along with a since-deleted statement noting testily that Glass didn’t even appear on a number of the band’s best-known songs. (Pitchfork)

Bill Wyman, longtime bassist for the Rolling Stones, will release his first solo album in 33 years. Back to Basics, the follow-up to his self-titled 1982 debut, will come out on June 22. (Rolling Stones)

The Grateful Dead shows in Chicago that have turned into this summer’s hottest ticket will be broadcast live in theaters across the country. Participating theaters have not yet been announced. (Billboard)

Kanye West will appear on one of the covers (there are multiple variants) of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People issue. Taylor Swift is also on the list—along with West’s wife Kim Kardashian. (Billboard)

Johnny Marr has shared a streaming version of his live version of the Smiths‘ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.” The song will be released on limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day, the B-side to Marr’s cover of Depeche Mode‘s “I Feel You.” (NME)

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) and Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell performed a cover of Unicorn‘s “No Way Out of Here” on The Late Show with David Letterman. The song appears on the duo’s joint covers album, Sing Into My Mouth, which will be released on July 17. (Consequence of Sound)

If the new Mumford & Sons sound shocks you, brace yourself: Marcus Mumford is learning how to make hip-hop beats. (Stereogum)

Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg has criticized music stars including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and former Duluthian Riff Raff for cultural appropriation of African-American style.