David Bowie announced the Sept. 25 release of Five Years 1969-1973, a giant box set that takes a comprehensive look at his earliest years as a recording artist. The set, which will be available on both CD and vinyl, is the first in a planned series of sets that will cover Bowie’s entire career. (Rolling Stone)
Meanwhile, it was announced that actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter) will play the lead role in Lazarus, a new piece of musical theater being co-created by Bowie. The new play, which begins public previews on Nov. 18 in New York, was inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1963 Walter Tevis novel that became the basis of Bowie’s iconic 1976 film. (Consequence of Sound)
Google Play has launched a free, ad-supported version of its streaming music service, which was previously available only by paid subscription. (Rolling Stone) In other streaming-music news, Beatport has released an embeddable streaming player, with artists and rights holders being paid for each play. (Pitchfork)
Taylor Swift is facing charges of hypocrisy from music photographers who note that contracts they’ve been asked to sign as a condition of shooting her shows grant Swift the right to use their photographs without compensation. British photographer James Sheldon, in a widely-circulated blog post, says that Swift’s criticism of Apple for asking artists to allow unpaid streams of their music is no different than Swift asking photographers to allow unpaid use of their images. (Consequence of Sound)
The National have released a nine-album vinyl box set that contains 105 successive performances of their song “Sorrow,” recorded live at MoMA PS1 in 2013. (Pitchfork)
Jeff Prosperie, a drummer in the West Point Hellcats marching band, was struck in the arm by an errant ax thrown by Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth. (City Pages)
Nickelback have cancelled all of their summer tour dates—including a planned July 25 show at Target Center—so that frontman Chad Kroeger can undergo voice box surgery. (Billboard)
Between 250 and 300 concertgoers were ejected from a Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean concert on Saturday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. “Concertgoers were ejected mostly for fighting, harassment and extreme intoxication,” reports Billboard, noting—for context—that the record for the number of fans ejected from a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau is 91.
Roger Waters will host a benefit concert to support wounded veterans in Washington D.C. on Oct. 16. The Music Heals event will also feature Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow, and Tom Morello. (Rolling Stone)
Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) gave some humorously unhelpful advice to Haim in a new episode of her Web series Sound Advice. (Pitchfork)
They Might Be Giants covered Destiny’s Child‘s “Bills, Bills, Bills” for AV Club Undercover, a series that gives artists a limited selection of songs to cover.
On Monday night at Madison Square Garden, New Kids on the Block were joined onstage by Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg for the first time in 20 years. Wahlberg was a founding member of New Kids on the Block, though he left after three months (to be replaced by Joey McIntyre). (Consequence of Sound)