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Today’s Music News: Spoon played at a Spoon cover band’s show

Spoon perform last summer at Rock the Garden. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

After seeing a show by Spoon on Friday night in Portland, Maine, many concertgoers headed over to an afterparty featuring a Spoon cover band headed by local musician Jeff Beam. The audience at the 200-capacity club were surprised when Spoon themselves showed up to jump onstage and play a few songs using the cover band’s instruments. (Pitchfork)

Apple has reversed course on its controversial decision not to pay artists or labels for streams by listeners during the three-month introductory trial period of its new service Apple Music. The decision came in the wake of an indignant blog post by Taylor Swift, explaining that she intended to withhold her latest album 1989 from Apple Music due to the policy. Apple executive Eddy Cue told Swift of the company’s new decision via a personal phone call, after which Swift said she was “elated and relieved” at the change of policy. (Billboard)

Janet Jackson has released her first new single in seven years. “No Sleeep” will appear on her forthcoming album, and it’s produced by her longtime Minneapolis collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. (Stereogum)

A shake-up at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is stoking controversy. 16 members of the Hall’s 42-member nominating committee have been told their services are no longer required, and several of those dismissed were experts on the early rock and roll and its influences. (Billboard)

Despite the fact that Van Halen are about to head out on tour with vocalist David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen made some barbed comments about his bandmate in a new interview. “He does not want to be my friend,” Van Halen told Billboard. “Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore. We’re in our 60s. Act like you’re 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I’m not going to be young again.” (Rolling Stone)

The crowd at Firefly Festival in Delaware was evacuated on Saturday night due to a rainstorm. “Everyone evacuate,” said a festival spokesperson taking the mic from Kid Cudi. “This is for your own safety.” (Billboard)

Last week at one of Smashing Pumpkins‘ acoustic tour shows in Munhall, Pennsylvania, Billy Corgan squeezed the band’s entire album Gish into three minutes. (Pitchfork) The tour stops at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Duran Duran released a new song, “Pressure Off,” featuring Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monaé and co-produced by Rodgers with Mark Ronson. The song will appear on their new album Paper Gods, being released on Sept. 18. (Rolling Stone)

Harold Battiste, a longtime staple of the New Orleans jazz scene, has died at age 83 after a long illness. The saxophonist, pianist, and producer worked with the likes of Sam CookeDr. John, and Sonny and Cher. (Billboard)

The Libertines have debuted their first new song in a decade. On Friday night at the Best Kept Secret Festival in the Netherlands, the recently-reunited band played a new song that’s reportedly called “Gunga Gin.” Pete Doherty said the band had been advised not to play any new songs until their album comes out, but he said they were going to play one anyway. “But it’s got to be a secret, yeah?” he said onstage. “Turn your phones off.” (Pitchfork)

Don Henley had a pithy explanation for why he’s releasing a new solo album. “I do not want,” said the Eagles frontman at a listening party for the new album, “to spend the rest of my life being a jukebox.” Henley’s new album Cass County is expected to be released this fall. (Billboard)