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Today’s Music News: Plans to turn Minneapolis Armory into concert and event venue move forward

A rendering, by Shea, of how the Minneapolis Armory might look inside after renovations.

In May 2014, developer Doug Hoskin announced plans to turn the Minneapolis Armory into a venue for concerts and other events, opening as soon as this year. Those plans stalled, though, as Hoskins looked for the right partners to invest in the renovation. Ned Abdul‘s Swervo Development has now bought the Armory from Hoskins and intends to move forward with renovations aimed at turning the Armory—which has functioned as a parking lot for the past 15 years—into the planned concert and event venue. Under the new timetable, the downtown venue likely won’t open for concerts and events until 2017. (Star Tribune)

One of only five existing test pressings of Bob Dylan‘s Blood on the Tracks has surfaced and is being sold for $12,000. This rare alternate version of the 1975 classic features only recordings made in New York, where sessions for the album were first held; the version of the album that was ultimately released includes several re-recordings made in Minneapolis due to Dylan’s dissatisfaction with the songs’ first recordings. (Rolling Stone)

In Chicago this weekend, the Grateful Dead played what they’re calling their final shows. The shows broke the attendance record for Soldier Field and earned a special message of tribute from President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Obama revealed that he’s a fan of the Black Keys and OutKast. When the Black Keys, via Twitter, asked if they could borrow Air Force One, Obama replied, “It’s not mine; just a loaner. Maybe you can come play at the White House sometime instead?” (Billboard)

The Foo Fighters played their first show since Dave Grohl‘s leg injury, which forced them to cancel a string of European tour dates. For the band’s comeback—their 20th anniversary show at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.—Grohl performed in a specially built mobile throne. (Pitchfork)

It was a big week for Billy Joel. On Wednesday night, Joel set a new record as the artist with the most Madison Square Garden performances when he played his 65th show, playing Elton John‘s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in tribute to the previous record-holder. (Billboard) Then, on Saturday, Joel wed Alexis Roderick—his girlfriend of six years, with whom he’s expecting a daughter later this summer—in a private ceremony officiated by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. (Billboard)

On Wednesday night in Holmdel, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen joined Brian Wilson onstage to perform “Barbara Ann” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (Rolling Stone)

The descendants of the late bluesman Armenter “Bo Carter” Chatmon have sued Rod Stewart, saying that Stewart’s 2013 song “Corrina, Corrina” is “nearly identical” to Chatmon’s 1928 song “Corrine, Corrina.” Chatmon’s original has been covered by many artists—including Bob DylanWillie Nelson, and Conor Oberst—but it’s unclear whether Stewart considers his version a cover. (Billboard)

In the debut episode of his Beats 1 Radio show The PharmacyDr. Dre paid tribute to the late J Dilla and talked about the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, saying he was skeptical about the project until Ice Cube “took the bull by the horns” and helped to make sure the script and director would be high-quality. (Rolling Stone)

Chicago has become the first major American city to impose a “cloud tax” on streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix. Starting in September, Windy City residents will pay a 9% tax on streaming services. (Billboard)

Lionel Richie was a hit at Glastonbury, and now he’s a hit on the charts: Richie’s Definitive Collection, a 2003 greatest-hits compilation, has become his first album to top the U.K. charts since Back to Front, an earlier hits collection, did so in 1992. (NME)

After his computer died, rapper Prince Harvey recorded an entire album over the course of four months on demonstration-model Macs at an Apple Store in New York City. The album is called PHATASS—an acronym for Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: SoHo. (Daily Beast)

Sorry, “Suspicious Minds” fans: the young Elvis Presley wins again for the new Elvis stamp, which will be available Aug. 12. (image ©2015 USPS)