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Today’s Music News: Five-story Bob Dylan mural coming to downtown Minneapolis

The Bob Dylan mural in progress. Photo by Dan Nass/MPR.

Not to be outdone by St. Paul’s recent designation of “Positively 4th Street,” downtown Minneapolis will soon add a five-story Bob Dylan mural to its attractions. The mural is currently being painted, by artist Kobra, on the blank side of a building at 5th and Hennepin—very near the Orpheum Theatre, which Dylan formerly co-owned and where he played three successive shows just last fall (not to be confused with the music note mural on 10th and Marquette of Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit”). According to the Star Tribune, the painter “envisions a triptych of Dylan, with three pensive images in black and white mirroring the singer’s longevity. Two capture his younger years while a third shows a more seasoned Dylan brazenly wrinkled and wearing his iconic white hat.”

Bruce SpringsteenSteven Van Zandt, Bill Murray, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman all make appearances in a new video for Darlene Love‘s single “Forbidden Nights.” Written by Costello, the song will appear on the 74-year-old pop legend’s album Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18. (Rolling Stone)

Morrissey has revealed the cover art and release date for his debut novel List of the Lost, which will hit shelves on September 24 in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Readers in the U.S. may need to get order the book via import, at least at first. (Pitchfork)

Tyler, the Creator says that he’s been banned from entering the U.K. for three to five weeks due to his lyrical content. The former Odd Future leader’s manager released a statement saying that “Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom. The letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years ago […] Highlights from the letter include that his work ‘encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality’ and ‘fosters hatred with views thats seek to provoke others to terrorist acts.'” (Pitchfork)

After this fall’s South American tour, Pearl Jam will begin work on a new studio album, according to bassist Jeff Ament. A new studio album would be the band’s 11th, and their first since Lightning Bolt (2013). (Consequence of Sound)

Elvis Presley is one step closer to breaking Frank Sinatra‘s record as the artist with the most top 40 albums. The new compilation Elvis Presley Forever has debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 11, making it the King’s 53rd top 40 album. Sinatra still reigns, though, having landed 57 albums in the top 40. (Billboard)

On Tuesday, the 14th anniversary of Aaliyah‘s death in a plane crash, Janet Jackson shared a handwritten tribute to the singer. (Billboard)

HBO has announced a new documentary on Latino music in the United States. The Latin Explosion: A New America, premiering November 16, will trace Latin-American music back as far as Desi Arnaz in the ’50s and will feature comments from artists including Los LobosShakiraJennifer Lopez, and Pitbull. (Rolling Stone)

Heems, the rapper who made his name as a member of Das Racist, says that Fox has bought the rights to a sitcom based on his life. “Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks,” Heems tweeted, “but fox on board to produce.” (Stereogum)

Iron Maiden have revealed plans for a jumbo jet that will carry them around the world on tour next year, supposedly to be piloted by none other than lead singer Bruce Dickinson. (Billboard)