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Today’s Music News: Tom Hiddleston dons Hank Williams’s hat for biopic

Photo by Alan Markfield, courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Here’s your first look at actor Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in the forthcoming biopic I Saw the Light. The film will hit selected theaters on Nov. 27, with a wider release to follow.

Thom Yorke is writing music for an upcoming Broadway production of Harold Pinter‘s 1971 play Old Times. “I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns,” says the Radiohead frontman. Old Times, which stars Clive Owen, begins previews at the American Airlines Theatre in New York on Sept. 17. (Billboard)

Jamie xx has opened a “Good Times Store” as a pop-up on the Bowery in New York City. The store sells “signed albums and some of Jamie’s mixes on tape, as well as some second-hand records picked by Jamie,” reports Pitchfork.

Hollywood Vampires have announced their first live dates. The supergroup featuring Johnny DeppAlice CooperJoe Perry (Aerosmith), Duff McKagen (Guns N’ Roses), and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver) will play on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Roxy in—where else?—Hollywood. Their self-titled debut album is being released on Sept. 11. (Rolling Stone)

The AIM Independent Awards nominations have been announced; leading the 43 artists who have been recognized by the UK’s independent music trade body are Young FathersCourtney BarnettFKA Twigs, and Alt-J. The award winners will be announced at a London ceremony on Sept. 8. (Billboard)

The Montage of Heck soundtrack, full of previously unheard Kurt Cobain recordings, now has a release date: Nov. 6, the same day the documentary hits home video. (Billboard)

With his third solo album, Crosseyed Heart, coming out Sept. 18, Keith Richards will be making his two previous solo albums available online. Talk is Cheap (1988) and Main Offender (1992) will hit streaming and download services later this week. (Rolling Stone)

29 years after becoming a father for the first time, Billy Joel is a dad for the second time. The rocker and his fourth wife welcomed Della Rose Joel to the world on Wednesday morning. (Billboard)

Steve Martin, a longtime banjo player and singer who’s won five Grammys, has a new award to add to the stack: he’ll receive a Distinguished Achievement award from the International Bluegrass Music Association on Oct. 1. Fellow honorees will include Alison Brown, Murphy Henry, and “Bashful Brother” Oswald Kirby. (Rolling Stone)

British girl group Little Mix had a run-in with a very large and resolute insect while performing on Sunday at a radio event in Phoenix. (NME)