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Today’s Music News: Bruce Springsteen to play ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Dec. 19

Bruce Springsteen performs last year in Times Square (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for (RED))

The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, will be the musical guest on the Dec. 19 edition of Saturday Night Live — and he’s bringing the E Street Band along for the ride. Will there be a spirited rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Will co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler join in? It’ll have to be a holiday surprise. This will be Springsteen’s first SNL performance since 2002. Other recently-announced musical guests include Leon Bridges (Dec. 5) and Chance the Rapper (Dec. 12). (Rolling Stone)

A new Stereogum feature on The National includes a conversation at last summer’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, as well as details on the band’s next album and on an upcoming Grateful Dead tribute album compiled by the band: a charity release that will feature Justin VernonMarijuana DeathsquadsThe War on Drugs, and more. (Stereogum)

Bon Iver have announced a seven-show Asian tour in early 2016. (Pitchfork)

Adele has shared a live-in-the-studio performance of her new song “When We Were Young,” recorded at The Church in London. (AV Club)

Phoenix plan to release a Christmas single, “Alone on Christmas Day,” on Dec. 4. Their guest on the single include Bill MurrayJason SchwartzmanPaul Shaffer, and — wait for it — Buster Poindexter. (Pitchfork) The release coincides with the release on Netflix of Murray’s special A Very Murray Christmas, which will feature Phoenix as well as Jenny LewisMiley Cyrus, and other stars. (Rolling Stone)

HBO has released a new trailer for the new show Vinyl, a fictional show set in the New York music industry in the ’70s. Executive-produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, the show debuts on Feb. 14. (Rolling Stone)

On an Oakland stop to promote his new memoir The Bassoon King, actor Rainn Wilson was joined by Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) for an unusual bassoon-guitar duet. (Pitchfork)

John Cale has announced the Jan. 22 release of M:FANS, a reworking of his 1982 album Music For a New Society. The double album will include a remastered version of the original album and three previously unreleased bonus tracks. (Pitchfork)

Jimmy Kimmel‘s musical mash-up series — the series that brought us Morris Day and the Haim — is back, and on Monday night it featured Jewel and the Gang performing a medley of hits. (Rolling Stone)

At a Brazil performance this weekend, Pearl Jam performed a rewritten version of their 2002 song “Love Boat Captain.” Originally written about nine fans who died at a 2000 Pearl Jam concert, the revised song became an homage to the victims of Friday’s attacks in Paris. (Billboard)