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Today’s Music News: Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos comes out as gay in candid interview with Bret Easton Ellis

Michael Angelakos performs with Passion Pit in 2013 (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has come out as gay in an hourlong podcast interview with acclaimed author Bret Easton Ellis. Among other topics, he addressed his marriage to ex-wife Kristy Mucci: “I just wanted so badly to be straight, because I love her so much. I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate.” Angelakos says he wishes he could have been open and honest about his sexuality, but he had to overcome a belief he’d learned: that being gay would mean he couldn’t fulfill his dreams and ambitions. (Billboard)

Steven Tyler has launched a “Janie’s Fund” to help victims of child abuse. The fund’s name is inspired by the 1989 Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got a Gun.” (Rolling Stone)

Daft Punk have launched a new Instagram account devoted to their merchandise. They’re advertising products like the Daft Punk pen, the Daft Punk action figures, and the Daft Punk yo-yo with a series of witty vintage-themed advertisements. (Pitchfork)

John Malkovich has shared another track from his forthcoming vinyl-only album Like a Puppet Show. “Cryolife 7:14 A.M.” is a collaboration with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. Like a Puppet Show will hit stores on Record Store Day Black Friday, Nov. 27. (Rolling Stone)

A piano signed—and licked—by Miley Cyrus sold for $50,000 at an auction to benefit the LGBT Center. (Billboard)

The latest musician to announce a Las Vegas residency is Billy Idol, who will play 12 dates in the city next spring. (Billboard) At the Turf Club for The Current’s tenth anniversary celebration this past January, Idol showed that he’s still got it.

Neil Young has announced a new live album culled from 11 shows he played in 1987 and 1988. The shows were heavy on rarities, and material from his then-current album This Note’s For You. The live album, Bluenote Café, will be released this Friday; hear the music now at Rolling Stone.

Madonna‘s opening act in Berlin on Nov. 10 will be Idris Elba. The actor, a popular favorite to be cast as the next James Bond, moonlights as a DJ. (Billboard)

Mariah Carey earned real raves for her performance as a welfare worker in Precious, and presumably she’ll bring those acting chops to her next role: reportedly, Carey will voice the mayor of Gotham City in The Lego Batman Movie. (Billboard)