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Music News: Bon Iver is ‘no longer winding down,’ says Justin Vernon

Bon Iver perform at the 2015 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Bon Iver is “no longer winding down” as a project, said Justin Vernon as the lineup for this year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival was announced — featuring, as it did last year, Bon Iver. “You know, we’re not just gonna play the same set we did last year,” Vernon told Billboard. Don’t camp out at your local record store waiting for a new album yet, though: “I’ve been working on music, you know, man. It takes a long time, and I’m not sure exactly what it is or what it means to me, and until that happens I won’t really know exactly what sharing it will look like or feel like or when.”

Kanye West unveiled his new album The Life of Pablo at a live-streamed Madison Square Garden event that was also the launch for the third season of his Yeezy fashion line. The album includes contributions from Frank OceanChance the RapperRihannaSwizz BeatzPost Malone, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others — and includes an off-color lyrical reference to Taylor Swift. At the event, Kanye also announced that he’s releasing “Only One,” a video game about his mother’s ascent to heaven. (Pitchfork)

Bruce Springsteen has written a memoir that will be published on Sept. 27. Its title, of course, is Born to Run. (MPR News)

OK Go went zero-grav to film their new video for “Upside Down and Inside Out.” (The Current)

Alabama Shakes and Miguel have been added to this year’s Grammys lineup — along with Taylor Swift. (Billboard)

Arcade Fire have released video of the David Bowie tribute parade they led through the streets of New Orleans shortly after the icon’s death. (Rolling Stone)

Jarvis Cocker has composed the soundtrack to an upcoming four-part TV series based on the stories of Wisconsin writer Neil Gaiman. The Sky Arts show doesn’t yet have a premiere date. (Pitchfork)

Jeff Buckley cover of the Smiths‘ “I Know It’s Over” has been paired with a new music video. The song will appear on You and I, a forthcoming collection of covers and unreleased recordings. Watch the new video at Pitchfork.

A film of Queen‘s 1975 Christmas Eve concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London will be screened at movie theaters across the country — including several in Minnesota — on March 8. (Rolling Stone)

Lionel Richie has shared the — predictably bizarre — story of how he wrote “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson. During an interview with Kevin Spacey that was part of the ceremonies honoring Richie as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year, Richie remembered:

I’m at Michael’s house trying to write “We Are the World” and his dog is barking and his Mynah bird is yelling “Shut up” [repeatedly at the dog]. I see albums falling over. I look again and see more falling over and there’s an albino python [coming toward me]. I will admit I was screaming like a white woman. Michael goes, “Oh my God, Lionel. There he is, he wants to play with you.” I know you want a spiritual tale about how we brought this song [to’ you, but that’s how it was for three days.