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Music News: Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea wins NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Photo by Michael K. Anderson, via Gaelynn Lea on Facebook

Singer-songwriter Gaelynn Lea, a Duluth artist who plays and teaches fiddle, has won National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Contest with a moving rendition of her song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun.” Lea prevailed over 6,000-plus other entrants in the contest. “We’re excited to welcome Gaelynn to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C.,” wrote the judges, “where she’ll play her own Tiny Desk concert. She also wins the opportunity to appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another and to tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.” (NPR) In addition to her solo work, Lea is known for collaborating with Alan Sparhawk in the duo The Murder of Crows.

Foos aren’t through

The Foo Fighters, who were rumored to be going on hiatus after Dave Grohl played solo at the Oscars, have released a video confirming that they’re breaking up…not! (Independent)

Petty, Costello, Gaye make Songwriters Hall of Fame

Tom PettyElvis CostelloMarvin GayeNile RodgersBernard Edwards (Chic), and Chip Taylor (“Angel of the Morning,” “Wild Thing”) will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9, the Hall has announced. (Rolling Stone)

SXSW keynote coup

How do you top keynote speakers like Bruce Springsteen and Snoop Dogg? SXSW went straight to the top: Barack and Michelle Obama will both appear at this year’s SXSW, the 30th anniversary of the Austin festival. President Obama will participate in a “keynote conversation” at SXSW Interactive, and the First Lady will deliver the opening keynote at SXSW Music. (Rolling Stone)

Does Kanye torrent?

A Kanye West source trusted by Billboard says Kanye was intentionally trolling Twitter with a joking reference to his widely-bootlegged album Life of Pablo when he posted a picture of a screen in which a browser tab was open to the piracy site Pirate Bay. The tweet provoked angry responses from people including the popular EDM artist Deadmau5.

Allllll-righty then

Neil Young is in the studio working on his 37th studio album, once again working with the band Promise of the Real. Young says “it’s like nothing that I’ve done.” To wit, he told journalist/filmmaker Cameron Crowe:

Imagine it’s a live show where the audience is full of every living thing on earth — all of the animals and insects and amphibians and birds and everybody — we’re all represented. And also they overtake the music once in a while and play the instruments.

Zoe plays Nina, sparks controversy

A first trailer for Nina, the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, has been released — sparking criticism for makeup applied to make Saldana, a black American of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, more closely resemble Simone. The film comes out April 22. Watch the trailer at the Guardian.

Byrne film to play Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced just over half of its 2016 lineup; among the featured films is Contemporary Color, a concert film about a 2015 David Byrne concert featuring flag-waving color guard performers along with St. Vincent and Ad-Rock. (Rolling Stone)

GNR unleash Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains will open for Guns N’ Roses at the Las Vegas shows that will inaugurate the classic rockers’ reunion — just before GNR head to Coachella. (Rolling Stone)

Judge urges Madonna and Ritchie to stop fighting over teen son

New York Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan has implored Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie to resolve a custody dispute over their 15-year-old son Rocco Ritchie. “It’s been a very difficult time for him,” said Kaplan about the custody battle, which has been going on for months. “We hope to put an end to this as soon as possible without exposing him to more litigation, press innuendo, any of that kind of thing.” (Billboard)