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Music News: LCD Soundsystem resurrected on Easter Sunday

On Sunday night, LCD Soundsystem reunited for their first show in five years, performing at New York City’s Webster Hall. The show was a warm-up for their upcoming headlining gig at Coachella, as made clear by the Webster Hall marquee which read, “Test in Progress, Please Stand By.” LCD Soundsystem kicked off their 15-song set with “Get Innocuous” and followed with tunes like “You Wanted a Hit,” “All My Friends,” and “Daft Punk is Playing at My House.” (Consequence of Sound)

Run the Jewels 3 is halfway done

Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels have been leaking clips of what is presumed to be their forthcoming third Run the Jewels record. And now, El-P has tweeted that the album is “halfway done” will likely be coming out in 2016. Last week, El-P shared a brief snippet of Killer Mike rhymes from the album. (Pitchfork)

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More acts added to David Bowie tribute concerts

The lineups for this week’s Music of David Bowie tributes in New York continue to grow. It was announced Monday that Patti Smith, J Mascis, Esperanza Spalding, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, Bilal, Tariq, and Kronos Quartet have been added to the sold-out shows. (Pitchfork)

Brian Wilson says, “I miss making music”

In a recent interview with Uncut, Brian Wilson admits that while he hasn’t penned a song in 18 months, he misses making music and hopes to work on a new album later in the year. “I haven’t been inspired to write,” Wilson told Uncut. “I might make an album later on this year. A tribute album to the great rock’n’roll artists like Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Little Richard, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones…” (Uncut)

Flight of the Conchords add dates to their North American tour

New Zealand’s Flight of the Conchords — Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — recently announced a tour, where they promised they’d be testing out some new tunes. Now they’ve added more North American dates to their tour itinerary, including a stop at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on June 17. The tour kicks off in Cleveland on June 11. (Pitchfork)

The Thermals perform at a Bernie Sanders rally

Last Friday, Portland’s The Thermals performed at a Bernie Sanders rally in their hometown. Hutch Harris and company performed the title track from their 2009 album, Now We Can See. (Stereogum)

Axl Rose and AC/DC rumor … true?

It seems as though Axl Rose will, in fact, be pulling double duty with Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC this year. The rumor started with an Atlanta radio DJ who claimed Rose was in town meeting with members with AC/DC, and now, TMZ has shared photographs of Rose and AC/DC members exiting the same Atlanta rehearsal space. (Consequence of Sound)

Members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo to cover Big Star’s Third in concert

At a concert in Los Angeles next month, Big Star’s classic 1978 album, Third, will be performed live by Wilco’s Pat Sansone and Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and others. The concert will be filmed for a pending CD/DVD release. (NME)

Joe Skyward of Sunny Day Real Estate and The Posies has died

Joe Skyward (commonly referred to as Joe Bass), bassist for Sunny Day Real Estate and The Posies, has passed away after recently being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 57 years old. (Pitchfork)

The Last Shadow Puppets cover The Beatles

Alex Turner and Miles Kane — better known as The Last Shadow Puppets — kicked off their first U.K. tour in more than seven years last week at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange. The duo played songs off their upcoming second album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect, and also covered The Beatles’ 1969 Abbey Road track, “I Want You.” (NME)