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Music News: Walker Art Center video installation inspired by Hüsker Dü, 7th St. Entry

Grant Hart and Chris Larson with the drums Hart played on 'Land Speed Record.' Photo courtesy Jordan Rosenow via Walker Art Center.

Artist Chris Larson is creating a video installation called Land Speed Record, named after the 1981 Hüsker Dü album and inspired by the history of the 7th Street Entry. The installation, which will be on display at the Walker Art Center from June 9 to Jan. 8, features video exploring objects damaged in a 2011 fire at the childhood home of Grant Hart. The installation will be accompanied by an original drum track played by Yousif Del Valle (recorded, like the Hüsker Dü album, in the Entry) — which will be released as an LP on the Hüsker Dü album’s 35th anniversary in August.

James Blake and Bon Iver release new track

The new James Blake album, The Colour in Anything, will be released imminently. On Beats 1 on Thursday, Blake debuted a Bon Iver collaboration — “I Need a Forest Fire” — that will appear on the album. (Pitchfork)

Today’s Prince news

Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis says that a Prince tribute is in the making for this year’s festival — as is a performance of Philip Glass’s Heroes symphony, presented as a tribute to David Bowie. (Billboard)

A major New York Times story pieces together everything that’s publicly known about the months, days, and hours leading up to Prince’s death, as he apparently struggled with a dangerous painkiller habit.

Janet Jackson revisits her Rhythm Nation

A new video for Janet Jackson’s song “Dammn Baby” features choreography shot in black and white, evoking her classic 1989 video for the Minneapolis-made song “Rhythm Nation.” (Stereogum)

Juliana Hatfield considers selling Kurt Cobain note

Singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield — who’s recently paired with Paul Westerberg in the I Don’t Cares — says that she’s considering selling a hand-written note Kurt Cobain gave to her in 1993. “I sometimes have to scramble to stay on top of the rent, the student loans, the car payments, car insurance, health insurance, dog insurance, phone, Internet, utilities, union dues,” Hatfield writes, and she’s told the note could be worth more than $20,000. (The Talkhouse)

Franz Nicolay to rejoin Hold Steady for Boys and Girls in America anniversary shows

Keyboardist/vocalist Franz Nicolay left the Hold Steady six years ago to pursue a solo career, and now he’s rejoining the band for a tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of the album Boys and Girls in America. The band say they’ll play “a limited number of live shows this fall to celebrate” the album’s anniversary; no specifics have yet been announced. (City Pages)

Grimes gets fancy for Fallon

Fallon was hard cuz I’ve never tried to sing in a corset before,” wrote Grimes about her Tonight Show appearance, which featured the singer-songwriter-producer performing “Flesh Without Blood” in a formal dress against a colorful backdrop. (Billboard)

Clive Davis doc in the works

Bruce SpringsteenPaul SimonPatti Smith, and other musicians will appear in a new documentary about msuic mogul Clive Davis. Director Chris Perkel will helm the film, which will be based on the Arista founder’s 2013 memoir. (Billboard)

Dance like a Hutt

To celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th), J.J. Abrams joined Lin-Manuel Miranda for a sidewalk performance of “Jabba Flow,” the song they wrote and performed for the bar scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Billboard)