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Music News: Sean Lennon ordered to cut down tree Marisa Tomei’s parents don’t like

Sean Lennon performs with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Rock the Garden 2015 (Nate Ryan/MPR)

If you’ve been following The Current’s music news, you remember that last year Sean Lennon was sued for $10 million by the parents of Marisa Tomei — who say that a tree in Lennon’s front yard is damaging the foundation of their neighboring brownstone in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. Now, Lennon has been ordered to remove the tree “as immediately as practicable.” The 70-year-old tree, a judge ruled, legally qualifies as a nuisance. (Stereogum)

As it happens, Lennon’s father’s band is also in the legal crosshairs — in their case, regarding the new Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. Two companies associated with the Beatles have been sued by representatives of Sid Bernstein, the late businessman who promoted the Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert. The suit alleges that Bernstein’s company owns the copyright to the concert footage used in the film. (Billboard)

What’s up with the Prince tribute?

The official Prince tribute concert is still on for Oct. 13 at U.S. Bank Stadium — but that’s now less than a month away and, as the Star Tribune reports, the organizers have yet to actually ink a contract with the stadium. “Discussions continue to finalize concert details,” says the chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. A lineup also has yet to be announced.

Good news for Charles Bissell

Charles Bissell of the Wrens says that the bone cancer that he opened up about earlier this year is officially in remission. “Although it’s definitely been an odd year,” he wrote on Facebook, “overall, all going good.” Bissell’s treatment has slowed progress on the Wrens’ new album, their first since 2005’s The Meadowlands. No release date for the new album has yet been announced. (Pitchfork)

Tidal runs red

Tidal lost $28 million dollars last year, over revenues of $47 million. Both revenues and losses are gaining rapidly for Jay Z’s streaming service; the question is when, or whether, the company will go into the black. (Billboard)

Tim Kaine: Still loving those Mats

Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine visited the University of Minnesota campus on Tuesday, again proclaiming that he’s “a huge Replacements fan.” Replacements biographer Bob Mehr wrote on Facebook, “The only question that remains is whether, if elected, Kaine will deploy Navy Seals search and rescue teams to trawl the Mississippi to retrieve the tapes the band tossed years ago.” (City Pages)

Palace Theatre renovations ramp up

The price tag of the Palace Theatre renovation continues to rise, but representatives of the city as well as of First Avenue — which will operate the venue — say it will all be worth it in the end. “The venue is only as successful as the details that make people want to come back,” says St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority Director Jonathan Sage-Martinson. Among those details: bathrooms (enough of them) and beer (enlarging the bar). (Pioneer Press)

Stipe supports Manning

Michael Stipe has shared a video in which he voices support of Chelsea Manning. Imprisoned for leaking classified information, Manning has been fighting for the right to undergo gender transition surgery. “Instead of giving her the treatment that she needs, the government is now threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement,” says Stipe in the video. “This is unjustifiable, it is unfair, and it needs to be stopped.” (Rolling Stone)

Armisen and Hader unveil Talking Heads parody band

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader went on Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform as Test Pattern — their Talking Heads parody band. Test Pattern will be the subject of a mockumentary on a forthcoming episode of the Armisen/Hader series Documentary Now! (Pitchfork)