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Today’s Music News: Chris Rock pays tribute to Purple Rain

“Thriller is allegedly the best album of all time,” writes Chris Rock, “and that has at least two bad songs on it. There’s no ‘Baby Be Mine’ on Purple Rain.” The comedian pays tribute to Prince‘s album in the current issue of Billboard, as part of a tribute to the year 1984—which Billboard agrees with Rolling Stone was […]

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Today’s Music News: Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek covers Charlie Brown

Taking a break from his anti-War-on-Drugs campaign, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) is readying a holiday album: Sings Christmas Carols will be released on Nov. 4. Pitchfork has premiered Kozelek’s cover of Vince Guraldi‘s “Christmas Time is Here,” famously featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Towards the end of the track, Kozelek recites a few lines of Charlie Brown’s dialogue […]

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Today’s Music News: Chinese government issues statement against Kenny G

Plenty of people have made statements against Kenny G, but it’s not his smooth jazz that’s upsetting the Chinese government—in fact, the saxophonist is a huge star in China. That’s why his participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong inspired a reprimand by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China,” said Hua […]

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Today’s Music News: Baker Street saxman Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60

Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophone player responsible for one of the most iconic sax lines in pop music history, has died of a heart attack at age 60. Though he worked with artists including Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Robert Plant, it was the 1978 solo hit “Bakers Street” by Stealers Wheel‘s Gerry Rafferty that made Ravenscroft a saxophone legend. (Billboard) […]

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Today’s Music News: Julian Casablancas swears he’s not anti-brunch

Is the Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas anti-brunch? A firestorm now being referred to as “Brunchgate” erupted over a GQ profile in which Casablancas said he’d moved out of New York City because “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.” After the quote spread across the Internet as evidence that Casablancas […]

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Jeremy Messersmith, John Munson, Rogue Valley join video campaign against Minneapolis 70-30 rule

Jeremy Messersmith, John Munson, and members of Rogue Valley appear in a new video dramatizing what the musicians and the video’s producers see as the absurdity of a law requiring food revenue at some Minneapolis restaurants to greatly exceed revenue from sales of alcoholic beverages. As Election Day approaches, many Minneapolis restaurateurs have been campaigning for voters […]

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Today’s Music News: Everybody do the Nae Nae

The world’s most infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, is done with that allegedly appropriated dance move. Her new jam? The Atlanta-born “Nae Nae,” which involves putting a hand in the air, dropping the rest of your body low, and more or less freestyling from there. (Billboard) Here’s the move as performed by its inventors, We Are Toonz. 2015 […]

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