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Today’s Music News: Prince’s high school basketball pic goes viral

When Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany tweeted a photo of Prince‘s high school basketball team, he couldn’t have guessed it would go viral—after all, the photo was already published in the newspaper, in 1984. National blogs loved the rediscovered photo of an afro-sporting Prince in his Bryant Junior High days, though, and Jany got hundreds […]

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Today’s Music News: Björk’s new album art is really something

When a musician is about to have her own exhibit at MoMA, the stakes are high for any new album art. In the just-released cover image for physical releases of Vulnicura, Björk doesn’t disappoint. (Pitchfork) Bob Dylan apparently has another album’s worth of Frank Sinatra covers in the can—according to former Dylan producer Daniel Lanois, who says he’s heard […]

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Today’s Music News: Watch Bob Dylan’s new noir video

Remember when Bob Dylan issued a casting call for actors to play some unsavory characters? The video he was planning to shoot has now been released; it’s a noir black-and-white production that accompanies Dylan’s version of “The Night We Called It a Day,” with Dylan himself co-starring as a man involved in a tragic love triangle. (Rolling […]

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Today’s Music News: A first look at John Cusack as Brian Wilson

Love & Mercy, the new Brian Wilson biopic, is scheduled to be released on June 5. The first trailer—featuring actors Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson at two different points in his life—has now been released. Also in the cast is Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, who plays Wilson’s infamous psychologist Eugene Landy. (Billboard) Paul McCartney‘s childhood home in Liverpool […]

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Today’s Music News: Sam Smith, Royal Blood score big at Brit Awards

The Brit Awards—widely regarded at the British Grammys—were held on Wednesday, and though for Minnesota music fans the huge news was local MC Allan Kingdom joining Kanye West on stage for a song debut, the big winners in terms of awards were Sam Smith and Royal Blood. Smith won Global Success and British Breakthrough Act, while Royal Blood […]

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Someone hacked a limb off of U2’s Joshua tree

The music world has been buzzing today with news that a Joshua tree—the Joshua tree, for music fans—has been vandalized. Someone’s hacked a limb off of the tree made iconic by Anton Corbijn’s photography for U2’s classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree, apparently to claim an inch-thick slice as a souvenir. That’s a sad, simple story—but […]

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Today’s Music News: Yoko Ono to critics: Can I live?

Bob Dylan‘s not the only venerable musician who’s sick of having his distinctive singing style attacked: Yoko Ono has published a scathing rejoinder to her critics. “DON’T STOP ME!” reads the headline of the post on her website, which goes on to say, “Let me be free. Let me be me! Don’t make me old, with […]

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