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Today’s Music News: Deleted passages about male intimacy restored to Morrissey autobiography

For reasons that the publisher has declined to state, a few sentences on Morrissey‘s intimate relationship with photographer Jake Walters were deleted from the American hardcover edition of Morrissey’s autobiography when it was published last year, though the passages appeared in the original British edition. The passages have now been restored—with just as little explanation—to the American […]

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Today’s Music News: Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind voted best cover song ever

Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” (originally by Dolly Parton) and Johnny Cash‘s “Hurt” (originally by Nine Inch Nails) made the top ten, as did two covers of songs by Minnesota artists: Sinead O’Connor‘s version of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Jimi Hendrix‘s transformative take on Bob Dylan‘s “All Along the Watchtower.” The best cover version of all time, though—according […]

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Justin Vernon-curated Eaux Claires Festival coming to western Wisconsin in July 2015

The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, a new outdoor event dreamed up by Justin Vernon and organized by the production team behind the independent-minded Boston Calling festival, passed through its final round of permit approvals tonight and is officially slated to take place in Eau Claire on July 17 and 18, 2015. The Bon Iver frontman tapped Crashline Productions to […]

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Today’s Music News: Beats Music to merge with iTunes

As digital download sales plummet—along with sales of physical music formats, excluding vinyl—Apple is focusing on streaming as the future of its music services. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will re-launch Beats Music (which it now owns) next year as a part of iTunes rather than a standalone service. On the one-year anniversary […]

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Today’s Music News: Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

As bassist for Cream, Jack Bruce was part of the group—along with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker—who helped to define the concept of a “power trio.” On Saturday morning, Bruce’s family confirmed that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee had died, at his home in Suffolk, at the age of 71. A cause of death […]

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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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