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Today’s Music News: J Dilla’s beatmaking boards go to the Smithsonian, and more

Beat-making equipment used by hip-hop producer J Dilla will join Dorothy’s red slippers, Julia Child’s kitchen, and the Star-Spangled Banner in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The late musician’s mother will donate her son’s equipment to the National Museum of African American Arts and History, the new Smithsonian museum currently being constructed on the […]

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Today’s Music News: Jimi Hendrix masters set free, and more

After decades of litigation, 88 studio recordings made by Jimi Hendrix as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires between 1965 and 1967 have finally been cleared for release and will soon be available for fans of the legendary guitarist to hear. This isn’t all “before he became Jimi” stuff: some of the recordings […]

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National number-crunching proves: Minnesota loves hip-hop

Movoto, a real estate broker, has taken a look at the Internet and correctly guessed that people in all 50 states love to see graphic representations of what music their state loves. Thus, they “calculated musical taste scores using data from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Bureau […]

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Today’s Music News: Pitchfork Music Festival begins, and more

The Pitchfork Music Festival begins today in Chicago; the three-day festival features headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar. The Current’s Andrea Swensson and Leah Garaas will be there; follow them at @SlingshotAnnie and @leahgaraas. Also, read Andy Moe’s post on the Pitchfork/Lollapalooza effect: how the Twin Cities benefit by being in the region, […]

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Today’s Music News: David Bowie hints at new music, and more

Just over a year after releasing his first studio album in ten years—read Mary Lucia’s review of The Next Day—David Bowie has indicated that fans can expect “more music soon.” (Pitchfork) Ron Howard will direct a new documentary about the Beatles’ touring years—from their early days in Liverpool clubs to their final concert at Candlestick Park […]

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Justin Vernon joins Sharon Van Etten on stage at First Avenue

The hearts of fans at Sharon Van Etten’s First Avenue show were already good and tender by the time the singer-songwriter got to her encore. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter had already delivered over a dozen smoldering songs, including many from her new album, Are We There, and returned to the stage solo to present a mesmerizing solo rendition of the Lou […]

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Today’s Music News: Jenny Lewis makes famous friends, and more

Tuesday’s always a big release day, and yesterday saw eye-catching new videos from Jenny Lewis—who premiered a video for her new solo track “One of the Guys,” featuring Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson—and from “Weird Al” Yankovic, who continued his week of video premieres by remaking Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as “Word Crimes.” […]

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