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Today’s Music News: 13,000 new music videos, Idina Menzel comes to Target Field, and more

13,000 live music videos—from classic rock to current indie bands—have been published on YouTube by the intrepid bootleggers of Wolfgang’s Vault. Local music fans will dig finds like this ’82 vid of Prince playing “Controversy.” (Local Current)

The vault also includes this footage of Bob Dylan singing “Forever Young”—which will be covered by Idina Menzel (!?) at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. (Local Current)

Jimmy Fallon covered Iggy Azalea’s summer smash “Fancy” in character as Neil Young—and was joined by IRL guests Crosby, Stills, and Nash. “Who dat, who dat? C-S-N-Y!”

Smokey Robinson has announced that his upcoming Smokey & Friends album will be released on August 19—a month earlier than planned. The album will feature the pop legend, 74, sharing the mic with such luminaries as Elton John, Steven Tyler, and—rebounding from the canceled Jesus Christ Superstar tour—’N Sync’s JC Chasez. (Amazon.com)

Remember Beck’s Song Reader? That was his album that was put out in sheet music for anyone to cover. Well, now he and his friends have covered his song book and will be releasing their version as an actual album, Warby Parker Presents Beck Song Reader, will instead feature studio recordings of Song Reader’s 20 tunes as interpreted by Jack White, Jack Black, Jeff Tweedy, Fun., Norah Jones, David Johansen and more, alongside one song, “Heaven’s Ladder,” by Beck, who coproduced the compilation with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese music supervisor Randall Poster. (Rolling Stone)

The 2014 Coachella was even more successful than in the past. (Spin)