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

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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 in 1966. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s widow Olivia have all endorsed the project and plan to cooperate with the making of the film. (Consequence of Sound)

As digital streaming has risen in popularity, independent record labels have been increasingly concerned that major labels have been striking more favorable deals with streaming services like Spotify. Over 700 indie labels have now united to make a “Fair Digital Deals Declaration” that asks for streaming revenue accounting to be more transparent and for negotiations with rights-holders to be more open. (Billboard)

Continuing his week of video/song premieres, “Weird Al” Yankovic parodies Lorde’s “Royals” in a new song about…foil. In the video, he appears on the set of a cooking show directed by Patton Oswalt.

I swear to f—ing God,” Eddie Vedder ranted to an English audience at a Pearl Jam show last Friday, “there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill! They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them. They should get the f— out and mind their own f—ing business.” (Rolling Stone) Vedder is expected to still hate war, and possibly to talk about it, when Pearl Jam play the Xcel Energy Center on October 19.

In local music news, Strange Names have signed with Frenchkiss Records and Justin Vernon surprised a First Ave audience when he jumped on stage last night with Sharon Van Etten.