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Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan’s rapping grandson announces debut album

“I just locked myself in my f—ing lair, bro,” 19-year-old Pablo Dylan tells Rolling Stone about the process by which he made his forthcoming album Midnight. Pablo Dylan is the son of film director Jesse Dylan, who’s the son of Bob Dylan with former wife Sara Lownds Dylan. Pablo Dylan says his grandfather has been very supportive, but no musical collaboration is in the works: “That’s a conversation that’s never happened and probably never will happen.” Pablo’s first album and Bob’s 36th are both slated for release next year.

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL have apologized to Canadian fans for inadvertently stoking rumors that the band would play a surprise gig last night at Massey Hall in Toronto. An excited @3RDEYEGIRL tweet about Toronto, combined with a Ticketmaster listing that was accidentally created for what turned out to be just a closed tech rehearsal for the band’s crew, convinced many fans that a surprise show (which would be far from unprecedented for Prince) was imminent. After fans waited outside Massey Hall from early morning until as late as 8:00 p.m., the band released a statement saying that “We are thankful for the outpouring of love and support and apologize for any confusion surrounding the anticipated performance tonight. To all those who lined up and travelled in to the city for tickets, we hope to see you soon and are looking forward to bringing our show to Toronto in the future.” (City News Toronto)

Grateful Dead fans are bummed at the news that Furthur—a band featuring the band’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh—are no more, according to their website.

Confirming that playing a late-night TV show every night for a week is the new playing a late-night TV show, U2 have booked a weeklong residency on The Tonight Show. They’ll play the show every night of the week of Nov. 17—which happens to be the same week Metallica are taking over The Late Late Show. (Stereogum)

For the soundtrack to the forthcoming film WildFirst Aid Kit are covering R.E.M.‘s 1998 song “Walk Unafraid.” Hear the new version at Consequence of Sound.

Father John Misty has announced that he’ll release a new album—I Love You, Honeybear—on Feb. 10. On Monday night he played “Bored in the U.S.A.,” a song from the new album, on Letterman with the help of a string section and a nifty player piano. (Pitchfork)

The Beatles may be the greatest rock band of all time, but thanks to commercial flops like Yellow Submarine, they’re far from the most consistent—in fact, when it comes to album sales, they’re only the ninth most consistent, behind artists like the Dave Matthews BandRick RossBruce Springsteen, and number one most-consistent album artist Beyoncé. (Consequence of Sound)

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