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Today’s Music News: Musicians react to Eric Garner grand jury decision

Atmosphere are among the artists reacting to today's news. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Yesterday in New York, a grand jury voted not to bring criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, a police officer whose chokehold grip on Eric Garner led to Garner’s death. Musicians were among those who rapidly shared responses, many expressing outrage. (Billboard) “Can anyone explain to us why it’s acceptable that there’s no indictment in the murder of Eric Garner?” tweeted Atmosphere. Among other Minnesota musicians reacting to the news were Lizzo, Toki Wright, Caroline Smith, and Sophia Eris.

British music great Ian McLagan of the Faces has died at 69. McLagan suffered a stroke in Austin, Texas, where he lived. He was scheduled to appear last night with Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets at First Avenue. (Local Current)

Lana Del Rey has debuted two new songs, “Big Eyes” and “I Can Fly,” that will appear in Tim Burton’s upcoming film Big Eyes. (Rolling Stone)

U2 have announced a 2015 Innocence + Experience tour, with dates in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. No Minnesota dates have been announced, but the tour will stop in Chicago on June 24 and 25. (Billboard) Meanwhile, Bono continues to recover from a severe bicycle accident. He “basically can’t move for the next couple of months,” says bandmate the Edge. (Rolling Stone)

Racking up over 2.15 billion views, Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has broken YouTube’s view counter, forcing the Google-owned video streaming service to upgrade its software. (Billboard)

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first-ever authorized documentary about the Nirvana frontman, will be co-produced by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain—but Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love will be allowed no input into the film, director Brett Morgen told the Hollywood Reporter. “We [all] agreed that because Courtney was a subject in the film,” said Morgen, “it would be best if she wasn’t given editorial control.”

James Blunt‘s record label has asked him to stop tweeting—or at least to cut it out with the pointed, often humorous, responses to his critics. (Billboard)

According to research by AccuRadio, the five least-liked holiday songs in America are Chris Brown‘s “This Christmas,” Snoop Dogg‘s “New Year’s Eve,” Enya‘s “My! My! Time Flies!”, Rosemary Clooney‘s “(Let’s Give) a Christmas Present to Santa Claus,” and the Chipmunks‘ “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” The same study found that when U.S. states are ranked from 1 to 50 in order of “holiday spirit,” Minnesota comes in at #25.

Dave Grohl told Howard Stern that he had an odd encounter with Prince in 2011. “During his Los Angeles residency in 2011,” recaps Consequence of Sound, “Prince invited Grohl to come and jam before one of his shows. ‘I waited for him to call all week, I didn’t know whether I was going to play drums or guitar, his song or mine,’ Grohl recounted. ‘I walked into the empty area during soundcheck and Prince just appears … He picks up a bass and starts shredding … and we started playing “Whole Lotta Love.”‘ He continued, ‘Then we end it, he said, “Yea that’s great,” and i said, “Yeah that’s amazing,” and he said, “What are you doing next week?” and then I never saw him again.’”