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Today’s Music News: Sleater-Kinney pair up with ‘Bob’s Burgers’ for ‘New Wave’ video

Sleater-Kinney have partnered with the TV show Bob’s Burgers for their “A New Wave” video. (Pitchfork)

The New Yorker said that Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me a River” may be “the most polyphonically complex teenybopper ballad in history.” Here’s CHVRCHES‘ synthpop take on the 2002 song. (Billboard)

The 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards will be held on March 28, and Billboard scooped the music nominees. Contenders for favorite song of the year are “All About that Bass” (Meghan Trainor), “Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj), “Dark Horse” (Katy Perry), “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX), “Problem” (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea), and “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift). Favorite new artist nominees are Five Seconds of SummerEchosmithFifth HarmonyIggy AzaleaJessie J, and Meghan Trainor.

Though no Blur tour dates have been announced beyond a London gig on June 20, Damon Albarn promises that the band’s new album The Magic Whip will be followed by additional performances. (NME)

Today in music beef: Kim Gordon says that Lana Del Rey “doesn’t even know what feminism is, who believes it means women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts towards self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross older men or being a transient biker queen. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it’s just a persona. If she really truly believes it’s beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn’t she just off herself?” (Stereogum)

Also in music beef: Kanye West has Beck‘s number, and he’s supposed to call…he just keeps forgetting. (Pitchfork)

What were you doing when you were 16? This kid runs his own record label. (Consequence of Sound)

Members of Pavement have proposed a reunion, but frontman Stephen Malkmus isn’t interested. (NME) While Pavement fans are surely disappointed, it does look like Malkmus is having a lot of fun covering Taylor Swift for an audience of kids. (Consequence of Sound)

Sam Andrew, guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company—now best known as the band that gave Janis Joplin her big break—has died at age 73. (New York Times) Locally, the music community is mourning Vick Johnson, a singer-songwriter best known for playing with Curtiss A. Johnson died last week at age 59. (Local Current)

Foo Fighters have cancelled a Friday night charity concert in New Zealand after a serious road accident involving one of the band’s touring trucks wrecked some equipment and injured the driver—though he is thankfully expected to recover. (Billboard)

Kurt Cobain‘s credit card is expected to fetch several thousand dollars in a rock memorabilia auction that also includes one of Frank Sinatra‘s driver’s licenses and a U2 set list from the War era. (Rolling Stone)

Planned shows by Garth Brooks in Dublin, Ireland’s Cronke Park had to be called off after neighbors complained and the city manager decided not to permit the concerts to take place. The fiasco is the subject of a new play called Are You There Garth? It’s Me, Margaret. The play will debut later this year at a theater in Dublin and then tour across Ireland. (Rolling Stone)

YouTube user Ebombfilms has created what purports to be a “shocking interview” with the Coachella booker.