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Today’s Music News: Watch Bob Dylan’s new noir video

Bob Dylan as seen in a recent music video

Remember when Bob Dylan issued a casting call for actors to play some unsavory characters? The video he was planning to shoot has now been released; it’s a noir black-and-white production that accompanies Dylan’s version of “The Night We Called It a Day,” with Dylan himself co-starring as a man involved in a tragic love triangle. (Rolling Stone)

Monday was a big day for local show announcements: there’s the Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty outdoor gig at Hall’s Island (May 30); the Madonna show at the Xcel Energy Center (Oct. 8); and the Mumford and Sons pop-up festival in Iowa with My Morning Jacketthe Flaming Lips, and more (June 19-20). The show announcements come amid other news for these busy artists: Mumford and Sons are planning to release a third album (May 2), and Madonna will be playing a weeklong residency on Ellen (March 16-20).

The Wu-Tang Clan are releasing their new record in a limited edition of…just one. The single copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is up for auction now, with the restriction that the buyer won’t be able to duplicate the album for sale until its copyright expires in 88 years. (Stereogum)

The first-ever Lollapalooza Berlin will be held on Sept. 12-13, and the lineup was just announced: headliners include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the reunited LibertinesSam SmithBelle and SebastianFatboy SlimMy Morning Jacket, and Run the Jewels. (Billboard)

After selling out in minutes, tickets for the Grateful Dead‘s “final shows” in Chicago this summer are heating up the resale market. Sellers on StubHub right now are parting with ticket packages for a minimum of $1,350 and maximums reaching comfortably into the six figures. (Billboard)

Martin Gore, a founding member and principal songwriter of Depeche Mode, is prepping a solo album of electronic instrumentals. (Rolling Stone)

Paul Simon will make a cameo as himself on the March 5 episode of Portlandia, promoting a fictional memoir called You Can Call Me Paul. Watch the clip at Billboard.

After skipping a year since their 2013 debut, the YouTube Awards are coming back on March 23, with original new videos by some of the 50 artists being honored with awards. Among the winners are BeyoncéMiley CyrusSia, and dozens more online video stars. (Billboard)

The Minnesota Opera has released a new trailer for the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate, a new opera by composer Kevin Puts—who won a Pulitzer Prize for his last Minnesota Opera collaboration, Silent Night. Watch for extensive coverage of this new opera on ClassicalMPR.org.

Before the Smiths split up in 1987, says Johnny Marr, they were planning a disco album. (NME)