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Today’s Music News: Wilco cancel Indiana show over Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs earlier this month at a First Avenue concert by his band Tweedy. Photo by Emmet Kowler for MPR.

Wilco have canceled a May 7 performance in Indianapolis in protest of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a recently-passed law that has been controversial due to the fact that it permits businesses to refuse customers based on their sexual orientation. “The ‘Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” wrote Wilco on Facebook. “Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed.”

Jay-Z has launched Tidal, a new high-quality streaming music service, with support from artists including BeyoncéKanye WestJack White, and Madonna. The service started in Sweden, and was recently purchased by Jay-Z. (New York Times)

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp has designed vinyl records of fictional songs for an art exhibit called 20 Golden Greats. The exhibit, which will be on display in a Paris gallery from June 17 to August 28, will be accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack by Cocker that will be sold at the gallery as a limited edition vinyl record. (Pitchfork)

De La Soul have launched a Kickstarter to fund their next album. They’re seeking $110,000 to record an album that they say will feature guest artists including Damon Albarn and David Byrne. (NME)

Robert Plant is collaborating with superstar producer Diplo. What, exactly, the two are doing together remains mysterious. (NME)

Todd Rundgren has shared “Rise,” a song from his forthcoming (April 7) album Global. (Billboard)

Future Islands are in the studio—as in the studio, Abbey Road itself—recording new music. (Pitchfork)

Johnny Marr is writing a screenplay for a movie, he says—in addition to a memoir that will be published next year. (NME)

The Iggy Azalea tour that was recently rescheduled due to “production delays” was actually pushed back due to lax ticket sales, Billboard is reporting. The rescheduled tour will land at Target Center on October 1. (Billboard)

Russell Crowe has revealed that he used to get prank calls from Michael Jackson, who would dial the movie star and ask, “Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up?” (Billboard)