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Today’s Music News: Watch Courtney Barnett play a TV news anchorwoman

Courtney Barnett plays an anchorwoman in a video for “Shiny Gun,” a song by her fellow Australian Fraser A. Gorman. (Pitchfork) See Barnett IRL this summer at Rock the Garden.

The first show of U2‘s world tour will happen as scheduled tonight in Vancouver despite the recent death of drummer Larry Mullen Jr.‘s father. Mullen left rehearsals in Canada to fly to Dublin for the funeral on Tuesday, and is returning to play the scheduled show. (NME)

Jem and the Holograms, the “truly outrageous” fictional band who brought rock and roll to the toyboxes and TV screens of millions of ’80s kids, are coming to the big screen in a live-action movie that will hit theaters this December. A first trailer for the film has been released. (Billboard)

Scott Stapp has opened up about his struggle with bipolar disorder and drug abuse. The former lead singer of Creed made headlines last year for dangerously erratic behavior, in what Stapp now describes as a “psychotic break.” Stapp tells People that he’s now sober and getting medical help. (Rolling Stone)

Amy, the controversial documentary about Amy Winehouse, now has a U.S. release date: it will open across the country on July 10, a week after its U.K. debut. Winehouse’s family approved of the film’s production, but they have since disavowed the completed documentary, saying that it seriously misrepresents the singer’s final years. (Billboard)

The latest music star to be rendered in wax by Madame Tussads is Lorde, whose likeness is now on display in Los Angeles. (Billboard)

Once you’re in wax, can a Las Vegas residency be far behind? No word on any such plans for Lorde, but Jennifer Lopez booked a series of dates at Planet Hollywood spanning the first half of 2016. (Billboard)

Producer Nigel Goodrich says this is a photo of him mixing an album by legendary fashion editor Anna Wintour—but actually, it’s probably the new Radiohead. (Billboard)

On June 2, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their self-titled debut by reissuing the album on gold vinyl and sharing 12 unreleased acoustic recordings by Alec Ounsworth. They’re heading out on a national tour that stops at the Triple Rock on July 23. (Pitchfork)

Illinois native Eddie Vedder led a Wrigley Field crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for the Cubs’ seventh-inning stretch on Tuesday. (Billboard)

In a new Spotify session, D’Angelo covers Prince‘s “She’s Always in My Hair,” the 1985 b-side to the song “Paisley Park.” D’Angelo has long been a Prince fan, and his current band includes Prince associates Jesse Johnson (The Time) and John Blackwell. D’Angelo first covered the song for the Scream 2 soundtrack in 1997. (Billboard)

Remember the much-hyped records-by-mail service VNYL, said to be “Netflix for vinyl”? As Stereogum points out, it hasn’t quite worked out that way; in fact, it’s hardly worked out at all as the service has abandoned the rent-a-record model, which it turns out would have violated copyright law.