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Today’s Music News: Jack White’s Third Man Records to open Detroit location

Third Man's Rolling Record Store truck during a recent visit to the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. Photo by Leah Garaas/MPR.

Jack White‘s Third Man Records will open a new office and retail space in White’s hometown of Detroit. The new space, in the neighborhood where White attended high school, is scheduled to open in time for “Black Friday” on Nov. 27, one of the year’s biggest record-buying days. Third Man Records was founded in Detroit in 2001, but has operated out of Nashville since 2009. (Rolling Stone)

As the Rolling Stones prepare to play TCF Bank Stadium, Mick Jagger paid a visit to a North Loop bookstore, where he impressed bookseller James Laurie with his “knowledge and interest in art, architecture, literature & music.” (Bring Me the News) Later, Jagger and Charlie Watts visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, the band are releasing a “definitive” box set of live recordings: 80 discs for $699.98. (Stereogum)

There will be a flood of new music from Tom Petty—though all of it is new* with an asterisk. Petty plans to release Wildflowers: All the Rest, a collection of songs recorded during sessions for the 1994 album Wildflowers but never released. A first single from the new collection, “Somewhere Under Heaven,” is out now. Petty is also planning to get back together with his band Mudcrutch, which formed before the Heartbreakers but didn’t record and release their debut album until 2008, for a follow-up album and potential tour. (Rolling Stone)

John Oates is developing a new TV program, Good Road to Follow, in which “viewers will follow Oates as he drives through America’s back roads in search of unique characters, towns, local food and most importantly, American roots music,” reports Rolling Stone. In the meantime, Hall & Oates have been booked to play the inaugural show at the Philadelphia Fillmore when the 2,500-capacity venue opens on Oct. 1. (Billboard)

FIDLAR announced that they’ll release their second album, Too, on Sept. 4. They’ve released a fun video for lead track “40oz On Repeat,” borrowing looks from artists from Devo to Missy Elliot to Britney Spears. (Consequence of Sound)

Chris Cornell will release a new solo album, Higher Truth, on Sept. 18. The album will be produced by Brendan O’Brien, and will be followed by a solo tour. Meanwhile, Cornell’s band Soundgarden are booked for Ontario’s Big Music Fest on July 11. (Rolling Stone)

Yesterday’s rock-and-roll safety lesson was to not try to grab a photo drone in flight. Today: exercise caution when climbing towers of speakers. St. Vincent suffered cuts and a security guard apparently had a laceration when a speaker tumbled and she hit the stage while trying to scale the stack on Sunday night in Knoxville, Tenn. (Billboard)

Iggy Azalea says she canceled her tour, which had been scheduled to stop at Target Center on Oct. 1, because “I just deserve a break” and that she’s moving in a new artistic direction. (Rolling Stone)

Folk music luminary Jean Ritchie has died at age 92. Ritchie, who played the dulcimer, is credited with helping to preserve and popularize a wide range of traditional Appalachian songs. (Billboard)

On Monday night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Netflix screened the new Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? The film screening was followed by tribute performances from Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan. The film will be available for streaming on Netflix on June 26. (Billboard)

Chet Haze, a rapper who also happens to be the son of Tom Hanks, is under fire for his frequent use of a racial epithet. The performer defended himself on Instagram in a long caption that argues “it’s a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing” and then goes on to quote his dad’s movie Forrest Gump. “And that’s all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol.” (Billboard)