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Today’s Music News: Vieux Carre, ‘St. Paul’s new speakeasy,’ plans to begin regular hours

The entrance to the Vieux Carre—seen here in January—is tucked behind the Hamm's Bear monument on St. Peter Street. Photo by Jay Gabler/MPR.

Six months after reopening as Vieux Carre, the St. Paul space formerly known as the Artists’ Quarter has announced a grand opening celebration with, CBS reports, regular hours and a small kitchen. The grand opening on July 14 will include music by local vocalist Katia Cardenas, she announced on Twitter. The venue, now operated by the Dakota Jazz Club, has been holding occasional “pop-up” events all year.

Across the river, local musicians including Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu’s Petals) and Paul Metsa share stories of Liquor Lyle’s in a new oral history on Twin Cities Business.

Apple Music officially launched across iOS devices on Tuesday. Initial reviews of the on-demand streaming service were mixed, but the “worldwide radio station” Beats 1 Music will likely continue to generate buzz throughout the week as shows by celebrities including St. VincentDr. DreElton John, and Drake debut. The station launched with DJ Zane Lowe playing the song “City” by young Manchester band Spring King. (NME) Later in the station’s first hour, Lowe debuted a new track by Pharrell. (Rolling Stone) Meanwhile, noted Spotify hater Thom Yorke has allowed Apple to stream his solo catalog, which joins Taylor Swift‘s 1989 as content available on Apple Music but not Spotify. (Stereogum)

On stage at First Avenue on Sunday night, Craig Finn played “Mission Viejo” by his former band Lifter Puller, then said, “If you like that song, and you like Lifter Puller, then you’ll probably want to go see Dillinger Four on Saturday. That’s all I’m saying.” (Star Tribune) Finn was referring to the “D4th of July” show to be held outdoors at the Triple Rock Social Club.

Kendrick Lamar has released a beautiful new video for his song “Alright.” (Pitchfork)

In a CBC session, Father John Misty covered “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire. (Rolling Stone)

Glen Hansard of the Frames has announced that his second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble, will be released on Sept. 18. (Consequence of Sound)

Dave Grohl was “terrified,” he says, when he caught a glimpse of the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck. Grohl hasn’t seen the whole film yet, he says. “All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out.” (Washington Post)

Grace Jones announced a publication date—Sept. 29—for her memoir I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. (Billboard)

Jon Bon Jovi is a staunch Democrat—in fact, he and his wife recently hosted a fundraiser for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—but he still gave New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, permission to use his music at the launch of Christie’s Presidential candidacy. “My friendships are apolitical,” said Bon Jovi. Another friend of Christie’s is Bruce Springsteen, though the Boss passed on an invitation to play at Christie’s 2009 inauguration and a Springsteen cover band had to step in. (Billboard)

Katy Perry is trying to buy a Hollywood convent, presumably to use as a residence, but the five elderly nuns who currently live there are trying to block the sale—in part because they’re turned off by the pop star’s music. “I wasn’t happy with any of it,” said Sister Rita Callanan, 77, after watching some of Perry’s videos. The nuns want to sell the convent to a restaurateur, but Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez would prefer to take Perry’s offer of $14.5 million in cash. A legal battle between the nuns and the Archbishop is currently ongoing. (Los Angeles Times)

When a Jeopardy! question included lyrics to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme, Alex Trebek did his best Will Smith impression. (Billboard)

As Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary, nears its global release dates, controversy continues over her family’s—especially her father’s—objections to the finished film, which was initially made with the family’s blessing. Defamer has a summary of Mitch Winehouse‘s objections, expressing their opinion of his credibility with a NSFW headline.