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Today’s Music News: Justin Vernon talks about the future of Bon Iver, and his whiskey-ad regrets

Justin Vernon at The Current's studios in 2012. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

As he prepares for the upcoming Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver spoke at length with Grantland. Among the topics discussed: the future of Bon Iver (“As far as putting a record together, I don’t really know what’s happening. Our show is our main focus. We don’t have anything booked after this. We don’t have any plans. We’re not being secretive—we just don’t have any plans”) and his regrets about posing for a Bushmills whiskey ad (“It just doesn’t feel right after the fact, you know?”).

A Tuesday night concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville celebrated the opening of the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City and the release of a companion double album. Among the performers was Johnny Cash‘s son John Carter Cash—who told Billboard about the first time Bob Dylan met his father. Apparently Dylan was so excited that he jumped on a hotel-room bed exclaiming, “I met Johnny Cash!” (Billboard)

Father John Misty said he’s already written his next album, and it won’t be as inward-facing as his recent release I Love You, Honeybear. He said political songs like “Bored in the U.S.A.” are most indicative of the direction he’s heading. (Pitchfork)

A new study published in the journal of the International Society for Self and Identity concludes that people who grew up as heavy metal fans in the ’80s have turned out to be happier and better-adjusted than fans of other genres, due to the extensive social support that was available in the tight-knit metal scene. (Billboard)

Posters advertising the new Rolling Stones museum exhibit have been barred from London subway stations, seemingly due to their suggestive nature. “We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision,” said a spokesperson for the band. (NME)

New court documents produced by Joni Mitchell‘s attorney Rebecca J. Thyne attest that the legendary singer-songwriter has made “remarkable progress” after a recent aneurysm, and “is expected to make a full recovery.” (Billboard)

A new clip from the documentary Amy shows Amy Winehouse recording vocals for her song “Back to Black” with producer Mark RonsonAmy will be released in the U.S. on Friday. (Pitchfork)

U2 invited a young fan onstage to play the Edge‘s guitar at a show in Toronto on Tuesday night. (NME)

Major League Baseball announced that at Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, the National Anthem will be performed by Ciara. (Billboard)

Ariana Grande has issued a statement clarifying that she does not, in fact, hate her own country. The Florida native was captured in a video saying “I hate America” when a tray of doughnuts was produced at a doughnut shop she was visiting. Her comment, Grande clarified, was meant to reflect her concerns with Americans’ unhealthy eating habits. (Billboard)