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Today’s Music News: CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry joins The National to sing ‘I Need My Girl’

Lauren Mayberry performs with CHVRCHES earlier this month in The Current's studio. Photo by Leah Garaas/MPR.

On Sunday night the the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES joined The National for a performance of the National song “I Need My Girl.” (Pitchfork)

After covering Taylor Swift‘s album 1989 song-for-song, Ryan Adams sat down with Swift for a conversation about the differences between their relative interpretations of the material. (Rolling Stone)

Don Henley played Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Sunday night. In addition to playing most of his new album Cass County and some solo hits like “The Boys of Summer,” Henley played some covers—including, most unexpectedly, a song by Chris Gaines (a.k.a. the emo alter ego of Garth Brooks). (Rolling Stone)

On Saturday night, a premiere screening of the new Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light was followed by a special performance by star Tom Hiddleston, in character as the country legend. (Billboard)

Kanye West shared two new tracks via his previously unused SoundCloud: a new version of the 808s and Heartbreak song “Say You Will” (featuring vocals by Pulitzer-winning composer Catherine Shaw, no less), and his take on the Weeknd‘s “Tell Your Friends.” (Pitchfork)

Grimes has shared the name and artwork for her next album: Art Angels. (Pitchfork)

Grimes Art Angels

British promoter and manager Paul King has died of cancer at age 63. Over the course of his career, King worked with some of the era’s biggest U.K. acts—including the PoliceDire Straits, and Tears for Fears. (Billboard)

At a Saturday night benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Red Hot Chili Peppers covered Jimi Hendrix‘s “Fire” and John Legend played Bruce Springsteen‘s “Dancing in the Dark.” (Billboard)

Chris Martin of Coldplay is working with Ricky Gervais on the soundtrack to Life on the Road, a mockumentary about the musical career of David Brent—Gervais’s character on The Office, who had musical, um, talent. (Billboard)