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Today’s Music News: Watch Bob Dylan’s classic lyrics evolve in new animations

Bob Dylan discusses his lyrics with a talking computer in a recent advertisement for IBM

Bob Dylan‘s label Columbia has partnered with Genius to present graphic visualizations of how some of Dylan’s classic lyrics evolved. Using the multiple takes available on Dylan’s forthcoming Bootleg Series box set focusing on the years 1965-66, Columbia staff have created GIFs that show how Dylan’s lyrics for songs like “Desolation Row” and “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” continued to change right up until the final studio recordings were made. (Rolling Stone)

Saturday Night Live announced that Adele will be the show’s musical guest on Nov. 21—the day after she releases her new album 25. Hosting that episode will be actor Matthew McConaughey. (Billboard)

On Saturday night, E Street Band guitarist—and singer/songwriter—Nils Lofgren made his first appearance at Neil Young‘s annual Bridge School benefit concert since 1991. Young joined Lofgren on stage for a performance of the latter’s song “Believe.” (Rolling Stone)

U2 and Apple Music have rolled out a vehicle they’re calling “the Experience Bus.” The bus, which will travel with U2 to selected stops on their current European tour, allows fans to don virtual reality glasses and watch a 3D video of the band’s “Song for Someone.” (Billboard)

Grimes released a new joint video for her songs “Flesh Without Blood” and “Life in the Vivid Dream,” both from her forthcoming album Art Angels. (Pitchfork)

Weezer has released a new standalone single, “Thank God for Girls.” The video involves a lot of cannoli being destroyed. (Billboard)

Julian Casablancas and his band the Voidz played a set this weekend at the Beach Goth Festival in the O.C. In addition to material from their 2014 album Tyranny, they took the opportunity to cover Milli Vanilli‘s “Girl You Know It’s True.” (Pitchfork)

Miguel has shared “U R On My Mind,” a track he recorded in 1999 at the age of 14. (Pitchfork)

On Saturday night in London, an all-star group of musicians came together for a charity concert to honor the late Jack Bruce on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Cream bassist’s death. Among the participants were Bruce’s bandmate Ginger BakerIan Anderson of Jethro Tull; and Vernon Reid of Living Colour. (Rolling Stone)

A new musical theater production of the 1992 Whitney Houston vehicle The Bodyguard has been inspiring thousands in the U.K.—and it seems to have inspired one fan a little too much. On Saturday night in Nottingham, a woman was ejected from the audience after 20 minutes of singing “loudly and badly.” (NME)