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Music News: Bruce Springsteen offers free download of Chicago ‘River’ concert

Bruce Springsteen performs last year in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

When this weekend’s massive snowstorm forced the postponement of a Madison Square Garden show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Boss decided to soften the blow for fans who are bummed to miss out — even if only temporarily — on the tour, which features front-to-back performances of Springsteen’s entire River album at each stop. Springsteen has made a recording of the Jan. 19 Chicago show available as a free download through 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday. In addition to The River album and other Springsteen songs, the Jan. 19 show featured a performance of the Eagles‘ “Take it Easy” in tribute to the late Glenn Frey. (Rolling Stone)

Newsweek has obtained exclusive details on forthcoming releases involving the work of David Bowie. The bad news: Bowie did not leave a memoir, or any other book. The good news: he did plan “a long list” of archival music releases, presumably featuring outtakes, demos, and rarities from various phases of his career. The first of those is expected by the end of next year. Additionally, performers from Bowie’s musical Lazarus are recording a cast album — and there’s discussion of extending the tour of the David Bowie Is museum exhibition.

“Weird Al” Yankovic has signed on as the next bandleader and co-host of the IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang! Previous bandleaders were Kid Cudi and Reggie Watts. (Rolling Stone)

Lana Del Rey says that her next video, for the Honeymoon song “Freak,” will star Father John Misty and the female performers from her “Music to Watch Boys To” video. Via Twitter, Del Rey says the “Freak” video will be out “soon.” (Billboard)

The Chemical Brothers have released a new video for their Beck collaboration “Wide Open.” For the video, a full CG model of dancer Sonoya Mizuno allowed her to become literally…well, you get it. (Pitchfork)

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have shared “Break Into Your Heart,” another new track from their forthcoming album Post Pop Depression. Hear it at Rolling Stone.

Kendrick Lamar raps his song “Alright” in Compton in a new promo for the Grammys. Lamar, this year’s leading nominee, will perform at the Feb. 15 ceremony. (Pitchfork)


Kanye West has released the track list from “the best album of all time.” That would be, of course, his forthcoming album Swish. The album comes out on Feb. 11 (and Kylie Jenner saw it first). (Pitchfork)

Miley Cyrus has been confirmed as a member of the principal cast for Woody Allen‘s upcoming Amazon series. The six-episode series will be set in the 1960s, reports Stereogum; not much more is known, including the show’s planned release date.

Hip-hop artist B.o.B — known for hits like the Hayley Williams collaboration “Airplanes” — has undertaken a Twitter campaign to convince his followers that the world is actually flat. Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson set the rapper straight regarding the science behind his claims, but says he’s still a fan. “To be clear,” tweeted Tyson, “being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.” (Billboard)

In a new video from YouTube celebs the Fine Brothers, kids react to Adele‘s music. Mostly, they’re into it. (Billboard)