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Today’s Music News: Bob Mould announces new album, dismisses Hüsker Dü reunion rumors

Bob Mould has announced a new album: Patch the Sky will be released March 25. Mould says it will be the “darkest” yet “catchiest” of his recent albums. He’s also responded to Hüsker Dü reunion rumors that have circulated since the band launched an official merchandise site. “No reunion,” said Mould. “I never want to take advantage of the fact that I was in that band. Nor do I ever want to get in the way of its legacy.” (Pitchfork)

We are remembering the life and music of David Bowie in an ongoing series of features. Find the complete list here, and share your own memory of Bowie.

Florence and the Machine are hitting the road for a series of shows in Europe and North America. Of Monsters and Men will be openers for a number of the dates, and on other dates — including a June 2 show at the Xcel Energy Center — the opener will be Grimes. (Pitchfork)

In a new mentoring PSA, Kendrick Lamar talks about a recent meeting with President Barack Obama. (Pitchfork)

As City Pages notes, TPT’s Lowertown Line has been posting a series of short videos on Minnesota music history — including a story about how the Ramones‘ song “Cretin Hop” was inspired by St. Paul’s Cretin Avenue (and by St. Paul cretins) after the Suicide Commandos brought the band to town. Watch it here.

Courtney Barnett is down to three packs a day — no, not cigarettes, ramen. Her song “Three Packs a Day” will appear on an upcoming Milk! Records sampler. (Pitchfork)

M.I.A. has shared a letter that, she says, came from a representative of the Paris Saint-Germain football club, demanding that she take down her video for the song “Refugees,” in which she’s seen wearing a jersey from that club. According to the letter, the club is also seeking damages for harm done to their reputation via association with the video. (Pitchfork)

Lucius have shared a new song, “Madness,” and announced a tour that stops at First Avenue on March 23.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will take a break from recording their new album to play 11 shows in a short tour that centers on the southern U.S. (Rolling Stone)

A crowd of kids join Neko Case in her new video for the song “Man.” (Pitchfork)