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Music News: Eaux Claires Festival teases lineup with cassette featuring Bon Iver, James Blake, more

Bon Iver perform at the 2015 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (Nate Ryan/MPR)

Early-bird ticket holders for this year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival received a cassette that seems to tease the yet-to-be-announced lineup. The tape includes a new song by Fall Creek Boys Choir (Justin Vernon and James Blake), as well as music by members of The NationalBruce Hornsby (!); the recently-reactivated FogTaggart and RosewoodTickle TortureNathaniel Rateliff; and more. (Pitchfork) Below, listen to “Haven, Mass.” — the previously-unreleased Bon Iver track heard on the cassette.

Fancy Ray sells quesalupas

As part of a campaign to turn — as Mashable puts it — “quirky small business personalities” to work selling their new quesalupas, Taco Bell enlisted Fancy Ray McCloney to interrupt a would-be ad for Treehouse Records during the Super Bowl and grab some Mexican fast food instead.

How’s your “Vasoline”?

“No one will ever ‘replace’ Scott” Weiland, say Stone Temple Pilots — but nonetheless, the ’90s rock icons are holding open auditions for a new singer. Their most recent lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, left the band last fall. (Rolling Stone)

Goodbye to a Bay Area legend

Singer Dan Hicks has died at age 74. The San Francisco musician was best-known for his work with psychedelic pioneers the Charlatans (not to be confused with the Charlatans UK) and, later, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. (Billboard)

Get “Happy”

Pharrell Williams was named Entertainer of the Year at Friday night’s NAACP Image Awards. The Weeknd was named Outstanding New Artist, Jill Scott‘s Woman was named Outstanding Album, and “You’re So Beautiful” (from Empire) was named Outstanding Song (Contemporary). (Billboard)

Catch the last next train to Clarksville

The Monkees have announced plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band. Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork are on board for a tour and new album; Davy Jones died in 2012, and it’s not yet known whether Mike Nesmith will have any involvement with this reunion. (“He’s always invited,” says Dolenz.) Good Times! will feature new songs written by Noel GallagherRivers CuomoBen Gibbard, and others as well as songs written for the Monkees in the ’60s — but not then recorded — by Neil DiamondCarole King, and Harry Nilsson. The tour doesn’t yet have any Minnesota dates, but more shows are being added. (Rolling Stone)

New jams

There’s a new Beyoncé song: “Formation” was a surprise release on Saturday, with an accompanying video featuring the singer’s young daughter Blue Ivy Carter. (Billboard)

Beyoncé followed the single release by announcing a world tour that will hit TCF Bank Stadium on May 23. (Pitchfork)

There’s also a new Missy Elliot track: “Pep Rally,” which features a reference to the Super Bowl. (Pitchfork)

The Xcel Energy Center is a smoke-free facility

Phish have booked their first Minnesota show in 16 years. The jam band will play the Xcel Energy Center on June 22, their first time in the Twin Towns since a Target Center gig in 2000. (Star Tribune)


The Martin Guitar Museum has revealed that a guitar smashed onscreen in Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie The Hateful Eight was an actual vintage Martin six-string dating from the 1870s. Due to an apparent miscommunication on set, Kurt Russell grabbed the valuable guitar out of Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s hands and smashed it — instead of smashing a replica, as had been planned. The museum says it will no longer be lending instruments for use in films and television. (Billboard)

From the Dept. of “Thanks…I think?”

A new species of tarantula has been named after Johnny CashAphonopelma johnnycashi is “found around Folsom [Prison] and the males are predominantly all black, so it fits his image,” says naturalist Chris Hamilton, who led the team that discovered the spider. (Billboard)