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Music News: Bruce Springsteen writes school excuse note for fourth-grader at concert

Bruce Springsteen performs last month at the Xcel Energy Center (Nate Ryan/MPR)

“Dear Ms. Jackson,” wrote Bruce Springsteen, “Xabi has been out very late rocking & rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy!” The nine-year-old attended the Boss’s Tuesday night concert in L.A., holding a sign that read BRUCE, I WILL BE LATE TO SCHOOL TOMORROW. PLEASE SIGN MY NOTE. Not only did Springsteen comply, he invited the young fan and his dad backstage after the show. (Billboard)

Go-Go’s plot goodbye trek

“After a 38-year run, we are gearing up for one last blast of a summer tour,” write the Go-Go’s. The band say that their upcoming summer tour will be their last ever, and they’ve invited kindred spirits Best Coast and Kaya Stewart to open for them. There aren’t any Minnesota stops planned, but the tour will be at Highland Park, Ill. on Aug. 19. (Rolling Stone)

Blonde on Blonde turns 50

Old Crow Medicine Show will play Blonde on Blonde from beginning to end at each of two Nashville shows in May commemorating the 50th anniversary of the album, which is often called Dylan’s masterpiece. (Rolling Stone)

Kesha appeals

Kesha has appealed a judge’s decision to deny the singer permission to sever her recording contract with Dr. Luke — the superproducer Kesha has accused of sexual and emotional abuse. The decision was widely criticized, with Kesha receiving public support from musicians including AdeleTaylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. (Rolling Stone)

Sean and Les make a band

Sean Lennon and Les Claypool have formed a new band called the Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their debut album, Monolith of Phobos, will be released on June 3 — followed by a U.S. tour that will include a stop at Minneapolis’s Skyway Theatre on June 15. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s Radiohead news

No, Radiohead’s new album isn’t finished yet. That’s according to collaborator Stanley Donwood, who says there’s still some work to do — but that the presumably forthcoming album is “a work of art.” A recent tour announcement stoked fans’ hopes that a new album was coming soon. (Billboard)

Thom Yorke sings on a new track from producer Mark Pritchard. “Beautiful People” will appear on Pritchard’s album Under the Sun, out May 13. (Pitchfork)

Smokey Robinson to be honored for charitable work

MusiCares will honor music legend Smokey Robinson for his charitable work, presenting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Robinson at a May 19 event in L.A. Performers including Cee Lo GreenBabyface, and El De Barge will perform at the event. (Billboard)

Laura Jane Grace announces memoir

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has announced a memoir. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout will be published on Nov. 15. (Rolling Stone)

Tweedy and Courtney cover Bowie

On Sunday night, Tweedy played a show in Melbourne — Courtney Barnett’s home town. As an encore, Barnett jumped on state with the band for a cover of David Bowie’s “Queen Bitch.” (Pitchfork)

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