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Music News: ‘Damn, Daniel’ kids cameo in new Weezer video

IRL California kids Joshua Holz and Daniel Lara — the filmmaker and star of the viral “Damn, Daniel” clips — make a cameo at the end of the new Weezer video, “California Kids.” (Billboard)

Glen Perkins Saved My Life Tonight (or, The Pitch Is Back)

Elton John’s tour manager DC Parmet is a big Minnesota Twins fan — so when Sir Elton played a show near the Twins’ spring training base in Florida, Parmet invited the players to attend the show and hang out backstage with the Rocket Man himself. Onstage, John dedicated “Your Song” to the Twins. “That means good things,” tweeted Twins player Phil Hughes. (City Pages)

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Jesse Hughes makes provocative suggestion about Paris attacks

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal has made comments suggesting that security at the Bataclan might have had foreknowledge of the deadly Paris attacks last fall. “It seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up,” Hughes said in a Fox Business Network interview about security guards who, Hughes said, didn’t come to work that night. (Rolling Stone)

Questlove plans food book

Questlove is putting his love of good food into a book. Somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs will be “a journey into the creative process of the craziest, most awe-inspiring chefs working today,” says the Roots leader, clarifying that “it’s not a cookbook.” The book is expected to be published later this spring. (Rolling Stone)

Lonely Island release star-studded movie trailer

A new trailer for the Lonely Island‘s movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping features appearances by “DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Simon Cowell, a hologram Adam Levine, and more,” summarizes Pitchfork, where you can watch the NSFW trailer. The movie comes out June 3.

New album announcements

Pianist Robert Glasper is helming two upcoming releases that will celebrate the legacy of Miles Davis. One is the soundtrack to Miles Ahead, the upcoming Don Cheadle movie inspired by Davis. Gary Clark Jr.Wayne ShorterHerbie Hancock, and Cheadle himself will contribute new music to that album, which will also include some of Davis’s music. A second album will be a Davis tribute featuring artists including Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu. The soundtrack comes out April 1, the day the film hits theaters. The tribute album will be released on May 27. (Rolling Stone)

Garbage have announced their sixth studio album. Strange Little Birds will be released June 10, and Shirley Manson says it’s similar in feel to the group’s 1995 debut. (Rolling StoneTegan and Sara have also shared new-album news: their eighth, Love You to Death, comes out June 3. (Pitchfork)

Dance music gets its own network

The first TV network entirely dedicated to dance music will debut Monday via Direct TV. It’s called — what else? — EDMtv. (Billboard)

Hero guitarist stuns killer

Yishai Montgomery was strumming his guitar on a beach in Jaffa, Israel when he heard screams — an attacker with a knife had killed a tourist and was stabbing others. Montgomery got up, ran after the man, and smashed his guitar down on the attacker’s head. “Dazed but not out,” reports Billboard, “22 year-old Bashar Massalha continued running while Montgomery chased him, yelling “terrorist!” at him until police shot and killed the attacker.” A GoFundMe campaign quickly paid for the replacement of Montgomery’s guitar.