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Music News: James Iha rejoins Smashing Pumpkins for the first time in 16 years

During Saturday night’s concert at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, guitarist James Iha rejoined former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain to perform a handful of songs from their landmark 1993 LP, Siamese Dream. “Yes, it’s James Iha,” Corgan told the stunned crowd. (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stones perform for an estimated 500,000 Cubans in Havana

In Cuba’s largest concert ever, The Rolling Stones performed a free show at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana. They kicked off the night with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and tore through a collection of their hits, including “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Brown Sugar,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” “We know that years back it was hard to hear our music in Cuba, but here we are playing. I also think the times are changing,” Mick Jagger told the roaring crowd of over 500,000 Cuban fans. (Rolling Stone)

Bomb threat at the Fine Line

The Fine Line Music Cafe was evacuated Sunday evening after an apparent bomb threat. As a precaution, the venue was cleared and nearby streets were closed off. Police gave the all-clear around 8 p.m. The Fine Line was hosting a 6:30 concert featuring Yung Lean. (KARE11)

Prince Covers “Heroes” in Toronto

Friday night, during the first of two “Piano and a Microphone” concerts in Toronto, Prince covered David Bowie’s “Heroes.” He also treated the crowd to covers of Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, and even a rendition of Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus & Lucy.” (Pitchfork)

Michael Stipe appears on “The Tonight Show” this week

This coming Tuesday, Michael Stipe (along with his impressive beard) will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, marking his debut TV performance as a solo artist. The former R.E.M. frontman is also a part of the upcoming David Bowie tribute shows at Carnegie Hall, so chances are good he may cover Bowie for Fallon (as Fallon and Coldplay’s Chris Martin did recently with “Life on Mars”). (Stereogum)

Q-Tip honors Phife Dawg with A Tribe Called Quest mix

On the latest episode of his Beats 1 radio show, Abstract Radio, Q-Tip paid tribute to his former bandmate, Phife Dawg, who died last week at age 45. He played a two-hour mix of A Tribe Called Quest songs, including live performances and remixes. He was joined by André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, El-P, and others who discussed Phife’s impact on their lives. (Pitchfork)

Ross Shapiro of The Glands has died

Ross Shapiro, founding member of Athens, Ga., indie-rock band The Glands, has passed away. The cause of death is unknown, but friends of Shapiro report that he died after battling an illness. (Pitchfork)

Kamasi Washington performs on “Charlie Rose”

On a recent episode of Charlie Rose, Kamasi Washington performed “Re Run” and “The Rhythm Changes” from his debut album, The Epic. He also discussed Kendrick Lamar, referring to him as “the John Coltrane of hip-hop” and “a pure artist.” (Pitchfork)

Guns N’ Roses announce 21-city summer tour

On their Twitter account Friday, Guns N’ Roses posted a video which teases an upcoming North American summer tour. Backed by their hit, “Patience,” the video lists 21 cities that they will make stops in, including New York, Houston, Philadelphia and more. Dates are to be determined. (Consequence of Sound)

Members of The Smiths, The Cranberries form a new band — D.A.R.K.

Andy Rourke (of The Smiths) and Dolores O’Riordan (of The Cranberries) have joined forces with DJ Olé Koretsky to form a new band, D.A.R.K.. Their debut album, Science Agrees, will be released on May 27, but you can hear the first song, “Curvy,” below. (Pitchfork)

Band of Horses announce new album — Why Are You OK

More details have emerged on the fifth studio album from Band of Horses, coming out this spring. It’s called Why Are You OK and was produced by Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle. In a recent interview, frontman Ben Bridwell noted that most of the album was written at home to due to family obligations. “I didn’t have the opportunity, like I used to, to kind of squirrel away in some cabin or a beach house,” he said. (Consequence of Sound)