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Music News: Beatles’ ‘Anthology’ albums hit streaming services

Cover art from the Beatles' 'Anthology 2'

You’ve been able to hear the Beatles catalog on your favorite streaming service for over three months now — but not quite the whole Beatles catalog. Those of you who were dying to be able to stream “Free as a Bird,” plus the six discs’ worth of rarities and alternate takes that constitute the mid-90s Anthology series will be happy to hear that the series has now been added to the other Beatles albums available on streaming services. (Billboard)

Phife Dawg remembered

200 fans gathered in Queens on Monday morning to remember the late Phife Dawg. Representatives of A Tribe Called Quest handed out commemorative t-shirts and flyers for a “Celebration of Phife” memorial event being held Tuesday evening at the Apollo Theater. Only fans who showed up to claim the shirts, say organizers, will be admitted to the Tuesday event — which is otherwise just for friends and family of the late rapper. (DNA Info)

In association with the memorial, a new Phife Dawg single will be released on Tuesday. “Nutshell” will be available for purchase on iTunes, and a video will debut at the Apollo event. (Billboard)

Kick out the damns

Apple has applied for a patent on technology that would automatically censor certain words from music during playback. The software scans audio files before playback, automatically deleting any words deemed to be offensive. There’s no word yet, though, as to exactly when the technology might make it into consumer devices. (Pitchfork)

Cale reprises classic album

On Sunday in Paris, John Cale kicked off a 50th-anniversary celebration of The Velvet Underground and Nico. Cale performed every track of the album with guests including Mark LaneganAnimal Collective, and members of the Libertines. Cale and Moe Tucker are the only surviving members of the band’s lineup at the time of its debut album release. (Billboard)

Jeff Beck, on call

Jeff Beck has a big year planned: he’s announced a new album (title TBA, release date July 15), tour dates with Buddy Guy, and a release date (July 12) for his autobiography BECK01. (Rolling Stone)

Jack White to release live material from solo tour

Jack White has announced that the next releases in his Vault subscription service will document two shows on his 2015 acoustic tour. The double album Acoustic in Idaho and the DVD Acoustic in Anchorage will be released in a silk-screened box with a 52-page photography book, sent to subscribers who sign up for the Platinum Vault service before April 30. (Rolling Stone)

Target Center gets totally ’90s

Vanilla IceSalt-N-PepaCoolioKid ‘N PlayYoung MC, and Rob Base are coming to town — all at the same time. The “I Love the ’90s” tour hits Target Center on Oct. 22.

It’s not whether you win or lose

The Game is the latest artist to offer his own line of cannabis products. “I’m excited to help raise awareness for G Stiks and G Drinks in all territories that we are available,” said the hip-hop star — who, according to the founder of the company producing the products, “understands the plant” and “embodies the true spirit of the marijuana culture.” (Billboard)

Get your hands on a Hinds

Brent Hinds of Mastodon has announced a swank, silvery Epiphone signature guitar. In a promo video, Hinds delightedly unboxes the axe, takes it for a spin (“I think I’ll keep it!”), and chops some firewood. (Pitchfork)