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Music News: Bon Iver to play new music at Eaux Claires

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

Justin Vernon had some news for Bon Iver fans: the band “will be playing a set made of NEW music” at August’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, he tweeted Thursday. All new music? Some new music? An album? We shall see — and hear. (Pitchfork)

U to honor Prince

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents will vote Friday to award an honorary degree to Prince. In a statement, university president Eric Kaler said that plans for the degree had been in the works since before the music icon’s untimely death. (Pioneer Press)

Pearl Jam jam with Jack

Pearl Jam played a surprise show Thursday night at Third Man Records — and they were joined by their host, Jack White, for “Of the Earth.” Tickets for the in-store, a Bonnaroo warmup, were available only to members of the band’s fan club. (Consequence of Sound)

Today’s hair metal news

Black Sabbath have booked what they expect to be their final U.S. shows. After a Nov. 12 show in San Antonio, the band will head abroad for the final leg of what they have said will be their last tour — wrapping up Dec. 4 in Brazil. (Rolling Stone)

Iron Maiden are facing calls for their tour poster to be taken down in Lithuania, where they are “reportedly under investigation for possible violations of a law protecting minors under 14 from ‘negative information,'” according to Billboard.

Iron Maiden tour poster

Art-world lawsuit turns on images of Sid Vicious

Artist Richard Prince is being sued by photographer Dennis Morris, whose photos of the late Sid Vicious were incorporated into some of Prince’s artwork. Prince, whose work routinely involves the reuse of photos taken by others, has argued that his use of the images is legal as a form of artistic expression. (Billboard)

Loretta Lynn mourns grandson

Loretta Lynn has postponed two performances after the unexpected death, due to undisclosed causes, of her grandson Jeffrey Allen Lynn. “Jeffrey was 47 and lived and worked on Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee,” according to a post on Loretta Lynn’s Facebook page. “Jeffrey was the eldest son of Jack Benny Lynn, Lynn’s second child and eldest son who tragically drowned in 1984.” (Billboard)

McCartney goes full-circle on Facebook

As Facebook debuted its 360º photo feature, it recruited Paul McCartney to share some of the site’s first VR snaps. The former Beatle plans to continue posting such photos from his ongoing tour. (Pitchfork) Read Jay Gabler’s review of the tour’s Target Center stop.


Hayley Williams (Paramore) joins CHVRCHES for a new remix of their track “Bury It.” (Pitchfork)

Back at it again with those good vibes

The Monkees have their highest-charting album in almost 50 years with Good Times! The new album, which features contributions from a star-studded group of songwriters, is the band’s highest-charting collection since The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees broke the top five in 1968. (Billboard)

New Haim time?

Haim say they hope to release the follow-up to their wildly popular Days Are Gone this fall. They’ve been in the studio with Ariel Rechtshaid, who produced Days Are Gone; and they recorded new music with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij. (Pitchfork)

I can think of at least two things wrong with that title

Musicians including King Khan have created a musical accompaniment to the sound of the late William S. Burroughs reading passages from his book Naked Lunch. The album Let Me Hang You will be released July 15. Hear an NSFW track at Rolling Stone.

Summer Set releases daily stage lineup

It may be hot now, but August is looking much hotter. The fifth annual Summer Set Music and Camping Festival in Somerset, Wisc. just released its daily lineups and single day tickets. Fans who can’t get enough of Chance the Rapper at Rock the Garden will have the chance to see him with the Social Experiment on Friday, August 12; Grimes and Bassnectar enthusiasts can catch both acts on Saturday, August 13th and Skrillex will headline Sunday, August 14th. More info at Summer Set Festival.

Summer Set Music and Camping Festival