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Music News: Thom Yorke plays his neighbor’s garden party

Thom Yorke, not at a garden party

Thom Yorke grabbed a guitar on Sunday and strolled over to a garden party his neighbor was throwing on the day that Queen Elizabeth II was being honored in England for turning 90. Yorke played a 30-minute solo acoustic set that a Reddit user posted about after getting a text from his dad: “in Oxford at garden party with Suzie’s neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!” (NME)

Kanye’s coming

Kanye West has announced his Saint Pablo Tour, which kicks off on Aug. 25 in Indianapolis and comes to the Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 10. (Pitchfork)

Expressions of sorrow after music-related party turns violent

Minneapolis rapper T. Woods says that he will turn away from music glorifying any sort of violence after a party in the south Twin Cities metro area turned violent early Saturday morning. Four people were shot when gunfire erupted at a private party that, Woods said, “was to network and socialize with other artists from Minnesota and to support the music that is created here in our home state.” (Star Tribune)

Today’s Adele news

Adele tearfully dedicated her Sunday night show in Belgium to victims of the shooting in Orlando that morning. (Billboard)

Earlier, producer Tony Visconti apologized for remarks suggesting he couldn’t be certain whether Adele’s voice has been digitally manipulated. Adele had seemed to address Visconti’s comments at a Paris performance when she quipped, “Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record.” Visconti, best-known for working closely with David Bowie, indicates that he was making a broad observation about the music industry and didn’t intend to offend Adele — who “has a great voice.” (Rolling Stone)

Bon Iver announce Hollywood Bowl show with Patti Smith

Bon Iver announced that they’ll play the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 23 on a bill that will also include music legend Patti Smith along with Hiss Golden Messenger. (Pitchfork)

Chance for Cutie?

Chance the Rapper says “10-4” to the idea that he might collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, whose member Dave Depper shared photos of Chance hanging out with the band and noted with surprise that the rapper is a “huge Death Cab fan. Who knew?” (Pitchfork) See Chance on Saturday at Rock the Garden.

Chance the Rapper: incredibly nice dude, and huge Death Cab fan. Who knew?

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Jack snaps

Jack White has shared some photos he took — of subjects including Mick Jagger — for the launch of the first new camera in over 20 years to use the original Polaroid film. “Photography using mechanical means is a beautiful art form,” says the rocker. (Rolling Stone)

Eric Clapton opens up about nerve damage

Eric Clapton says that it’s difficult for him to play guitar due to a nervous system disorder called peripheral neuropathy. “I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve,” says the 71-year-old rock god about his nerve damage, but adds, “Because I’m in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all.” Clapton just released a new album, I Still Do. (Billboard)

Adam Levine offers to pay for Christina Grimmie’s funeral

Adam Levine — of Maroon 5 and The Voice — has offered to pay for the funeral of Christina Grimmie, a singer who appeared on The Voice in 2014. Grimmie died on Friday night when she was shot by a man who targeted her after a concert. “I have no words” for the generosity shown by fans, says the singer’s brother Marcus Grimmie; $175,000 has already been raised via crowdfunding to help the family move to a new home. (BuzzFeed)

MIT and Berklee launch effort to streamline artist payments from streaming

YouTube, Spotify, and the three major labels have indicated support for a new initiative led by a partnership involving MIT and the Berklee College of Music. The Open Music Initiative plans “to help assure proper compensation for all creators, performers and rights holders of music” by standardizing the payment process across services and making it more transparent. (Rolling Stone)

Kanye’s video game gets a trailer

Kanye West has released a trailer for “Only One,” a video game about his mother “moving through the gates of heaven.” No release date for the game has yet been announced. (Billboard)