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Music News: Bon Iver hint they’ll play new album at Eaux Claires

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

Bon Iver have been hinting for a while that they’ll be playing new music at this week’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, and over the past couple of days they’ve stepped up the indications that they’ll be premiering much or all of a new album. Among the hints: a new mural in Brooklyn. (Pitchfork)

New music venue coming to Minneapolis

City Pages reports that the former firehouse that long served as a home to Patrick’s Cabaret will reopen on Sept. 2 as the Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge. “The Hook — apparently it’s cool to call it that — will boast dual performance stages, a state-of-the-art digital sound/lighting system, and a spring dance floor.” Charlie Parr will be the first performer to play the new venue, which will be run by a dedicated nonprofit organization.

New Order to release beer

New Order are releasing a beer named after the song “Stray Dog” from their recent album Music Complete. The beer, from Moorhouse’s Brewery in the UK, “is a golden ale with ‘hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness,'” reports Pitchfork. Stray Dog ber is set for release this fall.

Townes Van Zandt set for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

The late Townes Van Zandt will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 — along with fellow 2016 inductees Bob MorrisonAaron Barker, and Beth Nielsen Chapman. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s lawsuit news

Ed Townsend, co-writer of the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On,” is reportedly suing Ed Sheeran over resemblances between his song and Sheeran’s hit “Thinking Out Loud.” (Billboard)

Bob Daisley, a former bassist for Ozzy Osbourne and the co-writer of “Crazy Train,” has sued Osbourne over what Daisley alleges are over $2 million in unpaid royalties. It’s the most recent of several lawsuits Daisley has filed against his erstwhile bandmate. (Rolling Stone)

Flight of the Conchords to headline Tenacious D fest

Flight of the Conchords“Weird Al” Yankovic, and Mac DeMarco — along with many other musicians and comedians — have been booked for the fourth annual Festival Supreme hosted by Tenacious D in Los Angeles. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 29. (Pitchfork)

De La Soul catalog in limbo

The New York Times notes that even as De La Soul release a new album, And the Anonymous Nobody (Aug. 26), their classic back catalog is indefinitely blocked from digital release due to challenges securing the necessary permissions to stream the dozens of samples per album. “We’re in the Library of Congress, but we’re not on iTunes,” said the group’s Kelvin Mercer in frustration.

New Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe has a new song on the soundtrack for The Get Down, a Netflix series about the early days of hip-hop. Hear “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)” at Pitchfork.

Who will play Super Bowl 51?

Super Bowl 50 is over, so obviously it’s time to start speculating about who’s going to play the halftime show — the most widely-viewed live music event of the year — at the next pro football championship. According to media reports cited by Billboard, Adele is in discussions to anchor halftime at Super Bowl 51. “It’s Adele’s nerves that are the issue,” an unidentified “insider” says. “It hasn’t been an easy sell.” (Billboard)