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Today’s Music News: Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek covers Charlie Brown


Taking a break from his anti-War-on-Drugs campaign, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) is readying a holiday album: Sings Christmas Carols will be released on Nov. 4. Pitchfork has premiered Kozelek’s cover of Vince Guraldi‘s “Christmas Time is Here,” famously featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Towards the end of the track, Kozelek recites a few lines of Charlie Brown’s dialogue…

Today’s Music News: Chinese government issues statement against Kenny G


Plenty of people have made statements against Kenny G, but it’s not his smooth jazz that’s upsetting the Chinese government—in fact, the saxophonist is a huge star in China. That’s why his participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong inspired a reprimand by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China,” said Hua…

Today’s Music News: Baker Street saxman Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60


Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophone player responsible for one of the most iconic sax lines in pop music history, has died of a heart attack at age 60. Though he worked with artists including Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and Robert Plant, it was the 1978 solo hit “Bakers Street” by Stealers Wheel‘s Gerry Rafferty that made Ravenscroft a saxophone legend. (Billboard)…

Today’s Music News: Julian Casablancas swears he’s not anti-brunch


Is the Strokes‘ Julian Casablancas anti-brunch? A firestorm now being referred to as “Brunchgate” erupted over a GQ profile in which Casablancas said he’d moved out of New York City because “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.” After the quote spread across the Internet as evidence that Casablancas…

Today’s Music News: Tragedy strikes K-pop concert; 16 fans die in South Korea


Tragedy struck, and was then compounded, over the weekend when a ventilation grate collapsed at a South Korea concert by K-pop stars 4Minute. On Friday night, 16 fans fell to their deaths down a 65-foot shaft leading to an underground garage, and 11 more were seriously injured. “There was a sudden, loud screaming,” said one…

Today’s Music News: Everybody do the Nae Nae


The world’s most infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, is done with that allegedly appropriated dance move. Her new jam? The Atlanta-born “Nae Nae,” which involves putting a hand in the air, dropping the rest of your body low, and more or less freestyling from there. (Billboard) Here’s the move as performed by its inventors, We Are Toonz. 2015…

Today’s Music News: Bono officially apologizes to 500 million iTunes users


After weeks of criticism over U2‘s decision to drop their new album into the music libraries of 500 million unsuspecting iTunes users, Bono has finally made it official: he’s sorry. “I’m sorry about that,” he said in a video posted to the band’s Facebook page. “I had this beautiful idea but we got carried away with ourselves. Artists…

Today’s Music News: Isaiah Owens, Jack White keyboardist, dies at 38


Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, keyboardist in Jack White‘s current band and a frequent player with the Mars Volta, has died of a heart attack at age 38. Owens was in Puebla, Mexico, on tour with White. White has canceled all remaining Mexico tour dates in the wake of the news. “We will all miss you Ikey,” said White in a…

Today’s Music News: Lorde sings South Park’s Lorde parody song


Lorde has become the latest running gag on South Park, which has it that she’s the alter ego of Randy Marsh, the father of South Park character Stan. Lorde is amused by the gag, and told New Zealand’s TV3 news that “We actually, in my hotel room, went ‘Ya ya ya ya ya I’m Lorde! Ya ya ya!’…

Today’s Music News: The Who are coming to town, probably for the last time


“This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” Roger Daltrey said as the Who announced a world tour behind their Who Hits 50! anniversary set. The tour will stop at Target Center in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, 2015. (Billboard) Another farewell: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young will never tour again, says Neil Young…”but I love those guys.” Not that…