Music News: Justin Vernon, Ryan Adams, Shins, Regina Spektor booked for Prairie Home Companion


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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon debuting '22, A Million' live at the 2016 Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Justin Vernon, Ryan Adams, the Shins, and Regina Spektor are among the guests booked for a trio of Prairie Home Companion episodes being broadcast from three different cities next month.

As Rolling Stone notes, "The program will host concert broadcasts with the Shins and Spektor in Seattle (January 7th), Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and comedian Beth Stelling in Chicago (January 14th) and Ryan Adams in Pasadena, California (January 21st)."

Details on broadcasts and tickets can be found at

The news of Adams's booking came as he announced his next album. Prisoner will be released Feb. 7, and Adams has dropped a first single: "Do You Still Love Me?" The album, reports Billboard, "was shaped in the aftermath of Adams' divorce from actress Mandy Moore."

Dayton to declare Dylan Day

Gov. Mark Dayton will travel to Hibbing to declare Bob Dylan Day in Minnesota on Saturday, the day Dylan is to be awarded (in absentia) the Nobel Prize in Literature. No, he won't be in Hibbing either. (Star Tribune)

Memorials for Bowie, Jones set

Memorial events are planned for the late David Bowie and Sharon Jones.

A Bowie tribute concert will take place in New York City on Jan. 10, the one-year anniversary of the music icon's death. Several musicians who performed with Bowie in periods spanning from the early 1970s to the 21st century will play his songs at Terminal 5. Other Bowie tributes next month are planned for London, L.A., Sydney, and Tokyo. (Consequence of Sound)

Two memorials for Jones will be held later this month in cities she called home at different points in her life: New York (Dec. 14) and Augusta, Ga. (Dec. 17). (Pitchfork)

Remembering Oakland fire victims

Billie Jo Armstrong and Patti Smith have shared their condolences after last weekend's deadly fire at a DIY party/performance venue in Oakland. In an Instagram post, the Green Day frontman remembered that "some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life" were spent in similar venues; while Smith dedicated a Monday night performance of "Peaceable Kingdom" to the fire's victims. (Billboard)

Westworld soundtrack includes player-piano covers

The soundtrack to HBO's Westworld is out now. In addition to the show's score composed by Ramin Djawadi, the soundtrack includes player-piano covers of songs by the Rolling Stones, Radiohead, the Cure, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, and Amy Winehouse, as well as of the Animals’ version of the traditional "House of the Rising Sun." (Pitchfork)

Wisconsin legislator uses Talking Heads song to make point about transportation funding

Gordon Hintz, a Democrat representing a portion of Oshkosh in the Wisconsin State Assembly, has issued a press release criticizing Republican legislators for what he calls "their failure to act on a sustainable transportation funding solution for the last 5+ years."

To emphasize his point, Hintz included a photo of David Byrne and adapted the lyrics to Talking Heads’ "Once in a Lifetime." (Pitchfork)

And you may find yourself
Living in Zoo Interchange traffic
And you may find yourself
With the highest amount of transportation debt service ever
And you may find yourself
Behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself on a gravel road
With a giant flat tire
And you may ask yourself, well
How did I get here?

J Mascis makes jokes

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) isn't necessarily known for his sense of humor, but when he appeared on Comedy Central's show @midnight, notes Consequence of Sound, Mascis "not only held his own against professional funny dudes Dave Hill and Steve Agee, but won the program's game show portion thanks to clever quips on Donald Trump, Amazon and more."

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