Music News: Selfie with mystery man Nick Cave goes viral


James Malcolm with Nick Cave
James Malcolm with Nick Cave (James Malcolm via Twitter)

New Zealand comic James Malcolm, who looks much younger than his 21 years, went viral on Wednesday thanks to a selfie he took with Nick Cave. "Can someone please tell me who this celeb is?" wrote Malcolm. "Everyone was asking him for pics and I didn't wanna feel left out." (Dangerous Minds)

Today's political news

Now that the musical lineup for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration seems to be mostly complete, much of the music world's attention is turning to a massive solidarity march planned for Washington on Saturday, with associated marches happening in cities across the country and several prominent musicians planning to participate.

Beyoncé is among the music stars endorsing the Women's March on Washington. "We raise our voices as mothers, as artists, and as activists," she wrote on Facebook. Artists performing at the march itself include Janelle Monáe, the Indigo Girls, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In St. Paul, K Raydio, the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and Ann Reed will perform at the Women's March Minnesota.

Friday night in Los Angeles, Prophets of Rage’s "Anti-Inaugural Ball" will feature performances by artists including Jackson Browne and Audioslave, the latter reuniting for their first set in 11 years.

OK Go are doing their protesting online, with a cover of Morrissey’s "Interesting Drug" accompanied by a video that makes their point unmistakable.

Grammys lineup announced

This year's Grammys have made a first announcement of performers slated to play at the Feb. 12 awards ceremony. The list: Metallica, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Watch for more names in coming days. (Pitchfork)

Today's legal wrangling

Portland rockers the Slants are about to go before the Supreme Court with their case that they should be allowed to register their name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The registration has been denied on the grounds that the law prohibits the registration of names that disparage people or institutions. Band members, who are Asian-American, argue that they are re-appropriating the slur as "something positive and empowering." (MPR News)

Paul McCartney has sued Sony/ATV Music Publishing over his right to reclaim ownership of several Beatles songs. McCartney argues that U.S. copyright law allows him to begin reclaiming ownership in 2018, but Sony/ATV hasn't publicly confirmed that it agrees. The Sony/ATV catalog was formerly owned by Michael Jackson, who relinquished a share to Sony in 1995 to raise then-needed funds; his estate sold Jackson's remaining share to Sony last year. (NME)

Fred Armisen remembers being Prince

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Fred Armisen reminisced about his days impersonating Prince on Saturday Night Live. When Prince died, remembers Armisen, "I got all these texts like a family member had died. In a way, it was like a family member had died."

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