Music News: Dead Man Winter fans lend support after band's van is robbed


David Simonett at MPR headquarters
Dave Simonett at Minnesota Public Radio in January 2017 (Evan Frost/MPR)

Dead Man Winter fans answered the call and donated over $20,000 this weekend to support the band after their van was robbed in St. Louis.

"The bandits made away with a lot of stuff including several laptops (some of which held the only versions of recordings), tablets, electronics, clothes, money from shows, and many little odds and ends belonging to everyone on this fine tour," wrote band leader Dave Simonett. "Russ [Sackett] doesn't even have any underwear left. A lot of this stuff is crucial to life on the road and for all of our work. Though we can't replace all the ideas and music lost, we would love to be able to replace the gear that we use as tools in our trade. We're out here playing shows for a bit and it just became much more difficult to keep the wheels rolling."

Donors to the fundraiser included former Duluth mayor Don Ness, First Avenue general manager Nate Kranz, and musicians including Dessa, Molly Maher, Al Church, jeremy messersmith, and John Mark Nelson.

Bon Iver turn Coachella into mini-Eaux-Claires

Bon Iver turned their Saturday set at Coachella into a reunion of several artists who've appeared over the past two years of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. Joining Justin Vernon and the rest of the band onstage were artists including Jenny Lewis, Francis and the Lights, Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), and — that's right — Bruce Hornsby. (Pitchfork)

Bon Iver + Bruce Hornsby and Jenny Lewis at Coachella #coachella #boniver #coachella2017 #brucehornsby #jennylewis

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Neil Young announces high-quality streaming service

Neil Young says he's working on a new service that will provide streaming high-quality audio. The service, to be called Xstream, will make use of technology that calibrates audio quality to match available bandwidth: the faster your internet connection, the better your streaming sound can be. No launch date has yet been announced. Young's Pono initiative, which allowed users to download and play high-quality files on a specialized player, launched in January 2015 but was criticized for its high prices; the Pono download store closed last year when Apple bought the company that ran the store and subsequently shut it down. (Rolling Stone)

Remembering Cuba Gooding Sr.

Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. has died at age 72, of causes that remain under investigation. Gooding was the frontman of the Main Ingredient, who had a top five hit in 1972 with "Everybody Plays the Fool." Later, he became better-known for his famous son: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. (New York Times)


On Friday night, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, jumping onstage to join a band that included longtime friend Little Steven Van Zandt and musical collaborator Southside Johnny.

Also onstage were three early members of the E Street Band who left in the 1970s: virtuoso keyboardist David Sancious and drummers Ernest "Boom" Carter (the drummer on the studio recording of "Born to Run") and Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez. Among the songs Springsteen played was "Ballad of Jesse James," a song he recorded in 1972 with the Bruce Springsteen Band but didn't officially release until last year's Chapter and Verse album accompanying his memoir. (Rolling Stone)

White House music summit

Springsteen was an invited guest in the Obama White House, along with the likes of Prince and Chance the Rapper. It's a different story now: last week, President Donald Trump hosted a dinner with former VP candidate Sarah Palin and perhaps the two most outspoken Republicans in popular music: Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, who showed up with their hats on.

"We were there for four hours, man!" Nugent told the New York Times. "He gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about the origins of every carpet and every painting — there was a Monet — and then we had dinner." The trio also paused for a photo in front of the official portrait of former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Dinner conversation, Nugent said, touched on topics including "health, fitness, food, rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, secure borders, the history of the United States, guns, bullets, bows and arrows, North Korea, Russia."

Trump, however, apparently didn't personally invite the musicians: he invited Palin, who was invited to bring "a couple of guests." A campaign official told the Times that an aide read the list of visitors and asked, "Who is Theodore Nugent?"

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