Music News: Jessi Zazu of Those Darlins dies at 28

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Those Darlins (Jessi Zazu, center) in 2013.
Those Darlins (Jessi Zazu, center) in 2013. (via Those Darlins on Facebook)

Singer-songwriter Jessi Zazu of indie rock band Those Darlins has died at age 28, after being diagnosed last year with cervical cancer. According to The Tennesseean, Zazu died in Nashville "surrounded by family, friends and fellow musicians who lined the waiting room inside Centennial Hospital's intensive care unit."

"I don't know what lays in store, but I ain't afraid anymore," Zazu said when she announced her diagnosis. "Yes, I guess I am a mystic mind after all." (Spin)

Tegan and Sara announce Con cover artists

Tegan and Sara announced earlier this year that they would be celebrating the tenth anniversary of their beloved album The Con by releasing a new album on which other artists cover the songs from that LP, with proceeds going to charity. A tracklist for The Con X: Covers has now been announced, along with a release date: Oct. 20 digitally, with a vinyl release to follow in December. (Stereogum)

01 Ruth B. - "I Was Married"
02 MUNA - "Relief Next To Me"
03 Shura - "The Con"
04 Mykki Blanco - "Knife Going In"
05 PVRIS - "Are You Ten Years Ago"
06 Ryan Adams - "Back In Your Head"
07 City And Colour - "Hop A Plane"
08 Kelly Lee Owens - "Soil, Soil"
09 Bleachers - "Burn Your Life Down"
10 Hayley Williams of Paramore - "Nineteen"
11 Sara Bareilles - "Floorplan"
12 Shamir - "Like O, Like H"
13 Trashique (Grimes x HANA) - "Dark Come Soon"
14 CHVRCHES - "Call It Off"
15 Cyndi Lauper - "Back In Your Head" (Bonus Track)
16 Bleached - "One Second" (Bonus Track)
17 Vivek Shraya - "I Take All The Blame" (Bonus Track)
18 Tegan And Sara - "Miami Still" (Bonus Track Demo)

Summon Gene Simmons for 50k

Count on Gene Simmons to take the deluxe box set concept to new extremes. The Vault, a ten-disc set collecting Simmons's solo career, includes 150 unreleased tracks. It runs $2,000, with the music and bonus items (an action figure, a book, a medallion) encased in a 38-pound safe. For $50,000, Simmons will personally deliver a copy direct to your door. (Rolling Stone)

Wayne cast in Bohemian Rhapsody

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has reportedly cast the actor who helped make the title song a worldwide hit in 1992, 17 years after its initial release. Mike Myers, who threatened to quit Wayne's World unless they got the rights to use "Bohemian Rhapsody," is rumored to be playing an unknown role in the new movie, which is now filming and will be released next year. (Billboard)

Father John Misty, action star?

Father John Misty told Seth Meyers that he's filmed a short role in an upcoming action movie starring Sterling K. Brown and Brian Tyree Henry. His character, though, apparently "gets his head blown off within, like, 30 seconds." (Pitchfork)

London Grammar cover "Purple Rain"

Prince fans are divided: thumbs up or thumbs down for London Grammar’s reimagining of "Purple Rain"? (BBC)


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