Music News: Marky Mark bringing 'Wahlburgers' to Mall of America

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The Walhburg brothers with their mother, Alma.
The Walhburg brothers with their mother, Alma. (Hy-Vee)

Marky Mark and a New Kid on the Block are bringing burgers to the Mall of America. Minnesota's first Wahlburgers franchise will open at MOA this spring, in partnership with the supermarket chain Hy-Vee. Chef Paul Wahlberg launched Walhburgers in 2011 with his siblings Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg; an A&E reality show chronicled the chain's launch, co-starring the brothers' mother Alma. (Star Tribune)

Remembering David Cassidy

David Cassidy, a former teen idol known for his solo hits and as a member of TV's Partridge Family, has died of organ failure at age 67. "The teen and pre-teen idol starred in the 1970s sitcom and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer," notes the Associated Press.

Pinegrove cancel tour in wake of sexual coercion allegation

Pinegrove have canceled their upcoming U.S. tour, with frontman Evan Stephens Hall apologizing for causing "deep emotional pain" to an unnamed woman who has accused him of sexual coercion. "I have always tried to approach all of my relationships under the premise of equality, but i see now more clearly that the inherent privilege of my gender and the accumulated privilege of being a recognized performer most certainly impacted this interaction," writes Hall in a statement. He says he's now in therapy. (Stereogum)

Man arrested in Lennon theft case

11 years after about 100 personal items relating to John Lennon were stolen from Yoko Ono in New York, a suspect has been arrested in Berlin. Police say that 86 of the items surfaced when a German auction house went bankrupt, and traced the items to a man who was found to be in possession of additional items from the estate. They believe a second man, a former employee of Ono's, was also involved. The stolen items included eyeglasses and personal diaries. (New York Times)

Today's reissue news

Eurythmics plan to reissue all eight of their studio albums on vinyl next year. It will mark the first time their final album, 1999's Peace, will ever be pressed on vinyl. "Issuing our out-of-print vinyl albums in 2018 is a great thing because people won't be listening to our music on a cell phone," says the group's Dave Stewart. "They'll have a record player and speakers and a sound system, like we did when we were growing up." (Billboard)

If you want to spin the same record all your favorite space aliens are getting down to, you can pick up a new box set featuring the sounds from NASA's Golden Record, a disc sent to space on Voyager in 1977. "The collection," notes Pitchfork, "which Carl Sagan helped curate, featured nature sounds, greetings in various languages, and music by Bach, Chuck Berry, and more." The Kickstarter-funded release will be out Dec. 1 from Light in the Attic records.

RZA tells "Woof-Tang Clan" to cut it out

No, you (probably) can't name your dog-walking company "Woof-Tang Clan." RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has filed suit against a Brooklyn business whose name, the rapper says, infringes on the name of the hip-hop hitmakers. The Woof-Tang Clan ("the illest dawgs in NYC") did not respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

Tweedy and Albini in Stakeout III

Jeff Tweedy and Steve Albini play distracted cops on a stakeout in a new comedy sketch PSA designed to raise awareness of the window to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (Pitchfork)


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