Music News: Norm Rogers, drummer with Jayhawks and Cows, dies of cancer


Norm Rogers appears with the Jayhawks on their debut album cover.
Norm Rogers appears with the Jayhawks on their debut album cover. (Bunkhouse Records)

Drummer Norm Rogers has died, a few months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rogers was a founding member of the Jayhawks and Cows, and also worked in recent years as a manager at Brit's Pub.

Although his time in the Jayhawks only lasted a couple of years, Rogers performed on the band's self-titled 1986 debut album. He also played on Cows' best-known album, Cunning Stunts (1992).

Last month, Rogers attended a farewell party held in his honor at Brit's. "My heart is full and I thank so many people for that!" he wrote on a GoFundMe page launched to defray his medical expenses. "I'm surrounded by a loving family, and I've had a helluva life for a lad from small-town Western Minnesota." (Star Tribune)

Wrinkle in Time soundtrack details announced

Soundtracks are hot: with Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack sitting atop the Billboard 200 while The Greatest Showman and Fifty Shades Freed also hold spots in the top five, soundtracks occupy the majority of those top five slots for only the second time in the past decade. (Billboard)

A Wrinkle in Time, the much-anticipated March 9 release, will also come with a blockbuster soundtrack. Director Ava DuVernay has revealed that Sade and Sia are among the artists contributing original songs to the film. (Billboard)

Talib Kweli cancels show after venue books TAAKE

Talib Kweli has canceled a planned show at the Riot Room in Kansas City, Mo., after learning that the venue has booked a separate performance by the metal band TAAKE. A recently-surfaced image of that band's lead singer features a swastika painted across his chest.

"I find it appalling that The Riot Room refuses to apologize for booking this band," wrote Kweli in a statement. "I wouldn't feel safe bringing my team, family, and fans into a venue that is sympathetic to white nationalism, so I've cancelled the show. It's a shame because I was really looking forward to performing in Kansas City." (Billboard)

Arcade Fire and Migos booked for SNL

Arcade Fire will be musical guests on the March 17 episode of Saturday Night Live, with Bill Hader hosting. Musical guests in the meantime will include Migos and James Bay, the show announced on Tuesday. (Pitchfork)

Lil Yachty brings "Minnesota" to a Bar Mitzvah

Details are hazy, but there's video evidence that Lil Yachty played a Bar Mitzvah gig recently. The rapper who calls himself "king of the youth" regaled the moshing guests with his hit song "Minnesota." (Billboard)

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