Thursday Morning Music News: Rufus Wainwright is a dad, Thom Yorke is a dancer and Spotify is here (almost)

Rufus Wainwright

Spotify may finally cross the pond, as Reuters reports that the beloved (in Europe) digital music service is close to a deal with Universal Music Group in the US.

Not to be outdone by Colonel Gaddafi, industry player Steve Stoute ripped the Grammys in a rambling diatribe. Management for previously unknown (to Martians) band Arcade Fire returned, ahem, fire.

Susan Boylemania is briefly back, as British tabloids report that Glenn Close may be playing the singer in an upcoming biopic.

Stereogum shares an MP3 from the forthcoming record from Halifax power-pop stalwarts Sloan.

Dum Dum Girls taped an exclusive session in the KDHX studios. Stream the 3 songs at

Pop & Hiss aggregates all the Thom Yorke dancing mash-ups you can stand.

Anti- Blog shares some cool tour footage of Dr. Dog.

The Guardian posted author Dorian Lynskey’s picks for 10 Best Protest Songs — with pictures.

The gene pool just got a whole lot more interesting: To Rufus Wainwright and Lorca Cohen a baby girl is born.

The Blind Boys of Alabama announced details of an upcoming country-gospel album, co-produced by Jamey Johnson.

The Cars released a video for their first new single in over 2 decades. Splicing Up Eyeballs shares details of the forthcoming reunion album.

You can hear 6 songs from the new Baseball Project album over at ESPN’s The Life.

Twangfest has begun leaking bands (among them the aforementioned Baseball Project) for its SXSW day parties, presented, as always, by 88.1 KDHX.

Booker T. Jones is back with a new album, featuring guests Lou Reed, Sharon Jones and members of the Roots. The Road From Memphis is due out May 10.

VH1 Storytellers blows off the boomers and goes “indie” for its 15th season. Death Cab For Cutie, Cee-Lo Green and Kings of Leon are all slated for sessions. There’s a reason “indie” is in quotation marks.

Columbia Records revealed details for a legendary and little-known Bob Dylan concert recording from May 1963. The album is out April 12.

STL Today reported on the passing of Jay Landesman, impresario of the Crystal Palace, a landmark Gaslight Square night club.