Thursday Morning Music News: R.E.M. says goodbye, Neil Young says hello and Radiohead says see you next year
After 31 years, R.E.M. is kaput. Read the statements from the band.
Tony Bennett is about to have his first No. 1 album.
NPR has put together a list of 50 artists who inspired Kurt Cobain. The cloud isn’t big enough yet for the converse.
The story of Miles Davis’ home in East St. Louis is dispiriting, to say the very least.
Champaign, Ill. indie Polyvinyl celebrates 15 years in business with a sampler and a concert.
Neil Young already has a very good biography. Now comes the autobiography.
KDHX has hosted some terrific in-studio sessions this week. Bands include: Those Darlins, Mariachi El Bronx, An Horse, Vetiver and Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats. Hear them all.
RIP blues great Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
The week in St. Louis concert announcements includes dates for Paul Simon, Mastodon, String Cheese Incident and Trampled by Turtles.
Watch some gorgeous video footage of Warpaint’s Rough Trade Sessions.
Evolver.fm speculates on how Facebook’s real-time feed will affect music sharing.
The classic lineup of Guided By Voices is readying a new album, “Let’s Go Eat the Factory.”
If you really want to hear that six-hour Flaming Lips song, you can.
If Thom Yorke is to be believed, Radiohead will, in fact, tour in 2012.
Watch the new, low budget video from Hole — but not if you’re squeamish about tattooing or shaky cameras.
Pandora has a new look and a new take on listening caps.
The great Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto has just received a MacArthur genius grant.
Stream a new song by Joe Henry from his forthcoming album, “Reverie.”
Listen to MGMT cover Bauhaus.
Elbow is helping Jimi Goodwin of Doves go solo.
Bon Iver covers the gentle giant, Don Williams, at the Ryman in Nashville.
Pretty much a non-shocker, but Arcade Fire has walked away with the Polaris Music Prize.
Chris Thile and Yo Yo Ma will jam together on a new album.
You heard about that Lou Reed and Metallica album, right? Take 30 seconds out of your day and preview it.