Thursday morning music news: Blur, New Order and the Specials go for the gold, Sleigh Bells ring hollow and Michael Davis and Billy Strange pass on

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RIP Michael Davis, bassist for the MC5.

The UK music press hasn’t hit rock bottom but it can see it from here.

The Huffington Post reports on a National Blues Museum — in St. Louis.

Justin Timberlake nails Bon Iver on SNL. Watch.

Jack White shares the tracklist and art for “Blunderbuss.”

Blur, New Order and the Specials will close out the Olympics in London.

You think you have the blues? You have nothing on trying to get tickets to Kraftwerk.

Hear “Death to My Hometown,” yet another new song from the forthcoming Springsteen album.

The A.V. Club takes a look at the Elephant 6 collective.

KDHX’s latest feature is called “Hear and Now,” a full album preview stream. The first installment shares Water Liars’ new album “Phantom Limb.”

How much would you pay for a Motorhead box set? $600? Lemmy wants to have a word with you.

The New York Times chats with Lon Bender, sound editor for “Drive” and “The Hunger Games.”

Billboard takes a look at 10 great new or renovated music venues.

Is this the toxic cocktail that killed Whitney?

Sad news about Slim Dunlap. The former Replacements guitarist has suffered a serious stroke.

Hear a new song by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes.

When music critic titans meet: Simon Reynolds on Greil Marcus.

Take a tour of Neko Case’s Vermont home — brought to you by IKEA and a bunch of designers IDK.

What if the Internets took David Bowie and mashed him up with movie posters?

Joey Ramone is still dead but he still has a new album coming out — featuring Joan Jett, Steve Van Zandt and members of Cheap Trick and the Dictators.

The breakup of EMI isn’t going so well.

Sleigh Bells are the new Lana Del Rey. Or the new Transformers movie. Or something.

Norah Jones, Mudhoney and vintage horror flicks — all separated at birth.

We should be getting a new album from Metric in June.

Björk’s longtime collaborator Leila Arab takes a look back.

Electronic music pioneer Robert Henke takes on Skrillex, Ableton and more.

Rufus Wainwright is back in the game with “Out of the Game,” including a song called “Montauk.” Listen.

LA Wrecking Crew session guitarist and songwriter Billy Strange has died.

This week’s World’s Worst Person in Music (™) award goes to Michael Jackson’s former manager.

What’s on Jeremy Lin’s iPod? Uggh.

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