Thursday morning music news (unconfirmed rumor edition): Pussy Riot may be released, R.E.M. may need a bigger lawyer and Hologram Tupac may be gone for good

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The Mercury Prize 2012 nominees are out. Fact Magazine runs the numbers.

KDHX’s Hear and Now is streaming forthcoming albums from Black Prairie and Jimmy LaFave. Listen.

Tom Tom Club returns with first new recordings in over 10 years.

Spotify discovers a little thing called the browser.

RIP Dorothy McGuire Williamson of the McGuire Sisters.

World to Russia: “Free Pussy Riot!” Russia to world: “Give it a month.”

Fox News to R.E.M.: “Talk to the hand!”

Bob Dylan to critics: “Rot in hell!”

Listen to an unreleased demo from the Sex Pistols.

Vice Magazine chats with publicist Nathan Walker. More interesting than you’d guess.

Bruce Springsteen’s accountants feel the Obama bounce.

Listen to an original-source, super-cut mixtape of “Paul’s Boutique.”

Gary Clark Jr. unveils art and track listing for his debut album.

At some point — say, after the number 97 — the phrase “Animal Collective’s influences” begins to lose meaning.

Underground metal label Hydra Head says so long.

Music mogul Clive Davis hops on the music memoir gravy train.

Listen to a new single from Atoms for Peace, aka Thom Yorke + Flea + Nigel Godrich + Joey Waronker

Music blogging is glamorous, let me tell you, and lucrative too! (Hat tip to Gawker.)

Banjoist Mark Johnson wins the totally obscure coveted 2012 Steve Martin Prize.

Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent on Fallon.

Novelist Michael Chabon goes to bat for prog rock.

Stream a new rarity from of Montreal.

Muse and its label Warner Music face a multi-million dollar lawsuit from the author of a “cinematic science-fiction rock opera.”

Hologram Tupac was fun while he lasted.

Breaking: Rahm Emanuel does not, we repeat, does not like Nickelback.

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