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Thursday Morning Music News: Spotify launches in US, Sly Stone comes back and Willie Nelson's plea deal goes up in smoke

Thursday Morning Music News: Spotify launches in US, Sly Stone comes back and Willie Nelson's plea deal goes up in smoke facebook.com/slyfamilystone
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Sly Stone hasn't made an album in 30 years. That's about to change.

Spotify partners with Virgin Media and launches in the U.S. In other news, say goodbye to your unlimited Verizon data plan.

Catholic hipsters get psyched as indie pop band Girls prep new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

With artists like Kanye West, Usher, Jill Scott and many more, the Essence Music Festival draws over 400,000 in New Orleans.

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Adele lead music sales so far this year.

Tori Amos gets ready to tour North America and Okkervil River has further fall concert run details.

Cleveland rock critic Jane Scott has passed away at the age of 92.

The 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival looks killer.

Bon Iver debuts at #2 on the Billboard album charts.

The mariachis of Los Angeles are forming a union.

The Pixies are teaming up with Surfer Blood for a tour of the "lost cities."

You knew it was just a matter of time but Noel Gallagher is going solo.

We didn't make it to the Glastonbury Festival. Mumford and Sons did, and even played for a campfire. Watch.

Radiohead has its sights set on China. Something about a billion free downloads has a nice ring to it.

SuperHeavy is a supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and film composer A.R. Rahman.

The shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize is out. Arcade Fire and Destroyer lead the field.

The Jesus and Mary Chain is reissuing everything. Throbbing Gristle follows suit.

July has been very kind to St. Louis concertgoers. Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, F*cked Up and Florence + the Machine have all hit town this month. Read the KDHX reviews.

Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. II will feature Eddie Vedder, Jeff Tweedy and Josh Homme. Details.

An exceedingly uncool judge has decided to make an example of Willie Nelson.

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