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Thursday Morning Music News: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gets some new stars, Drive-By Truckers look for new bassist and Hubert Sumlin and Howard Tate pass on

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The Rock and Hall of Fame welcomes Donovan, Laura Nyro, the Beastie Boys, Faces and Guns N' Roses.

Hubert Sumlin, one of the most influential of all blues guitarists, has passed away at the age of 80.

And might as well get all the bad news out of the way: Great soul singer Howard Tate has died at the age of 72.

When it comes to cracking down on piracy, the RIAA has a really weird definition of success.

The Afghan Whigs are back.

Madonna gets the the nod for Super Bowl half time show.

Animal Collective gets to work on a new album.

The Quietus turns in its big list of psychedelic, noise, experimental you-probably-haven't-heard-these albums of the year.

Shonna Tucker has left Drive-By Truckers.

Simon Reynolds takes electronic music to the max in his year-end reflection for Pitchfork.

You think you have a lot of band t-shirts? You got nothing on this guy.

This is not an Onion headline: NBC suits to approve Questlove's song choices for Fallon.

What do Mitt Romney and Kid Rock have in common? A campaign song.

What do Johnny Marr and Sammy Hagar have in common? Something about speed limits.

In Pyrrhic victory news: Ticketmaster is issuing refunds on those processing fees you hate, but said fees are not going away any time soon.

Sub Pop pulls together Top 10 lists for 2011 from friends and artists alike.

Mindy McCready and her 5-year-old son have been found in Arkansas.

Billboard lists the most successful women in music. Ms. McCready is not one of them.

Wu-Tang Clan's GZA goes to Harvard. Join him.

NPR looks back on the life and music of New York club DJ Larry Levan.

Acid Mothers Temple sets the gold standard for tour diaries.

This year's Best Music Writing 2011 will be the last for Da Capo Press.

The Boss will be keynote speaker at SXSW 2012.

NPR reports on the sad, screwed-up story of marching band hazing.

Houston, we have a problem -- with those Rush box sets.

The Smoking Gun has the scoop on Adele's silly tour rider.

It's pretty clear the US Postal Service is in trouble. Not convinced these PETA vegetarian musician stamps are the answer.

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