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Bon Iver Covers Bonnie Raitt, Linkin Park Sings Adele

  • Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon recently covered a medley of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Nick Of Time” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, then recorded it as a B-side to his album single. Now high-quality video of the bearded bard playing the tunes in a studio have hit the web. [YouTube]
  • Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda recently covered Adele’s hit single “Rolling In The Deep” while hanging out with fan club members in Hamburg, Germany, as part of their Underground Summit series. The video shows Shinoda playing the tune on an acoustic guitar, while Bennington belts out the emotional ballad. [Linkin Park]

    Metal behemoths Mastodon have unveiled details for their upcoming fifth studio album. The LP will be called The Hunter and will feature tracks titled “Blasteroids,” “Stargasm,” and “Dry Bone Valley.” Fans can download an unreleased song from the band’s Crack The Skye sessions called “Deathbound” via Adult Swim, which will also premiere the song’s music video. [Kill Your Stereo]

  • Alicia Keyes is heading to Broadway. The piano songstress will produce a new play called Stick Fly, which is scheduled to open in late 2011. The show revolves around an affluent African American family whose social and racial insecurities reveal themselves during a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. [Billboard]

  • UK buzz band Brother — a Breaking Out artist in SPIN’s July issue — have been forced to change their name to Viva Brother following litigation from an Australian-bred band with the same name. Singer Lee Newell commented, “With this out of the way we do finally feel free. Brother is dead. Long Live VIVA BROTHER!” [Guardian]

  • Christopher Shale, a senior aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was found dead in a VIP portable toilet at Glastonbury Festival on Sunday. It was revealed that shortly before his death Shale had spoken with his deputy Richard Langridge about a leaked memo that he feared would be released to the press. [Daily Mirror]

  • Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is slated to compose his first feature film score for Queens of Country, a comedy starring Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Hot Tub Time Machine) about an obsessive country music fan. Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson will also appear in the movie. Brock previously scored the documentary 180 Degrees South. [Hollywood Reporter]