News Roundup: Bon Iver, Kathleen Edwards, Jeff Tweedy, Flaming Lips

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has hooked up with Canadian county artist Kathleen Edwards for “Wapusk.” Vernon produces and sings backup on the new song, which will be released as a seven inch on September 27 via Zoe/Rounder Records. Edwards will join Bon Iver on tour through November. Listen to “Wapusk” here.

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (who’s been known to recite Beyonce songs) takes on everybody’s favorite guilty pleasure, The Black Eyed Peas in these live videos from a stop at Chicago’s The Hideout. Hilarity ensues. Wilco streamed their awesome new album, The Whole Love, on their website over the weekend. Hope you dropped by.

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PJ Harvey has clinched the U.K.’s coveted Mercury Prize, making her the first artist to win the award twice. Harvey won for her album Let England Shake, beating out contenders from Adele and James Blake. Read our review of the album here.

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Psych-rockers Flaming Lips have announced plans to pen a six-hour song to benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. As an added incentive to listen to it, Lips fans can pay $100 to get their name mentioned in the lyrics. Get the ball rolling at

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