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Music, like politics, is now subject to the 24-hour news cycle. As a result, it’s damn near impossible to keep abreast of the day’s myriad rock ‘n’ roll tidbits. But fear not: In the spirit of simplification and efficiency, we’ve collected today’s top 5 items and ranked them in terms of newsworthiness. Scroll down to see our picks.


Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
5

Okkervil River Drop Free EP of '80s Covers

Indie greats take on Wang Chung, Don Henley and more
 
 

Their version of 'Dance Hall Days' is a freakin' revelation. [Stereogum]

 
Daft Punk
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
4

Daft Punk Playing Grammys

At least five minutes of this year's ceremony will be watchable
 
 

The show's producer says the duo's first performance since 2008 will be "celebratory." [Contact Music]

 
NIN In Concert At The Echoplex
3

Trent Reznor Big-Ups Bowie, Disses Arcade Fire

NIN mastermind speaks his mind in a Hollywood Reporter column
 
 

Trent likes how Bowie surprised everyone this year and wishes Arcade Fire had scaled back the promo a bit. "OK, I get it," he writes. "You've got an album out, you've played every TV show in the world." [NME]

 
Arcade Fire by Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
2

Arcade Fire Headlining Glastonbury

Montreal crew takes top billing at U.K. fest
 
 

That settles it: Trent Reznor ain't going! [Pitchfork]

 
Pussy Riot
AFP
1

Pussy Riot Members Freed

Jailed Russian art-punks benefit from new amnesty law
 
 

But don't think this means Vladimir Putin has gone soft. “I was not sorry that they ended up behind bars,” he said. “I was sorry that they were engaged in such disgraceful behaviour, which in my view was degrading to the dignity of women.” [Consequence of Sound]

 

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