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Music Dispatch: Watch Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Cover David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes”

Music Dispatch: Watch Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Cover David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes”

I’ve heard a rumor from Ground Control. Oh yes, please say it’s true—this time, at least. Michael Stipe covered David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes,” and the R.E.M. frontman’s performance can now be seen in full. Not every star goes shooting upwards, though. A drone crashed into the audience at a Muse show, Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age members formed a new supergroup, Missy Elliott made ASAP Ferg’s new single way better, The Avett Brothers dropped a new track, James Blake sneaked a surprise song out the other night, and Alunageorge teamed up with Flume for a surprisingly catchy hit.

On March 31 and April 1, arguably the biggest musicians around today all lined up to perform at the Music of David Bowie tribute concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall respectively. Among those musicians was R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe. The frontman took to the stage to perform “Ashes to Ashes,” a rendition he hoped would fit the venue’s “reverberation and energy” as well as “Transform music into something holy.” That he did. Watch footage of his performance above. [Pitchfork]

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I don’t know about you, but I love to go to concerts for the droids that come crashing into my face. It never gets old! Luckily, Muse is into that sort of thing, too. The rock act recently saw a drone malfunction at their headlining show this Thursday at London’s 02 Arena. A large drone shaped as a blimp in honor of their newest album, Drones, came crashing down, spiking several fans on the head. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the footage is too hilarious to only watch once. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]

Say hello to Gone Is Gone, the band you haven’t heard of but will love by the time you’re done reading this paragraph. Mastodon singer/bassist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Zarin have teamed up to form a supergroup like none other. The experimental rock quartet announced their existence today along with a debut EP which will surface sometime this summer. It’s time to get those hands ready to rock, folks.  [Consequence of Sound]

ASAP Ferg‘s new album will soon be in your hands, so long as you’re patient. Always Strive and Prosper has an impressive guest list, including big names like Rick Ross and Skrillex. Now the rapper is flaunting how talented his pals are with the newly released “Strive,” an upbeat number that sees none other than Missy Elliott rapping over bars. Okay. Color us impressed. [Consequence of Sound]

The Avett Brothers‘ first album in three years, True Sadness, comes out June 24 via American/Republic Records. The folk rock group is stepping things up, and lead single “Ain’t No Man” proves so. Hear them romp around with their old-school energy while sticking a bit of gospel soul into the bunch. It’s lively and happy, the burst of joyful melody you need to jumpstart your weekend. [Consequence of Sound]

Praise the heavens: James Blake‘s new album is finally done. Radio Silence, the upcoming full-length from the house-meets-dubstep musician doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single. Blake shared “Timeless” during a BBC Radio 1 session this Thursday. The hypnotic track moves slowly alongside his croon, offering him the chance to harmonize with ease. Oh man, how we missed you so. [Rolling Stone]

Electronic duo AlunaGeorge are hard at work on their upcoming record. The as-yet-untitled LP will likely see the light of day this year. How do we know? Because the two have shared a video for “I Remember,” their newest single featuring none other than Flume. In the clip, a time-lapse view of Aluna Francis’ bedroom shows her lounging around, meeting up with a fling, and then falling asleep alone. It’s magnetic with a tinge of loneliness, a feeling we’ve all felt before. [Pitchfork]

Have a great weekend, y’all! See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!

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