Indie Rock Poet David Berman of Silver Jews Dead at 52
Silver Jews and Purple Mountains frontman and revered indie rock poet David Berman has died at the age of 52 of, thus far, unrevealed causes. He had battled depression and substance abuse in the past and once attempted suicide. Friends and fans like Stephen Malkmus, Neil Halstead and Kurt Vile have tweeted out loving tributes. Brian Wilson's longtime guitarist Nicky Wonder is dead at age 59. Wilson said in statement that Wonder, who fronted power pop band The Wondermints, passed away in his sleep and that he'd dedicate a show to him tonight. Willie Nelson has had to scrap the remaining dates of his current tour, save for his planned appearance at Farm Aid in East Troy, WI in September, because of breathing problems. And Bon Iver surprise-released their fourth, and what Justin Vernon called their most "adult" album, I,I on various digital platforms today. The physical release is still slated for August 30th.