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Hip-hop icon, social justice activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D has been named the recipient of the 2019 Woody Guthrie Prize by the Woody Guthrie Center, in Tulsa, OK. The Public Enemy rapper, born Carlton Charles Ridenhour, was noted for, like the folk legend, holding truth to power and for shining a light on social and political issues, particularly those that impact African Americans. French band Phoenix recall in a new memoir their nearly disastrous appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2009, when Lorne Michaels gave them a backstage lecture about being too boring and their equipment almost conking out right before air time. And David Byrne made a triumphant appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week, beautifully performing a song that appears in his highly acclaimed Broadway show American Utopia, with a young person's choir.


Keyboardist and founding member of New Orleans First Family The Neville Brothers, as well as funk ambassadors The Meters and Funky Meters, has passed away at age 81.  Singer-songwriter and core alt-country artist Ryan Adams has emerged from a self-imposed exile of sorts, with a rambling Instagram post, in which he says he has a lot to say and he's going to say it soon. Adams was accused by multiple women of sexual and psychological abuse. French alt-pop-dance band Phoenix will celebrate thirty years of existence with the release of a book in the fall, which chronicles interviews, photos and lyrics. And Memphis cult singer-songwriter Bob Frank, who experienced a late-in-life revival after copies of his initially commercially unsuccessful 1972 debut album started selling for a hundred-dollars-each, has passed away at the age of 75. Memphis producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star) once called Frank "the greatest songwriter you never heard of."


Ambient music legend and legendary producer Brian Eno honored with a namesake asteroid a day after he received a Stephen Hawking Medal at Starmus, a science and music festival. And to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Eno will reissue his atmospheric masterpiece Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks next month. Phoenix pays Instagram tribute to late fellow French artist Phillipe Zdar of the beloved electronic duo Cassius. And Leslie Feist readies new podcast Pleasure Studies, which centers around storytelling, the creative process and the tough time she had making her most recent record.