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Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician’s GoFundMe page to cover medical expenses. He was 27. Jess Fekete will host a celebration of Thomas’ life on the beach in South Florida, the first weekend of July. More details will be made available soon, and the event will be open to “anyone who holds Thomas in their hearts.”

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Germany’s highest court has ruled against Kraftwerk in a 19-year copyright case involving a two-second sample used in a song by rapper Sabrina Setlur. The ruling favors the use of sampling and concludes that if a sample does not significantly impact the usage rights of the original artist, “then artistic freedom overrides the interest of the owner of the copyright.”

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Jack White has just released his theme music for tonight’s premiere of Maya and Marty, a variety show on NBC that stars Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. The song itself runs just longer than 60 seconds and features White on drums.

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Gwen Stefani’s new album This Is What the Truth Feels Like hasn’t yet yielded a successful single for the No Doubt frontwoman — “Used to Love You” and “Make Me Like You” were both commercial duds — but the singer’s trying again with the Mattman & Robin production “Misery.” Written by songwriters du jour Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, “Misery” now has an on-brand, glamorous music video to boost its streams.

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PostePay Sound Rock in Rome festival organizer Sergio Giuliani has claimed in a new interview with Rockol.it. that Pearl Jam originally were interested in touring Europe in summer 2016, but that those plans have now been pushed back to 2017. These quotes have been translated from Italian to English. “I can only say that we were in talks. The European tour has been slipped to next year, for now…”

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Justin Bieber was on hand in Monte Carlo on Sunday to help Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton celebrate his win at the Monaco Grand Prix. Bieber wore a vintage Pearl Jam No Code 1996 tour t-shirt. The “Sorry” singer has recently been sporting a Nirvana shirt and a Grunge look at his 2016 concerts, with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love praising him on Twitter.