Roundup: Flaming Lips Musical Close to Reality

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NOTE: Stay tuned to Weeping Elvis for South by Southwest coverage.

The musical based on the Flaming LipsYoshimi Battles the Pink Robots will make its debut late this year in La Jolla, CA.

Keith Richards has begun his public contrition in the wake of the comments he made about Mick Jagger in his autobiography. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Keef said: “As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.”

The city of Chicago has extended Lollapalooza’s run in Grant Park to 2021, but the festival will lose its tax break. Pollstar reports that the promotion company will pay about $4 million in taxes this year, and $5.4 million by 2021. They paid $2.7 million under their current deal.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is going to launch a beer with London’s Signature Brew. Called “Clear Heart,” the name is a nod to his solo disc, Clear Heart Full Eyes. It could be a trend: late last year, Clutch launched a beer with Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing.

Rihanna defended her collaboration with Chris Brown, saying that Brown is “the hottest R&B artist out right now.” She told Ryan Seacrest: “We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.” Not innocent: Chris Brown.

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