Twin Cities Music Yearbook 2013

Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions

• The summer comes without River's Edge at Harriet Island, no First Avenue fest, and no Heliotrope, but City Pages introduces 10 Thousand Sounds. After a nasty weekend storm, the Walkmen, Free Energy, Greg Grease, the Chalice, Strange Names, and Prissy Clerks entertain outdoors in downtown Minneapolis.

• The Replacements announce they'll play their first shows in 22 years at Riot Fest in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver.


Bob Dylan performs "Suzie Baby" during a sold-out Midway Stadium show as a nod to his old bandmate Bobby Vee, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and was in attendance. "I've shared the stage with everyone from Mick Jagger to Madonna, but the most beautiful person I've ever been on stage with is Bobby Vee," he says.

• Volatile indie rockers Foxygen's headlining set at First Avenue lasts about five minutes before singer Sam France jumps and falls into the front barricade. The band later tweets that France sustained "complete fractures of the tibia and fibula," and the band itself is practically shattered by the incident.

Target Field finally broadens past Kenny Chesney for concerts with the Skyline Music Festival featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet, and the Gear Daddies. The Twins' stadium also brings in Trampled by Turtles, the 4onthefloor, P.O.S., and others to perform during games.


• After secret rehearsals at First Ave, the Replacements, featuring Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, David Minehan, and Josh Freese, perform their first reunion date at Toronto's Riot Fest. Subsequent Riot shows follow in Chicago and Denver in September. The sets span Sorry Ma through Songs for Slim and feature some fun ramshackle moments and a giant middle finger made out of spotlights.

• Prince takes over the @3rdEyeGirl Twitter account with "PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET... TESTING 1, 2..." and later posts his first selfie.

Pizza Luce Block Party returns and moves to downtown Minneapolis with Motion City Soundtrack as headliners.

• The Bachelor Farmer's KrÄftskiva block party features surprise guest Justin Vernon with side project the Shouting Matches playing feverish Americana off Grownass Man. With the release of Volcano Choir's second album and a successful mainroom show in the fall, people are all like, "Bon Who?"


Is/Is sell their possessions and head to Joshua Tree in California to convene with nature following the release of their psychedelic self-titled album.

Hip Hop Harambee's interactive fest returns to Nomad World Pub with a lineup boasting Big K.R.I.T., Shabazz Palaces, Devin the Dude, Psymun & K.Raydio, Lizzo & Lazerbeak, Vandaam, Toki Wright & Big Cats, and more.

Doug Aitken's Station to Station art and music "happening" arrives at St. Paul's Union Depot with Patti Smith — backed by Mark Mallman and Gary Louris — No Age, Eleanor Friedberger, and a whole lot of booming echoes in the gorgeously renovated space.


Lizzo is crowned Picked to Click champ for 2013 the very week that her collaboration with Doomtree's Lazerbeak, Lizzobangers, is released. Greg Grease and GRRRL PRTY round out the top three for the first time the City Pages new-bands poll is dominated by hip-hop artists.

Prince opens up Paisley Park for a couple of late-night showcases featuring the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl. Pancakes are served during the second one to celebrate the single "Breakfast Can Wait." He also attends Janelle Monáe's electrifying performance at the Skyway Theatre and raises his cane in approval from his suite in the balcony.

P.O.S., who gets to "ruin" the Current with a weekly radio show, and Astronautalis unveil long-gestating Four Fists collaboration. He and Marijuana Deathsquads also drop a remix version of We Don't Even Live Here. He still doesn't have a new kidney, though.

• First Avenue buys the Turf Club, and the Artists' Quarter announces it is closing at year's end.

• RIP: Glam-metal pioneers Vixen guitarist Jan Kuehnemun


Poliça celebrate the release of sophomore album Shulamith with two shows with Marijuana Deathsquads at Mill City Nights. A highlight is a cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me."

• A man is shot and killed at Epic during a Yo Gotti show, and police presence expands downtown. The following weekend, a barricade collapses during Steve Aoki's performance at the club.

• Musicians band together to pay tribute to concert promoter Sue McLean. A tribute show at First Avenue features Eric Hutchinson, X-Boys, Soul Asylum, Rogue Valley, and many others.

Dave King Trucking Co. perform a release show at the Artists' Quarter for possibly the last time.

• Comedian Dave Chappelle puts on the longest stretch of mainroom shows in First Avenue history and gets a star on the wall outside.

• RIP: First Avenue staffer Billy Sverkerson


Prof wraps a monster year by signing with Rhymesayers a couple of weeks after Dem Atlas joins the local label. In 2013, he hits covers of City Pages and the week of sold-out shows at First Ave, and later hosts a sold-out festival at the Cabooze. He also gets in a hamster ball.

• The CC Club marks 80 years with a pair of shows with the artists' identities strictly under wraps until doors open. Though the Replacements are theorized to be involved, the bands playing actually are Tapes n' Tapes, Sex Rays, the Mighty Mofos, and more.

• Another compilation featuring Twin Cities funk and soul is released, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. Out via Chicago's Numero Group, it unearths early recordings by Prince, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, André Cymone, and others.

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