Prince (Musician)

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    November 4, 2014

    Cardboard Prince Takes a Tour of London

    After safe passage abroad, the cardboard representation of Prince has spent the last couple of days taking a royal expedition across the pond in London. Recently, Explore Minnesota Tourism's market development manager Bill Von Bank recruited our Purple Rain-era friend as an unofficial ambassador fo ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    20 Things You Never Hear Minnesotans Say

    "Yah, you betcha!" "Oh, fer gosh sake." "Awwww jeez." For better or worse, these are sayings that are associated with Minnesota. Although you'd probably have to go to your 80-year-old grandmother's church basement mixer to hear those in regular conversation uttered without a drop of irony. W ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Cardboard Prince Is Going to London

    Earlier this year, the City Pages staff met Prince -- the cardboard cutout, that is. We soon discovered that he loves scenic adventures around Minneapolis. He also loves pancakes because they have a lot in common, thickness-wise.We'll admit the last couple of months indoors have been hard on him. Ev ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Prince Hosting Online Listening Party From Paisley Park Tonight

    The release of one new Prince album is enough to make major waves throughout the music industry. But when the Purple One decides to release two records on the same day, you know he's going to officially command the headlines. Today, Prince's solo record with producer Joshua Welton, Art Official Age, ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Prince titles new solo album Art Official Age

    After a series of promotional experiments that began almost two years ago, Prince is finally ready to release some new music. On September 30, the Purple One will put out two albums via Warner Bros. Not only will the date signal the unveiling of his project with 3rdEyeGirl, PlectrumElectrum, but he' ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Purple Rain-era cardboard Prince sees the Minneapolis sights

    Earlier this year, Gimme Noise discovered a prime piece of Prince memorabilia on Craigslist. A woman in Apple Valley listed a "RARE Prince/Purple Rain Stand Up" for sale and the timing seemed perfect. Purple Rain's theatrical release celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend, and this cardboard c ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Idina Menzel to sing National Anthem for MLB All-Star Game at Target Field

    Just when you thought National Anthem couldn't get more viral, the wickedly talented Idina Menzel has been tapped to perform it at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will be held July 15 at Target Field. Famous for singing the Oscar-winning "Let it Go" in the box office smash Frozen and having John ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Prince hosts Apollonia for Paisley Park show

    With Purple Rain fever in the air, Prince brought his landmark film's co-star Apollonia Kotero out to Paisley Park for a tour and concert this past weekend. Kotero was in town to take part in Bobby Z's third annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue on Saturday. She performed "Take Me With U" ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    At 30, Prince's Purple Rain is so good that "Purple Rain" isn't even its best ballad

    Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible. That's no knock against the music, that urgent neon bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world, kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove but with more cream. That music still sti ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Michael McDonald: Working with Grizzly Bear pulled me out of my own little world

    When you've collaborated with Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Prince and crushed it in the Doobie Brothers, can you hang up your hat and call it a day? Even if Yacht Rock, Family Guy, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin will never forget you, the legendary Michael McDonald believes there's always work to be ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Rep. Keith Ellison celebrates Purple Rain's 30th anniversary with acoustic cover

    Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison can't believe it has been 30 years since the release of Prince's iconic Purple Rain movie soundtrack.Ellison's love of cultural expression on the acoustic guitar has long been a part of his interactions with the public. Notably, he covered Woody Guthrie last year ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Minneapolis Armory could return as concert venue by 2016

    The Minneapolis Armory's crescent moon roof is impossible to miss in the eastern portion of the city's downtown. Aside from customers using the 110,000 square foot building as a parking facility, the eye-catching appeal of the nearly 80-year-old structure has gone largely underutilized over the past ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Revisiting Purple Rain's original reviews

    Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music a ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Prince signs new deal with Warner Bros.

    Prince and Warner Bros. are back in business. Today, the Purple One and his long-time label through his most commercially successful '70s, '80s, and '90s work have hatched an agreement that will bring out unreleased material from the many songs tucked in his vault, a 30th anniversary reissue of Purp ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Hear Howler cover Prince's "I Would Die 4 U"

    After tearing into some Hüsker Dü at Rock the Garden in 2012, Howler are back with another cover by a local artist of serious renown. This time, it's one of Prince's songs, "I Would Die 4 U." With acoustic guitars in hand, helplessly chuckling frontman Jordan Gatesmith and guitarist Ian Nygaard sh ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Five more shows we want Prince to take over

    Last week, Minnesota's Purple Yoda, Prince, took over The Arsenio Hall Show for one of the greatest hours of television ever broadcast. Between this excellent appearance and taking Fox's New Girl to a whole other level of cool a month ago, it's been scientifically proven that Prince equals televisio ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    50 things to do in the Twin Cities before you die

    Your Twin Cities bucket list from lawn bowling to parades

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    February 10, 2014

    The evolution of Prince hairstyles: 1978-2013

    When Prince emerged with an afro in the fall of 2012, he completed a hair cycle reaching back to the beginning of his solo career. In between the late '70s and today, the Purple One has experimented with a variety of styles. His locks have alternated between signs "o" the times and chaos and disorde ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Prince to join Zooey Deschanel on New Girl's Super Bowl episode

    There's no longer any reason to be surprised by Prince news. Still, the revelation that the star of Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, and Graffiti Bridge is returning to acting on Zooey Deschanel's Fox sitcom New Girl is a tad surprising. This is the Purple One's first sitcom appearance.It also me ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2013

    Twin Cities Music Yearbook 2013

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

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    December 4, 2013

    Purple Snow champions Prince and local sound

    A closer look at Numero Group's landmark 50th release

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    December 2, 2013

    Numero Group's Jon Kirby on Purple Snow: Everybody deserves to be celebrated

    Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Paul Rudd on Prince: He's a genius

    Hot on the promotion circuit for his new buddy film Prince Avalanche, actor Paul Rudd dealt with an avalanche of inquiries about his fandom for the Purple One. Fortunately, "I'm serious about Prince Rogers Nelson," he remarks to interviewer New York Magazine writer Julie Klausner and rolls with her ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013 (so far)

    At the halfway point of 2013's concert year in the Twin Cities -- things feel pretty satisfying. We've already experienced six months of polarizing sets, surprise shows, reunions, long-awaited returns, and this is before the Replacements have played a single note live.   Some the most deeply fe ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Prince at Myth, 5/25/13

    PrinceMyth Nightclub, MaplewoodSaturday, May 25, 2013You didn't really need to wait until Prince's cover of "Even Flow" -- the last song from the last set of his double-header at Myth on Saturday night -- to know that his performance was a little unpredictable. That fact had long since been establis ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Prince & 3rdEyeGirl drop new video for "Fixurlifeup"

    While anticipation builds (and ticket prices fall) for Prince's two Saturday shows at Myth this weekend, the Purple One dropped a brand new video for "Fixurlifeup," a grungy, funk-fueled track drawn from his current collaboration with 3rdEyeGirl, which is currently available for digital download via ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Prince first hit the cover of Rolling Stone 30 years ago

    A lot of things have changed in the past 30 years, but several of the controversial aspects of Prince were already fully established. For his first Rolling Stone cover story, which hit stands three decades ago this week, his twisted relationship with the press is as much of the story as the music it ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Fatoumata Diawara: I'm working on a voice for women that didn't exist before

    Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara may be a newer name to music fans in the States but she has had a long career in her native country and her homebase, France, since the mid-'90s as a stage and film actress. She blends the background of southwestern Mali's Wassoulou traditions with her life experience ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2013

    The Lewis Connection: Resurrecting a legendary album

    The band's self-titled album will be reissued by Chicago's Numero Group after 30 years

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    March 11, 2013

    Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue, 3/9/13

    Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate LifeWith Princess, ?uestlove, Dez Dickerson, Andre Cymone, Dr. Fink, and Alexander O'NealFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, March 9, 2013The draws for Saturday's second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue were many, but Princess was the most unique, by far. ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Princess: We've been obsessed with Prince for over 30 years

    College pals Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, the pair behind Prince tribute act Princess, make for the perfect combination of soulful spirit and high regard for the Purple One's ouvre and its musical legacy. Rudolph, who often showed off her singing voice as a Saturday Night Live cast member, an ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Why Prince should let Weird Al Yankovic parody his songs

    The undeniably white and nerdy Weird Al Yankovic has received the blessing of umpteen pop musicians for his humorous pursuits over the past three decades. "Smells Like Nirvana" victim Kurt Cobain even called him "America's modern pop-rock genious [sic]" in his journals. As a result, we have a lifeti ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Princetagram iPhone app unveiled by Jimmy Fallon

    Some of the greatest innovations and stupidest pet tricks come out of late-night television, so it's no surprise that Late Night With Jimmy Fallon introduced Princetagram to the masses this week.With Prince fan ?uestlove -- who will perform at the Bobby Z's second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on March 9 ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Prince's "Surprise" at Dakota Jazz Club, 1/18/13

    Prince's "Surprise" show, late set Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Friday, January 18, 2013The third and final night of Prince's run at the Dakota Jazz Club was dubbed "Surprise," so it was no shocker that there was rampant speculation going around about what the surprise might be. After attending t ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    5 possible surprises at tonight's Prince show

    Prince's shows tonight at the Dakota, his last of these "open rehearsal" concerts, are advertised on the Dakota's website with four simple words (and extra punctuation): "Surprise!! (don't miss this!)." These shows sold out in scant minutes and there was almost a Pavlovian willingness to fork over l ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Ten Stories About Prince that are better than fan fiction

    "Oh, you live in Minnesota? You must know Prince." This post is for anyone who has fielded an asinine inquiry like that one at some point. Minneapolis resident Charlie Pauken had heard enough ludicrous questions about his relationship with the Purple One from friends back in his old home of Bowling ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    Maya Rudolph is in a Prince cover band called Princess

    Anyone who found themselves plopped down in front of the radio this past weekend could've happened upon a NPR story about Princess, a new female-fronted covers act that plays the hits of Prince. This new purple project is fronted by former Saturday Night Live not-for-prime-time player Maya Rudolph a ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The Afghan Whigs at Varsity Theater, 10/28/12

    The Afghan WhigsWith WussyVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, October 28, 2012"What else you got? I want you naked in three more songs," the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli called to the adoring person who threw a sparkling black scarf onstage amid "What Jail is Like," from 1993's Gentlemen. "I'm not jokin ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Halloween costume ideas, 2012: Music icons

    At this point, Halloween is pretty much upon us. If you haven't picked out a costume for all those parties and concerts this weekend, then it just so happens you're in luck. Instead of rocking the tired Jimi Hendrix look or that blase Elvis jumpsuit, go for something a little more modern, relevant, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Prince ditches afro for "Rock & Roll Love Affair" on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    After a month, Prince has brushed aside the afro look for a more familiar coiffure. The grand occasion was to bring his latest single "Rock & Roll Love Affair" to the late-night trappings of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Still the rest of his retro fashion lives on in the clip, including the globe-shaped s ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Weirdest Prince-themed merchandise

    Reigning purple royalty Prince will always have a special place in our hearts, but for some people, this place is really special. October 13 marked the 20th anniversary of the Love Symbol Album release, and we checked out the some of the craziest Prince merchandise we could find. Considering the guy ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Amanda Palmer on Theater Is Evil, Twitter and assless pants

    From releasing her latest album to high praise and facing unexpected kerfuffles, Amanda Palmer has been quite hot topic this fall. The alt-rock, punk cabaret singer burst onto the scene in the early 2000s as one half of the Dresden Dolls and has spent the last decade building a steadfast following t ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Prince made fans wait an hour for Welcome 2 Chicago encore

    A newly afro-ed Prince's opening night of his three-evening Welcome 2 Chicago residency at the United Center proved to be a test of most fans' patience. Although Chicago-area supporters have already waited eight years to get to these concerts, it seemed that most weren't prepared to hang in their se ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Prince protégé-backup singer Andy Allo releasing funky new album

    See Also: Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van JonesPrince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happeningPrince look-alike contests were so much better in 1985Prince has a new BFF. The Cameroon-born, Sacramento-based soulful songstress Andy Allo has toured extensively with ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Prince is MTV Video Music Awards royalty: A history

    See Also:Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van JonesPrince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happeningPrince vs. Yoda, a tale of the tape The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards take place this evening. For almost 30 years, the show has honored the best clips that the medium of ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Purple Rain is 28: Watch Prince: The Glory Years to celebrate

    Related:Prince is 54 today: Some required reading The legacy and longevity of Prince's landmark album, Purple Rain, will forever be preserved thanks to the recent efforts of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. And now we can all celebrate the 28th anniversary of the release ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Prince's Purple Rain preserved by National Recording Registry

    No matter how well (or poorly) you think Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain has aged over the years, the Library Of Congress has just seen to it that the Purple One's seminal 1984 album will live on forever. Purple Rain, along with 24 other recordings, has just been selected for induction i ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Five Prince perfumes that would smell sweeter than 3121

    A New York judge this week ordered Prince to pay a perfume maker nearly $4 million for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents that were a tie-in to the release of 2006's 3121. This is yet another bizarre entry in the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, a life in which each successive chapter manages ... More >>

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