Prince (Musician)

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    April 13, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete list

    Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list

    ​Related:Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from f ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #10-1

    ​Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69"  Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Prince & the Revolution reunite -- on video

    Prince performing "When U Were Mine" in 1983.​Nostalgia for Prince and the Revolution is running over the brim for many in the Twin Cities at the moment. Sunday evening's Benefit 2 Celebrate Life marked the reunion of his Purple Excellence's backing band at First Avenue and the renewed health of d ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    The Revolution Reunion at First Avenue, 2/19/12

    Photo by Steve Cohen​Prince and The RevolutionFirst Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, February 19, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Sure, it wasn't advertised as a Prince show. For many, the Revolution's First Avenue reunion was mainly about the nostalgia. It was great to see Bobby Z playing t ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Bobby Z on Revolution reunion: We'll know if Prince is coming when he's onstage

    ​Last year, Prince & the Revolution drummer Robert Rivkin, AKA Bobby Z was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, and his survival was uncertain. After a year of rehabilitation, Z is healthy, and has started a foundation, My Purple Heart, to benefit heart health education and working in ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012
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    February 15, 2012
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    February 1, 2012

    The Voice's Prince medley should include the following songs

    ​The Voice recently announced that its celeb judges -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine -- would attempt a medley of Prince tunes in its second episode this season. No word on a guest appearance by the celebrated songwriter himself, but this is a refreshi ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Was Tapes 'n Tapes cover of Prince's "Purple Rain" wise?

    Photo by Erik HessTapes 'n Tapes' Josh Grier never wanted to be your weekend lover.​One of the surprises of the Current's 7th Birthday festivities at First Avenue this past weekend was undeniably Tapes 'n Tapes' climactic cover of Prince's epic hit "Purple Rain." Our Gimme Noise correspondent call ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    The Original 7ven help launch the start of the NBA season

    ​Not only can local pro hoops fans finally rejoice that the lengthy NBA strike has at long last been settled, and the restocked and recharged (but still substandard, apparently) Minnesota Timberwolves can decisively take to the court again. But they can also take some pride in knowing that loca ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    November 29, 2011

    Prince covers the Cars, Michael Jackson on Canadian tour

    ​Prince to George Lopez, April 2011: "My problem is when the industry covers the music," he said. "There's this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission."

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    November 16, 2011

    Al Jarreau talks Prince, the Roots, and spending 40 years in the music business

    ​Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene

    Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    fDeluxe's St. Paul Peterson talks about the Minneapolis Sound, working with Prince, and the rebirth of the Family

    ​Shortly after Purple Rain put Minneapolis on the map of the music world, Prince formed a little short-lived band called the Family. They would only record one album and play one sold-out show at First Avenue before disbanding, but their impact is still felt to this day. Though the musicians occas ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    53 things you might not know about Prince

    A November 1984 issue of City Pages​Devoted Gimme Noise readers already know that we're big fans of Prince around these parts -- we even have an entire wing of our blog roped off for Purple One-related posts. So when we heard today is Prince's 53rd birthday, we jumped at the chance to geek out and ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester gets serenaded by Prince

    photo via @coolburbs​As you are likely aware, Prince Rogers Nelson has, for the past month and change, been putting peoples' brains in a blender with his Welcome 2 America not-really-a-tour of New York and New Jersey.Last night's show at Madison Square Garden marked possibly the most celebrity-she ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    The Minnesota Historical Society preserves local music history

    See Prince's Purple Rain suit and the original First Avenue light board

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    November 9, 2010

    Michael Jackson's newest record said to be fake

    ​The biggest pop star in the world - a claim that is now at least arguable, well over a year after his death - is having a difficult week. There's chatter that the recordings on his upcoming December release Michael aren't actually him. Given the state of the music business and the sheer value of ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Prince announces five-show run in NYC

    ​A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a mysterious press conference conducted by Prince in New York City in which he announced plans for a "series of events" called Welcome 2 America that would kick off on "a purple day in December" and include a range of collaborators. This week, more details ab ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Picked to Click 2010

    Pink Mink lead the pack in our 20th annual best-new-bands poll

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    October 15, 2010

    Prince unveils new 'series of events' at mysterious press conference

    ​What would a Prince press conference be without a little smoke and mirrors? Yesterday afternoon, the Purple One beckoned reporters to the Apollo Theater in Harlem for a brief press conference so he could unveil a new "series of events" in the odd and terse way only he can execute.

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    October 10, 2010

    Jason Derülo comes to First Ave tonight

    ​Jason Derülo isn't what you would expect from a 21 year old hip-hopper. But according to Jason, it's not hip-hop -- it's a new facet of pop, evident in his first single "Watcha Say," which was a #1 US single that went 3x Platinum in 2009. Aided by the all-familiar sounds of auto-tuning, the song ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Prince's unreleased albums leaked

    Frowning​Prince is as prolific as he is mercurial. Who knows the wonders sitting in the vaults of Paisley Park, waiting for a flight of fancy to breathe once more. Sometimes they pop up here and there.Earlier this year someone uploaded to YouTube old rehearsal footage from around the time of Purpl ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Prince vs. Yoda, a tale of the tape

    "From the heart of Minnesota, here come the purple Yoda." So sayeth Prince in his new song "Laydown." In light of this, we wanted to see how Prince and Yoda would actually match up.​Prince, "Laydown"

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    July 8, 2010

    Prince's 10 craziest moments of all time

    ​As we mentioned earlier this week, the Purple One was recently quoted in the UK's Daily Mirror as saying "The internet's completely over." In honor of that epic statement, we thought it's high time someone compiled a list of all the other amazing, eccentric, and downright bizarre moments in Princ ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010
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    June 28, 2010

    Prince honored with BET's 'Lifetime Achievement' award

    ​Prince took the stage at last night's BET Awards to accept his award for "Lifetime Achievement," and gave a sincere and humble speech to the shrieking crowd. "I was pretty wild in my younger days," Prince said, grinning sheepishly. "You don't have to do what I did, you don't have to make any of t ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    Prince's 'Lifetime Achievement,' in videos

    ​As we reported last week, BET is awarding Prince a "Lifetime Achievement" award during their televised awards ceremony this Sunday evening. To prepare, we've amassed a selection of our favorite moments from Prince's lengthy and often astounding career.Dig, if you will, a handful of Prince's fines ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Prince (almost) joins Gayngs

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​Roaming around First Ave after the Gayngs performance, there seemed to be only one shared thought on everyone's minds: "Prince was here!" And unlike Prince's last few public appearances, wherein he sequestered himself in the dark corners of club balconies, His Purpleness da ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Janelle Monae plays for small crowd... and Prince

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Poor Prince. He can't go anywhere these days without a string of tweets popping up and outing his whereabouts. (Including, um, ours.) About 20 minutes before Janelle Monae started her set last night at the Varsity, a pair of security guards quickly ushered Prince out of a whi ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Prince playing Purple Rain at First Ave in 1983

    From the City Pages press archives​Our dear friend Joel Bremer, the Minnesota music-loving fiddler from Sweden, posted a couple of amazing old Prince videos on his Facebook page recently. In addition to showing Prince and the Revolution playing "Purple Rain" live at First Avenue, which is already ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Prince to debut new song on the Current this Friday

    His Purpleness will reveal a new track on Friday morning at 7 a.m.

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    February 2, 2010

    Prince_Official Twitter account is one of many fakes

    Shocking newsflash: Prince_Official is not so.

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    January 28, 2010

    Sheila E. imitates Prince in video response to his Vikings song

    Dig if you will this video of Sheila E. mimicking Prince.

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    October 26, 2009

    Prince at Paisley: Fan review, setlist

    Prince shocks everyone by performing on time! Check out a fan's review and compiled set list.

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    June 3, 2009
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    June 1, 2009

    Prince's Central High School yearbook photo emerges

    Check out Prince's sophomore year afro.

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    April 14, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    The Wet Spot: The ultimate erotic soundtrack

    Don't you ever play Nickelback if you're looking to score. Ever.

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    December 13, 2008

    Bream on irking Zep and Prince

    Jon Bream is one of the longest-running popular music critics in the United States, having reviewed concerts for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1974 (when it was still the Minneapolis Star). He is "author-in-chief" of a massive new book about Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrat ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Prince update: Purpleness says he was misquoted

    PrinceLOvesexy-thumb.jpgIn a new article in the New Yorker, our favorite controversy-generator Prince expresses disapproval of gay marriage but later says he was misquoted.

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    October 14, 2008

    Prince gossip still makes New Yorkers giddy

    Even NYC loves our hometown hero, the notorious little guy with endless sex appeal spit out through guitar solos and hip gyrations.

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    June 25, 2008
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