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    March 27, 2014

    Fleetwood Mac 2014 reunion dates with Christine McVie -- tour launch in Minneapolis

    For all of the volatile conversation within pioneering rock and pop act Fleetwood Mac, there's plenty of disagreement among fans too. With Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie all significantly shaping the vocal contributions of the group, it's hard not to pick favorites. Following ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Prince announces 2014 tour dates -- including week-long Minnesota Celebration

    For all of the hype surrounding Prince in 2013, it looks like 2014 is actually going to be much bigger. The Purple One has just announced a full-scale North American tour in stadiums across the U.S. and Canada. Compared to his 2012-13 Hit N' Run dates, and several hastily announced Minnesota gigs, t ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Prince's The Breakfast Experience EP is for remix fans

    The purple outpouring the past few weeks has included a couple of Paisley Park parties and a new video, and perhaps it finally comes down to this. Prince has just unveiled The Breakfast Experience EP for the completist fans among us. We know you're out there because we can smell the 3121 perfume waf ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    The Replacements nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    If you talk to the locals, the Replacements are already hall of fame. The non-locals spoke up, though. Among the Class of 2014 nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- alongside Nirvana, KISS, N.W.A., Hall & Oates, among others -- you'll find a recently reformed band that came together ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    How to purify yourself before a Prince show at Paisley Park

    You can cut the anticipation surrounding Prince's upcoming show at Paisley Park with a purple sword. Hand-clenching Minnesotans want to make sure they get the most out of such an experience. Thus, "How can I do this thing right?" was the overall feeling lurking in the comments section of yesterday's ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    First Avenue selling classic merch and collectables at garage sale

    Chances are, if you spend some quality time at First Avenue and see enough shows within its hallowed black walls, you are bound to develop an affinity for the club that goes beyond just the music itself. The place becomes a part of your history, and each time you step through First Ave's doors, that ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Rolling Stone readers: First Avenue is the 2nd best venue in America

    The accolades for First Avenue keep rolling in courtesy of the many permutations of Rolling Stone's "Venues That Rock" series. The club already received the honor as the number three "big room" in the country, but now yet another high rank is bestowed. Yes, the pollsters have spoken, and only one cl ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Top 10 best places to buy vinyl in the Twin Cities

    Within the sagging music industry, vinyl sales represent a rare sign of growth during the past few years, and that trend is healthy in the Twin Cities. Here, a plethora of independent record stores meet the local music community's demand for records -- and then some. They stock Record Store Day excl ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Tegan & Sara's Sara Quin: We must seem like the biggest losers in love

    Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin's underground following has gone quite overground during the past few years. If you know their music, you probably consume it with rabid satisfaction. On their new album, Heartthrob, the two channel '80s synth pop and bring a dance vibe to their indie-rock aesthetic. ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Dawes to bless us with third album, Stories Don't End, in April

    Because there will never be enough heartfelt folk-rock with swelling harmonies to sate us, it is a heart-bursting delight to announce that Los Angeles-based indie darlings Dawes have a third album on the way. Titled Stories Don't End, the collection arrives April 9 of this year. And that title says ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Bob Dylan's most memorable Minnesota performances (1998-2008)

    As Minnesota prepares to welcome our most famous native son, Bob Dylan, back to the Xcel Energy Center tonight for what surely will be a celebratory performance given the election results yesterday, longtime fans certainly let their minds wander to the countless times they've seen Dylan over the yea ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Cruise for a Cause 2012 lineup announced

    See Also:Rolling Stone's 'Do You Wanna Be A Star' competition is at least a little hairyWho doesn't love boats, burritos, and good music? Especially all three together. In the second year of the fundraising Cruise for a Cause, Travis Jerome of Just Kidding Clothing has brought together a wide assort ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    The Who announce North American tour dates 2012-13 -- Minneapolis in November

    See Also:The Who Sell Out--ReallyOne of the loudest, most boisterous (and oldest) rock acts in the business, the Who, has just revealed details for their first tour in four years to touch North America. A stop in Minneapolis at the Target Center is included.The 1973 double album Quadrophenia gets sp ... More >>

  • Movies

    June 13, 2012

    Rock of Ages, Tom Cruise get nostalgic for '80s hair metal

    Star-clogged film degrades rock and musical theater

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    June 11, 2012

    Against Me! and Joan Jett cover the Replacements' "Androgynous"

    New transgender poster boy/girl Tom Gabel, now Laura Jane Grace, made a prominent statement during Friday's Against Me! show at New York's Terminal 5 using a familiar gender-bent song by the Replacements. Joan Jett, who notably shared vocals with Paul Westerberg on a cover of Cole Porter's "Let's Do ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Van Halen at Xcel Energy Center, 5/19/12

    Van HalenXcel Energy Center, St. PaulSaturday, May 19, 2012The David Lee Roth-led version of Van Halen is a throwback to a time when arena rock actually rocked. Seven albums worth of great material, combined with an apparently sobered-up Eddie Van Halen sounding better than ever these days, meant th ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Girls Got Rhythm Fest Day 2 at Amsterdam Bar, 5/12/12

    Girls Got Rhythm Day 2With Ronnie Spector, The's Nikki Corvette, Little Girls, Midnite Snaxxx, L'assassinsAmsterdam Bar & Hall, St. PaulSaturday, May 12, 2012Related:Slideshow: Girls Got Rhythm FestivalGirls Got Rhythm Fest Day 1 at Amsterdam Bar, 5/11/12As far as local music productions ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Luke Redfield spills Willie Nelson and Ke$ha run-ins, explains Tusen Takk

    ​There is an element of exaggeration in all good storytelling -- and not to say that Luke Redfield is lying -- but his new album tells a sweeping tale of a man who has lived 100 lives in the ten songs off of Tusen Takk, the culmination of years of hard work and traveling.  The album emanates ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011
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    October 10, 2011

    Aretha Franklin at Mystic Lake Casino, 10/7/11

    ​Aretha FranklinOctober 7, 2011Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MNIn an evening fit for a queen, what comes first is the purse. As her massive (and partially Minnesotan) backing band assembled themselves on stage, a well-dressed man who was presumably the Queen of Soul's handler scurried out o ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Beastie Boys will fight for your right to wear Chuck Taylors

    ​Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Blondie at Mystic Lake Casino, 9/4/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Blondie September 4, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino I was 16 when Blondie reunited in the late 1990s. I have a memory of reading about their plan to do a few shows and record an album in Spin or maybe Rolling Stone; I was definitely sitting in the waiting area of my hairstylist ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Banned from MTV: 10 videos that got the axe

    ​It's been nearly 30 years since MTV launched by airing footage of the Apollo 11 landing and the video for the Buggles' "Video Killed a Radio Star" at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981. Though it was founded with the intent of streaming music videos 24 hours a day, the station quickly became a tool for ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Toots and the Maytals at the Minnesota Zoo, 7/9/11

    Photo by Nikki Miller​Toots and the Maytals July 9, 2011 Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater Opening with "Pressure Drop" and closing just about an hour later with "54-46 (That's My Number)," Toots and the Maytals socked a brief but energetic performance to the intimate, family-friend ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Prince Welcomes New Jersey 2 America at the IZOD Center

    Photo by Nicole Ankowski for the Village Voice​Prince's Welcome 2 America "tour" (he's playing in New Jersey and New York) kicked off last night in East Rutherford, New Jersey's IZOD Center (like the pants, yes...and no, it's doubtful the Minnesnowta Yoda's full-length purple leather coat will be ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    The Week That Was: P4K knights Kanye, Black-Eyed Peas at Super Bowl

    ​Holiday weeks are hell on columns like this one. Not because nothing happens, but because nobody's around to report on what's happening. In any event, here's what we were able to find out about what went down while we were hanging Christmas lights, getting sick, and stuffing ourselves full of tur ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    A modest proposal for putting faded pop stars out to pasture

    ​Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Buddy Guy at the State Theatre, 10/16/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​Buddy Guy and Quinn SullivanOctober 16, 2010State Theatre, MinneapolisFor a taste of Minnesota's finest seasonal weather and the Midwest's greatest portrayal of the blues, it would be safe to say the best place to be this past Saturday evening was in downtown Minneapolis a ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2010

    Buddy Guy: From the mouth of a legend

    One of the greatest guitar players of all time comes to the State

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    September 22, 2010

    Yeti Records' co-owner and Gayngs member Jake Luck talks about his new venture

    photo by: Stacy Schwartz​The Cities certainly have no lack of amazing record stores -- the Electric Fetus and Hymie's were recently included in Rolling Stone's top 25 -- and no scarcity of music fans either. There's plenty of love (and a slightly less plentiful amount of money) to go around we thi ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The VMAS: Goddammit

    ​The most vapid and useless event in the music industry happened last night - no, not the Grammys/Country Music Awards/Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions/Band Aid/Entourage season premieres/American Idol/issues of Rolling Stone - it's MTV's 42nd Annual Video Music Awards, a myopic perineum desp ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Aesthetic Apparatus sale is today only

    ​Totally Spoked by Aesthetic Apparatus​Lace up your quickest sneaks, and dash on over to St. Paul, because Aesthetic Apparatus is having a mega sale you won't want to miss. Today only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you'll be able to get your grubby little hands on some of their coolest poster and ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Pitchfork survival guide: 5 tips for a successful festival

    ​Never underestimate a collective of geeks working towards a seemingly unmarketable goal fueled by passion alone.   A decade and a half ago in Minneapolis, a couple of them created the online only music review site Pitchfork Media. Back then, the Internet was still in its infancy, a diso ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Beatles photos see the light of day after decades

    ​What is with people holding on to Beatles ephemera for decades? If interest hasn't waned by now it never will - there's no good reason for it to considering that they're The Fucking Beatles - and so we can safely assume that the entire world is probably interested and you should just put that shi ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010
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    April 28, 2010
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    December 16, 2009
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    October 21, 2009
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    September 18, 2009

    Insane Clown Posse makes a mess at the Main Room

    We can't believe we're saying this, but it was actually good.

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    September 16, 2009

    Mason Jennings featured in Rolling Stone

    In a glowing review, Jennings' latest album is proclaimed his "best work yet."

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    July 15, 2009
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    January 10, 2001
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    May 19, 1999

    Born Again

    George Lucas resurrects his sacred franchise by Force in Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace

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    May 12, 1999

    Entertainment Forever

    The robot mother of all celebrity shows soldiers on--with a Hollywood smile

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    June 25, 1997

    Manson Rituals

    Battling Satan: Anti-Manson activists praying last week at the Metrodome

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