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    November 12, 2014
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    November 10, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Week: 11/10-13

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    November 5, 2014
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    November 3, 2014

    Taylor Swift 2015 U.S. Tour Dates -- St. Paul in September

    Taylor Swift just shook out an extensive tour plan for next year in support of her latest album, 1989. The record, which is her most pop-oriented (and most-thinkpieced) to date, sold 1.3 million copies in its first week on shelves. (Even if "Welcome to New York" is questionable.) In other words, Ta ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    On Taylor Swift's Most Sinful Album Yet (Sort Of)

    The world is tired of Taylor Swift pretending that she's a virtuous country star, and the announcement that 1989 would be a "pure pop" album inspired by Like a Prayer-era Madonna was accompanied more than anything by a collective sigh of relief. No more of this chastity-driven power pop -- time for ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Why Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" Is Bullshit

    The first thing you notice about Taylor Swift's New York is that the East River has somehow been turned into a 16-mile-long flowing trench of frozen yogurt. Is it Pinkberry? Is it Red Mango? It's impossible to tell, but don't get close enough to find out, because if you fall in, there's no escaping. ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Popular music needs to become political again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    The biggest pop crossovers in country music history

    The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Jillian Rae's songwriting and fiddling come from the heart

    The musician proves she's destined for more than Taylor Swift comparisons

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    June 10, 2014

    The 10 biggest douchebags in country music

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Becoming a rock star: It's possible, but unlikely

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I get a surprising amount of emails from people asking questions about how to succeed in music, how to get publicity, and how to get music heard by ot ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Taylor Swift at Xcel Energy Center, 9/7/13

    Taylor Swift Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, September 7, 2013I'll admit, I wasn't prepared for all the red. Yes, I knew Taylor Swift's most recent album was called Red and that this was "The Red Tour" but it hadn't occurred to me that those titles would dictate her fans' dress code quite so ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/4 - 9/10

    The weather has cooled down, but the music hasn't. Plenty of acts, large and local, are hitting up the Twin Cities this week. Mumford & Sons leave their mark on St. Paul Wednesday at the Xcel while Taylor Swift stops by later for the weekend. Alt-J plays a sold out two night show at First Avenue ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Jimmy Eat World at First Avenue, 7/8/2013

    Jimmy Eat World with X AmbassadorFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, July 8, 2013"Thank you guys so much, First Avenue. God damn, we love this place," Jimmy Eat World's lead singer Jim Adkins expressed from the stage on Monday night. The men of Jimmy Eat World looked like your average guys, but don't l ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013
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    October 29, 2012

    Taylor Swift unveils 2013 U.S. tour -- St. Paul in September

    The complex pop marvel that is Taylor Swift is heading back out on the road in 2013. Based upon her multiple car accidents during her recent interview time with Rolling Stone, let's just hope that she's not driving the bus. The 58-concert trek across the U.S. (and a little bit of Canada) in support ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Can Taylor Swift age gracefully with Red?

    See also: Taylor Swift at the Xcel Energy Center, 6/14/11 and 6/15/11 Taylor Swift sells out Xcel Much has been made this week of Taylor Swift's Monday night video chat, in which 72,000 fans tuned in to watch the totally-pop, maybe-kinda-country songstress discuss her upcoming record, Red, with a ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Florence the Machine at State Theatre, 4/27/12

    Florence the MachineState Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here."This is such a beautiful venue," Florence Welch said to her assembled subjects midway through Friday's performance. And indeed the ornate State Theatre is one of the few spots worthy of the ... More >>

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    February 19, 2012

    Prince & Bon Iver visit Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday Night Live

    Justin "Vernon" Timberlake.​Call this the skit from this weekend's Saturday Night Live that they expected would end up on the blogs. In it, the power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z are receiving guests to visit their newborn Blue Ivy Carter. Portrayed by various members of the cast, LL Cool J, Nicki ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    WLTE switching to pop country station BUZ'N 102.9

    ​If the fact that Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney's show at Target Field sold out in a mere four hours isn't enough to convince you that top-40 country is winning the populist vote here in the Twin Cities, this should do it: The snoozy longtime lite rock staple WLTE (102.9 Lite FM) will switch to an ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Lydia Loveless to play Lee's, Hymie's tomorrow night

    Hearing 21-year-old Ohioan Lydia Loveless' Bloodshot release Indestructible Machine, your immediate association upon taking in her rich, steady and intense voice is "Neko Case. She sounds like Neko Case." But no, that's not quite right. It's got a rougher edge than that. Stay instead within the Buck ... 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 29, 2011

    Toby Keith tops Forbes' "Highest-Paid" list

    Photo by Nikki MillerGimme fifty mill and I'll sell you a Ford pickup truck!​No, he didn't out-earn Lady Gaga, who topped Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities, but at his $50 million to her $4.5 billion, Toby Keith was at the top of the list of country artists, thanks in part to his chain ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Mark Mallman tour diary, Vol. 2

    ​The zombie apocalypse might very well begin in Des Moines, IA. I can see em all now, loping out of the cornfield, eyes glaring like lost Wal-Mart dads. This guy at the show the night before claimed Iowa to have the highest level of radon in America. In the morning Aaron Lemay was watching Shaun ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Taylor Swift at the Xcel Energy Center, 6/14/11 and 6/15/11

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Taylor SwiftJune 14 and 15, 2011Xcel Energy Center, St. PaulThe best spectacle of Tuesday night's Taylor Swift show at the Xcel was Swift performing "Love Story" standing on what looked like a floating balcony, suspended by wires and soaring like a UFO over fans' heads. But t ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Taylor Swift shoots 'em up and Shania Twain falls hard at the CMT Awards

    Photo courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images ​Country music fans were abuzz last night about the CMT Music Awards, but not necessarily on account of the winners.

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    March 29, 2011

    Britney Spears and Enrique Iglesias coming to Xcel July 6

    ​This summer's arena calendar is already filling up, with Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Journey coming to the Xcel, plus shows by Usher, Rihanna, Sade, and the aging pop version of Voltron, NKOTBSB, coming to the Target Center. To add to the spectacle, Britney Spears is throwing her hat in the rin ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Taylor Swift ticket seller at Xcel recounts sweet story of front-row fan

    via @XcelEnergyCtr​It's a big day for ticket on-sales in the Twin Cities -- both the Gayngs Affiliayted Showcase and Adele went on sale at First Avenue, with Adele selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul opened its box office doors for legions of Taylor Swift fan ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Jamey Johnson to play benefit at Fine Line Friday

    Courtesy of​So you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wi ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Eight G.O.O.D. reasons to buy 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' today

    ​Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.

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    November 3, 2010

    George Bush calls Kanye West rant lowest point of presidency

    ​MATT LAUER: You remember what he said? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist. A brief excerpt has been posted of Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush, set to air this Monday night on Matt Lauer Reports.For a man who dammed the river of scientific prog ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Taylor Swift inks deal with Target

    Screengrab via TwitPicTaylor Swift and Target: Kissing the dog means inking a deal. ​We know what Taylor Swift saw from the stage last month at the Target Center, and now we know her performance in front of Big Red's army had an even bigger upside than a quick paycheck. Swift has signed a dea ... 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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    August 26, 2010

    Taylor Swift, John Legend schmooze with Target's Bullseye [PHOTOS]

    Via TwitPicTaylor Swift gives Bullseye a kiss​Taylor Swift, John Legend, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias Charice and other A-list artists added some star power to Target Corp's annual national company meeting yesterday at the Target Center. Backstage, Swift and Legend schmoozed with Bullseye, t ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Month in Music: May 2010

    ​What happened to May? Is it seriously almost coming to an end? If you need a little refresher on one of the busiest music months in recent memory, head over to our Month in Music slideshow, which recaps photos of Gayngs, the Lyn-Lake street fest, Taylor Swift, Dessa, Romantica, and more.

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    May 10, 2010

    Taylor Swift returns to the Twin Cities

    Photo by Tony Nelson​Pop-country megastar Taylor Swift returned to the Twin Cities (less than a year after playing the Target Center) to charm the Xcel in St. Paul. Tony Nelson got up close and personal with the singer and delivered an amazing slideshow of photos; click here to check them out.

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    May 6, 2010

    Taylor Swift sells out Xcel

    Photo by Steve Cohen​ SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT. I'm worried for li'l Taylor Swift. Her last American tour sold out all across the board. In fact, she sold out Staples Center and Madison Square Garden in less than two minutes. This tour? Also sold out sold out sold out. Appears the next show wit ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    "We Are The World" to be remade. Really?

    There's such a deficit of collective songwriting talent and ability out there that we've absolutely gotta re-make "We Are The World" as a Haiti benefit event single?

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    January 13, 2010

    Mall of America's music: Top-drawing acts since 2002

    Over the past decade, bubble gum pop stars from Taylor Swift to Mariah Carey drew crowds as large as 15,000 people to the mall's rotunda.

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    October 16, 2009

    The Friday 5: Zombie Pub Crawl, Taylor Swift, squirrel chasing

    See what stories were most popular on this week.

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    October 16, 2009

    Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: Oct. 12-16

    New music from Bob Dylan, Tegan and Sarah announce TC date, Greycoats offer free album download & new videos from Sick of Sarah & To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie.

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    October 7, 2009
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    October 1, 2009
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    September 17, 2009

    Are You Ready for the Country: How to tune a turd

    Ten ways I'd put the hurt on Kanye West.

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    August 6, 2009

    Are You Ready For the Country: Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

    Blame it on your lying cheating cold deadbeating two-timing double-dealing mean mistreating loving heart.

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