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Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair

On Friday and Saturday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”), Bob Dylan (“Mississippi”), and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City […]

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Music News: Prince’s sister says Apollonia 6 will be at Revolution concert

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has suggested that Apollonia 6 will be present for at least one of the Revolution’s upcoming reunion shows at First Avenue. “I’ll be down at First Avenue Sept 2nd,” Nelson writes on Facebook. “My gurl Apol[l]onia and the 6 will be there along with Andre Cymone and The Revolution.” Two years ago, Apollonia returned to First Avenue […]

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Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince

The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a […]

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Friday Five: Bruise Violet, Rogue Valley, and more new Minnesota music videos

Bruise Violet, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (Beyoncé cover) Loring Park enjoyed an optimal double feature on Monday; Big Cats and crew played a live score to Man With a Movie Camera, and Bruise Violet debuted this fierce Beyoncé cover. Rogue Valley, “Bury Your Heart” Rogue Valley (along with director Stephanie Johnson, producer Bobbi Peacock, and cinematographer Eric Schleicher) share a video one […]

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Two Minneapolis conferences to examine the legacy of Prince

Artists, entrepreneurs and academics are invited to gather and learn from Prince. October 2016 and April 2018, respectively, will see a Prince-centered Giant Steps MN conference and University of Minnesota symposium study the icon’s legacy. On October 7, Giant Steps MN will hit the Minneapolis Convention Center and examine the ways Prince continues to touch Minnesota (and beyond). Speakers […]

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Music News: Lemmy statue unveiled in L.A.

A statue depicting the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead has been unveiled at Kilmister’s favorite bar: the Rainbow, in West Hollywood. Kilmister’s longtime girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman and Motörhead manager Todd Singerman were among those present for the Wednesday unveiling of the statue by artist Travis Moore. (OC Weekly) A life-sized Lemmy Kilmister statue created by Travis Moore unveiled last night at […]

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The joys of Prince – on cassette

“Did you get the tape I sent you? I thought it was better in a song…” – Prince, “One of Your Tears” Almost four months later, and Prince’s passing still doesn’t feel real. We all know he’s gone, and how suddenly it all happened. The star that is coated in gold at First Avenue still […]

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