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Today’s Music News: Jack White released a single ten years ago, exclusively inside upholstered furniture

Way back in the day, before the White Stripes blew up, Jack White worked as an upholsterer. Later, White and his fellow upholsterer Brian Muldoon formed a duo who called themselves—wait for it—the Upholsterers and cut a couple of songs. One of those songs, “Apple of My Eye,” was released commercially in 2000. The second, “Your Furniture Was […]

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Today’s Music News: All-star Carnegie Hall concert to pay tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads

Is the all-star tribute charity concert the new all-star tribute charity album? It seems so, as yet another has just been booked: a March 28 concert at Carnegie Hall will feature the Roots, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Rufus Wainwright, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Beth Orton, Steve Earle, and several other artists paying tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads. It’s the 11th […]

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Today’s Music News: Ringo Starr and Lou Reed honored at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Ringo Starr and Lou Reed, already Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees as members of the Beatles and the Velvet Underground respectively, will be honored at the Hall of Fame as solo artists on April 18—along with inductees Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; the “5” Royales; and Bill Withers. […]

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Today’s Music News: A Daft Punk Lego set? It could happen.

Lego’s website has an “ideas” section where fans can submit their ideas for new Lego sets and rally support behind their designs. Over 4,000 users are urging Lego to create a Daft-Punk-themed set. “Through costumes, elaborate stage lighting / structures, and even vehicles, Daft Punk have created a visual history that lends itself to Lego,” […]

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Billy Joel to perform at Target Center on May 16

This morning, Target Center announced that Billy Joel will perform at the Minneapolis arena on May 16. The news came at a press conference preceded by two days of speculation—fueled by a teasing Instagram photo of Times Square in 1999—as to what the venue’s “major concert” announcement would be today. Tickets will go on sale […]

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Pitchfork lists best Minnesota hip-hop of 2014, starting with thestand4rd

Underlining the national prominence of our local hip-hop scene, Pitchfork’s Paul Thompson has just published a round-up of the best Minnesota hip-hop of 2014. “Minnesota Nice is well established,” writes Thompson, “but 2014 was the year for Minnesota Weird in the Minneapolis-St. Paul hip-hop scene.” Topping Pitchfork’s list is thestand4rd, the group who debuted this year […]

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