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Minnesota celebrates Monty Lee Wilkes’s life

Monty Lee Wilkes, born in Sandstone, Minn., passed away on Friday at the age of 54. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer last fall, according to the Star Tribune, and had returned to his parents’ house (in the Kettle River area; about 50 miles southwest of Duluth) for hospice care two weeks ago. Wilkes was a sound […]

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

On Saturday and Sunday, 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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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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Music News: Lizzo to co-host MTV Video Music Awards pre-show

MTV has announced that Lizzo will be one of three co-hosts of the Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night — along with radio host Charlamagne Tha God and Snapchat celebrity DJ Khaled. (Billboard) SO excited to announce that I'm hosting the @MTV #VMAs2016 pre-show w/ @djkhaled & @cthagod! Mpls tune in! #LizzoVMA pic.twitter.com/XeFMlc4DUB — |L I Z […]

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Paisley Park to open for public tours, starting Oct. 6

The Bremer Trust, which is managing Prince’s affairs as the late music icon’s estate makes its way through probate court, has announced that it’s partnering with Prince’s family and with the City of Chanhassen to open Paisley Park for public tours. The tours are expected to begin on Oct. 6, with $38.50 as the standard […]

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Music News: Sharon Van Etten releases song for Orlando victims

Sharon Van Etten has released “Not Myself,” a song written in the aftermath of June’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. “In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves,” writes the singer-songwriter in an accompanying statement, “I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and […]

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Minnesota Wild change goal song to Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’

The Minnesota Wild have announced that in response to fan demand, they’re officially changing the song played in celebration when the team scores a goal. Formerly Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant,” the song will now be Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The Wild seem surprised to have made national headlines merely by surveying season ticket holders about […]

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