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Music News: The Strokes announce new EP

On the first episode of his new Sirius XMU show, Julian Casablancas premiered a new Strokes song, “OBLIVIUS,” and announced that a new EP — Future Present Past — will be released June 3. The EP’s two other songs, “Drag Queen” and “Threat of Joy,” later premiered on Beats 1 and BBC Radio 1 respectively, and all three are […]

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Music News: Neon Indian leads all-star cover of Prince’s ‘Pop Life’

Neon Indian has paid tribute to Prince with a cover of “Pop Life” that features contributions from Holy Ghost!, Kristin Kontrol, and several more guest artists. (Pitchfork) Questlove defends Madonna After the BET Awards criticized Madonna’s Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince, Questlove responded by defending her performance. “Every Prince rendition will not be a life-changing orgasmic xperience,” tweeted the Roots leader. “Just […]

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Caydence Records & Coffee to open this summer in Payne-Phalen

If you’re walking down Payne Avenue this summer and you hear “London Calling” streaming out of a window, you might have just stumbled upon St. Paul’s newest record store/coffee shop. Caydence Records & Coffee (900 Payne Avenue), which will sell new and used vinyl and CDs, is being worked on for a couple more months; the Clash are […]

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Music News: Madonna pays tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards

At Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, Madonna paid tribute to Prince with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” followed by a duet with Stevie Wonder on “Purple Rain.” Watch the video at Stereogum. Also at the awards, Kesha sang Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” The Star Tribune has published details of Prince’s final days. According to the report, Prince was […]

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces summer music line-up

In the Twin Cities, we’ve hit that special time of year: the spring-summer overlap when outdoor music line-ups go public and people finally start leaving coats at home. Block party announcements started the buzz earlier this year, and Art-A-Whirl’s many outdoor and indoor concerts will take place this weekend. But it’s hard not to anticipate the warmest […]

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Music News: Minimoog synthesizer to return

Moog Music has announced the return of the Minimoog Model D, originally produced from 1970 to 1981. “Pilot-production” models are going on sale at this weekend’s Moogfest in Durham, N.C. (Pitchfork) The Minimoog was a staple of prog rock by groups like Emerson, Lake & Palmer; it was used on Kraftwerk’s classic Autobahn and the first four albums by Gary […]

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Music News: PRINCE Act pushed back, likely until 2017

The Minnesota Legislature has put the brakes on the PRINCE Act, a piece of legislation — written with the late Prince in mind — that would give survivors the right to keep deceased celebrities’ names and likenesses from being exploited for profit. After observers and legislators raised concerns that the measure was too broad and needed further consideration, […]

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