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The top 20 most-read blog posts of 2014

Photos by Jay Gabler/MPR

1. Hello, I’m David C. and I’m an alcoholic and an addict (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love myself). Host David Campbell bravely shares his story of addiction, alcoholism, and recovery with blogger Andrea Swensson.

2. Nye’s Polonaise will close next year. The owners of Nye’s Polonaise, a Northeast Minneapolis landmark that’s become one of Minnesota’s best-known bars among connoisseurs across the country, told employees they plan to close the bar and restaurant in the summer or early fall of 2015.

3. Justin Vernon-curated Eaux Claires Festival coming to Western Wisconsin in July 2015. The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival is slated to take place in Eau Claire on July 17 and 18, 2015.

4. Minneapolis 8-year-old draws hundreds to front-yard piano recital. After playing several short, charming pieces from his elementary music books, Dylan invited the crowd to an ice cream social.

5. Minnesota teen Molly Kate Kestner goes viral with original song “His Daughter”. On April 20, Kestner posted a YouTube video of herself emotively performing “His Daughter,” an original song, accompanying herself on piano. The video now has over 11.4 million views.

6. Then and Now: Scenes from Purple Rain. As part of our ongoing Then and Now series, we teamed up with photographer Steven Cohen to revisit some of the famous landmarks seen in the film.

7. Fourth of July 2014: Where to find fireworks in the Twin Cities. A map of fireworks displays across the metro and the state.

8. 1984 was pop’s greatest year, says Rolling Stone—and Prince was the best thing about it. The artist who towered over this “greatest year” in pop history, says Rolling Stone, was Prince. Tracks from Purple Rain occupy three out of the list’s top ten slots, coming in at #1 (“When Doves Cry”), #4 (“Let’s Go Crazy”), and #8 (“Purple Rain”).

9. Former Journey frontman Steve Perry joins Eels on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Mark Oliver Everett, AKA the man behind the moody indie rock band Eels, managed to charm the heck out of a whole lot of people at the Fitzgerald Theater when he brought former Journey frontman Steve Perry to the stage for the third encore to sing a few songs.

10. Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL share new music at late-night Paisley Park rendezvous. “Do you want to dance?” he asked me, extending his hand. Before I had time to react, he pulled his arm back and said, “Just kidding!”

11. Trampled by Turtles share first single off new album Wild Animals. Trampled by Turtles had a new studio album, Wild Animals, out on July 15.

12. Atmosphere’s ‘Say Shh,’ the song that helped launch the Current nine years ago today. The song, which was tacked on as a hidden track at the end of the Rhymesayers’ duo’s 2003 album, Seven’s Travels, had already become somewhat of an underground anthem, and at 9:01 a.m. on January 24, 2005, the Current spun it as a way to establish the station’s connections to its community and celebrate an exciting new beginning.

13. Andrew Richardson of the Crush and ZVEX Effects passes away. Richardson, guitarist for early 2000s Adeline Records signees the Crush and the sales manager for the respected guitar pedal company ZVEX Effects, was 36 years old.

14. The Replacements (finally) bring it back home for crowd-pleasing Midway Stadium show. In a performance that spanned nearly every song they’ve pulled out for their reunion gigs so far and a few that haven’t, the Replacements seemed hell bent on erasing any ill will that might have arisen from such a delayed hometown show and finally gave the audience exactly what they wanted.

15. The new Prince albums ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM: A track-by-track guide. A breakdown of the songs on Prince’s two new albums, which came out September 30.

16. MN Music-on-a-Stick 2014: Brother Ali, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, Cactus Blossoms to rock Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. The MN Music-on-a-Stick series, presented by the Current, gives fans a chance to see an awesome array of Minnesota music acts at the State Fair’s iconic Grandstand.

17. Everything you need to know about the Replacements’ just-announced Midway Stadium show. The show was the last event to occur at Midway Stadium before it is torn down.

18. The Replacements return to NBC Studios to play the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Host Mary Lucia shares behind-the-scenes photos and stories from the Replacements’ visit to the set of the Tonight Show.

19. Gary Burger of the Monks passes away. As the lead singer of the pioneering ’60s garage band the Monks, Gary Burger is often cited as one of the unsung heroes of early punk rock and one of the originators of guitar feedback. And as the mayor of Turtle River, Minn., Burger spent the later part of his life modestly tucking away his status as a musical trailblazer, intent on living quietly and occasionally remembering back to wilder days gone by.

20. The 400 Bar plans to reopen at the Mall of America. By the end of the year, the 400 Bar would be evicted from the Mall without having a chance to open their new bar and restaurant.