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March 11, 2015

Today’s Music News: Courtney Barnett previews her new album in hometown show

Courtney Barnett, set to release her much-anticipated new album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit on March 24—and play Rock the Garden on June 20—previewed several songs from the album at a show in her home town of Melbourne, Australia. See video at Pitchfork. The trailer for Montage of Heck, the first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary, […]

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Minneapolis’s Blue Nile stops presenting live entertainment

The Blue Nile, a restaurant and bar in Minneapolis’s Seward neighborhood that’s long been a staple of the local music and spoken-word scenes, is no longer presenting live entertainment. The venue’s last Thursday reggae night was on Feb. 26, and last Tuesday, March 3, was the Blue Nile’s last open mic night. According to a […]

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A California desert interview with Babes in Toyland

With a summer of big festival dates ahead of them—including a homecoming gig at Rock the Garden on June 21—the influential Minneapolis trio Babes in Toyland drove up into the hills of the California desert last month to play their first public show in 14 years. It was a small warm-up gig at an intimate and […]

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Minneapolis singer Mark Andrew could be the next ‘American Idol’

After a short run on NBC’s The Voice in 2013, Minnesotan musician Mark Andrew is currently a contestant on this season of Fox’s American Idol—and he’s doing well. His rendition of the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” landed him among the top eight male performers; Andrew’s fans are hoping that in tonight’s episode, he makes the […]

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‘Blurred Lines’ verdict: Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke ordered to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s family

In a verdict that could have wide-ranging implications for music as intellectual property, a Los Angeles jury declared yesterday that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke—two of the co-writers of “Blurred Lines,” a 2013 megahit for Thicke—stole elements of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” Williams and Thicke were ordered to pay a total of just […]

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