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December 3, 2015

Today’s Music News: Coldplay to star in Super Bowl 50 halftime show

In 2016, almost certainly the year’s single most-watched music gig will be played by Coldplay, who will star in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7. Beyoncé, who duets with Chris Martin on the band’s new song “Hymn for the Weekend,” is “in talks” to join the band on the field in Santa Clara, Calif. (Pitchfork) BREAKING: Scott […]

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Into the Void: Metal-heavy St. Paul record shop to close

Into the Void Records, a Lowertown shop that advertises itself as “St. Paul, Minnesota’s True Metal Record Store,” has announced that it will permanently close before the new year. The reason for the closure isn’t that business is slow — “the shop was/is doing fine,” said owner Shane Kingsland in a Facebook post — but […]

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On music’s love/hate relationship with lists and awards

Receiving his Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs, Kanye West gave one of the most deeply ambiguous (not to say confusing) acceptance speeches at any awards show in recent memory. Among the many topics Kanye touched on — including his supposedly planned Presidential run — was the contrived injustice of awards shows generally. […]

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