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Flashlight Vinyl, in Northeast Minneapolis, to close after Halloween

Flashlight Vinyl, a stylish store that’s been open in Northeast Minneapolis since the beginning of 2016, has announced that it will permanently close its doors as of Nov. 1. “Gratitude is all a person can have at this point,” wrote owner Raoul Benavides on Facebook. “So many great people, new friends and stories came to visit […]

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Longtime 400 Bar co-owner Tom Sullivan dies at 62

Tom Sullivan, who co-owned the legendary Minneapolis music venue the 400 Bar from 1996 until its closing in 2013, died on Tuesday at age 62. Sullivan “died peacefully in his sleep,” his brother Bill told the Star Tribune; the cause of death is not yet known. Sullivan and his brother Bill, a former tour manager […]

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First Avenue buys Fine Line Music Cafe

First Avenue has announced that it’s purchased the Fine Line Music Café, taking control of the downtown music club on Oct. 1. “We’re incredibly excited to add the Fine Line to the First Avenue family, and really — more importantly — to keep this local venue independently owned and operated,” said First Ave owner Dayna […]

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Pitchfork: ‘Purple Rain’ was the best album of the ’80s, and Minnesota music ruled the decade

Pitchfork, perhaps the most-respected critical outlet in music, has just published a new list of the 200 best albums of the 1980s. According to the publication’s editorial staff, the decade’s best album was Prince’s Purple Rain. As City Pages notes, that represents a vault upwards in status for the classic soundtrack; when Pitchfork last listed the […]

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Lake Street vinyl haven Hymie’s Vintage Records is for sale

Laura and Dave Hoenack could not have picked a more precarious time to buy a record store. The year was 2009, at the height of the real estate crisis and recession. Dave, a special ed teacher, and Laura, who worked in school administration, didn’t have any retail or business experience to speak of, and their […]

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