Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair

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On Friday and Saturday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”) and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City Pages) CMJ Music Marathon future…

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Music News: Prince’s sister says Apollonia 6 will be at Revolution concert


Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has suggested that Apollonia 6 will be present for at least one of the Revolution’s upcoming reunion shows at First Avenue. “I’ll be down at First Avenue Sept 2nd,” Nelson writes on Facebook. “My gurl Apol[l]onia and the 6 will be there along with Andre Cymone and The Revolution.” Two years ago, Apollonia returned to First Avenue…

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Vote: The Current's Local Music Exchange

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The Current wants to share great Minnesota music with the world, so we've partnered up with Manitoba Music - Winnipeg to swap two bands from each city for the ultimate Local Music Exchange.

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Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince


The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a…

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Friday Five: Bruise Violet, Rogue Valley, and more new Minnesota music videos


Bruise Violet, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (Beyoncé cover) Loring Park enjoyed an optimal double feature on Monday; Big Cats and crew played a live score to Man With a Movie Camera, and Bruise Violet debuted this fierce Beyoncé cover. Rogue Valley, “Bury Your Heart” Rogue Valley (along with director Stephanie Johnson, producer Bobbi Peacock, and cinematographer Eric Schleicher) share a video one…

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Two Minneapolis conferences to examine the legacy of Prince


Artists, entrepreneurs and academics are invited to gather and learn from Prince. October 2016 and April 2018, respectively, will see a Prince-centered Giant Steps MN conference and University of Minnesota symposium study the icon’s legacy. On October 7, Giant Steps MN will hit the Minneapolis Convention Center and examine the ways Prince continues to touch Minnesota (and beyond). Speakers…

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John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning'


John Gorka's career-catapulting album, 'I Know,' was released in 1987, but he had actually recorded an earlier version in 1985, which Gorka didn't feel was quite right. Fast-forward to 2016, and Gorka has a different opinion about that earlier session; the older recording has now been released as 'Before Beginning - the Unreleased I Know'. Gorka stopped in to Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the two albums and to compare versions of a few tunes.

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Music News: Lemmy statue unveiled in L.A.


A statue depicting the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead has been unveiled at Kilmister’s favorite bar: the Rainbow, in West Hollywood. Kilmister’s longtime girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman and Motörhead manager Todd Singerman were among those present for the Wednesday unveiling of the statue by artist Travis Moore. (OC Weekly) A life-sized Lemmy Kilmister statue created by Travis Moore unveiled last night at…

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Minnesota State Fair

Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair

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On Friday and Saturday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”) and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City Pages) CMJ Music Marathon future…

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160826 purple fair 161 120x120

Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince


The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a…

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The Current Sessions®

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In town for a couple of shows at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Brandi Carlile and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their forthcoming record, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter.' The session features the live radio premieres of three new songs, including one about which Carlile says, "It's my favorite song on the album, probably my favorite song ever."

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Remembering Monty Lee Wilkes

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Last weekend Monty Lee Wilkes, a reputable Twin Cities sound engineer and tour manager passed away from terminal cancer. Help us remember Monty Lee Wilkes with a 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs do you want to hear from bands that Wilkes worked with?

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