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Music News: Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries dies at 46


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“Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at age 46,” reports NPR. “O’Riordan defined the sound of the Cranberries — with hit songs like ‘Linger,’ ‘Salvation’ and ‘Zombie.’ She brought a particularly Irish inflection to pop charts around the world.” O’Riordan’s passing was confirmed by a publicist, who said…

Pop-up Club Nomadic at Mystic Lake called off; concerts will move indoors


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Club Nomadic, a pop-up club scheduled to be constructed outside Mystic Lake for concerts timed to coincide with the upcoming Super Bowl, has been canceled. Shows by the Chainsmokers, Kygo, Florida Georgia Line, and Gwen Stefani will move to concert spaces inside the casino. “We are disappointed to have to make the decision to cancel…

Music News: Watch Obama tell Letterman about dancing with Prince


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On Friday, David Letterman’s new Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will debut, with former president Barack Obama as Letterman’s first guest. In a teaser clip from the show, Obama tells Letterman about being pulled up to dance with Prince during the late icon’s White House concert. (Pitchfork) When Low Cut Connie visited The Current’s studio last year, frontman Adam…

The Viking Bar closes amid ownership dispute


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Less than two years after a major remodel and reopening, the historic Viking Bar in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has closed and its building has been put up for sale. Built in 1905 and opened as the Viking in 1959, the bar became a hotspot for West Bank blues and folk musicians during the scene’s explosion…

Justin Timberlake announces pre-Super-Bowl album: ‘Man of the Woods’


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On Feb. 2, Justin Timberlake will drop a new album with a theme that seems all too apt for the location and timing of his performance at the Super Bowl two days later. Man of the Woods “is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever…

Here’s how you can help McNally Smith students and faculty


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On Dec. 14, McNally Smith College of Music announced that it would shut down the next week due to lack of funds, and as of Dec. 20, the school is officially closed. Since the announcement, community members near and far have wondered how they can help affected students, staff, and faculty, many of whom have…

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis visit Nicollet Mall to reveal Super Bowl Live lineup


Legendary producers Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis returned to their hometown of Minneapolis today to reveal the first 19 confirmed acts to perform at Super Bowl Live, a 10-day series of free concerts in downtown Minneapolis that are part of a flood of activity surrounding the U.S. Bank Stadium-hosted Super Bowl. Among the headliners…

Prince estate launches first official merch store, as an online pop-up


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Just in time for holiday gift shopping, the Prince estate has launched a “Hit N Run” online store that it describes as a “pop-up store” that represents “the first offering of official and authorized merchandise from The Prince Estate.” The store, which will be active until Dec. 3 according to its header, features a dozen…

60th Grammy nominations: JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino lead


This morning the Grammy nominations were announced. This year’s award ceremony will be held Jan. 28. Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino lead the major categories: all four are nominated in the Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories. Lorde’s Melodrama rounds out the Album of the Year nominations, and…

Eaux Claires announces 2018 dates: July 6 and 7


The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will be back in 2018, on July 6 and 7. The announcement came today via a typically elliptical rollout…actually, it was a literal rollout, as the festival live-streamed video of workers pasting posters into place on a street in Eau Claire. (The posters are around the corner from…