Music News: Who's playing Target Field this summer?


Target Field prior to a Paul McCartney show
Target Field being prepared for Paul McCartney's 2014 performance (Jay Gabler/MPR)

Target Field has called a Thursday morning press conference to make a 2017 concert announcement. Who will it be? Whoever it is, the announcement is important enough that star Joe Mauer coach Paul Molitor are both planning to be on hand.

The smart money has it that the summer performer is going to be Billy Joel, who's already announced several ballpark shows for this summer — and whose Target Center concert announcement also got its own press conference back in 2014. Some U2 fans, meanwhile, are getting their hopes up that the show will be a stop on the Irish rockers' Joshua Tree anniversary tour.

Metallica are possible — but they're dark-horse candidates, since they just played U.S. Bank Stadium last summer. Also possible: Pearl Jam.

Fear not, we'll be on the scene Thursday morning — because we just love a good concert-announcement press conference. If we get there and one of the dueling-piano guys is playing, the jig is definitely up. Follow @LocalCurrent for live updates.

Today's Prince news

Amidst reports that Prince’s estate is in talks to bring some of the late musician's catalog to Spotify and Apple Music, Tidal is pushing back. Prince had an exclusive agreement with Tidal, but the contract-averse star didn't put it all in writing. Tidal claims the agreement included Prince's entire catalog for a period of multiple years, while Prince's estate claims the agreement only pertained to one album (Hit n Run Vol. 2), for only 90 days. The dispute is now in Minnesota federal court. (Rolling Stone)

Meanwhile, the estate has signed with a company called Bravado for worldwide branding and licensing. Bravado is part of Universal Music Group, which recently became Prince's publisher. Prince fans "will soon have new, exciting opportunities to connect with their favorite artist," said representatives of the estate. (Billboard)

Eddie Vedder plays Obama farewell address

President Barack Obama enlisted Eddie Vedder and the Chicago Children's Choir to perform at his farewell address Tuesday night in the Windy City. See fan-shot footage at NME.

Spoon announce album

Spoon have announced their ninth studio album. Hot Thoughts will likely be released on March 17. The album follows 2014's They Want My Soul. (Pitchfork)

SXSW lineup emerges

South By Southwest has announced several hundred acts who will be playing official showcases at this spring's festival. City Pages pored over the list and found a dozen Minnesota acts, including Lizzo, Hippo Campus, Caroline Smith, and Jeremy Messersmith.

Tony Visconti remembers Bowie

On the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s death, the star's longtime producer Tony Visconti reflected on the loss.

Space scientists cover Sigur Rós

An orchestra of space scientists has performed a cover of Sigur Rós’s song "Vierar vel til loftárása." The recording, produced by the band themselves, is now available as a free download. The International Space Orchestra performed with Sigur Rós last year at the Hollywood Bowl. (Pitchfork)

Florida reaches $73K severance deal with outgoing tourism board exec in wake of Pitbullgate

Will Seccombe, the outgoing chair of Florida's tourism board, will walk away with $73,000 in a severance agreement reached after Gov. Rick Scott pressured him to resign. Seccombe came under fire for cutting a secret deal with pop star Pitbull, who was paid a still-undisclosed sum to film the video for his song "Sexy Beaches" at prominent Florida locations and to promote the #LOVEFL hashtag on social media. (Billboard)

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