Music News: Dulono's on Lake Street closes after 60 years


Dulono's on Lake Street, photographed in 2013
Dulono's on Lake Street, photographed in 2013 (via Dulono's on Facebook)

Dulono's, the Minneapolis pizzeria and occasional music venue, has closed its original Lake Street location after 60 years. The owners cite an "inability to either purchase the property or work out a new lease with the [property] owners" as reason for the closure, but emphasize that their new North Loop location will remain open, with the same delivery area. Dulono's locations in Mahtomedi and Woodbury also remain open. (Star Tribune)

Green Day unknowingly take the stage after acrobat death

On Friday at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, an acrobat fell to his death in an accident that took place in front of thousands of viewers. A half-hour later, Green Day took the nearby main stage to play a set, and later explained that they were not informed of the accident until after they performed.

"I don't know why the authorities chose not to tell us about the accident before our concert," wrote the band's Billie Joe Armstrong in response to criticism. "If we had known prior to our performance, we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heartless people."

In its own statement, the festival wrote that it "regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming. We send our most sincere condolences to all his family." (New York Times)

Grunge: The Musical?

When preexisting songs are reworked into a narrative work of musical theater, the result is called a "jukebox musical." That's been done with the music of Motown, ABBA, and Frankie Valli, and now it looks like there's going to be a grunge jukebox musical.

That's right, the music of bands including Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins could be included in a new musical commissioned by Seattle Repertory Theatre. The story will be set in the Seattle music scene circa the early '90s, and Variety reports that Janet Billig Rich — a former manager of Nirvana — is involved with the in-progress production.

Jenner sisters sued over Tupac tees

Photographer Michael Miller has sued fashionista Kylie and Kendall Jenner over t-shirts that layer the sisters' faces over Miller's photographs of Tupac Shakur. The pair quickly halted sales of the controversial shirts, part of a line that also included similarly manipulated images of music artists including the Notorious B.I.G., Led Zeppelin, and the Doors. Miller says he was never even asked about the use of his photos, and could receive statutory damages of as much as $300,000.

The sisters have since apologized for the shirts, saying they weren't personally involved in creating the designs, but the damage has been done. Arcade Fire responded to the shirts by creating their own designs layering their band logo over the Jenners' faces. (Rolling Stone)

Wishing recovery to local rockers

We're wishing speedy recovery to two local rockers who've recently suffered freak hand accidents.

Kyle Werstein of Fury Things had what he describes as "a freak bike accident where I went through a window." The accident resulted in serious damage to Werstein's dominant hand, and he writes that "I'd appreciate any kind thoughts and patience y'all can muster as I navigate to a full recovery."

Adam Levy, meanwhile, is making international headlines for second-degree burns he suffered due to an interaction between sunlight and some lime juice he spilled on his hand. The situation isn't uncommon, it turns out, though it's rarely as severe as what Levy experienced: the acid in citrus juice can thin the skin, making it significantly more susceptible to sunburn. In Levy's case, it was squeezing limes as prep for his daughter's graduation party that led to the damage.

"To prevent these citrus burns from happening in the first place, prepare anything that involves lime or lemon juice inside," advises Men's Health, "or, at least, in the shade. And wear rubber gloves for extra protection."

They then suggest a recipe for "the ultimate margarita."

Spotify: All our artists actually exist

Spotify has categorically denied inventing fake artists to make money. "We do not and have never created 'fake' artists and put them on Spotify playlists," wrote a company representative in an e-mail to Billboard. "Categorically untrue, full stop."

The question was raised by a Vulture post that accused the streaming service of paying producers flat amounts for tracks that Spotify would then, allegedly, put on prime playlists under false artist names. Since the service would own the music, they'd effectively be paying royalties to themselves instead of to musicians.

Spotify says this simply does not happen. "We do not own rights, we're not a label, all our music is licensed from rightsholders and we pay them — we don't pay ourselves."

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