The Best Twin Cities Concerts Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Lucinda Williams -- See Saturday and Sunday!

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Where to Dance on Thanksgiving Eve in the Twin Cities

Categories: Holiday
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Nick Kozel
This could be you!

Here's your chance to dance your ass off before stuffing your face with turkey all day on Thursday. Chances are that you'll be seeing more of your family this weekend than you want to, so take any excuse to get outta the house when you can. And even if you're not with the fam, use this opportunity to get down with your friends before Turkey Day.

Here are the top five Thanksgiving Eve dance parties.


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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

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Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

A premiere of the cool new animated video from recent Picked To Click star Breakaway launches this week. We've also got new clips from the Blind Shake and Swami John Ries, BNLX, the Joe Fessler Band, Verskotzi, Secret Wonder, Louie P, and Mousey McGlynn covering P.O.S. We're also featuring a smoking live video from Black Market Brass, and an album teaser from Red Daughters. Enjoy!

See also:
Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week (Barbara Jean, Garrison Grouse, Nicholas David, and Hardcore Crayons)


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Hippo Campus Are Waking Up Twin Cities Indie Rock

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L-R: Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton, Jake Luppen, and Whistler Allen

Hippo Campus | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, November 29
"What did somebody tweet at us today?" Hippo Campus singer/guitarist Jake Luppen polls his bandmates. Luppen, guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen are draped in winter garb and gathered around a table at Kopplin's in St. Paul. The collective goal at the moment is getting warmed up and caffeinated ASAP.

No one responds, so he quickly answers himself. "'Hippo Campus makes me want to do ratchet things on a rooftop.' That's the feeling I want people to feel."

The tweet in question actually reads: "your songs make me want to do hoodrat things on train tracks and on rooftops. i feel like i could take over the world." Close enough, and perhaps true enough. Within the Woodbury-based indie rock instigators' Bashful Creatures EP -- featuring The Jungle Book hooks alongside The Bad News Bears mischief in lyrical form -- lurks the unadulterated core of youth.

See also:
The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014: Hippo Campus


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First Ave Garage Sale: Much Better Than Black Friday

Categories: For Sale

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Taxidermy from the Turf Club's old Clown Lounge will be part of the First Avenue Garage Sale.

Black is a killer hue. It's slimming, it hides stains, and it matches nearly everything. A key exception -- when you combine black with Friday. Every Thanksgiving season, a typically stellar day of the week turns uglier than our fractured marriage with Wisconsin.

First Avenue can help. In a few short days, the downtown venue -- which just so happens to be painted black -- is hosting its annual garage sale. Note: It's not on Friday.

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10 Things I Learned From the New R.E.M. Documentary

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R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe didn't know Peter Buck's first name for quite a while.

This week, R.E.M. put out a massive, six-DVD box set called REMTV, the latest in a steady stream of archival releases the band has offered fans since "calling it a day" in 2011. It includes a 110-minute documentary R.E.M. by MTV, that is the first film to tell the entire story of a group of Athens, Georgia 20-somethings who started as a party band and finished as one of the most revered groups in music history.

Using archival interviews and live clips instead of a narrator, it's a linear trip through this classic "local boys make good" tale that, despite a lack of hardcore drugs and inter-band lawsuits, should have any music fan on the edge of his/her seat.

I have read six books about R.E.M., listened to every song available from the band and, on a recent trip to Winnipeg, dropped my grocery money for the week on a box of magazines that featured R.E.M. on the cover. Going into REMTV, I thought I had an Encyclopedia Brittanica-level knowledge of the band, but perhaps I was more like a Wikipedia page that hasn't been updated in a few months. Here's a list of 10 things I learned watching the new R.E.M. documentary.

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RIP, Prince's Twitter and Facebook Accounts

Categories: The Purple One
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@3rdEyeGirl is out of commission.

It seems the Purple One is now the artist formerly known on social media.

The always enigmatic Prince joined Twitter in August of 2013, and delighted us by posting some selfies as @3rdEyeGirl, which later was revealed as his new band. The page fit well into the dual promotional campaign for this year's Plectrumelecrum and Art Official Age. This past October, he briefly adopted Facebook and conducted a fan Q&A, wherein he notoriously only answered a single question related to sound frequencies. As of today, both accounts are inactive.

See also:
Prince Joins Twitter and Posts His First Selfie: A Timeline


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The Seven People You'll Meet at a Guitar Store

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Just a couple guitar store guys.

Just as comic book stores are the niche playgrounds for comic fans, guitar shops are a similar experience for guitarists. These paradises of gear-lust are also environments with their own social order, rules of conduct, and quite a few characters.

There are the small, independently run mom-and-pop stores, which sell a little of everything from school band instruments to guitar gear. Then there are the more expensive vintage and boutique-style stores, which generally have rare older gear and high-end newer stuff. Some of them feel like museums. Finally, there are the big chains like Guitar Center.

In all of these establishments, familiar archetypes emerge over and over again. Here are seven types of people you'll run into in your guitar shopping pursuits.


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This New EDM Book Looks Awesome, But Will Anyone Actually Read It?

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Today, HarperCollins Publishers and their Dey Street Books imprint announced the impending arrival of a new book on American EDM culture. Written by highly regarded journalist Michaelangelo Matos, it's called The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America and is due out in March of next year.

We're excited about this book. Matos, a long-time local contributor, former music editor at City Pages' sister publication Seattle Weekly and frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, NPR, and another of our sister pubs, the Village Voice, has long been one of the few U.S. music journalists who consistently writes about electronic dance music with intelligence and insight.

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Here Are the Perfect Thee Oh Sees Albums for Every Occasion

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There's no wrong time to listen to Thee Oh Sees.

Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer's garage-freakout art-noise bonafides are ironclad (see also: The Coachwhips; Pink and Brown), and it usually takes only one album-length dose of his most enduring and best band to start craving more.

And more there is. The San Francisco-based act has released nearly 20 full-lengths in the past dozen years. Picking out the best stuff from such a massive discography relies on a simple-enough hierarchy: here's the weird demo stuff, here's the one the blogs went nuts over, here's the experiment that shook off the bandwagon fans, and so on.

Thee Oh Sees are coming to the Amsterdam this Friday -- just in time to knock you out of your post-Thanksgiving turkey coma. Once you've done your civic duty of picking up their most recent record, the slickly produced yet still vertigo-inducing Drop, you might want a next step. So here are the best records for specific life situations, preferably ones where you have no idea how they'll end.

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