Low Dressed Up Like ZZ Top for Halloween [PHOTOS]

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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
Low's Alan Sparhawk doing his best Billy Gibbons.

Low might've been the sharpest-dressed band of the Halloween season during Friday's opening set for Slowdive at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. The Duluth experimental rock trio donned facial hair, cowboy hats, and shades, and added bright-green fur to their instruments to become the spitting image of another famous triple threat -- blues-rock legends ZZ Top.

More photos of their costuming below.

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Watch Chuck Berry Perform "Johnny B. Goode" 50 Years Ago

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Screenshot from the video.

Fifty years ago this week, Godfather of Rock & Roll and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry played his famous hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the Teen Age Music International Show. The groundbreaking program was one of the the first rock-music concerts filmed and released in theaters featuring many famous musicians of the era, including the Supremes, James Brown, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

Tickets for the event were distributed for free to local high school students, and the show was filmed over two nights. It became an immediate success as rock-addicted teenagers from all over the U.S. were given a chance to see their favorite musicians play live.

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Watch Bill Murray cover Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm"

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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik

Actor, St. Paul Saints part-owner, and cover artist Bill Murray gave Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm" a shot in his latest film.

As we reported recently, Murray met Dylan after the bard's performance at Midway Stadium in 1997, and the movie star returned to the ballpark for its final regular season game this past August. For St. Vincent, he dons a similar pair of camo shorts to the ones he wore at Midway Stadium to portray a military veteran. He treats the material and a nearby potted plant with about as much precision as Dylan tends to do when unpacking his material in concert.

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The Time Bill Murray Surprised Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium

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Jeremy Messersmith plays "Bubblin'" on Letterman

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Jeremy Messersmith in the middle of getting the Letterman bump

Wearing a "The Pirate Bay" T-shirt under a black jacket, Jeremy Messersmith played to his biggest audience yet on Wednesday's Late Show With David Letterman.

The Minneapolis musician chose his "biggest, strangest" song "Bubblin'" from his latest album, Heart Murmurs, for the appearance. His touring band and a string quartet intermingled sumptuously on the arrangement reminiscent of Aimee Mann's collaborations with producer Jon Brion. If there were any nerves present for this career-changing moment -- even bigger than a signature doughnut -- they didn't show up on camera.

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Jeremy Messersmith lets it bleed

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Atmosphere's Slug with a whole bunch of slugs [Photos]

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Photo by Erik Hess/Darren Johnson

A few days ago, Gimme Noise started hearing about Slug Solos, a viral Tumblr dedicated to pairing some of the world's best guitarists and the world's best slugs. According to its young Glaswegian creator, the site's mission is simple: "Some guitarists' solo faces look like they've just realised they're holding giant slug creatures." After enjoying everyone from Este Haim to James Hetfield to Prince absolutely shredding on slugs, it occurred to us that there was a glaring local omission.

Even without a guitar, Atmosphere rapper Slug's animated onstage persona is a perfect fit. Thanks to some Photoshop magic by Tatiana Craine and shots from many of the huge Atmosphere shows City Pages has documented over the years, we present the photogenic Sean Daley with several new onstage sidekicks.

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Purple Rain-era cardboard Prince sees the Minneapolis sights


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10 amazing musical performances from The Jon Stewart Show

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Screengrab via YouTube

Back before he was the host of The Daily Show -- back even before Josh Hartnett chopped off his fingers and stabbed him in the eye in The Faculty -- Jon Stewart was the host of his own eponymous show. It aired for almost two years, first in a half-hour version on MTV, and then an hour-long version in syndication.

Stewart told USA Today his eponymous program was "just an odd show with really cool music."

Indeed, the show had plenty of fantastic musical guests during its 1993 to 1995 run. Thanks to the magic of AV nerds recording the show, transferring it digitally and uploading to the internet, there are a ton of them on YouTube! Here are 10 of the best.

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Lorde's "Team" remade as soccer anthem

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Screengrab from "(Soccer) Team."
The hype of Lorde's "Royals" has died down, but a Minnesota-bred comedian is still making us laugh with the music. After skewering "Royals" and Hopkins High in January, Molly Dworsky is back with a soccer-themed parody of "Team" just in time for World Cup fever.

"I heard from a third party that [Lorde] heard and liked the last one," Dworsky tells City Pages. This time, she plays up her Lorde-like looks in the dark scenes similar to the original song's video, and follows a storyline unfolding on the playing field.

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Lorde's "Royals" gets a Hopkins High School makeover


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Y.N. Rich Kids' "The Business" keeps winning streak alive

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Stills from "The Business" video
The young Minneapolis rappers involved with Y.N. Rich Kids have amassed a Hollywood-worthy story of after-school creativity mixing with serious business. After "Hot Cheetos & Takis" got national attention two years ago, videos released since then -- we'll count related Beats & Rhymes groups Da Rich Kidzz, the KIDS, and the NSJ Crew as well -- prove there is a wellspring of hip-hop talent emerging from our area.

Recently, "The Business" became the latest viral smash from the crew. The video features the new, malleable face of 7-year-old Aimaje (see above) stealing pretty much every scene he's in.

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Y.N. Rich Kids debut new videos, "My Bike" and "Khaki Pants"

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400 Bar debuts sign at Mall of America

The hallowed 400 Bar has returned! As a sign, at least.

As reported in February, the 400 Bar will be part of a 25,000-square-foot complex featuring a concert venue, the Midwest Music Museum, and a restaurant at the Mall of America. With the opening of the museum this week, a familiar landmark is reborn in a new location.

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400 Bar to open venue in Mall of America

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Tim Heidecker's "leaked" Super Bowl halftime show song anthology

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Tim Heidecker's take on a Pepsi-sponsored Bob Dylan

Ten years ago, comedy innovators Tim Heidecker and Eric Weirheim first broke national with their adult swim show Tom Goes to the Mayor. Ever since, they've delighted us in several mediums and formats, but we have developed a special fondness for Tim Heidecker's "leaked" Super Bowl songs.

For the past four years, the eve of the Super Bowl has seen Heidecker (who successfully trolled the industry as the "new editor" of Rolling Stone a few years back) release the (alleged) "new song" that will be performed by that year's halftime act. As both a critique of commercialism and a celebration of the downright catchy, what better way to prepare for a weekend of pigskin tossing than looking back at Tim Heidecker's Super Bowl halftime classics.

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