Lorde's "Team" remade as soccer anthem

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

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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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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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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Watch boxer Caleb Truax's training routine set to Big Cats beats

A still from Rob Perez's video for City Pages
Osseo-based boxer Caleb Truax is currently 18th-ranked middleweight in the world, and resides on this week's City Pages cover. The story, written by the golden gloves of CP's Jesse Marx, details the struggles any Midwestern boxer faces to gain legitimacy in the sport outside the region.

One can't help but respect Truax a lot more while watching his exhaustive training regimen at Lyke's ACR Boxing Gym in Coon Rapids. Filmed and produced by Rob Perez, the clip captures this fighter's intensity, focus, and dexterity. Those three things also apply to a guy who knows how to punch an MPC, hip-hop producer Big Cats. His "Pyramid Makers" off last year's Lesser Lights EP makes for the perfect accompaniment here.

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

Screengrabs via YouTube

The conversation about Lorde's prodigious run with "Royals" continues. While the Grammy-nominated kiwi has inspired Ann Powers, Tavi Gevinson, and countless others to start spirited conversations about what it means to be a teenager today, it has also left plenty of us just feeling decrepit. One such soul is MN-bred Molly Dworsky, who uses the song's familiar melody for cracking some jokes about the fossilization commencing immediately after we exit high school.

Based west of Minneapolis, the Royals found at Hopkins High get to be in on this joke, which is currently going viral. With her hair frizzed up, Dworsky becomes "Borde" in this parody clip featuring some fellow grads reliving their letter jacket days. (Who doesn't miss the days of JTT?) Put on your reading glasses, turn up your hearing aid, and have a few laughs at your own expense.

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Ashley DuBose's cover of Lorde's "Royals" is regal

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During her run on The Voice, Ashley DuBose did the Twin Cities proud and proved her vocal cords are versatile enough to handle just about anything. She's got soulful poise out to the tips of her fingers. It's no surprise that Nicholas David, another alum from the NBC talent competition, had her open for him this past December during his headlining show at First Ave.

DuBose broke out her rendition of Rihanna's "Diamonds" that garnered her recognition on The Voice, and then took it further with a full-band take on Lorde's surprise hit "Royals."  

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Inside Llewyn Davis: A near-perfect mix of music and message

Photo By Alison Rosa

Any time Oscar-winning St. Louis Park filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen announce that they are releasing a new film, there is going to be plenty of local interest. When they decided to set their new one, Inside Llewyn Davis, in the early-'60s folk music scene of New York City that would eventually embrace a young Bob Dylan, Minnesota moviegoers became even more intrigued.

Last night, I was fortunate to attend an early screening of the Coen brothers' new film -- which opens in an exclusive early engagement at the Uptown Theatre this Thursday night -- and came away impressed with the focus and care that was shown to folk music throughout the film, as well as the knowing attention given to the insecure struggle of the creative life.

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Zach Sobiech's "Clouds" performed by choir of thousands at Mall of America

Photo by Erik Hess
The impressive story of Zach Sobiech keeps traveling on after the young singer's death earlier this year. On Thursday, about 4,000 of his fans gathered at Mall of America to sing and remember the brave 18-year-old who held tight to the songs in his heart even when cancer was attacking his body.

The event, organized by KS95, marked the one-year anniversary of the debut of the Stillwater High graduate's "Clouds." The uplifting acoustic single soon went viral, amassed more than 8 million YouTube views, and eventually rose to number one on the iTunes and Billboard charts.

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The 10 best Twin Cities music photographers 2013: Accepting nominations now

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Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair
Update (11/25/13): The nominations are now closed. Check them out here.

Music fans in the Twin Cities are blessed with a great many things. One of which is an abundance of quality photojournalists out in the pits every night making sure that local concerts can be remembered for their spectacle and beauty. Also, there are plenty of inventive photographers who specialize in resilient band portraits and album covers.

We have decided to put out a call for readers to vote on your favorite music shooters doing good work in the area. Many of these folks are part of the Gimme Noise team, but that's just the tip of the glistening iceberg.

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