Idina Menzel knocks All-Star Game Dylan cover out of the park

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When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All-Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by Major League Baseball to pay homage to Minnesota's most famous local son, Bob Dylan. Still, it was worrying that Menzel -- the famous voice of those Frozen anthems that kids everywhere are singing -- would lack the depth and acuity to pull off the ode to staying young at heart.

But boy was I wrong to be worried. Menzel knocked Dylan's wistful number out of the park.

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Bob Dylan left 149 acetate records sitting in an NYC closet for 40 years

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Alternate versions of music from Bob Dylan's late '60s and early '70s work were discovered in massive find.

For Bob Dylan rarity hunters, this could be one of the biggest scores yet.

A record dealer has just revealed details of a find at a Greenwich Village building in New York City. Inside two boxes marked "Old Records" were 149 acetates -- test pressings created using a recording lathe -- used by Dylan during the creation of Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning.

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73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan has spent well over 50 years in the public spotlight, with his every move, lyric, and career transformation scrutinized by obsessive fans and social scientists alike. The activities of the Bard from the North Country have been pored over endlessly throughout Dylan's legendary career, but the man continues to surprise us, while keeping us all forever young and entertained.

In honor of Dylan's 73rd birthday this Saturday, May 24, we've assembled 73 facts about the man that you may or may not know. But no matter how well-versed you are in his work, there's always more to learn about the man and the myth that is Bob Dylan.

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Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad: Selling out, or sign of the times?

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Listen: Bob Dylan covers Frank Sinatra for upcoming album

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After the massive, epic tangle of 2012's Tempest, Bob Dylan could be in a blue mood for his next studio album. Today, the legendary Minnesota-bred artist unveiled a cover of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit "Full Moon and Empty Arms" and what could be the cover of his next album.

Above, we see what looks awfully like an album titled Shadows of the Night. Rolling Stone confirmed that "Full Moon" -- penned by Ted Mossmann and Buddy Kaye -- would be on an album released later this year, but the title was not named. Either way, Danny Brown's not likely to get a repeat call to appear in visuals to accompany the song. Stream the track below.

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Danny Brown is in the new Bob Dylan video 

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Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad: Selling out, or sign of the times?

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The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, movies, TV, and video games, that drawing any type of line in the taste-making sand over what selling out truly means in this day and age is ultimately a futile and foolish endeavor.

Yet Bob Dylan's appearance in a Chrysler ad during the Super Bowl last night proves that there are still plenty of fans with their pitchforks (and clever hashtags) ready to skewer any musician that they believe has crossed over that illusory line from respectable artist to corporate shill.

See Also: Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" turns 50: How much has actually changed?


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Watch Bob Dylan, Prince, Bruno Mars, and a bear on Super Bowl Sunday

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Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers.

Throw in two Super Bowl ads featuring Bob Dylan (including "I Want You" playing in a yogurt spot!?) and an unprecedented sitcom cameo for Prince, and you have some can't-miss -- or must-dismiss, depending on your thoughts on advertising and sitcoms -- TV no matter what is happening in the game.

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Bob Dylan's oft-slighted '80s output gets new life on covers album

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Craig Finn is just one of the artists featured on the new compilation of Dylan covers

The music of Bob Dylan has always set up well to be reinterpreted and reworked by other bands and artists. Some of the most beloved Dylan songs of all time are actually cover versions, made indelible by musicians (Peter, Paul and Mary, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Manfred Mann, George Harrison, PJ Harvey, etc...) who all came by the music second hand. It speaks to the depth and breadth of Dylan's timeless catalog that each new generation continues to draw inspiration from the Bard from the North Country.

On March 25, an entire album of covers will be released that will shine a spotlight on Dylan's oft-disparaged decade of the '80s, with a series of new interpretations of Bob's songs by modern artists like Built to Spill (hear their version of "Jokerman" below), Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Glen Hansard, Bonnie "Prince Billy," Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash (!!), and many others, including two musicians with local ties, Craig Finn and Chastity Brown.

See Also: Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" turns 50: How much has actually changed?

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Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" turns 50: How much has actually changed?

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Fifty years ago this week, Bob Dylan released what many view as the most overtly political album of his legendary career, The Times They Are A-Changin'. Although The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan -- released a scant seven months prior -- contained quite a few turbulent anthems of protest and dissent ("Masters of War" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" chief among them), a 22-year-old Dylan approached his third album inspired to speak out acerbically after performing the previous August at the March on Washington shortly before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

There was historic social and political upheaval taking place in the United States at the time, and the defiant songs Dylan released on The Times They Are A-Changin' gave a poetic, assured voice to those important issues and concerns -- none more so than the legendary title track itself. And now, 50 years later, the bold, determined lyrics of Dylan's iconic anthem ring as true today as they did back then. Here's a look back at one of the greatest protest songs in music history and why it still resonates.


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

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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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Danny Brown is in the new Bob Dylan video

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From Bob Dylan's 2013 "Like a Rolling Stone" video
Somehow, Bob Dylan has done it again. His 48-year-old song "Like a Rolling Stone" finally has a music video today, and it's by far one of the best music videos ever created.

With several different complete versions filmed, the viewer can create millions of different combinations by "changing channels" throughout their experience. On one network is comedian Mark Maron taping a podcast, on another it's The Price is Right with Drew Carey, and then there's Danny Brown looking completely at home with himself and some dancing cartoon bubbles. And there are sports options, reality TV options, you name it. (I guess there is no option to watch Kanye West and Kim Kardashian writhing on a motorcycle, but that's fine.) Of course there's the network of vintage '60s footage of Dylan himself. Everyone is singing "Like a Rolling Stone," and that's exactly the point.

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