Mall of America: 400 Bar "Will Not Open at the Mall"

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The days for the 400 Bar at Mall of America are over before they ever really got started.

After debuting a sign on the mall's fourth floor back in June, the ex-West Bank venue was expected to open back in July as part of a complex featuring a restaurant and the Midwest Music Museum. The museum opened with a Beatles photography exhibit, but the rest of the business stalled and delayed indefinitely. When contacted in July, Joe O'Brien said: "Opening date of larger room pushed back a little bit, nothing changed beyond that. Want to make sure we do it right the first time around."

Today, it appears time has run out as a tipster passed along a photo of an eviction notice taped to the door. 

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Don't take your guns to town, especially the clubs

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Photo by Adam DeGross
In no way is this enhanced by violence.

I want to get back to complaining about awful dancing, cliched songwriting, ill-advised tattoos, and singers who are convinced they're Freddie Mercury reincarnated. This past weekend's violent incident at 400 Soundbar that left nine wounded from gunshots won't let me just yet.

From the Hexagon Bar to First Avenue to Target Field, there are oh so many Twin Cities venues where feedback, bass, and lyricism ring out and bond us. Every time violence breaks out, that bond gets tremors, cold sweats, hypertension, and ponders its own mortality.

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Cause Spirits & Soundbar is becoming a sports bar

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The Uptown/Lyn-Lake area is officially losing one of its most prominent (and legal) sources of live music. Plans were revealed this week to turn Cause Spirits & Soundbar into a sports bar in September.

In late June, it was announced that Cause (formerly Sauce) would close following Saturday night's show celebrating the venue's 5th anniversary. Black Diet's Jonathan Tolliver wrote a heartfelt farewell to the venue, and many held out a tiny sliver of hope that the place would still carry on its live music tradition in a different form. But we now know that the intersection of Lyndale and Lake will come to be known for brews, sports on TV, and... just glance over at the condos up the street to figure out the rest of the equation.

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Cause Spirits & Soundbar: In memoriam


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Cause Spirits and Soundbar is closing

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Photo by Erik Hess
The celebration of Cause Spirits and Soundbar's fifth anniversary in Lyn-Lake will be a bittersweet one. The bar and club has announced that it will be closing following its weekend birthday celebrations July 10-12.

Members of the Cause staff confirmed that the closure is happening via email, but did not elaborate on what would become of the space.

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Cause celebrating 5th anniversary in July



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Update: Kanye West's Minneapolis show is canceled

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Where are you, Yeezy?
If it doesn't kill Kanye West, a tour postponement can only make him stronger. Unfortunately, a derailment of his Yeezus dates means he won't be in the Twin Cities at all.

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Foxygen show ends early after singer injured at First Avenue

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Photo by Erik Hess
Here's Foxygen's Sam France just moments before his injury.
The fragile existence of polarizing indie rockers Foxygen reached a new breaking point Monday night at First Avenue. The band's headlining set at the Minneapolis club lasted only about five minutes when singer Sam France -- known for his full-bodied onstage antics -- jumped and fell into the barricade in front of the stage.

The band was playing its first song of the night, "On Blue Mountain," when France toppled off of a monitor. According to the band's Twitter account, "Sam is OK - he might have broken his leg." Other accounts from the show suggest that he may have hit his head pretty hard on the barricade on his way down too. Update: The band tweeted that France sustained "complete fractures of the tibia and fibula."

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Triple Rock gave away 8,000 pounds of pork on Free Bacon Wednesdays

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Just in case you hadn't heard, West Bank music establishment Triple Rock Social Club discontinued its Free Bacon Wednesdays this week. Unlike the cancellation of the popular Triple Double party, this appears to be a shift in programming tone as opposed to anything catastrophic at play. Still, there will be folks who miss a weekly dose of grease, even if the so-called bacon trend has finally gone the way of JNCO jeans.

Triple Rock bacon chef Kermit Carter -- who also performs essential functions at the club as manager and talent buyer -- endured several of our pointed questions regarding the demise of the weekly holiday devoted to cuts of pork belly in your belly.

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For pork's sake! Triple Rock Social Club cancels Free Bacon Wednesdays
Triple Rock shuts down Triple Double night due to violence

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West Bank venue Medusa has closed (2007-2013)

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Photo by Reed Fischer, who is not a professional photographer
Tenement performing at Medusa last November
West Bank underground venue Medusa has bit the dust after five-and-a-half years. The space, located near the Cedar-Riverside LRT stop, was an extension of the vibrant house show community in the Twin Cities, and provided a grimier alternative to the traditional (and fully licensed) clubs.

Because the venue wasn't exactly up to health code -- check out this "gross sink" documented by Dan Deacon -- and couldn't legally sell liquor, promotion for events had to be away from the traditional channels. You would never find an upcoming Medusa concert schedule in City Pages. Instead, it would take some web-crawling to find concert info online. But it was always a treat to get an email from a publicist who had a touring artist stopping at the hot, smelly box of a room -- which did happen frequently.

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Station 4 is closing this summer for renovation

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Typical Station 4 antics at a Gallagher/Metallagher show

St. Paul's punk and metal haven Station 4 is taking a breather in a move to make future club-goers breathe better in the future. While there's something oh-so-punk about sweating your face off in the confines of a club during the height of summer, the owners taking measures to replace its ventilation system. Unfortunately, this means shows will be shut down until Labor Day, according to a statement from the venue.

For the time being, shows will be diverted to other venues, including the Garage, the Triple Rock, and the Cabooze. "When we re-open in September, we will have a new HVAC system," a statement reads. "In other words, no more ungodly heat!"


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Sharon Jones will miss Basilica Block Party, Raphael Saadiq steps in

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are putting plans for a big 2013 on hold with the announcement that Jones has been diagnosed with stage-one bile duct cancer. As a result, a new album titled Give the People What They Want will not be released as scheduled in August, and all tour dates have been postponed -- including their headlining slot at the Basilica Block Party in July.

Fortunately, the soul singer's cancer was discovered early. According to her representation, "It is expected that the immediate proposed surgical solution will lead to a full recovery, but because of its invasive and complex nature, will necessitate a rather lengthy convalescence." Update: R&B and neo-soul singer Raphael Saadiq has been announced as her replacement.

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Basilica Block Party 2013 lineup

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