Prince Collaborator Rosie Gaines Has Fallen Ill: How You Can Help

Rosie Gaines

One of the key players in Prince's sound in the late '80s and early '90s has been hit with a series of health challenges. Rosie Gaines was reportedly hospitalized in December for a serious infection in both of her legs. Friends and collaborators are rallying to help her with a benefit show in her current hometown of Oakland.

As a singer, keyboardist, and songwriter, Gaines provided crucial contributions to 1991's Diamonds and Pearls. In addition to the scorching vocals alongside the Purple One that secured the title track as one of his classics, she also brought "Nothing Compares 2 U" to life in a live version featured on his '93 deluxe hits package. Since then, she's released numerous solo projects, but complications from diabetes have hampered her ability to work.

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Andy Richardson Memorial Benefit Show Coming to Triple Rock

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Andy Richardson's many friends are bonding together for this benefit.

The Twin Cities music community lost one of their own in Andy Richardson this past September. Now several of his musician friends, including Dillinger Four, have joined together for a benefit show this weekend at Triple Rock.

The remaining members of the Crush, Richardson's anthemic pop-punk group, are also reforming for the evening, and several lineups that might never be seen again are expected. Like the recent benefit auction, which featured items donated by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the Black Keys, all proceeds are set to benefit Richardson's family.

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Wilco, Black Keys Donate to Andy Richardson Memorial Auction

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In early September, the Twin Cities music community lost a dear friend in Andy Richardson. The musician, sound engineer, husband, and father was only 36. Remembrances from his wife, Moe, and coworkers at effects pedal company ZVEX Effects addressed his sense of humor, generosity, and creativity.

Now the larger community is giving back. Both a memorial fund sale and benefit auction featuring over 150 items will provide support for his wife and three-year-old son, Bronson. Several musicians, including Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, the Black Keys, Spoon, and more have donated autographed limited edition pedals and other memorabilia.

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Kill Kancer Reveals Music Lineup for Benefit Show

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Howler are set to play Kill Kancer's benefit

The benevolent folks behind the local nonprofit Kill Kancer -- founded by Mary Beth Mueller, the widow of Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller -- have once again put together a terrific benefit show to raise awareness and money for their good cause.

On October 10 at Mill City Nights, Kill Kancer has organized a two-part event that they are calling A Killer Soiree, with a special gala kicking off the early portion of the night and a full-on rock show later in the evening.

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Caravan du Nord's 2014 lineup revealed

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John Mark Nelson is just one of the acts set to take part in 2014's Caravan du Nord

The lineups and locations have just been announced for the Minnesota Music Coalition's 2014 Caravan du Nord. The fourth annual Caravan is setting out to foster and strengthen connections between Minnesota musicians and aspiring artists throughout the state, as well as members of the arts community within each city on the tour.

In addition to live performances by some of the top musicians in the current Minnesota music scene (including the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers), the Caravan du Nord also provides workshops and social hours for the benefit of developing musicians, who can network and create working relationships and friendships with the touring musicians as well as professionals within the industry.

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Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing seeks public support

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For 30 years, Zimmy's bar and restaurant in Bob Dylan's old hometown of Hibbing has served as a makeshift museum for fans and an important cultural landmark. Sadly, Zimmy's closed recently, but they have started up an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to help reopen one of the favorite watering holes and restaurants of Dylan fans who make the trek up to his onetime hometown.

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Apollo Cobra expand meaning of Motherland for benefit concert

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Apollo Cobra is headlining the Motherland benefit concert at Icehouse

Motherland: A Benefit for Bobbie and Jeannie| Icehouse| Friday, August 22
Synth-rockers Apollo Cobra are donating their time -- and the name of their 2012 album, Motherland -- to the cause of a pair of long-time friends stricken with cancer.

Later this month, the group will play one of their only local shows of the summer at Icehouse with pop quartet Verskotzi to raise funds and support for Roberta "Bobbie" Anderson and Jeannie Piekos. Also set to perform at the Rock the Cause event are rockers Astrobeard, which features Bobbie's son-in-law, Ben Myers-Petro.

Gimme Noise caught up with Apollo Cobra's Aaron Stoehr and Dylan Nau to discuss the importance of the event, their connections to the courageous women, and to find out what's next for the band.

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Replacements roadie Bill Sullivan writing '80s tour diary

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The reunited Replacements are hotter now than they were in their prime. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- along with hired guns Josh Freese, Dave Minehan, and, for the time being, Billie Joe Armstrong -- are now headlining major festivals throughout the United States and Canada, along with rapidly selling out Midway Stadium in what will be their largest local show (and first in 23 years) in their infamous history.

Rather than get swept up in the modern-day hoopla of the 'Mats reunion, Bill Sullivan is taking an insider's look back at when the band were at their creative (and destructive) peak. Sullivan, the co-owner of the 400 Bar with his brother Tom, began serving as an unpaid, self-described "driver/gopher" during the Replacements' East Coast tour in 1983, and he has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of a book documenting his rowdy experiences with the 'Mats during their first U.S. tours, entitled Lemon Jail: 'Mats Tour Diary 1983-1986.

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The Replacements to play Midway Stadium in September

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Andrew Broder announces first Fog album since 2008

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Minneapolis musician Andrew Broder plays shows and records with some of the most talented artists in the area (most notably with 2011 Picked to Click winners, the Cloak Ox), but his experimental project Fog has been on hiatus since 2008.

Broder's creative fires are rekindling for a new Fog album, and is turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the cost of recording, mixing, and mastering his forthcoming new work.

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Dodi Phy memorial benefit planned at Nomad

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The sad passing of emerging local rapper, Mohamed Turay -- aka Dodi Phy -- devastated the Twin Cities hip hop community back in February. Now, local artists and musicians have announced an event, Dodi Phy Forever, which will celebrate his life and his music at the Nomad World Pub on Sunday, May 18.

In addition to a wide array of performances scheduled, the event will also serve to raise awareness of depression and suicide within our communities. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the children of Mohamed Turay.

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Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy has died

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