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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The Cloak Ox emerge from the Fog

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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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Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival launches Indiegogo fundraising campaign

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The Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival is such a good time that we just named it our Best Rock Festival of the past year. This year, event organizer Patrick's Cabaret has created an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help cover some of the costs of putting on the celebratory daylong musical festival, which this year will be held on July 19.

The campaign has already reached 12 percent of its goal of $10,000, with donations accepted until June 10. In addition to the satisfaction of helping fund a truly wonderful music festival, there are also plenty of perks and rewards offered up for various donation levels.

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Minnesota celebrates Pete Seeger Day on May 3

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The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seeger Day in Minnesota, on what would have been his 95th birthday.

A gathering of a wide-array of Minnesota artists, musicians, and civic leaders are gathering at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul as part of a multimedia event that they are affectionately calling, "For Pete's Sake." Members of Seeger's family will be in attendance on an evening dedicated to paying tribute to the venerable folksinger and activist.

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Interview with Mark Potter, P.O.S.'s kidney donor

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Mark Potter rests after surgery

Last Thursday, Stefon Alexander, otherwise known as P.O.S., received a much-needed kidney transplant from his childhood friend, Mark Potter. Potter said the process started last June, just over seven months after P.O.S. canceled his We Don't Even Live Here tour and announced his need for a new kidney. After months of extensive compatibility testing, it was decided that Potter was an appropriate match.

Both surgeries were successful. Potter, a digital media strategist and photographer, is currently recovering at home and expects to return to work next week. For now, he's moved his bed to the living room and is resting in the company of Game of Thrones. Though P.O.S.'s recovery is expected to take much longer, he appears to be in good shape. According to Lazerbeak, "the kidney is currently functioning the way it's supposed to, and he's feeling better mentally/physically than he was before the surgery."

On Wednesday afternoon, we chatted with Potter about his recovery, his relationship with P.O.S., and the benefits of live organ donation.

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Update: P.O.S. feels like "new dude" after kidney transplant

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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.

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