Schoolboy Q at Mill City Nights, 4/20/14

Photo by Mark N. Kartarik

Schoolboy Q
with Isaiah Rashad, Vince Staples, and Audio Push
Mill City Nights, Minneapolis
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Schoolboy Q rolled into Minneapolis for two shows on 4/20 for his #OXYMORON tour, bringing excellent openers to round out a blunted night of turnt up hip-hop. This review covers the 7 p.m. show.

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The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 4/21-4-27

Categories: Concert Preview
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Burnt Sugar -- See Saturday
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Prince's "The Breakdown" is his first new Warner Bros. single

Categories: The Purple One
"Listen to me closely as the story unfolds. This could be saddest story ever been told." That's how Prince begins his first new material since reteaming with his longtime label, Warner Bros. Aside from some occasional laser blasts "The Breakdown" is a timeless -- and sad -- ballad that could date back decades in the Purple One's career. But it adds a layer of reflection that he didn't have during wilder times.

According to the Prince Vault, the song features Andy Allo on backing vocals and was recorded sometime in 2012 at Paisley Park. He mentioned it briefly during his recent visit to the Arsenio Hall Show.

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Prince signs new deal with Warner Bros.

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins the Replacements at Coachella

Categories: Replacements

Paul Westerberg got a replacement for himself on guitar for the second weekend at Coachella via Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. No shit. According to Billboard, the Replacements' main man spent a good portion of his performance on a couch onstage citing back trouble. Armstrong, dubbed an "expansion" of the band and dressed in a plaid suit and bowtie to match bassist Tommy Stinson's garb, stuck around for most of the performance.

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Midwest Music Showcase at Target Field 2014 schedule

Categories: Local Music
Photo by Tony Nelson
Pennyroyal at the CC Club's 80th Anniversary weekend.

A new season of the Midwest Music Showcase will hit Target Field during Minnesota Twins games this year. Introduced last year, the format brought a range of local artists -- P.O.S., Trampled by Turtles, the 4onthefloor, and more -- out to the ball game to perform during pitching changes and between innings from the left field balcony.

Ten events set for Wednesday home games are scheduled for this year, and they'll include recently reunited Tapes 'n Tapes, folk-punks Pennyroyal, the retro twang of Cactus Blossoms, Mark Mallman, and many others. There's also an open slot for locals to submit their tunes for a fan vote to play at the last event of the series.

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Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

Photo By Erik Hess

The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing in a strong lineup of bands, food, and refreshments for their patrons, making the event that much more special for everyone involved.

This year, plenty of record shops throughout the Twin Cities have stellar entertainment line-ups planned for Record Store Day. Here's a handy list to let you know all the musical festivities that await you tomorrow.

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Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

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10 reasons you're too old for Coachella

Categories: Festivals
Chris Victorio/OC Weekly
You tell 'em, Grandpa!

Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

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Prince signs new deal with Warner Bros.

Categories: The Purple One

Prince and Warner Bros. are back in business. Today, the Purple One and his long-time label through his most commercially successful '70s, '80s, and '90s work have hatched an agreement that will bring out unreleased material from the many songs tucked in his vault, a 30th anniversary reissue of Purple Rain (here's how critics reviewed the movie upon its release), and a brand-new studio album. Also, the deal gives "the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits."

This development follows news earlier this month that he would assign the rights to his catalog to NPG Music Publishing. So it comes as a bit of a surprise -- especially given the torrid history Prince has had with the label.

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Twenty One Pilots at Skyway Theatre, 4/17/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Twenty One Pilots
with NONONO and Hunter Hunted
Skyway Theatre, Minnepolis
Thursday, April 18, 2014

Don't let their name fool you. The Ohio band Twenty One Pilots is really only just two guys, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. The two performers are doing things and making music that nobody is really doing right now; they combine genres of music -- dubstep, hip-hop, indie-folk, rock, reggae -- that may look like they don't belong together on paper, but sonically and visually come together to make one hell of a show.

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Buildings: We black out at shows; that's when it's really good

Categories: EP Release
Courtesy of the Artist

Buildings wants you to know that it doesn't matter. They prefer not to over-think things, and would encourage you to do the same.

The band is making a departure from their previous sound with It Doesn't Matter, being debuted at tonight's EP release show at Icehouse. "We didn't talk about it," drummer Travis Kuhlman says of their newfound, more straightforward approach. "We just did it. We got sick of doing the old shit that we did."

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