Which Awards Show Will Prince Crash Next?

Categories: Purple Reign

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Prince at the Golden Globes

Last Sunday's Golden Globes broadcast had many memorable moments, but one stood as the funkiest. Prince's surprise appearance to present Best Original Song From a Motion Picture to Common and John Legend for their work on Selma not only made the moment more historic, but we'd be lying if we didn't agree that any award instantly becomes more prestigious when it's awarded by the Purple Yoda himself. (Plus, Louis C.K. went nuts.)

That in mind, we have to agree with the social media fanfare that's clamoring for another Prince appearance, and with awards show season kicking off, there's plenty of opportunities for him to surprise us once again. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Minnesota Academy of Prince and Sciences, we've tabulated the Vegas odds of which awards shows Prince may appear at next.

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We Need Sleater-Kinney Now More Than Ever

Categories: New Releases
Photo by Brigitte Sire
L-R: Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, and Carrie Brownstein

Is the music world ready for a riot grrrl revival?

The underground, feminist, post-punk movement saw the return of rock royalty when Sleater-Kinney released their first record in a decade, No Cities to Love. Passion-charged vocals, riff-heavy guitar, bashing drums, and political lyrics gave birth to the group's eighth studio album. Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums) have already managed to release one of the most innovative and authentic rock records of the year.

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The Five Most Devoted Types of Music Fans

Photo by Tom Hilton
Deadheads... Sigh.

The root of the word "fan" is fanatic, and that certainly applies to some music lovers, particularly the extreme admirers of certain bands or types of rock music. Some people live for the music they love, and in the case of certain bands, there are enormous fandoms and cultures for the more extreme among their ranks.

To those of us who aren't fans of a particular band or musical style, such extreme fans might seem a little crazy, or even scary. Let's take a look at some of them.

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White Boyfriend Are Now Known As B.O.Y.F.

Categories: Local Music
Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
L-R: Dan Hansen, Katharine Seggerman, and Nicky Leingang
One of the premiere young acts in the Twin Cities broke up with their band name last Friday. Say goodbye to White Boyfriend, and hello to B.O.Y.F.

The experimental pop trio of Katharine Seggerman, Dan Hansen, and Nicky Leingang made the announcement in front of an exuberant 7th St. Entry crowd during the release show for their (no longer self-titled) full-length debut, White Boyfriend. After unfurling a banner featuring the acronym, Seggerman said, "It stands for something really true and great. It stands for Before Others Yourself Forever. "

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

Categories: Local Frames

Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

To start, here's a brand new video from the Purple One himself, Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL. We've also got new clips from Dem Atlas, Trampled by Turtles, Hyperslob and the Goat Meat Explosion, Chokecherry, and a hilarious and helpful drum tutorial video series featuring Dave King. We're also featuring a new Spaces episode with Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, a performance clip at Hymie's by Reina del Cid, a Sofar Session by Me As a Pilot, and Part 1 of an informative video series on Rhymesayers honoring their 20th anniversary and illustrious past. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week (Allan Kingdom, Mike Mictlan, Step Rockets, Falcon Arrow, and more)

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The New Marilyn Manson Is Shockingly Good

The cover of Marilyn Manson's The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson recently marked the release his ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor. For those of us who grew up in the shock rocker's heyday, it's sort of insane that he has made it this far. Though his relevance and "shock value" are no longer what they were during the mid-'90s, he's survived and is still making music long after most of us had written him off.

The fact that The Pale Emperor is so great ranks among the most shocking tricks Manson has pulled off yet.

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The 10 Worst Duets in Pop Music History

Categories: Lists
From the "Whatupwitu" video.
This is what a bad duet looks like.

Duets are supposed to be simple. Take a composition, divvy it up between two pop performers, and prepare to be wowed. Recently, though, the duet has been put through the wringer by washed-up stars hacking it up alongside other celebrity singers, searching for a hit. With apologies to several great musical pairings, the duet has often become a gimmick.

For proof we offer this: The ten worst duets ever. Let us know about your least favorite duets in the comments.

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Rock the Garden 2015 Is Another Two-Day Bash

Categories: Rock the Garden
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Fans at Rock the Garden 2014
Snow, ice, and the general frozen vibes of Minnesota winter will eventually give way to the season of music festivals in the Twin Cities. Eventually. When that time comes, the Walker Art Center and the Current's collaboration Rock the Garden will be waiting. The yearly music festival has just laid out plans for another two-day event in 2015.

After successfully expanding the format this past year from one afternoon of favorites from their playlist, the plan is to do it big again this June.

See also:
Slideshow: Rock the Garden 2014: The Faces of Day One & Day Two 

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Norm Macdonald Just Told an Epic Bob Dylan Story

Categories: Bob Dylan
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Can you picture Bob Dylan sitting down to a lengthy discussion with Norm Macdonald?

Comedian and Saturday Night Live vet Norm Macdonald is known for being a captivating storyteller, a fearless innovator, and hilarious. This week, all three combined on Macdonald's Twitter account.

On Monday night, he pieced together a story about his two days hanging out with music icon Bob Dylan, and then proceeded to promptly delete it. Fans of the comedian and the celebrated songwriter were frantic. They shared what they could remember of the story -- some even trying to stitch it back together like Frankenstein's monster.

See also:
The Time Bill Murray Surprised Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium

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How a Minneapolis String Quartet Got Hired by Belle & Sebastian

Categories: Interview, Music
Photo by Stacy Schwartz
L-R: Josh Misner, Jesse Peterson, Erica Burton, and Cory Grossman; cellist Dan Lawonn filled in for the Belle & Sebastian session.

Glaswegian twee-pop collective Belle and Sebastian just released their ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this week. Without looking at the liner notes, it might go unnoticed that several songs came together with the help of Minneapolis's Laurels String Quartet playing arrangements by another local musician, Andy Thompson. Their sumptuous additions were recorded last year at Humans Win! studio in Northeast.

Gimme Noise reached out to the Laurels and Thompson to find out how and why they got hired by Stuart Murdoch and co.

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