Midwest Music Showcase at Target Field 2014 schedule

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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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Trampled by Turtles drop the bluegrass bit on new album, Wild Animals

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Trampled by Turtles just released the first single from their seventh studio album, Wild Animals, and it's a bit of a departure. Recorded earlier this year at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls with production by Low's Alan Sparhawk, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" pushes the band further into the gray areas between the genres they've been bending for the past decade.

No, it's not ear-splitting drone. But it sure isn't the polyrhythmic, barn-busting pickin' that the band has built their name around either. Instead, Dave Simonett's acoustic guitar guides this echoing melody. If there's a banjo in there, it's almost indiscernible.

See also:
Dave Simonett: Who says you have to have a chorus?

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The Jayhawks reform Sound of Lies lineup and reissue classic albums

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Following a successful -- and lengthy -- reunion tour in support of 2009's Music From the North Country compilation and 2011's elegant return to form, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are reissuing their later albums and reuniting once again. The Minneapolis alt-country rock band is bringing back together their Sound of Lies-era lineup (which formed after the departure of Mark Olson), with Gary Louris, Tim O'Reagan, Marc Perlman, Karen Groberg, and Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run).

In addition to scheduling shows across the U.S., Canada, and Europe throughout the summer and fall of this year, reissues of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music are on the way. Those releases will feature a remastered mix, bonus tracks, and expansive liner notes.

See also:
The Jayhawks family tree: From Gary Louris to the Jonas Brothers in three moves or less

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Como Park Zoo announces Groovin' In the Garden music series

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Black Diet is one of the bands taking part in Como Zoo's Groovin' In The Garden music series

Among the many pleasures of living in the Twin Cities are the live music performances that take place in unexpected locations. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been hosting a number of these memorable performances as of late, and this summer, they have announced a stellar lineup of acts who will perform as part of their Groovin' In The Garden music series.

Beginning on June 18, the free, family oriented concerts will take place every Wednesday night throughout the summer on the Visitor Center lawn.

See also:
MN Zoo's Music in the Zoo 2014 schedule

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Trampled By Turtles to host Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park

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Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled By Turtles are set for their most ambitious musical venture yet. After releasing a live album commemorating last year's 10th anniversary shows, their next step was a music festival of their own.

The inaugural Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park  is on Saturday, September 20. TBT will headline the festival, along with a wide array of local and national acts hand selected by the band themselves.

See also:
Trampled by Turtles 10th Anniversary show at First Avenue, 4/17/13

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My favorite band played my garage!

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Chaz Kangas
Flipp, My Mother, My Garage and Me.

If you grew up watching MTV or listening to the radio in the '80s and '90s, chances are you have heard about quite a few music-based contests for various record label and band promotions. Perhaps you may have even participated in a few by either trying to be the seventh caller in order to win tickets or entering your name, age, and address somewhere at AOL Keyword: MTV.

This was a bizarre time in American pop culture when Nickelodeon's Super Toy Run, a sweepstakes where the ultimate prize was the chance to win all the toys you could fill into a cart in five minutes, raised the bar for excessive wish-fulfillment absurdity. There's no harder truth than the disclaimer "Many will enter, few will win." In the summer of 2002, because of one of these contests, I had the tremendous fortune to actually have my favorite band play my garage.

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Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer gets louder and faster with Whatever Forever


Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton have injected a raucous edge to the Twin Cities music scene for years. Their last group, Prissy Clerks, placed high in our 2012 Picked to Click poll and won Best Rock Band in City Pages' 2013 Best Of issue. The pair are shifting gears a bit with a new project, Whatever Forever, that is set to make their live debut at the Triple Rock on Thursday night when they open for Howler.

The group is so new that they don't have any demos or rough mixes to their name as of yet. They do have a set's worth of original material that they are anxious to unveil and unleash upon a live audience for the first time. Gimme Noise spoke to Salyer about the origins and lineup of her new band, what they have planned for their first show, and the current status of Prissy Clerks.

See Also: Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer: My dad thought we were playing THE Shea Stadium

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331 Club announces music lineup for Art-A-Whirl 2014

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The Cloak Ox is one of the acts set to perform at 331 Club's Art-A-Whirl festival

It's somewhat difficult to envision an outdoor music festival in the Twin Cities while there is still substantial snow on the ground (and more in the forecast), that didn't stop the fine folks at the 331 Club from announcing their stellar lineup during this year's Art-A-Whirl.

Stretching between May 16-18, the 331 Club has a roster of 26 bands set to perform at their outdoor and indoor stages, along with other entertainment tied into Art-A-Whirl, including various Art Shanties featuring a Cult Cinema Teepee designed by the Sound Unseen Film Festival.

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Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

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Black Diet is one of the bands performing at Hymie's Record Store Day Block Party

Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for the big day.

Hymie's Vintage Records typically goes all out for its grand celebration of both live and recorded music, and for the store's fourth annual Record Store Day Block Party on Saturday, April 19, the owners have planned their biggest event yet. In addition to the wide array of exclusive RSD releases on offer, Hymie's will be closing off 39th Avenue to host an outdoor music stage, which will feature performances by 14 fantastic local bands, including Black Diet, who will be celebrating their own album release that day.

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The Lowertown Line announces free Har Mar Superstar and Haley Bonar performances


The newest live concert installments in tpt's the Lowertown Line series have just been announced. Har Mar Superstar and Haley Bonar will each be performing in the intimate tpt studios in St. Paul, and both performances are free for those fans who act fast.

Har Mar Superstar is set to perform on Monday, April 7, and Haley Bonar will be playing on Wednesday, April 9. Tickets to both shows are free and open to the public, however, seating is very limited. Only the first 300 ticket holders through the doors are guaranteed a spot for each show.

See Also: New Lowertown Line series takes a closer look at live local music

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