The Ten Best Duets in Pop Music History

Categories: Music History
From the Icon: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell artwork.
The great duet duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

The duet is often maligned. What should be a simple yet effective songwriting tool has been ruined by years of cheesy celebrity cameos, lackluster songwriting and poor musical pairings. But there are also a few gleaming gems out there. Here are our favorite duets in history. Let use know about your favorites in the comments!

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The Ten Worst Duets in Pop History

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The Grant Hart documentary is everything it ought to be

Categories: Music History
Whatever you think you know about Grant Hart, it's not everything. A new documentary detailing his career, Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart, tackles the obvious plot points of any Behind the Music episode, but it also scrapes around for more behind the cardboard cutout of the former Hüsker Dü drummer.

Premiering locally as part of the 2013 Sound Unseen Festival on Wednesday, November 13, this film fleshes out a bounty of stories that'll never be summed up in a Wikipedia entry. Here, there's the space to highlight the 52-year-old Hart's sense of humor, his compassion, and his brilliant mind still at work.

See Also: An argument for Grant Hart's The Argument

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Why the Stone Roses documentary is can't-miss cinema

Categories: Music History
Photo By Ian Tilton

In the late '80s and early '90s, the Stone Roses flirted with the chance to become the biggest rock band in the world. But of course, things didn't quite work out that way. A new documentary called Made Of Stone revisits the madcap history of these influential lads from Manchester, and captures the brilliance and chaos of their 2012 reunion tour that brought them to Coachella.

The film, directed by longtime fan Shane Meadows (This Is England), gets its local debut this Thursday at the Riverview Theater. It'll likely be as close as local fans will get to seeing the Stone Roses, which makes it all the more essential.

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Atmosphere's Ant on Seven's Travels' 10th anniversary

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Rhymesayers Entertainment
Ant from Atmosphere

This month marks ten years since Atmosphere brought us all on Seven's Travels. The group's nationwide breakthrough smash saw our hometown heroes land on Best Buy shelves and Target in-store TV screens coast-to-coast without sacrificing anything that's made us proud.

Gimme Noise spoke to producer/DJ Ant about how Seven's Travels changed his life, what he still loves about the album a decade later, and a few tracks that almost made the cut.

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Urban Lights celebrates 20 years of record store madness in St. Paul

Photo by Lars Larson
If these walls could talk. Urban Lights is one of the longest-running -- and underrated -- music shops in the Twin Cities, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Saturday at Nomad World Pub. That's a pretty big deal; anything lasting 20 years in these ADHD days is nothing short of a miracle, especially in the record-selling business. 

So how did a small record shop in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul last 20 years in one of the most fickle and shady of industries? Good stories and good people.

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11 best ways CC Club regulars admitted to nights they couldn't remember

photo by Tony Nelson
Since he started as the CC's day bartender in 1978, Bobby Bell has lost some memories to the years.
For every tale that regulars past and present recollected for this week's cover story about the CC Club, there were a handful more that they couldn't remember.

Some of these were simply lost to the intervening years: The story begins in the early 1970s, and many of the regulars included in it have been going to or working at the bar for decades. Some of the memories, though, just weren't there to begin with, claimed right as they were happening by pitchers of beer and late nights.

Here are 11 of the best memories -- and half-memories, and missing memories-- lost to the CC Club's beer-soaked walls.

See Also:
- COVER: Here Comes a Regular: An Oral History of the CC Club
- An oral history of the CC Club jukebox
- Slideshow: Behind the scenes: The CC Club, an oral history

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Tommy Stinson, bassist for the Replacements, talks about the CC Club

Categories: Music History, Q&A
photo by Bonnie Schiffman
The Replacements in 1989, with Tommy Stinson at front right.
Tommy Stinson learned to play bass at age 11, and just a year later started strumming with the musicians, including his brother Bob, who would make up the Replacements. For this week's cover story on the CC Club, Stinson -- who now juggles multiple projects, including solo albums like 2011's "One Man Mutiny," the recent "Songs for Slim" release, and a "day job" as the bassist with Guns N' Roses -- shared some of his memories about the days and nights he spent inside the bar.

For all the Stinson fans out there, here's the full conversation Gimme Noise had with the lifelong bassist about his years as a CC Club regular.

Gimme Noise: The French Meadow's owners are taking over the CC Club on May 1, so we figured it was a good time to look back.
Tommy Stinson: Yeah, what's the deal with that, they're going to turn it into another bakery?

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- COVER: Here Comes a Regular: An Oral History of the CC Club
- Contest: We want your best CC Club stories
- An oral history of the CC Club jukebox
- Slideshow: Tommy Stinson at First Avenue
- Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg plan studio time later this year

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We want your best CC Club stories

Photo: Tony Nelson.
Tell us what taking too much of this stuff made you do.
In this week's cover story, we comb through the history of storied Minneapolis landmark the CC Club. The bar has for decades been a hub of converging scenes in the Twin Cities, and has counted such regulars as Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, actor Tom Arnold, and many, many more.

Of course the CC Club stories are endless. We know many of our readers have their own tales of glory and debauchery, and we want to hear them.

Here comes a regular: An oral history of the CC Club
Extra: An oral history of the CC Club jukebox
Slideshow: Behind the scenes in the CC Club

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City Pages cover appears in trailer for new Napster documentary

Categories: Music History

The upcoming documentary Downloaded takes a look at the rise and fall of Napster and includes interviews with a Who's Who of the music industry.

And at 2:41 of the trailer, you'll see a City Pages cover.
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Sab the Artist on Respect the Life's 10th anniversary

Categories: Music History
Sab the Artist

This month marks ten years since the release of Twin Cities hip-hop veteran Sab the Artist's Respect the Life on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Known then as Musab (and before that as Beyond), his album both captured the Southside sound as well as introduced production and stylistic elements that proved to be years ahead of their time. We spoke to Sab about the making of the album as well as how he feels about it a decade later.

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Sab the Artist takes us record shopping at Fifth Element
City Pages Best Hip-Hop Artist - 2001

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