11 Memorable Bob Dylan TV Moments

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Bob Dylan on Late Show with David Letterman in 1984
Last night one oddball pop-culture titan bid farewell to another, as Bob Dylan performed jazz standard "The Night We Called It A Day" on the second-to-last Late Show with David Letterman (a third oddball pop-culture titan was present in the form of guest Bill Murray).

For Letterman, who signs off for good Wednesday night, it marks the end of a 33-year late-night reign in which he introduced radical concepts such as irreverence and irony to audiences more accustomed to the staid quips of Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. Dave made it OK for mainstream comedy to get weird.

For Dylan, Tuesday's show served as a rare TV spot for a music legend who never shies away from his own weirdness; his last Letterman performance was way back in 1993. (Murray, on the other hand, was the first guest in 1982 and popped in an additional 43 times, including last night when he popped out of a cake.)

In celebration of Bob and Dave and YouTube embedding, here are 10 memorable clips of Dylan on the small screen, plus last night's poignant farewell (at the very bottom).

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HazelFest Lineup to Feature Caroline Smith, Haley Bonar, Astronautalis

Caroline Smith at First Avenue in 2014
HazelFest, the sobriety-championing music festival presented by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is set to return August 1 to Center City, Minn., for its third annual run.

This year's lineup offers a lot to like for Twin Cities music fans, with folk-turned-soul star Caroline Smith, twangy songwriting ace Haley Bonar, and adoptive/dexterous rapper Astronautalis topping the bill. Davina & the Vagabonds, GB Leighton, and DJ Last Word are also set to perform at the alcohol-free fest.

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Concert News: Lil Wayne, Psychedelic Furs, ZZ Ward

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Lil Wayne at Xcel Energy Center in 2011
Three big-name Twin Cities shows were recently announced; expect very little fan crossover.

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Allan Kingdom Entangled in Kanye Boos at Billboard Music Awards

Allan Kingdom at the Current's 10th Birthday Party in January.
If you're a St. Paul rapper (or a Bozeman, Mont., rapper ... L.A. rapper ... any rapper, really) collaborating with Kanye West is a major career win. But, as our own Allan Kingdom found out Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, associating with Ye also carries some job-site hazards. Namely: getting caught up in Kardashian drama on national TV.

Such was the case last night in Las Vegas, where Kim's little sisters -- Kylie and Kendall Jenner, familial heirs to the tabloid throne -- were subjected to a volley of boos as they introduced their superstar brother-in-law. It's unclear why we're mad at Kylie and Kendall.

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Kanye West Just Introduced Allan Kingdom to the World

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Billy Joel Rocks His Way into Fans' Hearts at Target Center

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Billy Joel with Gavin DeGraw
Target Center, Minneapolis
Saturday, May 16, 2015

"It's nine o'clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd shuffles in," Billy Joel sang to a sold-out crowd Saturday night at Target Center. Even though the 66-year-old singer has not written a Top 40 hit in more than two decades, his music is still a pinnacle that many artists strive to reach and defines timelessness. Classics and nostalgia were what he fine-tuned the dial to on Saturday -- enough to bring an older crowd to their feet.

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Miley Cyrus Covers the Replacements with Joan Jett and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace

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Miley Cyrus

If you thought Miley Cyrus's only contributions to the world were "Party in the USA" and co-opting twerking, she's showing some grown-up ambition in a new nonprofit endeavor called the Happy Hippie Foundation.

Working with artists such as Joan Jett, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Melanie Safka, and Ariana Grande, the organization is a musical collaboration-based fundraiser to benefit homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable members of society. To raise awareness and support for her cause, she even covers the Twin Cities' own Replacements with Joan Jett and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace.

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Miley Cyrus at Xcel Energy Center, 3/10/14

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The Horrible and the Miserable Start Fresh and Throw a Festival for Their Friends

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Heaven knows that we're the Horrible and the Miserable now
One Last Party | Hexagon Bar, Triple Rock Social Club, Grumpy's Downtown | May 7-10

There's an old cliché about the distinction between good friends and best friends. A good friend, the adage says, will listen to the stories of your greatest capers with enthusiasm, while the best friend will help you tell the story because they were along for the ride.

If that little chestnut is true, then Annie Sparrows, Saumer Kinsey, and Kat Naden are practically blood sisters at this point. The trio forged their close ties during their time together singing in the God Damn Doo Wop Band, while also attending countless punk shows like the one at the Hexagon Bar that we're at tonight for their new band, the Horrible and the Miserable.

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The Nocturnal Notes of Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind

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"It was kind of lovely, wasn't it?"

Mumford & Sons know how to revel in surprise. On April 5, the English folk-rock quartet announced that they'd be playing Le Poisson Rouge the following evening. The gig would serve as a run-through of their third record, Wilder Mind, nearly a month before its May 4 release.

The fact that the show sold out immediately wasn't the shocker, nor was the choice to play a room a mere fraction of the size of the arenas Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, and Winston Marshall have grown accustomed to headlining since Sigh No More, the debut LP that launched them out of West London in 2009. Small club shows have served as sound laboratories for this introduction to Wilder Mind, and have taken place in London and Los Angeles already. Something was up, but the approach was appreciated, even if not entirely unexpected.

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On Mumford & Sons' Unceremonious Split With Banjo

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Grand Old Day 2015 Lineup Announced

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The Cactus Blossoms is one of the acts scheduled to perform at Grand Old Day 2015
Twin Cities block parties may come and go, but there's a certain tradition that makes Grand Old Day stand out in a crowded field. This year, the proclaimed largest one-day festival in the Midwest returns as big as ever on Sunday, June 7.

The annual Grand Avenue celebration will feature live music, a Grand Old Beer Bash presented by Beer Dabbler and the Growler, and food and family fun galore.

Part of the charm, of course, is the varied musical lineups, and there will be six stages of live acts at the event. The lineups are mostly complete, with notable acts announced including Charlie Parr, the Cactus Blossoms, White Iron Band, Erik Koskinen Band, Dead Man Winter, and the Tim Malloys.

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Grand Old Day, 6/1/14

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Jeremy Messersmith Is Teaching a Songwriting Class at MacPhail

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It seems that those who can, also teach. Beginning this summer in July, Jeremy Messersmith will be offering his songwriting advice to students ages 13-19 at MacPhail Center for Music. For those not in that age range, they can learn to write their next hit through private lessons with the singer.

Gimme Noise caught up with Professor Messersmith to see what he and his students struggle with the most when writing songs, and what cultivates a healthy musical ecosystem.

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