Minnesota Twins should pick a Bob Dylan song for a new anthem

Could the "boy" from the North Country be the answer for our drought? 
Summer un-officially began this month as pitchers and catchers reported to Florida to mark the start of another season of trying to survive in Twins territory. Even though about 12 inches of snow covers Target Field, we can still daydream of April 1 when the skies will be blue, and Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau will be healthy.

The Twins shipped off and cut players to build for 2014 and onward. (And the Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer Please Hurry Up plan is in full effect now.) So while they are making adjustments, can we ask to change one more thing? The music.

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Joe Mauer should dump T.I.'s "What You Know"
Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target Field

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U of M cuts rapper Joel Bauman's wrestling eligibility

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For a while, Joel "WhysGuy" Bauman was both a rapper and a wrestler at the University of Minnesota. Now, after he's seen some success on the music side, he's ineligible to compete as a wrestler based upon NCAA rules.

Recently, the school contacted him and requested he take down his motivation-bent music from iTunes and his YouTube channel. His online profile features his name, his likeness, and ties to his career on the wrestling team. The 21-year-old refused, so the school had to waive his eligibility this week. More »

Lady Gaga's tour rider uncovered

It's no secret that Lady Gaga can be a high-maintenance gal. The woman is a walking MOMA exhibit with her unbelievable wardrobe. While she's not sporting her craziest styles out and about these days, she's still the same old Gaga we know and love.

The latest financial drama between Gaga and her ex-best friend former assistant continues, and after a six-hour deposition this week, Gaga's tour rider was revealed.

Tour riders offer a somewhat skewed look into what artists really want when they're on tour. Sometimes there are ridiculously detailed requests to act as a litmus test for other simpler, more important requirements. Sometimes there are just ridiculous requests. While some of Gaga's wants and needs aren't entirely lavish, there are a few that might raise brows.

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Review: Lady Gaga at Xcel Energy Center, 2/6/13
Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center, 8/30/10
Lady Gaga plots Born This Way Ball 2013 tour -- St. Paul in February

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Howard Stern says Nicholas David should win, looks like "eccentric, old-school watchmaker"

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Local Voice contestant Nicholas David just received a very big endorsement from the King of All Media himself.

On Tuesday morning's episode of The Howard Stern Show on Sirius satellite radio, Stern praised the Minnesota-bred talent show singer.

"This guy sings beautifully," Stern said. "He's really talented ... he should win."

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Nicholas David from St. Paul makes The Voice's top 12

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Big Ten Mascots, including Goldy Gopher, join "Call Me Maybe" craze [VIDEO]

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Goldy spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen.
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Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" can't escape Tay Zonday

It's mid-July, and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is in full summer bloom across commercial radio, the blogosphere, and now the Big Ten conference mascots, including the University of Minnesota, have put a stamp on it far more enjoyable than Tay Zonday's.

Our cross-conference rivals (except for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue) got in on the zaniness. So, we get furtive peeks from behind a tree by Wisconsin's Bucky Badger, the Penn State Nittany Lion gets into the car-washing bit from Jepsen's original video, and Nebraska's Herbie Husker gets chased by some adoring cheerleaders. As for Goldy Gopher, it looks like his costume is waterproof, judging by his trip to the beach, which includes a tail-drying session.

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Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" butchered by the Timberwolves

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Oops, they did it again.
Kevin Love trying to sing along with Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" is even more awkward than Kevin Love trying to sing along with 'N Sync.

Although these videos that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been spinning out this season seem to have their heart in the right place, no person who appreciates a vocal slam dunk is going to wave their towels to this. You'd think for how much the production costs must be to line up several T-Wolves and record them singing along that someone could print out the lyrics, right? Nope.

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LMFAO can count Timberwolf Darko Milicic as a casual fan

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Spoiler alert.
The Minnesota Timberwolves really want to portray themselves as a multi-dimensional bunch, especially when it comes to their music consumption. This was already applied when a good portion of the team agreed to be filmed listening to the 'N Sync hit "Tearin' Up My Heart" last month.

Now, this concept digs deeper with the not-at-all PBS-sponsored Darko Listens to Pop Music starring the Timberwolves big man Darko Milicic wearing headphones and dishing out opinions. This particular offering includes "Party Rock Anthem" "as composed by LMFAO."

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Justin Bieber's snake finds home at Owatonna Zoo (PHOTOS)

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Photos courtesy of RAD Zoo
Even if Justin Bieber isn't readily accessible in Minnesota, and old reptile buddy of his is just an hour's drive away from the Twin Cities. We're talking about Johnson, an albino boa constrictor who is the first celebrity snake to reside at the impeccably named RAD (Reptile & Amphibian Discovery) Zoo in Owatonna.

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Owl City's Adam Young: An Ambrose Bierce story inspired my name

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The origin of Owatonna synth-pop artist Owl City's cute-on-the-surface moniker turns out to have some dead-serious literary implications. In a blog posting titled "Why I Call Myself Owl City," the reclusive Adam Young describes what is "not the kind of answer I can explain in thirty seconds during a loud meet-and-greet while the opener is soundchecking in the same room two people are trying to converse in." He goes on to say that even half an hour in a quiet coffee shop might not be enough to fully explain it. Whether or not this is true, we can bet that Ambrose Bierce is gonna get a lot of Kindle downloads this week.

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Bon Iver, Brian Setzer, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams among this year's Grammy nominees

All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored big overall, leading the pack with seven separate nominations.

But the big reveal had its share of surprises, too, especially for indie rock fans -- Radiohead tied Adele for five nominations, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, while Foo Fighters somehow managed to be nominated for both Best Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance among several other nods.

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