The Replacements at Coachella, 4/11/14

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The Replacements
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California
April 11, 2014

Paul Westerberg wasn't exactly thrilled to be in the Southern California desert last night. "Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.," he once sang. During his latest reunion show with the Replacements -- at Coachella -- he often mocked the audience, whom he quickly deemed insufficiently familiar with the band's catalog.

At one point he looked out over the crowd, asking for a "girl who has never used the word awesome," which seemed to be a dig at San Fernando Valley ladies, based a couple of hours West, who largely populated the premises.

So yeah, he was crotchety. But dammit if he didn't get away with it.

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The Replacements rehearse "Can't Hardly Wait" in the studio [VIDEO]

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Photo by Erik Hess
The Replacements are back at work. As the festival season approaches, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and the rest of the guys are content to post short videos to give us just a miniscule taste of what's to come.

This time, according to Stereogum it's at legendary L.A. studio Sound City. You can make out the shape of Stinson's hat quite clearly in the space.

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The Replacements to play Coachella 2014

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Hey, Buzz Osborne, chill on the 'Mats and Hüsker Dü bashing

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After a chat with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne for City Pages' Amphetamine Reptile cover story back in July, it became quite clear that he was opinionated and acerbic, especially when it came to music (a point proven even further during Buzz's engaging interview with Cyn Collins).

Now, in a recent piece in the AV Club, the always outspoken King Buzzo was asked to discuss "bands that were good, but blew it." In the feature, he excoriates some of the best-known bands in rock history. It's true that the Who, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica all have created some stinkers, but Buzz also gets in some derisive shots at Twin Cities musical luminaries Hüsker Dü and the Replacements that we must protest.

See Also: The Replacements: The studio albums, ranked from worst to best

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The Replacements to play Coachella 2014

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Photo via Riot Fest
No, this is not a photograph of the final Replacements show ever last year in Denver.
So it wasn't just three Riot Fest gigs and done for the reformed Replacements. Now they're California dreamin'. Paul and Tommy (and hopefully Dave and Josh) are getting the band back together this year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It's scheduled for two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20.

The 2014 lineup features the 'Mats in the mix with the also reunited(!) Outkast, and fellow headliners Muse and Arcade Fire.

See Also: The Replacements end Riot Fest Denver set on hilarious note [VIDEO]

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Happy Birthday, Paul Westerberg

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Photo by Erik Hess
Many happy returns, Paul Westerberg. Somehow, you've been blessed (or cursed) to enter this world on one of the best dates for celebration -- of something else entirely. Today, most well-meaning and dyslexic-hearted folk have their cheeks rosy off 2013's last punch bowls of holiday cheer or just the frigid outdoor air. We'll forgive them for letting it go mostly unremarked that you were born on New Year's Eve in 1959, but here are a few words while the day is still upon us.

And since Minnesotans come into this world with modest, steep-sloping shoulders, you shouldn't have any trouble shrugging off this short intrusion.

See Also: The Replacements: 2013 in review

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The Replacements launch... web store and expanded website

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Photo by Erik Hess
The local 'Mats fans had a lot of theories Friday when the mostly dormant Replacements Twitter account lit up. All it said was "Preparing to launch..." and that could've meant almost anything.

Tommy Stinson's manager Ben Perlstein confirms that the launch at this point has to do with one particular thing -- the previously very bare-bones official website. For months before and since the Riot Fest reunion shows this year, the site has basically been a landing page and not much more than that.

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The Replacements: 2013 in review

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For fans of the Replacements, 2013 provided one memorable moment after another from a band that no one was sure they would hear from ever again. The 'Mats not only released a new EP to benefit their ailing friend Slim Dunlap, they reunited for a string of thrilling shows that had dedicated fans from all over the world flocking to see them take the stage once again, and were even nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to top it all off.

There were no shortage of headlines and unforgettable occasions provided by Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and the gang throughout the past 12 months, and here we take an affectionate look back at a year that truly belonged to the Replacements.

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The Replacements' Songs for Slim series unveils benefit compilation

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Photo by Meredith Westin

Throughout 2013, the reunited Replacements and their friends have put out a series of limited-edition 7-inch records to raise funds for their pal Slim Dunlap. The Songs for Slim recordings came about after Dunlap -- former guitarist for the Replacements and star solo performer -- suffered a serious stroke in early 2012. February 13, 2013, was declared Slim Dunlap Day.

Now the songs are coming together in a larger collection featuring the auction-only tracks that popped up in the past year from Fellow rockers Jeff Tweedy, Craig Finn, Lucinda Williams, Frank Black, and more. Additionally, there's some new, previously unreleased material from Soul Asylum, Frankie Lee, and the Jayhawks (as LP.ORG) that's coming for this two-disc, 28-track release.

See Also: The Replacements' Songs for Slim producer Ed Ackerson shares session details

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Tribute to the Replacements at First Avenue unveils 2013 lineup

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One of many memorable moments from last year's 'Mats tribute

As Minnesota music fans await a local Replacements gig following their recent string of reunion shows in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, we can at least get to hear the raucous songs of our favorite bar-band played by a slew of area groups at the end of November.

The date and musical lineup for the annual Tribute to the Replacements at First Avenue have just been announced, with this year's gathering celebrating the songs featured on the 'Mats renowned second album, Hootenanny. On Friday, November 29, local artists and bands will gather in both the Mainroom and the Entry to perform songs from the Replacements' illustrious back catalog, including a full run-through of Hootenanny.

See Also: A Tribute to the Replacements at First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, 11/23/12

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First Avenue, Dylan's home, Stinson Roof among Rolling Stone landmarks

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For rock 'n' roll road-trippers, Rolling Stone has assembled a list of spots around the country that are worth a peek. This is everything from Chess Records in Chicago to Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit to the Park Hill Houses in Staten Island, where the Wu-Tang Clan formed.

As you might expect, a trio of Minnesota spots are on this grand tour of the lore of popular music. We can gauge your level of obsessiveness by how many you've actually seen in person.

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