Watch Lizzo Woo David Letterman's Crowd With "Bus Passes and Happy Meals"

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Lizzo made her national television debut on Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday evening. Emanating from the Ed Sullivan Theater, the same location where the Beatles made their American television debut, Lizzo's appearance on the show came just in time as Letterman begins winding down almost 22 years on CBS.

By the way, she also absolutely rocked it.

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Joan Rivers wasn't afraid to skewer musical guests

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Joan Rivers didn't let anyone off easy -- especially musicians. The recently departed comedian's mix of haughtiness, impatience, and an occasional paternal remark stood in stark contrast to the way most talk show hosts handled rock stars. Either intentionally or out of general indifference, she'd botch song and album titles, and never fawned over her guests like precious commodities -- unless you count well-placed insults.

On The Late Show With Joan Rivers and her other talk show hosting gigs, she had access to a strange assortment of pop music notoriety of the '80s and '90s, and always seemed to take artists out of their comfort zone. Here are five crucial examples.

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Lowertown Line reveals 2014 fall schedule

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The 4onthefloor will kick off The Lowertown Line's fall schedule

The Lowertown Line certainly made quite a distinctive splash in its first season. Twin Cities Public Television's live music series recorded five pilot episodes that all featured local bands performing in their intimate St. Paul studio, eventually broadcasting them on public television for music fans all over the state to enjoy.

Now, tpt has partnered with Rewire for The Lowertown Line's second season, and they are switching up the format just a bit. While the tpt building in Lowertown St. Paul undergoes a remodel, future episodes will take place at notable music venues throughout the Twin Cities. Lineups, dates, and locations for the fall episodes have just been announced.

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The Voice returns with local hopeful Holly Henry

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The Voice kicked off yet another season this week, fresh from a Sunday-night Emmy win for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

The reality show -- which focuses on judges creating super teams of talented singers based solely on contestants' voices -- enters its fourth season with all four original judges back in those familiar, spinning chairs. Last year, Shakira and Usher took over for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, who have returned to coach amateur singers to fame with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Last night, yet another Minnesotan wowed the judges during the blind auditions.

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TPT's The Lowertown Line adds three more episodes

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After a slow initial roll-out in late 2012, the burgeoning new Twin Cities Public Television series The Lowertown Line is gaining speed. With MN Original's creative fingerprints all over it, the show takes an up-close look at the artists it has featured so far -- Trampled by Turtles and Brother Ali -- and gives them a one-of-a-kind performance space to boot.

With three tapings already scheduled for the future, including Chastity Brown (above) with Dessa hosting and a guy who just got his own day in St. Paul, the scope of the series is steadily expanding. And yes, these are quite open to the public.

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Funkytown screening and live performances set for St. Paul

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Like it or not, Lipps Inc's disco-fueled jam "Funkytown" is an indelible '80s anthem that will forever be linked with the Twin Cities sound. Now there is a new European TV series named after the song called Funkytown, which highlights and examines the musical culture of six American cities -- and, appropriately enough, the first episode focuses on the Twin Cities.

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Brother Ali to perform on The Lowertown Line's second episode

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After launching the series earlier this year with Trampled by Turtles, MN Original and TPT have gotten the go-ahead for another episode of their live concert series The Lowertown Line. This time around, rapper/activist/Nardwuar fan Brother Ali will be the featured performer.

In March, Ali stirred up discussion at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and our ears are still ringing from his collaboration with Atmosphere, Carnage, and Haphduzn to mark the Welcome to Minnesota tour. In May, just a few days before he performs at Soundset 2013, Ali will hit the Lowertown stage over in St. Paul.

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Nicholas David places third on The Voice

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After a wild ride, Nicholas David's journey on The Voice came to a close last night. The Minnesota-native came in third place on NBC's reality singing show behind Scottish rocker Terry McDermott and winner Cassadee Pope.

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Nicholas David's final performances on The Voice (VIDEO)

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Monday night, the first part of The Voice finale kicked off with a truly incendiary number from Minnesota's own Nicholas David.

After weeks of competition, making his way through the blind auditions with coach Cee Lo Green and winning over voters' hearts, it's clear that David has grown comfortable with the national stage even in this last week of competition. Last night, contestants sang three different songs for viewers to choose which of the final three contestants will become The Voice.

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Nicholas David makes it into The Voice finals

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This week was a little bit of a homecoming for The Voice hopeful Nicholas David, as he took some time away from the stage to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes again.

The Voice flew out to each of the four semi-finalists' hometowns and let viewers see a little bit of where Cassadee Pope, Trevin Hunte, Terry McDermott, and Minnesota's own David have come from.

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