Watch Hippo Campus Make TV Debut on Conan

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Hippo Campus's Nathan Stocker and Jake Luppen

The plucky, energetic guys in Hippo Campus had their biggest show yet this week. Following a busy SXSW and signing to New York label Grand Jury, the Woodbury-bred indie-rock foursome made their network TV debut on Conan the evening of Tuesday, March 24. Watch the video below!

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The Top Five Wrestlemania Music Performances

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Yup, Diddy did the Wrestlemania.

This Sunday is Wrestlemania, WWE's Super Bowl of sports entertaiment. Along with grapplers like Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker, John Cena and Daniel Bryan competing at this year's event, music fans will also be treated to live performances from Travis Barker, Kid Ink, David Guetta and Skylar Grey.

If those names surprise you, you might not be aware of the long tradition of live Wrestlemania performances from some of music's biggest acts. Snap into a Slim Jim and check out our picks for the top five musical performances in Wrestlemania history.


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Meet the Man Who Wrote "Save Big Money at Menards"

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Menards jingle creator Bob Holtan and wife/KDEC co-owner Colleen.
Over the past month we've brought you a bit of the history we've uncovered surrounding the five words that have been familiar to all Midwestern TV and radio owners for generations: "Save Big Money at Menards." The jingle has spanned five decades, so it's not surprising that people keep coming out of the woodwork.

Today, we bring out the one man who made it all possible: Bob Holtan.

Currently the operator of 100.5 KDEC in Decorah with his wife Colleen, Bob wrote the lyrics to the Menards jingle back in the early '70s and changed the way we save big money forever. This is the story of the Menards jingle from the man who wrote it.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History


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Watch the Lowertown Line This Winter When You're Stuck Inside

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Stop staring angrily at the thermometer this winter and turn on TPT. Even if the temperatures are keeping some of us from our regular rounds at the local clubs, the Lowertown Line can simulate the experience in our homes. Bonus: no coat check.

TPT has just announced its broadcast schedule for the second season of the Lowertown Line, with episodes featuring recent performances from the 4onthefloor, Black Diet, the Blind Shake, and Doomtree, with a rebroadcast of Har Mar Superstar's highly entertaining set thrown in the mix as well.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle Singer Is Revealed!

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Barbara Simon in 1987

Last week, we posted everything we were able to track down about the most Midwestern tune ever penned: the Menards Jingle. Your response was overwhelming, like choirs of thousands proudly chanting at the top of their lungs, "SAVE BIG MONEY AT MENAAAAARDS!"

While we're glad you're as galvanized about the Menards theme as we are, there was one voice in particular we were grateful to hear from. Not just one voice, but the voice. Yes, we spoke to Barbara Simon, whose voice defines the version of the jingle that has been played from the early '80s through today! We had the tremendous fortune to sit down with her and get the real story about the jingle.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History


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Da Rich Kidzz Rap About Weird Weather in HBO Documentary

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HBO sure picked the perfect time to air their environmentally focused documentary, Saving My Tomorrow. The Da Rich Kidzz track that was featured in the film, "Weird Weather," took on added significance in a week that saw temperatures in the Twin Cities go from 50 degrees to 10 degrees in a matter of a day.

The young north Minneapolis hip-hop group -- featuring members of Y.N.RichKids of "Hot Cheetos & Takis" fame -- augmented a segment on how a warming Earth will generate more extreme weather events with a two-minute track that illuminates just how harsh and unpredictable the weather can be here in Minnesota.

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The "Save Big Money at Menards" Jingle: A History

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"Menards Guy" Ray Szmanda

Certain homegrown songs get played quite a bit in the Midwest. While we've undoubtedly heard Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train" for decades, there's one song that seems to explode across our airwaves more than any other. It's been a hit on every terrestrial radio station within the state's limits and is instantly identifiable by anyone who has ever spent time with their television or radio on.

Of course, I'm talking about The Menards Jingle.

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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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