Transmission Dance Party Goes Live: Lineup

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DJ Jake Rudh is turning the Transmission dance night into a live event.

November tends to be a very busy month for local art-rockers BNLX, and 2014 is no different. For the past couple of years, they've set up at Cause for a weekend to host a Fest featuring themselves and lots of their talented friends. With Cause still sorting its situation out, the group has teamed up with pal DJ Jake Rudh for a show at the Varsity Theater on November 29.

Live Transmission combines the brand of Rudh's long-running New Wave and alternative dance party with bands that employ similarly adventurous artistry. Plus, the night will double as a release show for BNLX's ninth EP, Flextime.

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Taylor Swift 2015 U.S. Tour Dates -- St. Paul in September

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Taylor Swift just shook out an extensive tour plan for next year in support of her latest album, 1989. The record, which is her most pop-oriented (and most-thinkpieced) to date, sold 1.3 million copies in its first week on shelves. (Even if "Welcome to New York" is questionable.)

In other words, Tay Tay is big business -- bigger than she's ever been -- and this tour will have to do much to top the spectacle of Red's run, which hit St. Paul in 2013. She'll be back at the Xcel for two shows next year.

See also:
Review: Taylor Swift at Xcel Energy Center, 9/7/13


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One Direction 2015 U.S. Tour Dates -- TCF Stadium in July

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One Direction can not be contained! By a roof, anyhow. The heartthrob lads just announced plans for a late-summer run in 2015, and they've graduated to stadiums.

Given the scream quotient at these events, open air is the best possible scenario for the truckload of voices ripping apart while Harry Styles asserts himself. 1D last hit the Twin Cities for an official show last year at Target Center. When they return, the event could attract twice as many attendees and break some records at TCF Stadium -- which has only hosted a scant few full-scale concerts.

See also:
Eight Things I Learned at a One Direction Show

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Keith Ellison's Get Out the Vote Concert 2014 Lineup

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Sims leads a packed lineup for the congressman's Get Out the Vote show.
Local congressman Keith Ellison -- a noted Prince and Woody Guthrie fan -- is taking his message to the club this election season. Just like he did in 2012, he's assembled a fundraiser aimed directly at his youthful constituents.

Ahead of Election Day, First Avenue will stage a night of hip-hop (and Gabriel Douglas) this November hosted by Ellison.   More »

See Spooky Black and the Stand4rd Perform -- Finally!

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The Standard, from left: Psymun, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Allan Kingdom

Spooky Black, the young and mysterious "Dark R&B" proprietor from St. Paul, has netted fans from music blogs local and beyond (and some vocal detractors) over the past few months. Credit a suite of solo tracks on Black Silk, the Leaving EP, and a stream of collaborations with the Stand4rd, a group featuring Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, and producer Psymun.

What Spooky Black's voice and accompanying imagery provide is a mainline to personal reflection -- our own fortress of solitude in song. Be it youth, be it a love lost, be it the coldest day we can remember, be it the day when everything came together, this is music than can trigger a reaction that sticks around. So far, that's mostly been a private experience. There's now an upcoming tour planned, so listeners can finally leave the bedroom and find out who else has been connecting privately with the material.

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101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup

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Ariana Grande at the 2013 Jingle Ball
What a difference a year makes. The 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball returns to Xcel Energy Center December 8 for the annual celebration of pop stars with the shortest lifespan in the limelight. Miley who? Robin who? This year, the story's all about pop & B vocalist Ariana Grande.

Every single she's released so far in 2014 has been a heatseeker, and for once it doesn't come with a heaping of drama -- unless you count missiles shooting out of her chest in her "Break Free" video. Her second album, My Everything, has become everything to the pop soundscape, and it's refreshing that someone who can actually sing is holding it down right now. 

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Kill Kancer Reveals Music Lineup for Benefit Show

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Howler are set to play Kill Kancer's benefit

The benevolent folks behind the local nonprofit Kill Kancer -- founded by Mary Beth Mueller, the widow of Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller -- have once again put together a terrific benefit show to raise awareness and money for their good cause.

On October 10 at Mill City Nights, Kill Kancer has organized a two-part event that they are calling A Killer Soiree, with a special gala kicking off the early portion of the night and a full-on rock show later in the evening.

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Amphetamine Reptile Records Documentary Hitting Theaters

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AmRep founder Tom Hazelmyer and director Eric Robel

The local and international footprint of Amphetamine Reptile Records is undeniable. After fostering a progressive, hardcore sound in the '80s and '90s that left hair metal in the dust, the label has delivered one-of-a-kind vinyl pressings and limited-edition releases in the modern era. Through it all, AmRep has boldly stood apart from most conventional record labels under the guidance of founder Tom Hazelmyer.

Now a younger generation of fans will get to witness what all the fuss was about, as a new documentary on Hazelmyer (HAZE XXL) and AmRep, The Color of Noise, is set to hit theaters across the country, including a screening at the Riverview Theater here in Minneapolis.

See also:
Under the influence of Amphetamine Reptile

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Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival Music Lineup

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L.A. rapper Busdriver will perform at Electric Fetus.
Music fans seeking deep discounts on their CDs, LPs, and DVDs -- along with some free live performances, Glam Doll Donuts, and other delights and giveaways -- would be wise to hit up the third annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival at their Minneapolis location this Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a series of free live performances throughout the afternoon on Saturday to keep you entertained while you shop.

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Hymie's Vintage Records is now a record label too

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Hymie's proprietors Laura and Dave Hoenack

Already one of the best record shops in Minneapolis, Hymie's Vintage Records is about to become one of your favorite local record labels as well. Owners Laura and Dave Hoenack have just announced that they will be putting out two vinyl releases on their local roots-focused new record label, Hymie's Records.

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