Basilica Block Party 2015 Lineup

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Say three Hail Marys and make your way to the Basilica of Saint Mary grounds in downtown Minneapolis for the Basilica Block Party in July. The two-day event will feature Weezer headlining on Friday, July 10, and Wilco on Saturday, July 11, along with O.A.R., Mat Kearney, Jenny Lewis, Jason Isbell, Fitz & the Tantrums, and plenty of other local and national acts to fill out the various stages.


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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Acoustic Tour, Minneapolis in June

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Billy Corgan is set to bring the current iteration of the Smashing Pumpkins on a short acoustic tour this summer. Dubbed The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong - An Acoustic-Electro Evening, the tour will feature Corgan and the band on an eight-date run of intimate shows, playing to much smaller rooms than is typical for the '90s alternative legends. It will be the first official acoustic tour in the Smashing Pumpkins' illustrious history.

The brief Plainsong tour is set to finish up in Minneapolis on June 25.

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The Smashing Pumpkins at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 10/20/12

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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2015 Lineup

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Lizzo is included in this year's Summer Set lineup

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival returns to Somerset, Wisconsin, on August 14-16, with a sizable and varied lineup including Action Bronson, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lizzo, tUnE-yArDs, Hippo Campus, John Mark Nelson, deadmau5, Die Antwood, and a whole lot more.

The Friday-Sunday festival includes overnight camping and is in its fourth year. Mixing hip-hop, jam bands, indie rock, EDM, and more, the Current-sponsored festival offers a wide swath of musical styles for fans of diverse tastes. Tickets go on sale at noon today.

See also:
Summer Set 2014: People and scenes


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Music in the Zoo Reveals 2015 Concert Schedule

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Temperatures have hit 70 and it's officially outdoors season in Minnesota again. Along with the sunshine comes the announcement of the lineup for the popular Music in the Zoo concert series, this year highlighted by Salt-N-Pepa, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, and more.

The schedule includes a mix of plenty of favorites from the past as well as some first-timers, with the Okee Dokee Brothers, BoDeans, and Indigo Girls returning from last year, and first-time performers such as the Mavericks and Michael McDonald (in addition to hip-hop legends Salt-N-Pepa) set to grace the Apple Valley stage. Update (4/15/15): More shows have been added, including Kacey Musgraves and Cooder-White-Skaggs. Salt-N-Pepa has been moved to July 8.

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Indeed Announces Whirlygig 2015 Lineup


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Indeed Announces Whirlygig 2015 Lineup

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Grant Hart will perform on Sunday May 17.

Next month, Art-a-Whirl will descend on northeast Minneapolis, bringing a wave of arts, live music, and food trucks that gets bigger every year. Indeed Brewing Company just announced plans for their third annual party to celebrate the community festival.

Dubbing the three-day party Whirlygig, Indeed has teamed up with First Avenue to assemble a lineup featuring Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Mark Mallman, and Grant Hart, with 14 more bands gracing the stage over the weekend.

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612Brew Announces 2015 "Art, Music and Beer" Lineup

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612Brew Announces 2015 "Art, Music and Beer" Lineup

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Chris Koza is one of the headliners at 612Brew's event

There is always a lot to take in during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Especially since the music coinciding with the annual event has grown exponentially over the years. 

Following 331 Club and Grumpy's NE recent announcements of the festivities they have planned, 612Brew has just released the lineup for their Art, Music and Beer event, which features thirteen bands performing at their outdoor amphitheater over the weekend of May 15-16.


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Cows Reuniting for Grumpy's Bash 15

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Minneapolis punk band Cows helped solidify and electrify the Twin Cities hardcore scene in the late '80s and early '90s. But outside of certain circles -- especially those who never saw the band's untamed, wildly unpredictable live show -- the Cows never quite got their due, and sadly disbanded with little fanfare in the late '90s.

But there has been some promising activity in the Cows camp as of late, including a brief mini-reunion back in November (see video proof below) during Hepa-Titus's release show at Grumpy's. Now the group, billing themselves as Cowz -- with Shannon Selberg, Kevin Rutmanis, and Freddy Votel joined by Hammerhead's Paul Sanders (filling in for guitarist Thor Eisentrager) -- are set to come together once again for a special one-off reunion gig at Grumpy's Bash 15 on July 11.

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Under the influence of Amphetamine Reptile

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Grumpy's NE Reveals Art-A-Whirl Weekend Music Lineup

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Sims is one of the acts set to perform at Grumpy's NE Art-A-Whirl party
Here in the Twin Cities, we don't depend on a groundhog poking its head through the snow to tell us that spring is around the corner. We know to stash the winter coats and break out the short pants when Art-A-Whirl music lineups are announced.

Every year in mid-May, the multi-site festival sees Northeast become the arts epicenter of the Midwest for an entire weekend. Grumpy's NE was one of the innovators in incorporating live music into the festivities, and this year's party promises to be can't-miss.

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The Rolling Stones Announce U.S. Tour, Minneapolis In June

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The wait is finally over. After hinting at a potential Minneapolis tour stop for weeks, the Rolling Stones finally revealed the itinerary for the upcoming Zip Code North American stadium tour.

The veteran rock 'n' roll band will be making their triumphant return to the Twin Cities on June 3 -- their first local performance since an Xcel Energy Center show in 2005.

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Memory Lanes Block Party 2015 Lineup

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It's Tickle Torture, baby!

The Memorial Day Weekend bliss ahead is taking shape with the announcement of the yearly Memory Lanes Block Party lineup. On May 23-24, South Minneapolis's most-punk bowling alley will host 18 bands and five DJs.

Tickle Torture, who have emerged as the Twin Cities' Dionysian act of choice will top Saturday's entertainment, and Deke Dickerson & the Trashmen will bring garage rockabilly to Sunday's slate. The full details and lineup are below.

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