Music in Mears Concert & Film Series Unveils 2015 Lineup

Nick Wosika
The Melismatics in 2010
Music: You love it. Mears Park in St. Paul: Can't imagine you have anything against it. And that's what makes the formula for Music in Mears - the annual live music/film/food truck party kicking off June 4 in Lowertown - such a tempting one.

The folks behind MiM just announced details on the 2015 edition, featuring 13 weeks of concerts, at least six of which will also include movie screenings, all with an emphasis on local talent. The free shows begin at 6 p.m.; check here later for details on the movie selections.

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HazelFest Lineup to Feature Caroline Smith, Haley Bonar, Astronautalis

Caroline Smith at First Avenue in 2014
HazelFest, the sobriety-championing music festival presented by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is set to return August 1 to Center City, Minn., for its third annual run.

This year's lineup offers a lot to like for Twin Cities music fans, with folk-turned-soul star Caroline Smith, twangy songwriting ace Haley Bonar, and adoptive/dexterous rapper Astronautalis topping the bill. Davina & the Vagabonds, GB Leighton, and DJ Last Word are also set to perform at the alcohol-free fest.

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Trampled by Turtles Reveal 2015 Festival Palomino Lineup

photo by Patty Grover
Trampled by Turtles at 2014's inaugural Festival Palomino

The Trampled by Turtles-curated Festival Palomino has announced a big-time lineup for the festival's second go-around.

The 2015 iteration of Festival Palomino is set for Saturday, September 19, once again taking place at Canterbury Park.

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Five Bands to See at This Year's Warped Tour

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Music & Movies at Loring Park 2015 Lineup Announced

photo courtesy of The Walker Art Center

The Walker has announced the lineup for this summer's Music & Movies series. The film selections play off of the theme of the museum's International Pop exhibition, with the movies focusing on comic book heroes and stories of action and adventure taking center stage. The popular movie screenings take place in Loring Park, preceded by a set of live music from local musicians.

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P.O.S's The Fucking Best Show Ever Returns in 2015

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Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival 2015 Lineup Announced

photo by Peter Lee
Charlie Parr

The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival is putting the fun back in fundraiser. Now in its fifth year, the fest has revealed its 2015 lineup, featuring a full day of music, ranging from roots and blues, of course, to more experimental musical fare along the way.

The festival will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, near Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue. The first wave of acts has just been announced, including Charlie Parr, Fury Things, Willie Murphy & Angel Headed Hipsters, "Spider" John Koerner, Black Market Brass, Eleganza, Savage Aural Hotbed, and 15 other acts spread across five stages.

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Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival, 7/19/2014

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Dillinger 4 Turns 21, Gets First Beer

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photo by Erik Hess
Dillinger Four live at D4th of July 2013

Okay, it's far from Dillinger 4's first beer. Based on their live act, it can be expected they've had at least one today by the time you're reading this. However, the long-running Minneapolis punks are celebrating their 21st year as a band, and are going to have a beer brewed in their honor by Surly for their annual Fourth of July shindig, the D4th of July.

Not only is there a special beer, though, they're also bringing Against Me! to headline an outdoor stage in a 10-band festival of patriotism, punk, and (likely) hot dogs. Dillinger Four have taken an ever expanding approach to their annual Fourth of July celebration in recent years, increasing the festival to multiple days while bringing out-of-town guests to share the stage with them.

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Dillinger Four unite for a rare show

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P.O.S's The Fucking Best Show Ever Returns in 2015

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P.O.S leads the Fucking Best Show Ever 2015

If last year's show was the fucking best show ever, then what is there to call its return? In its second go around on Saturday, June 13, the P.O.S-led festival is sticking to what works, including its hyperbolic title as the Fucking Best Show Ever 2015 (or, alternately, TFBSE).

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The Fucking Best Show Ever with P.O.S., 9/13/14

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Basilica Block Party 2015 Lineup

Categories: Just Announced
Photo by Erik Hess
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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Photo By Erik Hess
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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Photo by Mike Madison
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.

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Summer Set 2014: People and scenes

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