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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331 Club Posts 2015 Art-A-Whirl Weekend Lineup

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The Blind Shake at Are You Local? 2015.

As the symptoms of winter subside, Art-A-Whirl weekend approaches. In recent years, the NEMAA-organized showcase of some of the best local visual art talent has become a time for unofficial AAW block parties that conveniently coincide with the official events.

The biggest of the batch has historically been the 331 Club, which turns its parking lot into a garden of delights, including the outdoor stage, food trucks, and art vendors. This year, 27 performances are scheduled at the northeast Minneapolis club, led by the Blind Shake, Retribution Gospel Choir, MaLLy, and Mixed Blood Majority.

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BNLX Fest III 2015 Lineup

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BNLX performing at Varsity Theater's Live Transmission last year.

After a bit of a delay, BNLXFest III is back in business. The third weekend showcase organized by Ed Ackerson and co.'s post-punk act and their friends will hit Turf Club and 7th St. Entry on April 24-25.

Previously, BNLXFest was a November event at Cause. After the Lyn-Lake venue closed last summer, a new plan was forged. There was a Live Transmission event staged at the Varsity in November for BNLX's latest EP, Flextime. The upcoming event marks the release of a new full-length called Good Light.

See also:
Inside BNLX's Ninth (!) EP, and Their Drone-Filled Future


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Soundset Posts 2015 Lineup

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Dem Atlas is in the packed lineup for Soundset 2015!

An eclectic lineup of new and classic hip-hop stars will fill out the eighth edition of Soundset, which returns to Canterbury Park in May. The festival's big-name headliners for 2015 include Rhymesayers' own Atmosphere, as well as J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean, and Ludacris. The local contingent of the bill features Brother Ali, Dessa, Dem Atlas, Sean Anonymous, and plenty more.

Check out the full lineup up for Minnesota's biggest day in hip-hop below.

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Madonna Unveils Rebel Heart 2015 Tour Dates -- St. Paul in October

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After the heartache, she's gonna carry on.

Madonna keeps on keeping on. The pop superstar wasted no time after an onstage tumble at last week's BRIT Awards and announced her plans this week for a tour spanning North America and Europe later this year. The 35-date trek is in support of this month's release of Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album.

Buoyed by new single "Living for Love," which she performed at the Grammys and the BRIT Awards, her Madgesty is still pushing a pop agenda. She'll return to the Twin Cities for the first time since her 2012 show at the Xcel.


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Are You Local? Unveils 2015 Lineup

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Baby Shel is in the Are You Local? Class of 2015

The polls are officially closed for the sixth annual Are You Local? tally. Vita.mn's quest to find a hot Minnesota act has yielded four finalists who will square off at First Avenue in March. The show features three more-established area talents in rapper Brother Ali, garage rockers the Blind Shake, and dream-pop act Tiny Deaths.

The AYL? winner will hasten to South by Southwest to perform at the First Ave/Vita.mn showcase. Let's keep it clean, fighters. Here are the contenders.

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331 Club to Mark a Decade of Live Music

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The 331 Club, now one of NE Minneapolis's live-music strongholds.

The 331 Club remains a major organ in the ever-strengthening body of northeast Minneapolis. It could be the heart or the liver, depending on who you're talking to. For the 10 years that Jarret Oulman has operated the place, two things have almost always been certain: live music and no cover.

Now as 331 has become the destination for many during Art-A-Whirl weekend, it's hard to remember a time when anything was in question over on 13th and University Avenues. But the place has outlived Oulman's comparatively brief downtown 501 Club venture, and survived some noise complaints and some run-ins with the police in its early years. What lies ahead is celebration.

See also:
331 Club Owners Chosen for Como Lakeside Pavilion Revamp

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Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival 2015 Lineup

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Bon Iver is back!
The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and the National's Aaron Dessner, has come into focus. The two-day event set for this July 17-18 in rural Wisconsin has gone from an enigma to a lineup boasting some of the best talent from the Midwest and beyond.

The organizers chose a fragmented way to announce the performers, opting to write an artist's name on the mailing sent out to early ticket purchasers. The first round featured soul singer Charles Bradley, icy synth rockers Polica, black metal specialists Liturgy, Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree, Duluth experimental rockers Low, and Japanese noise punks Melt-Banana are among the acts announced. Update: headliners Bon Iver (in their first performance since 2012), the National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, and many more performers have joined the 40-act lineup.

See also:
Decoding Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival


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Stevie Wonder Extends 2015 U.S. Tour Dates -- Minneapolis in March

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The timeless talent of Stevie Wonder -- the voice, the harmonica, the keys, and the energy -- is spreading the joy to more of the U.S. later this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has extended his run of dates centered on his 1976 touchstone, Songs in the Key of Life. The album yielded "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely," and became one of the most influential recordings of its era, or ever.

This current string of concerts touches down in the Twin Cities in March. This is Wonder's first show in the area since 1988's RiverFest in St. Paul. Dates below.

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First Avenue's Best New Bands of 2014 Lineup

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PaviElle French will perform at this year's Best New Bands event.

First Avenue's yearly musical recap of the finest up-and-coming locals is a mix of some of the groups that owned the past year, and some who are about to conquer in the new year. (In Gimme Noise terms, you get a few acts that ranked on the 2014 Picked to Click poll, and some early picks for 2015.) Thus, the Best New Bands of 2014 lineup is right where it needs to be.

Soul singer PaviElle French and five other artists with varying levels of local familiarity fill out the bill for the January 17 showcase at First Avenue's mainroom.

See also:
The Best New Minnesota Musicians of 2014


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