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.'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/ 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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The Current's 10th Anniversary Celebration Is Rather Large

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Atmosphere will headline the second night of the Current's 10th Anniversary Concerts at First Avenue.

It has now been just about a decade since 89.3 the Current hit the Twin Cities airwaves. To celebrate, the public radio station's yearly birthday festivities are now officially too big for their previous britches.

In past years, the two-night birthday bash at First Avenue has been a fixture each mid-January, but this time it's a 10-day marathon of events. The itinerary, including lineups for both nights in the mainroom, is below.

See also:
89.3 the Current: An oral history

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Billy Joel Must Really Like Big Press Conferences

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Photo by Steve Cohen from Billy Joel and Elton John's Xcel show in 2009.
The piano man strikes again.
Today, the dedicated music press made their way to Target Center to bathe in the splendor of a staged event for them to cover. A surprise guest waited behind the curtain, but something about this setup felt familiar. The speculation was almost identical to... an event much like this one staged over at the Xcel in St. Paul five years ago.

As some folks might recall, it was not for U2, the Rolling Stones, or even a Prince concert. It was Billy Joel (with Elton John). And today was no different.

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Northern Invasion Festival Brings Hard Rock to Somerset Amphitheater

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The masked bandits of hard rock Slipknot are riding through again!

The inaugural Northern Invasion Festival will bring together an assortment of noise, pyro, and paint-peeling rock to the Somerset Amphitheater in May.

The rock and camping fest marks the return of Slipknot, who headlined their own Knotfest at the Wisconsin outdoor grounds a couple years ago. Joining them on the bill are Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, the Pretty Reckless, and many more.

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Sonny Knight & the Lakers to Record Live Album at the Dakota

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There's no question that Sonny Knight & the Lakers have had a great 2014. From gracing City Pages' cover to landing a spot on our Picked to Click poll, Knight and his relentlessly funky big band have electrified the local scene of late.

They are set to record a live album over the course of their four upcoming performances at the Dakota on December 18 and 19. The results will go straight to two-track tape and be released on double LP via Secret Stash Records.

Gimme Noise spoke to the Lakers' drummer (and Secret Stash Records founder) Eric Foss about how the recording process is going to work, the dance party planned for the final set, and which songs will be on the live LP.

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