612Brew unveils Art-A-Whirl Bash 2014 lineup

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Along with 331 Club, 612Brew is another destination for a weekend of live local music held during the Art-A-Whirl weekend. The three-day lineup is an eclectic bill of hip-hop, electronica, indie rock, folk, and some stuff that falls somewhere in the middle coming to the space's outdoor amphitheater.

Among the performers are MaLLy, Big Jess, Step Rockets, Botzy, Lydia Hoglund of Bomba de Luz, Black Market Brass, the Fattenin' Frogs, and KPT. In addition to the musical portion of the weekend, 612Brew will have five food trucks, four featured visual artists, and plenty of its most popular beers.

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Rock the Garden 2014 lineup

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Credits, clockwise from upper left: Ryan Siverson, Tony Nelson, Erik Hess, and Erik Hess
The 2014 Rock the Garden lineup is finally here. For the first time ever, the Walker Art Center/89.3 the Current venture has expanded to two days, and that means twice as many performers will hit the grounds next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for the weekend of June 21-22.

The weekend's performers include "an artist we can't announce yet" -- but not the Replacements and not Low -- and headliner De La Soul on Saturday. Sunday's headliner is Spoon! Check out the full schedule and lineup below.

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80/35 Festival reveals 2014 lineup

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Conor Oberst is one of the acts set to play this year's 80/35 Festival

Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assemblage of groups regularly attracts area fans and bands to Des Moines for the two-day music festival, which features nearly 50 acts spread out over three stages.

A majority of this year's lineup has just been announced, and once again the folks at 80/35 have put together a festival aimed at music fans throughout the Midwest over the celebratory July 4 weekend.

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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2014 lineup

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From Summer Set 2013
The third annual Summer Set Music & Camping Festival returns in August, and the first phase of the lineup is live today.

A mix of EDM, jam, danceable indie rock, and hip-hop will hit Somerset Amphitheater just over the border in Wisconsin the weekend of August 15-17. Leading the way is Bassnectar, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Disco Biscuits, Chromeo, Flying Lotus, and Chance the Rapper.
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Music in the Zoo 2014 schedule

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The Minnesota Zoo will once again host a lengthy slate of shows at the Weesner Family Amphitheater this summer. Starting in June and running through late August, the Music in the Zoo series just put out a huge schedule for the year, with more concerts to be added later this month.

Among this first round of announced shows is the Hold Steady playing for the first time locally since the release of Teeth Dreams earlier this year. Update (4/14/14): More shows have been added, including Taj Mahal with Mavis Staples, and Nicholas David.

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Fleetwood Mac 2014 reunion dates with Christine McVie -- tour launch in Minneapolis

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For all of the volatile conversation within pioneering rock and pop act Fleetwood Mac, there's plenty of disagreement among fans too. With Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie all significantly shaping the vocal contributions of the group, it's hard not to pick favorites. Following the recent announcement that McVie is back touring with the group after over 15 years away, it's time to sharpen our tusks again. (Speaking as a Christine proponent, this is huge!)

The group returns to North American stages later this year with 34 shows in 33 cities. Things kick off in Minneapolis at Target Center in September.

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Lollapalooza 2014 lineup is here!

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From the "International Players Anthem" video.
The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup has arrived. When the yearly festival convenes August 1-3 at Grant Park in Chicago, it'll be a couple of rap titans, a few rockers, and the requisite EDM stars leading the way.

Eminem, festival darlings OutKast (pictured above), Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris top another enormous bill for the weekend. The announcement arrives as single-day tickets go on sale (10 a.m. today). Check out the full lineup below.

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Elvis Costello unveils solo 2014 tour dates -- St. Paul in June

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Elvis Costello at State Theatre in 2011
The unparalleled genius of Elvis Costello will hit stages across North America this June. For the first time in 15 years, the versatile songwriter will be traveling light as he delivers 10 dates in the Midwest and surrounding cities.

Launching with an early-June stop at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Catherine University campus, Costello's tour is expected to provide a career-spanning set that probes the most popular and most obscure moments of more than 30 years in the rock 'n' roll limelight.

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Memory Lanes Block Party unveils 2014 lineup

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It's high time to start talking about warm-weather block parties, and Memory Lanes has just released the names for its 2014 fest.

The 6th annual Memory Lanes Block Party will feature 18 bands, five DJs, and a whole lot of other distractions on Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Among the acts confirmed are GRRRL PRTY, Frankie Teardrop, and Buffalo Moon.

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KISS and Def Leppard's U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in August

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Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August.

Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been reports that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have openly refused to perform with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Chris at the ceremony, with the original members all delivering pointed barbs at their former bandmates in the press.

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