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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area from February 14 to February 16, 2016.

Read more Minneapolis Music Guide.


DIANE COFFEE
with Jack and the Coax
at 7th Street Entry
Sunday, 02/14/16, 7pm ($10/$12)
first-avenue.com

Music fans might recognize Shaun Fleming as the drummer for psych-rockers Foxygen. As Diane Coffee, however, Fleming transforms into a flamboyant starchild, the master and commander of all things weird and beautiful, a rightful bearer of the David Bowie torch. Under the Diane Coffee moniker, Fleming has released two delicious slices of spacey, soulful rock ‘n roll: 2013’s My Friend Fish and last year’s Everybody’s a Good Dog (which was in my top 5 albums of 2015!) Need some examples of his genius? Look no further than Fish’s slinky “WWWoman” and Dog’s hip-shaking “Mayflower.” I was lucky enough to catch the band last September when they opened for Jack & the Coax at the Turf Club and they were extraordinary. Come spend Valentine’s Day at the Entry with someone who will make sweet love to your ear holes!

Jack and the Coax to open. The local band has a month-long residency at the Nomad World Pub every Thursday.

Tour dates:

02/06/16 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
02/12/16 Champaign, IL Highdive
02/13/16 Madison, WI The Sett
02/14/16 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street
02/16/16 Denver, CO Lost Lake
02/17/16 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
02/18/16 Boise, ID Neurolux
02/19/16 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
02/20/16 Vancouver, BC The Cobalt
02/21/16 Seattle, WA Barboza
02/23/16 Noise Pop Festival
02/24/16 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
02/26/16 Los Angeles, CA Echo
02/27/16 San Diego, CA The Hideout
02/28/16 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
03/01/16 Austin, TX The Mohawk
03/02/16 Dallas, TX Three Links Event
03/04/16 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
03/05/16 Carbondale, IL Hangar 9
03/26/16 Detroit, MI - Marble Bar
03/28/16 Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha
03/29/16 Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
03/30/16 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
03/31/16 Wilkes-Barre, PA - Othersidewb
04/01/16 Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit
04/02/16 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom


CHRIS BATHGATE
with Paul Spring
at 7th Street Entry
Monday, 02/15/16, 7pm ($10/$12)
first-avenue.com

Michigan’s Chris Bathgate will be in town on a brief Midwest tour in support of his latest EP Old Factory (which came out yesterday, February 5, 2016).

The EP was recorded at High Bias studios by Chris Koltay in Detroit, except for drums on “Calvary”, recorded at Marigny Studios by Matt Aguiluz in New Orleans and strings recorded at Back Seat Productions by Chris Bathgate in Ann Arbor.

Opener Paul Spring, who we previously caught in October 2015 and wrote, “Fans who arrived early to the show got to enjoy two fantastic openers: Paul Spring and Joan Shelley. Spring, originally hailing from St. Cloud, but currently based in Minneapolis, was accompanied by Charlie on upright bass and the two played a great folky set consisting of many tracks off of Spring’s newly released album Towards a Center (produced by Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss - how cool is that?).”

Tour dates:

Feb 13 Schubas Chicago, IL
Feb 14 The Frequency Madison, WI
Feb 15 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN





JACK & JACK
with Daya
at 7th Street Entry
Tuesday, 02/16/16, 5:30pm ($20/$25/Sold Out)
varsitytheater.org

Popular comedy/music duo Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, known as Jack & Jack, will be stopping by the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The show is sold out, thanks to their 5 million plus Vines fans.

Teenager Daya to open... she recently collaborated with The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” single.

Tour dates:

02/06/16 San Francisco, CA Slim's
02/08/16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
02/09/16 Seattle, WA The Neptune
02/11/16 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
02/12/16 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
02/13/16 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
02/16/16 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
02/17/16 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
02/19/16 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
02/20/16 Detroit, MI The Majestic Theatre
02/21/16 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
02/23/16 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
02/24/16 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
02/26/16 Atlanta, GA The Loft At Center Stage
02/27/16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
02/28/16 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
03/02/16 Charlotte, NC The Visulite Theatre
03/03/16 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore Silver Spring
03/04/16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
03/06/16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
04/08/16 Edinburgh Liquid Room
04/09/16 Liverpoo O2 Academy Liverpool
04/10/16 Norwich Univ. Of East Anglia LCR-Union
04/12/16 London IndigO2
04/13/16 Antwerp, Belgium Muziekcentrum Trix
04/14/16 Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik
04/16/16 Hamburg, Germany Mojo Club
04/17/16 Copenhagen, Denmark DR Concert House
04/19/16 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
04/20/16 Stockholm, Sweden Klubben
04/22/16 Utrecht, Netherlands TivoliVredenburg
04/23/16 Berlin, Germany Postbahnhof Club
04/24/16 Warsaw, Poland Proxima
04/26/16 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Bar
04/28/16 Vienna, Austria Ottakringer Brauerei
04/30/16 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generali
05/01/16 Munich, Germany Ampere
05/02/16 Zurich, Switzerland X-TRA
05/04/16 Paris, France La Cigale
05/06/16 Bilbao, Spain Santana 27
05/07/16 Porto, Portugal Hard Club
05/08/16 Lisbon, Portugal Aula Magna 
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area from February 7 to February 9, 2016.

Read more Minneapolis Music Guide.

MARTIN COURTNEY
with EZTV
at 7th Street Entry
Sunday, 02/07/16, 8pm ($12/$15)
first-avenue.com

New York’s Martin Courtney (of Real Estate) will be in town in support of his critically acclaimed solo album Many Moons (Domino Records). The shows will feature his full band - Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, Matt Kallman of Real Estate, Doug Keith and Aaron Neveu.

Many Moons is available on CD, standard and limited edition LP. The limited edition LP (of 500) contains an alternate cover with an embossed jacket, featuring an artist logo designed by Robert Beatty and coke-bottle clear colored vinyl.

New York’s EZTV (not to be confused with the pirates EZTV or ETTV), to open.

Tour dates:

2/2+ - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
2/3+ - Washington, DC - DC9
2/4+ - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
2/5+ - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
2/6+ - Madison, WI - U of WI
2/7+ - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
2/9+ - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
2/11+ - Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe
2/12+ - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
2/13+ - New York, NY - Baby's All Right
2/14+ - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

*w/ Matt Kivel
+w/ EZTV



BORA YORK and MASS GOTHIC
with Mazed
at 7th Street Entry
Monday, 02/08/16, 7pm ($8/$10)
first-avenue.com

Massachusetts-bred, currently based in New York, Mass Gothic, will be stopping by Minneapolis in support of his forthcoming self-titled album, set for release on February 5, 2016, via Sub Pop Records.

Co-headliner of the night will be Bora York, who we previously saw with Kodaline in 2014.

Local Mazed to open.

Mass Gothic’s tour dates:

02/04/16 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
02/05/16 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
02/06/16 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
02/08/16 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
02/11/16 Boise, ID Neurolux
02/12/16 Seattle, WA Columbia City Theatre
02/13/16 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
02/14/16 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
02/16/16 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
02/18/16 Denver, CO Lost Lake
02/19/16 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
02/21/16 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
02/22/16 Cincinnati, OH Motr Pub
02/23/16 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
02/25/16 Allston, MA Great Scott
02/26/16 Providence, RI Columbus Theater
02/27/16 Brooklyn, NY Palisades
03/10/16 Washington, DC Black Cat
03/11/16 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
03/12/16 Savannah Stopover

ANCIENT MARINER / VALLEY MAKER
with Savannah Smith
at Icehouse
Tuesday, 02/09/16, 9:30pm ($7)
icehousempls.com

Seattle's Valley Maker (singer-songwriter Austin Crane) is stopping by the Icehouse in Minneapolis, in support of his LP When I Was A Child (Brick Lane Records).

Spin called his record, “subtle, twanging strings and serene background noises convey a sense of a haunting warmness...”

Locals Ancient Mariner and Savannah Smith also on the bill. The two was previously on the same bill for Communion Minneapolis.

As usual with these Icehouse shows, the event starts really late (after business hours). First band is usually on at 10pm.

Valley Maker’s solo Midwest tour:

2/8: Davenport, IA @ Village Theatre
2/9: Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
2/10: Peoria, IL @ Midnight Espresso
2/11: Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
2/12 - St. Louis, MO @ Sugarfire Pie
2/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Living Room Show*
2/15 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
2/16 - Louisville, KY @ Living Room Show*

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Call it a Friday Purple Homecoming, and a night “Back in Time” and with The Time—

The word had gone out that Prince’s fabled studio in suburban Chanhassen, Paisley Park was hosting another one of its After Dark concert series, featuring acclaimed singer Judith Hill and the return after many years, of Morris Day and the Time.

With some advance notice and pre-show ticket sales, the Purple faithful were able to reserve their spots and make plans for a night where possibly anything could happen, and a crowd had already gathered on a chilly night, ahead of the 9pm doors.

Inside, the usual protocol of no cameras, cell phones, or electronics was followed, with a more casual vibe happening in the smaller Love4OneAnother room. The larger soundstage room, recently carpeted with a sound system upgrade, housed the bulk of the crowd, most huddled near the stage to catch a close glimpse. Lights remained dark as a psychedelic swirl pattern swirled on screens over the main and side stages, with Prince’s famous glyph symbol superimposed over.

Just before 10pm, Judith Hill and The Fam took to the stage (a band rightfully named as father Robert “Pee Wee” Hill is on bass and mother Michiko Hill plays keyboards, and was filled out by ex-Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden, drummer Michael White and sax player Marcus Anderson). Hill’s debut full-length from last year, Back in Time (NPG Records) was not only recorded on-site at Paisley, but also produced by Prince, who took in the evening’s entertainment in from a back elevated couch, smiling and playing along with “air” drums and keyboards.

Hill strode to the stage in a red velvet kimono-type top, slit at the sides and with band in place, started her 65min. set strongly, with an acapella verse from ‘As Trains Go By’ before the band kicked in with force. ‘Angel in the Dark’ started somberly with its very revealing lyrics, received some mid-song punch from the band, and ended soulfully with Hill’s vocals providing the final crescendo to the song.

Maiden took over halfway through for their cover of Rufus’ 1973 ‘Have a Good Time’ and Hill’s own ‘Cure’ led effortlessly into her cover of ‘The Way You Make Feel’, the same song that dazzled the judges and public when Hill appeared on NBC’s The Voice. An aching ‘Cry, Cry, Cry’ and the playfully analog soul of ‘Jammin’ in the Basement’ ended the well-paced set with aplomb.

After a short break, lights again dimmed and a pre-recorded voice asked “What Time is it?” as a video montage played. Morris Day and the Time took to the stage for their 80 min. set, with Day nattily dressed in a lemon yellow zoot suit as new valet Thomas Austin prepped the mirror for Day to see himself, asking, “Minneapolis, ya’ll ready to get it up!?”

This variation of the band features Day, original keyboardist Monte Moir and classic drummer Jellybean Johnson among others to play the thirty-plus years of funk hits, most of which Prince was responsible for writing. The band moved quickly through songs like ‘Cool’, ‘Fishnet’ and ‘Jerk Out’, getting through ten songs in the first half hour.

Things slightly lulled halfway through as bassist Ricky “Freeze” Smith took the reins to thank Prince, as Day headed backstage for a presumed costume change (though he only added a white coat) and slower songs like ‘Girl’ and ‘Sometimes I Get Lonely’ were played, as a bevy of (mostly) women were invited on stage to dance along.

Guitarist Tory Ruffin had his time in the spotlight, serenading a woman with his guitar licks, then Day had everyone face drummer Johnson at the back, so he could better examine the merchandise. Things ramped back up with a snippet of ‘100 MPH’ thrown in during the end of ‘Ice Cream Castles’ and a warning of “you know where this party’s about to go” got fans’ arms flapping for ‘The Bird’.

Jellybean Johnson took to the forefront, trading in drumsticks for guitar, as he roared through the solo of Janet Jackson’s ‘Black Cat’, a song he co-produced and by far, the most rock moment of the evening. That segued into Day himself taking up the drum kit for a quick ‘Tricky’ followed by the tribal beats and Day’s cackling intro for ‘Jungle Love’, which had everyone moving and singing along.

And with that, the stage was empty and DJ Kiss resumed playing the hits, as the faithful milled about, hoping for any slim chance Prince himself might take the stage to catapult the evening into further legendary status, but it was not meant to be.

A homecoming for both acts (The Time last played there in 2001), the faithful were nevertheless rewarded by a solid evening of soul, funk, r&b, and rock ‘n roll that is the Minneapolis Sound.

Morris Day and the Time Setlist

Get It Up
Cool
Pandemonium
Chocolate
Wild & Loose
The Stick
Fishnet
Oak Tree
Jerk Out
777-9311
Girl
Sometimes I Get Lonely
Gigolos Get Lonely Too
Condensate / If the Kid Can’t Make You Come
Ice Cream Castles / 100MPH (snippet)
The Walk
The Bird
Black Cat (guitar solo)
Tricky (partial, w/Morris on drums)
Jungle Love

Judith Hill Setlist

As Trains Go By
Turn Up
Angel in the Dark
Beautiful Life
My People
Have a Good Time (Rufus cover)
Love Trip
Cure / The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson cover)
Wild Tonight
Cry, Cry Cry
Jammin’ in the Basement



Morris Day and the Time Setlist Get It Up Cool Pandemonium Chocolate Wild & Loose The Stick Fishnet Oak Tree Jerk Out 777-9311 Girl Sometimes I Get Lonely Gigolos Get Lonely Too Condensate / If the Kid Can’t Make You Come Ice Cream Castles / 100MPH (snippet) The Walk The...
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Babes in Toyland:

Babes in Toyland’s homecoming show at First Avenue (30 Jan 2016).
Opener Kitten Forever was a good fit for Babes.
Babe’s new bassist is Clara Salyer, from Whatever Forever, Prissy Clerks, Royal Brat and Total Babe.
Drama with Babe’s ex-bassist Maureen Herman and the reason why she’s not in the band.
Who’s Who in the audience at the Minneapolis show: Bruise Violet (band’s name is inspired by a Babes song), Stereo Confession, Arzu (from Pink Mink), etc.

Upcoming Shows:

Tongue Party (not Tom Hardy) at the Hexagon Bar (09 February 2016)
Diane Coffee (from Foxygen) at 7th Street Entry (14 February 2016)

Merchandise:

Coolest merch: handknit CD cozy by Kelly Deal of R. Ring for one of their singles.
Coolest merch: “Tom’s Diner” coffee mug from Suzanne Vega.
What Vu will buy: 7” singles and patches ($7 or less).
What Emily will buy: buttons and stickers.
T-Shirts must have cool designs.
Ash is still selling the same T-Shirts (“Rebel Scum” shirts) from 2002!

This Year in Death:

Death! Death! Death!! This is a bad year for musicians... and it’s only 31 days in! For a complete list, head over to Musicians Who Died in 2016.
Craig Strickland (from Backroad Anthem) died on a duck hunt, body found on 04 January 2016.
David Bowie is a master genius! He planned for it all, after learning about his cancer about a year ago. When his death was announced on 10 January 2016, his entire music catalogue went up the streaming charts and landed his latest Blackstar at the #1 on the USA charts!
Glenn Frey, from The Eages, wrote some of the best-selling and most memorable Eagles songs, including “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy”. He died on January 18th, just a week after Bowie’s death.
Glenn Frey, from The Eages, wrote some of the best-selling and most memorable Eagles songs, including “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy”. He died on January 18th, just a week after Bowie’s death.
Black (Colin Vearncombe), famous in the UK, died from a traffic accident at the age of 53.
Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner and Signe Toly Anderson, both died on 28 January 2016. NOTE: Jefferson Starship and Starship are two different bands (both came from Jefferson Airplane).


Song of the Show:

"Guilt" by Ringo Deathstarr


Ringo Deathstarr is on tour:

13 Feb Satellite Bar Houston, TX
18 Feb Lowbrow Palace El Paso, TX
19 Feb Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ
20 Feb Slide Bar Fullerton, CA
21 Feb Los Angeles CA
22 Feb Soda Bar San Diego, CA
23 Feb Third Space Art Collective - Davis, CA
24 Feb San Francisco CA

25 Feb Star Theater Portland Portland, OR
26 Feb Hindenburg Vancouver, BC, Canada
27 Feb Sunset Tavern Seattle, WA
29 Feb Salt Lake City UT
01 Mar Hi-Dive Denver Denver, CO
02 Mar Reverb Lounge Omaha, NE
03 Mar Turf Club, St Paul, MN
04 Mar Chicago, IL
05 Mar Canal Public House Dayton, OH


BONUS: Bands who stole their name: Gnarls Barkley (Charles Barkley), Joanna Gruesome (Joanna Newsome), Hoody Allen (Woody Allen), Flint Eastwood (Clint Eastwood), Gringo Star/Ringo Deathstarr (Ringo Starr) ♥ Prince will sue you, don’t even think about it ♥ Sia prefer to sing in the background, in disguise/costumes ♥ Kim Fowley’s abusive handling of The Runaways ♥ Favorite David Bowie songs. 
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According to rollingstone.com, Paul Kantner, from Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, has died at the age of 74 as a result of “multiple organ failure and septic shock”.

Jefferson Starship was still fresh on our mind because of their upcoming show with Blue Oyster Cult at Medina Entertainment Center (the venue also previously booked Scott Weiland, who died in the Minnesota area in December 2015).

For updated list, head over to Musicians who died in 2016.

[28 Jan 2016] Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), 74, multiple organ failure
[26 Jan 2016] Black, 53, traffic accident
[24 Jan 2016] Jimmy Bain (Rainbow), 68, pneumonia
[23 Jan 2016] Cadalack Ron, 34, unknown
[22 Jan 2016] Alec Wishart (Hogsnort Rupert), 76, lung cancer
[20 Jan 2016] Lee Abramson, 45, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
[18 Jan 2016] Glenn Frey (Eagles), 67, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia
[18 Jan 2016] Pablo Manavello, 65, unknown
[18 Jan 2016] Andy Dog (artist for The The), 57, brain tumor
[17 Jan 2016] Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), 64, heart attack
[17 Jan 2016] Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople), 67, Alzheimer's disease
[17 Jan 2016] Blowfly, 76, liver cancer
[16 Jan 2016] Hubert Giraud, 94, unknown
[16 Jan 2016] Carina Jaarnek (Frösöflickorna), 53, cerebral haemorrhage
[16 Jan 2016] Gary Loizzo (The American Breed), 70, pancreatic cancer
[15 Jan 2016] Pete Huttlinger, 54, stroke.
[14 Jan 2016] René Angélil (Celine Dion's manager/husband), 73, throat cancer
[14 Jan 2016] Franco Oppo, 80, unknown
[10 Jan 2016] David Bowie, 69, cancer
[10 Jan 2016] John Berry (Idaho), 51, natural causes
[10 Jan 2016] Hernán Gamboa (Serenata Guayanesa), 69, cancer
[09 Jan 2016] Robert McAllister (Iron Chic), 36, unknown
[09 Jan 2016] Jānis Vaišļa (Pirates of the Sea), 46, cardiac amyloidosis
[08 Jan 2016] Brett Smiley, 60, HIV and hepatitis
[08 Jan 2016] Otis Clay, 73, heart attack
[08 Jan 2016] Red Simpson, 81, heart attack
[07 Jan 2016] Kitty Kallen, 94, unknown
[07 Jan 2016] Troy Shondell, 76, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
[06 Jan 2016] Nicholas Caldwell (The Whispers), 71, heart problems
[04 Jan 2016] Craig Strickland (Backroad Anthem), 29, hypothermia (Body found on January 4)
[04 Jan 2016] Long John Hunter, 84, natural causes
[04 Jan 2016] Robert Stigwood (manager of The Bee Gees, Cream), 81, unknown
[04 Jan 2016] Achim Mentzel, 69, stroke
[03 Jan 2016] Jason Mackenroth (Rollins Band, Blue Man Group), 46, prostate cancer
[02 Jan 2016] Michel Delpech, 69, cancer
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area from February 10 to February 12, 2016.

Read more Minneapolis Music Guide.

GABE DOUGLAS
with MrDr and Grammar
at 7th Street Entry
Wednesday, 02/10/16, 8pm ($6/$8)
first-avenue.com

Gabe Douglas (singer of the 4onthefloor) has a show on February 10th. Billed as “Gabe Douglas and Friends”, the show will feature two other local acts:

MrDr: Described as an alternative country guitar duo of Stacy K and Dave Dave Mehling.

Grammar: An indie-folk band (not to be confused with London Grammar), they play “sweet melodies and rich harmonies with jarring knife-to-the-gut lyrical and instrumental moments..... At least, that's what they want you to believe.”

For fans of the 4onthefloor, check out their upcoming tour dates:

02/05 Bozeman, MT (Filling Station)
02/06 Pub Station Billings, MT
02/13 Pearl Street Brewery La Crosse, WI
02/19 Bernie's Esquire Club Dickinson, ND
02/20 Captain Freddys Mandan, ND
03/04 Icon Event Hall Sioux Falls, SD





COEUR DE PIRATE
with tiny deaths
at Cedar Cultural Center
Thursday, 02/11/16, 7pm ($18/$20)
thecedar.org

Cœur de pirate’s first two albums sold over a million copies, thanks to the viral video from Francis Vachon (using Cœur de pirate’s "Ensemble"). The video was shown on Good Morning America, Perez Hilton's website, The Globe and Mail, etc.

By 2013, she was approached to work on the Canadian drama series Trauma, and started working in other media.

I first came on Cœur de pirate’s work when I played Child of Light and couldn’t believe how great the soundtrack was!

Cœur de pirate (real name Béatrice Martin) will be in Minneapolis next Thursday as part of her tour for her third album Rose. The new album is said to be a little darker, but I feel it will have a little flavor of Swedish pop – especially in the hands of producer Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John, Franz Ferdinand, Lykke Li).

Opening up for the Cedar show will be local tiny deaths (Claire de Lune). We’ve previously seen Claire a few times, the last being at the Little Fevers show on 21 November 2015.

Cœur de pirate’s North American tour dates:

2/05 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Center
2/07 - Sunbury, ON - Fraser Auditorium
2/08 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight Social Club
2/11 – Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
2/10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
2/13 - Winnipeg, MB Franco-Manitoban
2/14 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
2/16 - Edmonton, AB - Myer Horowitz Theatre
2/17 - Calgary, AB - Knox United Church
2/19 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall
2/21 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
2/23 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
2/26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
2/27 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
2/29 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
3/18 - New York, NY - Highland Ballroom
3/23 - Montréal, QC - Metropolis
3/24 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre




THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS
with Spider John Koerner, Icicles
at the Turf Club
Friday, 02/12/16, 8pm ($12/$15/Sold Out)
turfclub.net

The first time we saw this Minneapolis-based brother duo The Cactus Blossoms (Page Burkum and Jack Torrey), we were surprised just how “country and western” their music was! It would seem with their latest album You're Dreaming (Red House Records), that the band has built up quite a local following - having sold out their double Turf Club album release shows.

Opening up the first night will be Spider John Koerner and closing out the night will be The Icicles (not to be confused with sugar-sweet indiepop The Icicles).

Tour dates:

02/12 The Turf Club @ St. Paul, MN
02/13 The Turf Club @ St. Paul, MN
02/14 Shank Hall @ Milwaukee, WI
02/16 Thunderbird Café @ Pittsburgh, PA
02/17 Johnny Brenda's @ Philadelphia, PA
02/18 Mercury Lounge @ New York, NY
02/19 Orpheum Theatre @ Boston, MA**
02/20 Starland Ballroom @ Sayreville, NJ**
02/21 Mohegan Sun @ Uncasville, CT**
02/23 Mercury Lounge @ New York, NY
02/24 Abilene Bar @ Rochester, NY
02/25 The Loving Touch @ Ferndale, MI
02/26 Mac's Bar @ Lansing, MI
02/27 The Hideout @ Chicago, IL
03/03 Riverside Theatre @ Milwaukee, WI**
03/04 Murat Egyptian Room @ Indianapolis, IN**
03/05 Arvest Bank Theatre @ Kansas City, MO** 
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RIP Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Various news sources are reporting that Maurice White, co-founding member Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at the age of 74.

According to tmz.com, he died in his sleep Thursday morning (4 February 2016), to a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was diagnosed in 1992 and stopped touring with the band in 1994... however he still retained control of the band.

For updated list, head over to Musicians who died in 2016.

February (7):

[04 Feb 2016] Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire), 74, Parkinson's Disease
[03 Feb 2016] Alba Solís, 88, unknown
[03 Feb 2016] DJ Big Kap, 45, heart attack
[02 Feb 2016] Steve Childers (Black Witchery), 49, car accident
[01 Feb 2016] Robert Hamlett (The Fairfield Four), 84, unknown
[01 Feb 2016] Jon Bunch (Sense Field), 45, unknown
[01 Feb 2016] Jim Reeves (Sqeezer), 47, murdered
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Like many of you, I love The X-Files when it first aired in 1993. I remember watching the pilot and talking about it with my classmates in Jr High School. I steadily watched the program until actor David Duchovny checked out in Season 7. They brought in Robert Patrick (the T-1000) as lead in Season 8, but at that point, we thought they were just flogging a dead horse.

As a fan, I bought all the DVDs when they first came out. You have to remember when DVDs were first introduced, a full season (24 or 25 episodes) would retail at $75 to $129. I think I paid about $100 for the first season, and that was considered a deal because your VHS alternative would end up costing you over $300 to collect them all.

With Season 10 currently airing, as a promotion, Fox smartly re-released all the X-Files seasons on Bluray for the first time... selling them as a discount of $24 (retail), but you can find many of the set for $15 or less. Even if you own all the DVDs, like myself, getting them all on Bluray has a lot of benefit.

The number one reason is the image definition and quality from Bluray to DVD is no contest. You can clearly see the difference, in my opinion. I have done a side-by-side comparison below. Although just at a glance they look about the same, it is because I’ve had to reduce the image size of the Bluray to match the DVD picture size. Trust me, on a full Bluray still, you can see the difference, particularly in the fine strain of hair and face pores!

The other thing to consider is that the packaging: the new Bluray sets are about 70% smaller than the original boxsets. That just mean you have more shelf space for your other DVDs or Blurays... The only issue I have with the X-Files Bluray is that some seasons are wider/bigger because it contains a 7th disc. Personally, if I was designing these packaging, I would have aimed to make all the seasons the same shape and size with similar artwork to keep them consistent. It is not the most elegant solution, but perhaps offering the 7th disc in a cardsleeve tucked inside.

Since I had time to examine the Bluray discs, the reason why they can only fit 4 episodes on one disc is that it actually contains duplicate video for the Japanese version (so there are really 8 episodes per disc). Even on some modern television on Bluray, I have seen five episodes (for Fringe) or six episodes (for Person of Interest) per disc. Sure, there are probably length and audio and video factors to consider, but I feel you can probably fit five episodes per disc for X-Files, if they sacrifice some non-US audio (like the Japanese language), etc.

Still, regardless of the inconsistent sizes, it’s worth getting all the X-Files on Bluray for the first time.

So... are you watching The X-Files: Season 10? I am! So far, only the first two episodes have aired, and, personally speaking as a fan, I don’t like it. I’ll explain: I feel the acting is subpar. This is especially coming off of freshly watching the first season and seeing the energetic/fun interactions between Agent Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. In Season 10, Fox sounds sluggish and tired, while Dana sounds old. I feel like Dana is struggling to even get a word out. Dana, you are not 80 years old, you can talk normal!

With only six episodes for Season 10 (couldn’t they get 10 episodes at least to correspond to the Roman Numeral X?), I guess each episode is a standalone story. So the pilot and episode 2 have nothing to do with each other. I wish they could at least reference to the previous episode.

Season 10, so far, has been a disappointment for me, but I still love it and looking forward to the latest episode! It’s hard to explain, but even at its worst, I love the universe and just really happy to have this series back on the air. 
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Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on February 6, 2016.

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LIZZO
featuring DJ Sophia Eris
at First Avenue
Saturday, 02/06/16, 8pm ($20)
first-avenue.com

We’re very proud of local Lizzo making it “big” outside of Minneapolis. The grrrl recently premiered her single/music video for "Humanize" Video on the Guardian. Her album Big GRRRL Small World is out now on BGSW.

DJ Sophia Eris is listed to open. If the name sounds familiar, she’s with Grrrl Prty. Although only Eris is listed, in typical homecoming shows like this, expect an all-star guest appearance by other Grrrl, including DJ Shannon Blowtorch, etc.

Tour dates:

Feb 06 - First Avenue - Minneapolis
Feb 13 - MojaMoja Brunch - Los Angeles, CA
Feb 17 - Daytrotter Downs - Davenport, IA
Feb 18 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL ^
Feb 19 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI ^
Feb 20 - Turner Hall Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI ^
May 20 - 22 - Hangout Music - Gulf Shores, AL
May 27- 29 - Boston Calling Music - Boston, MA
Jun 09 - 12 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN

^ w/ Cavanaugh

WET
with Kelsey Lu
at 7th Street Entry
Saturday, 02/06/16, 8pm ($13/$15/Sold Out)
first-avenue.com

I’ve previously confessed to not liking the name Wet (not to be confused with hard rockers W.E.T.), but obviously that didn’t matter because the band has practically sold out their entire US tour.

The trio was previously in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry in 2014, after supporting Sohn, but the 2016 tour is officially their first headlining tour.

Look for their debut album Don’t You in stores today (January 29th) via Columbia Records.

Wet's new single "All The Ways" premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 'World First' with Zane Lowe and can be streamed now on Apple Music, Spotify and Vevo.

Cellist, now singer/songwriter, Kelsey Lu to open the show.

Tour dates:

1/29 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
1/30 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
2/01 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
2/02 - Le Ritz PDB - Montreal, QC
2/03 - The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON
2/05 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
2/06 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
2/09 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
2/10 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
2/12 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
2/14 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
2/15 - The Lyric - Los Angeles, CA
2/16 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
5/16-5/19 - Firefly Music Festival - Dover, DE



CASPIAN
with O'Brother
at Triple Rock Social Club
Saturday, 02/06/16, 8pm ($15)
triplerocksocialclub.com

The last time we saw Caspian, it was in 2012 at the Varsity Theater. The band has returned, this time playing at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis next Saturday, February 6th, touring in support of their latest Dust and Disquiet (Triple Crown Record).

The New York Times wrote that the new album “...builds patient, immersive, epic builds that would fit perfectly on a Christopher Nolan soundtrack; the band's eventual furious, vengeful climaxes are more exhilarating than any Inception button.”

Atlanta’s O’Brother, who we previously caught in 2014 and 2013, will open the show. Their currently-untitled forthcoming album is coming out this year, but they’ve previewed “Bloodlines” on their website.

Although Defeater is listed on this current 2016 tour, the band will join them starting February 8th. Fear not, the band was previously in town on September 2015.

Tour dates:

2/03/16 – Cleveland, Oh @ Grog Shop*
2/05/16 – Dekalb, Il @ The House Café*
2/06/16 – Minneapolis, Mn – @ Triple Rock*
2/08/16 – Grand Rapids, Mi @ Pyramid Scheme
2/09/16 – Pittsburgh, Pa @ Cattivo*
2/10/16 – Rochester, Ny @ Montage Music Hall
2/11/16 – Burlington, Vt @ Higher Ground
2/12/16 – Portland, Me @ Port City Music Hall
2/13/16 – Pawtucket, Ri @ The Met

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Umami / Bayonne / Beasthead show at the 7th Street Entry

Bayonne is a musician from Austin, TX. No, scratch that, he is more than just a musician, he's a true entertainer. Bayonne completely blew me away last night. He had more than enough energy to keep me captivated by not only his live music, but also his stage presence. None of the bands that played last night were boring in any way but Bayonne had more energy and charisma on stage than the other two bands put together.

His set up was simple, or at least it looked kind of simple. It was just a table with a bunch of cords, pedals and some sample pads on it. He had a snare, tom and a cymbal lined up next to it but that was it. There were no guitars, there wasn't a huge drum kit, it was literally just a dude with some cords and some drums. I didn't think he would be exciting to watch. I was bracing myself for impact when he took the stage. I know all of the press about Bayonne says he is "not a DJ" but still, with the setup he had going, I could not help but assume that it was going to be just like one of the annoying "wub wub" techno DJ's that put me to sleep. Good God I was wrong. It was impossible to look away from the stage as he would wander around and figure out what he was going to do next.

It almost seemed like he didn't have set music to play. He seemed to attack the various pedals and sample pads that were strewn across the table. It was as if you could see him thinking about what to do next. You could see him shaking his head or clenching his jaw as he pressed the next button. He hit every button with a purpose. Even though it seemed like he was just kind of making it up as he went, everything he did was done with conviction.

His music was a mix of almost "wub-wub" music (aka techno) but it had a heavy indie rock influence in it. It was upbeat but his lyrics seemed dark and had an intense echo on them that Bayonne then played around with using the pedals and what not. The music he played wasn't my scene but the entertainment that is Bayonne in a live setting was more than enough to make me fall in love. Plus, any musician that sells hot sauce automatically wins me over!

Umami was the last band of the night. They were great but Bayonne was such a hard act to follow. Honestly, I was still in awe of Bayonne's set and it seemed like Umami just could not keep my attention. That being said, if you like strange, almost electronic at times but also rock at other times, music, then you definitely need to check these guys out. I saw them open up for Yeasayer about three years ago and they blew me away. I wish they wouldn't have closed out the show last night so I was able to give them the attention that they deserve. That being said, they definitely weren't bad last night and I will definitely be keeping an eye on their calendar so I can see them again.

The show was opened by Beasthead. These guys were strange but in the best way possibly. (Actually, looking back on it, all of the music last night was strange.) The best part about these guys is it seems like they know that they are kind of boring on stage so they had some visuals going on around them.

There was your classic white bed sheet along one of the walls in the venue. There was a computer set up with what looked like a soundboard and a camera next to it. What happened next is super hard to explain. There were video clips being played but they were super distorted. I caught clips of The Wizard of Oz and Donnie Darko but the rest was pretty unrecognizable. There were also times where the crowd and musicians were being projected onto the sheet. But again, everything was super distorted and colorful.

When you take this and add the indie-rock electronic sound that is Beasthead, you are given a truly great experience. Like the other bands, the music really isn't my scene but the fact that they took the time to figure out something to entertain everyone while they play is something that I truly appreciate. That's not to say that they wouldn't have been fine with just the music and them on stage. They were talented and clean and unique, but the fact that they had the visual made them a stand out local act for me.

Bayonne is currently on the road to getting people excited about his upcoming debut album Primitives is coming out on March 25th, 2016, via Mom+Pop Music. Catch Bayonne at the Sasquatch Music Festival this May 27-30.

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We have just learned that Black (real name Colin Vearncombe) has recently died at the age of 53 on January 26th (today). He was previously placed in a medically-induced coma at the intensive care unit of Cork University Hospital after being involved in a car accident on January 12th in Ireland.

Although Black's music never made its way to America, his debut 1987 album Wonderful Life landed at #3 in the UK charts with over 1.5 million units sold. AllMusic described Black as "smoky-voiced singer/songwriter, whose sophisticated jazz-pop songs and dramatic vocal delivery place him somewhere between Bryan Ferry and Morrissey."

Black's official website made the announcement:

We’re deeply saddened to announce the death of Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) earlier today, Tuesday 26th January 2016. Colin never regained consciousness following a road traffic accident sixteen days ago. He died peacefully surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way.

His wife Camilla and his three sons paid tribute to the staff at the Intensive Treatment Unit of Cork University Hospital saying; “Colin received the best possible care from the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for everything they did”.

The funeral will be a private one, but we will be holding a memorial service for him in Liverpool in the near future as we know there are many, many people who will want to celebrate Colin’s life and work. The date and time will be announced in due course, along with details of a charity to which any donations in memory of Colin can be made.

No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life

Also worth noting is Jimmy Bain (from the band Rainbow) died of pneumonia at the age of 68 on January 24th.

Not a musician, but actor Abe Vigoda (who starred in "The Godfather") also recently passed away today, at the age of 94.

2016 has been a terrible years for deaths, so far we've lost these musicians. For updated list, head over to Musicians who died in 2016
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