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After many performances in Minneapolis (where he once lived for a bit), Rufus Wainwright said his gig Saturday at the Fitzgerald Theater was his first show ever in St. Paul. “I’ve always liked Minneapolis,” he said, sitting at the grand piano. “I really like St. Paul for some reason. There is something about St. Paul. There’s a kind of nothingness about it. They don’t try to hide. They don’t have to.” Before he put his foot in his mouth, he also praised Hymie’s Haberdashery, the downtown St. Paul shop where he bought the new shoes he was wearing.
Napster and U
Remember Napster? That file-sharing service that caused a stir with musicians (see Metallica), record labels and others? Best Buy bought it, and Napster eventually merged with Rhapsody, but the debate continues. Veteran rocker David Lowery, frontman for Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker and a regular lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music-biz program, will debate Napster — was it the best or worst thing to happen to the music business? — with University of Minnesota economics professor Joel Waldfogel Friday at the U. The U will share a recording of the debate — via YouTube — in a couple of weeks.