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Pop goes Cities 97's 'Sampler, Vol. 26,' with Ed Sheeran, Bleachers

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:01 PM
Ed Sheeran performed at Target Center in September and contributed a live track to Cities 97's latest "Sampler." / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Ed Sheeran performed at Target Center in September and contributed a live track to Cities 97's latest "Sampler." / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

After shifting toward youthful Top 40 pop on the airwaves over the past couple years, Cities 97 will also lean that way on its annual “Sampler” CD.

The track list for the Clear Channel station’s “Sampler, Vol. 26” – on sale Nov. 20 – was revealed today and will include such slick pop-rockers as the 1975, Bleachers, Neon Trees, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran and R&B-tinged singer Aloe Blacc alongside just a few of the folk-rocky singer/songwriter types that used to define the station, including Eric Hutchinson, ZZ Ward and Ingrid Michaelson.

Not a single local artist is featured on the 19-track collection, featuring recorded live cuts from the station's Studio C or local concerts. However, “Vol. 26” is at least rife with a lot of relatively new names, also including Mary Lambert, Delta Rae, Birdy, Echosmith, Scars on 45 and Jillette Johnson.


As usual, this year’s “Sampler” will only be available in a limited quantity (35,000 copies) and only sold in area Target stores starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 20. This year’s price is $25.97, which will amount to around $910,000 for designated local charities when the CDs sell out. That will put the 26-year fundraising total up over $11 million.

Cities 97 (97.1 FM) will host another “Sampler” release party at Myth in Maplewood on Nov. 18 with performances by Scars on 45, Family of the Year, Oh Honey and Echosmith. Tickets will be given out on air.

Here’s the full “Vol. 26” track list below. Check out Cities97.com to sample the recordings.

  • 1. The 1975 - Chocolate
  • 2. Delta Rae - Bottom of the River
  • 3. Ben Rector - Beautiful
  • 4. Sleeper Agent - Waves
  • 5. American Authors - Believer
  • 6. Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys
  • 7. Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
  • 8. Neon Trees - Sleeping With A Friend
  • 9. Jillette Johnson - Torpedo
  • 10. Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone
  • 11. Scars on 45 - Crazy For You
  • 12. Echosmith - Cool Kids
  • 13. Eric Hutchinson - Tell the World
  • 14. Ed Sheeran - Sing
  • 15. ZZ Ward - Last Love Song
  • 16. Brett Dennen - Out of My Head
  • 17. Birdy - Skinny Love
  • 18. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
  • 19. Mary Lambert - Secrets

One Direction to tackle TCF Bank Stadium next summer

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 23, 2014 - 11:09 AM
One Direction also gave a year's notice before finally landing at Target Center in July 2013. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

One Direction also gave a year's notice before finally landing at Target Center in July 2013. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune


**Updated with full ticket info below.

Now old enough to be taking college courses instead of earning £6 million a year – who could blame them for choosing otherwise? – the members of One Direction will hit the University of Minnesota campus next summer.

The British boy wonders are booked to perform at TCF Bank Stadium on July 26, the fourth show on their newly announced 2015 North American tour itinerary. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $39.50-$99.50 ($54-$120 after fees). Pre-sale offers for the tour are set to start Friday and are listed on the Ticketmaster page for the concert.

The quintet's prior Twin Cities performance at Target Center in July 2013 sold out in minutes, and scalpers had a full year to clean up in re-sale purchaes since the show was announced a summer earlier.

One Direction’s latest album, “Four,” is due out Nov. 17. The band will debut the video for the first single, “Steal My Girl,” on Friday via Vevo.com at 10 a.m. Central Time.

This will be the second biggest concert in TCF Bank history after U2’s 360 Tour stop in 2011. The most memorable things from 1D's 2013 show were all the complaints about ticket scalpers making a killing on tickets (sure to be the case again), the loud screaming in the crowd (which some attendees still have ringing in their ears), and the persistent rumors that lead-hunk Harry Styles was drunk on stage. If true, Lil' Harry should have a good time hanging around Dinkytown.

Morris Day inaugurates Hard Rock Cafe at Mall of America

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:30 AM

The Hard Rock Cafe, that institution known for music memorabilia and souvenir T-shirts, had its grand opening at Mall of America Wednesday night starring a Minnesota institution, Morris Day & the Time.

Looking dapper as always in a bright yellow suit, Day did his part, including the ceremonial smashing of a guitar and an entertaining 80-minute set filled with such hits as “Cool,” “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”


However, this Hard Rock ain’t built for live music. With so many hard surfaces in the sprawling two-story building in the midst of Nickelodeon Universe theme park, the sound recalled that of a rock concert in a high-school gym. And that’s not a good thing.

Luckily, the Hard Rock served up tasty food (granted they were appetizer portions) and alluring memorabilia.

Minnesota is well represented with an autographed Replacements guitar, a polka-dot Jesse Johnson guitar (he's no longer in the Time) and three articles of Prince clothing – a gauzy black shirt/blouse, a sparkly purple trench coat and an orange suit with “Minneapolis” sewn on the left sleeve (he wore it on the “Sign o’ the Times” Tour).

All kinds of musical eras are represented. There are a 1964 contract for bluesman Jimmy Reed, a Carl Perkins guitar, a James Brown jacket and a backstage photo of Elvis Presley in his underwear (briefs, for inquiring minds). There’s memorabilia from Jimmy Page, the Clash, the Knack, Bush and Soundgarden, and tour jackets from the Rolling Stones, Wings, Ozzy Osbourne, the Eagles and Bruce Springsteen.

Displayed in cases are outfits worn by Madonna, Linda Ronstadt, Paula Abdul, Alanis Morissette and Rihanna (her skimpy getup isn’t as impressive on a headless manikin.)

And you wanted the best, then you get an autographed Gene Simmons Kramer axe bass, number 142 out of 1,000. How rare is that?

The highlight, though, is something very contemporary. The sinks in the rest room have a touch-

free faucet that has two touch-free dryer blowers connected to it.



Replacements' 'Don't Tell a Soul' the focus of First Ave's Nov. 28 tribute show

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 22, 2014 - 12:13 PM
What a mess: The final big singalong during the 2010 Replacements tribute at First Avenue. / Leslie Plesser, Star Tribune

What a mess: The final big singalong during the 2010 Replacements tribute at First Avenue. / Leslie Plesser, Star Tribune

Usually the best hometown Replacements show of the year  — although it will really have to be exceptional to keep that streak going this year — First Avenue’s tribute to the ’Mats will return again the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.


The centerpiece for the 7th annual covers marathon (announced today by the club) will be a 25th anniversary live rendering of the band’s most polished album, “Don’t Tell a Soul.” The Melismatics will again serve as the house band for that portion of the gig, with the song-by-song singers to be announced later.

Produced by Matt Wallace at the height of the band’s tenure on Sire Records, “Don’t Tell a Soul” favorites such as “I’ll Be You,” “They’re Blind” and “Achin’ to Be” have been staples at past tributes. However, the album’s heavy/challenging production value and perceived uncoolness has kept bands away from many of its other songs such as “We’ll Inherit the Earth” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghost”– although we do remember a killer version of “Darling One” by the Honeydogs at the 2010 installment. The ‘Mats themselves unleashed a wild version of “I Won’t” near the end of last month’s Midway Stadium concert.

As always, the whole-album montage will be preceded by mish-mash tribute sets from a wide variety of acts in both the main room and the Entry. On tap this year are Two Harbors, BNLX, Black Diet, Frankie Teardrop, the Blackberry Brandy Boys and Stereo Confession, the latter of whom weren’t even born when “Don’t Tell a Soul” came out (they also played a killer set last year).

Replacements biographer Jim Walsh will also host another Mad Ripple Hoot for Slim, featuring all-star renderings of songs by sidelined ex-‘Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Slim Dunlap Fund and First Ave’s Twin Cities Music Community Trust, which is being transformed into an official nonprofit organization. Tickets are on sale now ($10).

All sides of Southside Desire on display with new album

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:42 AM

A scrappy but fun live band that can cater to the punky Memory Lanes Block Party crowd as capably as the buttoned-up jazz-pop fans who saw them open for Lake Street Dive at First Avenue in August, co-ed soul-rock sextet Southside Desire lives up to its onstage reputation on record for the first time with its self-titled sophomore full-length album, which it’s promoting tonight at 7th Street Entry.

This one’s a charmer from the get-go, as the opening track “Four Broken Souls” (posted below) comes on weary yet headstrong like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” set to a ‘70s disco beat. The poppier, doo-wop-flavored “Double Dutch” and more dramatic, soul tune “Recognize” follow, as strong as any trifecta of tunes I’ve heard kick off any other local album this year. Other highlights include the anthemic “Make or Break” and the grimier groover “The Ledge,” for which the band made a quirky little video.

Throughout, lead singer and principle songwriter Marvel Devitt shows a broad range as a girl-group-style harmony leader and a stand-out soul belter but also plays it cool, never sounding like she’s overreaching or showing off. Her husband, bassist Trevor Engelbrektson, is more of a showboat along with drummer Damien Tank – in a good way, as they throwing in some fun time-changes and keep the rhythms sounding anything but mechanical. You can stream the whole album here.

“Southside Desire” arrives via the band’s in-house label, Piñata Records, which has also issued albums by Black Diet and Narco States. Tonight’s Entry show will feature Red Daughters and Southside D’s fellow Palmer’s regulars Mary Allen & the Percolators (9 p.m., $5-$7).


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