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See young Minnesota rockers Hippo Campus' performance on 'Conan'

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:01 AM
Hippo Campus tweeted this photo goofing around on the set of "Conan" on Tuesday. / Photo by Geoff Harrison, Thirty Tigers

Hippo Campus tweeted this photo goofing around on the set of "Conan" on Tuesday. / Photo by Geoff Harrison, Thirty Tigers

They came. They saw. They smiled. A lot. And so did most of us back home who knew just how quickly but how readily Hippo Campus made it to national TV last night. The Twin Cities-bred quartet performed its EP track “Suicide Saturday” on “Conan” Tuesday on only a couple days’ notice after impressing the show’s music booker during last week’s South by Southwest Music Conference.

“What a ride it’s been for this band, who just a few days ago were making the rounds at the South by Southwest music festival,” Conan O’Brien said in his introduction. The host did not mention that the members are only 19-20 years old and were about to start their very first tour Wednesday. The show’s TeamCoco team joked on their site before the appearance, “We like Hippo Campus so much, we’re starting a tribute band, Rhino University. We’re terrible, so you should probably just stick to Hippo Campus.”

Here’s the clip of their performance below, along with some of the clearly enthusiastic social-media postings they sent out from the show. The kids will be back in town April 3 to play the Varsity Theater on their tour with the Mowgli’s. They were also just announced as part of Lollapalooza's lineup on Aug. 1, after playing Lolla promoter C3's SXSW party last week.

Twin Cities kids Hippo Campus making TV debut Tuesday on "Conan"

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 23, 2015 - 6:35 PM
Hippo Campus generated a sunny vibe outside at the Flood magazine party in Cedar Street Courtyard during last week's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. / Photo by Tony Nelson

Hippo Campus generated a sunny vibe outside at the Flood magazine party in Cedar Street Courtyard during last week's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. / Photo by Tony Nelson

Even before they could start their first national tour, young Twin Cities rockers Hippo Campus will make their national TV debut Tuesday night on “Conan.” The jangly guitar-pop band – whose members are all ages 19-20 -- earned the gig with only a couple days’ notice after the music booker for Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS show caught on to their buzz at the South by Southwest Music Conference over the weekend in Austin, Texas.

“We’re all freaking,” singer/guitarist Jake Luppen said Monday afternoon from a Chipotle restaurant in Yuma, Ariz. He and his bandmates were already headed to California from Texas to start their first tour in San Francisco on Wednesday with the Mowgli's when they heard the news. “Now we have hotel rooms in L.A. we can stay in,” Luppen quipped (“Conan” is filmed in Los Angeles and provides lodging to guests).

The band members did not immediately announce the news on Monday because they wanted to surprise their parents with a video announcement from the road. Such nice boys! They just posted the video via Instagram, re-posted below.

“Conan” music scout Jim Pitt reportedly caught one of Hippo Campus’ Austin gigs after first hearing their track “Suicide Saturday” on SXSW’s “New Music Meeting” panel, whose speakers included 89.3 the Current’s program director Jim McGuinn. The quartet will follow hugely popular comic Kevin Hart, who’s plugging his new movie with Will Ferrell, “Get Hard.”

As we reported in our frontpage story on the Minnesota youth movement at SXSW 2015, Hippo Campus  already enjoyed quite a successful debut at SXSW even before the "Conan" gig came around. The mostly Woodbury-bred crew played seven gigs total in Austin, including parties for the AV Club, Lollapalooza/ACL Fest promoter C3 and TV foodie Rachael Ray, in addition to a well-attended official showcase on the Maggie Mae’s rooftop patio.

“It seemed like each of our shows were more and more crowded with people,” Luppen happily reported. They hung out with a few celebrities in Austin, too, including Elijah Wood and Green Day’s Mike Dirnt. And they’re not even TV stars yet…

“Conan” airs at 10 p.m. here in Minnesota. Hippo Campus will swing back through town with the Mowgli's for an April 3 show at the Varsity Theater on their way to a summer of touring that also includes My Morning Jacket opening gigs and a Red Rocks Amphitheater date with Walk the Moon.

Prince to rock 'Saturday Night Live' on Nov. 1

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:31 PM


Prince/ NYT photo

Prince/ NYT photo


Prince is finally going to do something big to promote his two new albums – perform on “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 1.

The host is Chris Rock, who is known to do a fierce Prince impersonation.

SNL announced the news on its Twitter feed but didn’t make it clear if Prince would be appearing with 3rdEyeGirl or solo – or both. Remember, on Sept. 30, he issued an album with 3rdEyeGirl, “PlectrumElectrum,” and a solo album, “Art Official Age.”

Prince has appeared on SNL twice before – in 1981 (he played “Party Up”) and in 2006 (he did “Fury” and “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed” with Tamar).

Watch Lizzo embrace her Letterman TV moment

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 8, 2014 - 9:40 AM
Lizzo going in for the thrill with David Letterman.

Lizzo going in for the thrill with David Letterman.

To paraphrase Eminem's "Lose Yourself," it looked as if Lizzo lost herself in the moment and was never, ever going to let David Letterman go when she gave him a big bear hug at the end of her network TV debut Tuesday night.

The Minneapolis rapper performed her extra-grindy single "Bus Passes and Happy Meals" for CBS's "The Late Show" and made some sly moves throughout her appearance, including a vogued-out pose near the start and some synchronized dancing with co-vocalist Sophia Eris. Her most audacious move, however, came when Dave reached out to shake her hand -- and she reached in for the full-on embrace, which Letterman seemed to get a kick out of.

Letterman also showed his amusement when he introduced her, saying, "Her album is titled -- what else? -- 'Lizzobangers.' "

Backed by Doomtree producer/beatmaker Lazerbeak and Har Mar Superstar drummer Ryan McMahon, the real-life Melissa Jefferson donned a black T-shirt for the show that read, "I Feel You André," a nod to the different message-adorned shirts André 3000 has been wearing at OutKast reunion shows.


Lizzo posted photos from the set, including this one to the left from her Facebook page that shows her holding her intro card. After the show, Lazerbeak offered this account of what went down behind the scenes at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday:

"A good reminder to anyone going on late night TV: Make friends with the sound fx guy. He mimicked a Letterman monologue for us during some down time and let us hit all the different buttons (gong, explosions, etc). Also learned the combination of sounds it takes to create the punch line of the "Dave throwing a pencil at the camera" bit. Everyone at the show was a total pro and super welcoming to our whole crew. Surreal day."

Lizzo to bang one out on Letterman's show Tuesday

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: October 6, 2014 - 1:33 PM

A year after releasing her debut album “Lizzobangers” via local indie label Totally Gross National Product, Lizzo will be making a totally awesome national TV debut Tuesday night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” her handlers just announced today.

The Minneapolis-based rapper will perform on CBS after an appearance by actor Robert Downey, Jr. (airing at 10:35 p.m. Central Time). She will share the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater with her chief "Lizzobangers" collaborator, Doomtree producer/beatmaker Lazerbeak, along with her main rhyming partner Sophia Eris and Har Mar Superstar's drummer Ryan McMahon.

It’s been all of a week and a half since Lizzo played two sold-out shows at First Avenue with her pal Caroline Smith to cap off a bustling year, and there’s already a slew of new developments for her to tout besides the “Late Show” gig.

She and her Chalice bandmates appear on “Boy Trouble,” a track on one of Prince’s new albums, which was kept hush-hush until its release day. She and Smith recorded a track with Canadian electronic singer/producer Grimes this past weekend, which we know about because they sent out photos of their session via Instagram. Lizzo also debuted a new YouTube video series, “Big Grrrl Small World,” featuring footage of her messing with passersby at the Minnesota State Fair.

Following the Letterman appearance, Lizzo bounces to Los Angeles to play next weekend’s Super Sonico festival. Then she’ll open a string of tour dates for Chvrches in England, where “Lizzobangers” was re-released last summer via Virgin Records.

Lizzo is the third Minnesota music act to perform on Letterman's show this year, following Trampled by Turtles' back-scratcher appearance in July and Jeremy Messersmith's turn in August.


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