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

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Late-night TV, Minnesota musicians 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.

McCartney, Metallica to top Lollapalooza 2015 lineup in Chicago

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Concert news Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:19 AM
Paul McCartney is swinging through the Midwest again this summer to play Lollapalooza following his Target Field show last summer. / Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Paul McCartney is swinging through the Midwest again this summer to play Lollapalooza following his Target Field show last summer. / Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Summer’s nearest mega-fest for Minnesota music lovers, Lollapalooza announced its 2015 lineup this morning with a pair of timeless giants, Paul McCartney and Metallica, and such recent breakouts Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, the Weeknd and Alt-J. The festival is once again scheduled in Chicago’s Grant Park the first weekend of August, this year landing July 31-Aug. 2.

Of special note for Twin Cities fans are some of the acts who have yet to announce local dates on their current tour itineraries, since some of the Lolla performers often spill over and book a Minnesota concert in the days before or after their big Chicago gig. Some of the likely contenders in that case include Florence, TV on the Radio, the Weeknd, Gary Clark Jr., Tallest Man on Earth (playing Eaux Claires in June) and Flying Lotus. Metallica appears to be playing it as a one-off/fly-in sort of gig and doesn't have any other U.S. dates booked, but you never know.

Only one Minnesota act made the lineup this year, the one that was just on "Conan" last night: Hippo Campus (playing that Saturday). Several of the new buzz acts were a big part of the fray we covered at last week’s South by Southwest Music Conference, for better (James Bay, BadBadNotGood) or worse (Stromae). The lineup announcement follows yesterday's reveal of the Outside Lands fest in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys.

Three-day general-admission passes for this year’s fest sold out even before the lineup was announced. Single-day tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. through the festival’s site, where VIP passes are also available. Here's the day-by-day schedule:



Friday, July 31
Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, BROODS, MisterWives, What So Not, SZA, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, DESTRUCTO, BØRNS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thorton & The Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips

Saturday, August 1
Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro Y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, CAKED UP, Hermitude, Wet, HOLYCHILD, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mt. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, SNBRN, Elle King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, COIN, Danny Weinkauf, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Sunday, August 2
Florence + The Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters And Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina And The Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, ODESZA, LOGIC, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand Of Oaks, MOON TAXI, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, The Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, VERITE, JackLNDN, ZEBRA KATZ, The Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In The Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars

Walker Art Center to host 'Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan

Posted by: Colin Covert under Movies, People Updated: March 24, 2015 - 4:06 PM
Director Christopher Nolan on set for "Interstellar," 2014. Photo courtesy Photofest © Paramount Pictures.

Director Christopher Nolan on set for "Interstellar," 2014. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Over the last quarter century, Walker Art Center’s program of Dialogues & Film Retrospectives has presented outstanding filmmakers from a broad variety of backgrounds. The series has hosted Hollywood celebrities (Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Harry Belafonte, Jodie Foster and Robert Altman) and international notables (Taiwan’s Ang Lee, Germany’s Werner Herzog, France’s Marcel Olphus, Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hungary’s Bela Tarr, and Heddy Honigmann, the Peruvian-born Dutch director of Polish heritage). The 57 public conversations have included some prominent oddballs (John Waters and Guy Madden), and even Minnesota-bred talents (Jessica Lange, Terri Gilliam, Joel and Ethan Coen).

But never in its 25 years has it presented a billion-dollar box office genie like Christopher Nolan. The 44-year-old London-born filmmaker is a 21st century pop wizard whose closest British rival might be Mick Jagger. He’ll be the guest at a dialogue with Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas May 5, and the focus of a Walker full-career retrospective running May 7-24.

As director and screenwriter Nolan has created some of the last two decades’ most critically praised and commercially successful films, adding unusual levels of humanity, pathos and metaphysical inquiry to outstandingly popular mysteries. His 2000 feature “Memento” was followed by “Insomnia,” “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and 2014’s much discussed and debated sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” Each will screen, along with Nolan’s 1998 debut “Following,” a stylish 69-minute black and white film noir.

Fitting Nolan’s traditionalist filmmaking preferences, each film will be shown in 35mm. Screenings of “Following” and “The Prestige” are free. Triple admission to the films in The Dark Knight Trilogy is $15 for Walker members, seniors and students, $20 for the public. The other features are $7 for members and $9 for the general public.

Tickets for Nolan’s appearance and dialogue (which he does outstandingly well) will go on sale for $25 for Walker Film Club members April 7, Walker general members April 14, and $30 for the public beginning April 21, though the Walker advises that it could draw an early sellout. Tickets are available to Walker Film Club member by calling 612-375-7641, to Walker members and the general public at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612-375-7600.

Watch St. Paul native get shot out of a cannon on David Letterman show

Posted by: Neal Justin under Television Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 PM

St. Paul native Gemma "The Jet" Kirby flew into the national spotlight Monday night with an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman."

The 25-year-old, who has been projected out of a cannonball over 500 times, was the lead-off guest, making an impressive flight on the street outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan.

Kirby, who performs with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus, got her start at the age of 16 wtih St. Paul's Circus Juventas.

Check out the video here:

You can download Judith Hill's Prince-produced album for free

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Minnesota musicians, Television Updated: March 24, 2015 - 2:44 AM

After inviting select Twin Cities media to hear Judith Hill’s new “Back in Time” album Sunday night at Paisley Park (read report here), Prince is touting a free download of the disc via a Live Nation website. Hill, of course, was a finalist on NBC's "The Voice" in 2013 and was featured in the Oscar- and Grammy-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom."

Click here to access the download page. It's only available until March 25, according to a note from Prince that Live Nation sent out to past ticket buyers and subscribers to its email list.


Here’s what Prince had to say:

Sorry 2 bother U

Just wanted 2 send U this

baby picture of Judith Hill with Her 1st piano

Loox like her parents, who r also musicians had a plan.

well, that plan succeeded.

This is Judith Hill's debut album Back in Time.

Please spend some time with this music and then share it


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