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McCartney, Metallica to top Lollapalooza 2015 lineup in Chicago

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider 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

Memory Lanes Block Party 2015 to roll with Trashmen, Tickle Torture

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 23, 2015 - 5:22 PM
The Trashmen circa 1964 / Soma Records publicity photo

The Trashmen circa 1964 / Soma Records publicity photo

Never mind yesterday’s snow, here’s proof summer is on its way: The Memory Lanes Block Party announced what might be the best lineup yet today for the 7th annual parking lot party outside the Seward neighborhood's bowling alley, happening again the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. We already told you that Minneapolis surf-rock legends the Trashmen would be there when we wrote about them in January, but we didn’t say they would be topping off the Sunday bill with their vintage guitar-guru pal Deke Dickerson. Saturday’s show will feature the gods of the golden thong, Tickle Torture, for headliners.


For the first time ever, attendees will have to pay the price for the quality of the music. A whopping $5 cover charge will be required both days. If I hear anybody complain about that, I will personally whack them upside the head with a bowling pin. More details on the party can be seen on the event Facebook page. Here’s the lineup.


Tickle Torture / Rupert Angeleyes / Suzie / Fort Wilson Riot / Southside Desire / Hardcore Crayons / Black Audience / Dead Larry / Phantom Tails / Private Oates


The Trashmen & Deke Dickerson / Cactus Blossoms / Davina & the Vagabonds / Pavielle / Crankshaft / L’Assassins / Nato Cole & Blue Diamond Band

No Rolling Stones tour announcement; maybe on March 31

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: March 19, 2015 - 4:58 PM


Associated Press photo

Associated Press photo


Rolling Stones fans can’t always get what they want. At least not yet.

The expected announcement Thursday of a Rolling Stones tour, which will likely include a Minneapolis show, has been delayed even though electronic billboards around the country hinted at something happening for that day. 

A Rolling Stones spokesperson told the Star Tribune: “We will, of course, let you know when there’s something to announce.”

A source close to the Stones suggested that the announcement will come on March 31.

There was no official word on why nothing happened today. In an interview with Nashville TV station WKRN, the city’s mayor, Karl Dean, said there was “an issue with the nationwide promoter’s ticketing.”  

Nashville’s LP Field and Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium are expected to be on the list of U.S. outdoor venues for the Stones’ summer tour.

Billboards around the country, including one on I-494 westbound near Eden Prairie, went up late last week featuring the Stones logo and such lyrics as “satisfaction” and “start me up” and "Thursday."

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are reportedly both in New York, according to a source close to the band -- something that is not common.

The band is encouraging fans to go to www.justakissaway.rocks for information.

Look for updates at www.startribune.com

Announcement of Rolling Stones tour apparently delayed

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: March 19, 2015 - 3:12 PM

This Friday's 'Wits' postponed

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: March 19, 2015 - 11:13 AM

This Friday's installment of the radio-variety "Wits" at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul has been postponed due to a death in the family of the scheduled featured guest, actor Cary Elwes. Elwes was to appear with musician Kat Edmonson. Tickets will automatically be transferred to a new date, to be announced. Ticketholders who prefer a refund can call 651-290-1200 or go to the Fitzgerald box office (10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul)  between noon - 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.


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