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Trampled by Turtles show off Pachyderm and "Wild Animals"

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: April 10, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Just two days after announcing their own festival at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Trampled by Turtles have also let roll the details of their upcoming album. It’s titled “Wild Animals” and will be issued July 15 via the Thirty Tigers indie imprint (also the band’s management company).

The title track for the album can be heard in a promotional video for the album, posted below. Another track, “Are You Behind the Shining Star,” debuted on 89.3 the Current today. Fans might recognize that one from Trampled singer Dave Simonett’s recent solo EP, “Razor Pony.” Other track titles for the album include "Hollow," "Silver Light," "Winners" and "Lucy," the latter of which shares its name with Simonett's first child.

As we first reported back in February, “Wild Animals” was produced by Low frontman Alan Sparhawk and recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls – sort of a trifecta of Minnesota music giants. It was Trampled’s first time working formally with Sparhawk in the studio despite years of friendship. It was also the first high-profile album that we know of to be made at Pachyderm since its revival. The famed studio where Nirvana made “In Utero” was finally taken over by Seedy Underbelly studio owner John Kuker in 2011 after declining over a decade into dire disrepair. The album teaser – filmed by local music-video guru Dan Huiting of TPT’s “MN Original” -- shows off the studio’s scenic setting.

Musicians wanted: MN Music Summit runs through weekend in St. Paul

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: April 10, 2014 - 11:27 AM
A hot presence at South by Southwest last month, Lizzo performs with GRRRL PRTY on Friday for the Minnesota Music Summit in St. Paul -- a SXSW-style event designed to build up the state's music community. / Photo by Tony Nelson

A hot presence at South by Southwest last month, Lizzo performs with GRRRL PRTY on Friday for the Minnesota Music Summit in St. Paul -- a SXSW-style event designed to build up the state's music community. / Photo by Tony Nelson

A nonprofit organization all about promoting and assisting independent musicians around the state, the Minnesota Music Coalition is putting on its biggest Twin Cities event of the year this weekend, the Minnesota Music Summit. The 2½-day event offers workshops and mentoring opportunities for musicians from fellow players and industry professionals – all for free -- as well as nightly performances for everyone. It kicks off with a mingle-style social hour tonight at the Summit Brewery (the MMC’s major backer, along with the State Arts Board) and continues Friday and Saturday all around downtown St. Paul. Here’s the full schedule:



6-8 pm - Social Hour - Summit Brewery (910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul)


11 am-12 pm - Keynote Address: Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum (480 Cedar St), Casey Rae of the DC-based Future of Music Coalition with introduction by Jim McGuinn of 89.3 the Current. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Reserve seats here!
1-2 pm - Workshop: "How to Protect Your Work in the Era of Free Downloads" - McNally Smith College of Music (19 Exchange Street, Room 226).
2-3 pm - Speed Mentoring Sessions - McNally Smith College of Music (Atrium).
3-4 pm - Workshop: "Creative Collaborations" - McNally Smith College of Music (Room 226), with Adam Levy of the Honeydogs, Lydia Hoglund of Bomba de Luz and members of GRRRL PRTY.
6 pm - Happy Hour - Amsterdam Bar & Hall (6 W. 6th Street) with panelists and fellow musicians.
7:30-10 pm - All-ages concert, Amsterdam Bar & Hall with GRRRL PRTY, Van Stee & Red Wing band BeadBox. Suggested donation for concert: $10.


1-2 pm - Workshop: "Legal Issues & Music Licensing in Film" - McNally Smith College of Music (Room 70), based off a SXSW panel by entertainment lawyers Ken Abdo and Dan Satorius.
2-3 pm - Speed Mentoring Sessions - McNally Smith College of Music (Atrium).
3-4 pm - Workshop: "Composing for Film - McNally Smith College of Music (Room 70).
6:30-7:30 pm - Screening of MN Made Music Videos - Amsterdam Bar & Hall.
7:30-10:00 pm - All-ages concert, Amsterdam Bar & Hall (6 W. 6th Street), with the Honeydogs, Southwire and emerging St. Paul artist Ana Tuiran. ($10 donation).

More details on the event and the MMC itself can be seen here.

Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman as 'Late Show' host

Posted by: Neal Justin under Behind the scenes, Television Updated: April 10, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Well, that was fast.

CBS announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert will take over when David Letterman retires sometime in 2015.

CBS president Leslie Moonves called Colbert "one of the most inventive and respected forces on television."

"I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said in a statement. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

A few instant thoughts:

The quickness of this announcement has got to mean that CBS had Colbert in mind all along if and when Letterman decided to depart.

Colbert is a true talent, but we really haven't seen the real Colbert. It's a given that he'll drop the ultra-conservative, egotistical character he's been playing on Comedy Central.

Colbert is a good choice, but not a terribly bold one. It saddens me that the biggest network late-night battle will be between three white guys who are roughly the same age. My guess is that CBS will "retire" Craig Ferguson and bring in Chelsea Handler.

The next big question: Who will follow Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show"?

Eric Church to return to Target Center on Sept. 16

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Concert news Updated: April 9, 2014 - 4:41 PM

Eric Church/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Eric Church/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Rowdy country-rocker Eric Church will return to Target Center on Sept. 16. He’s touring to promote his recent No. 1 album, “The Outsiders.” 

Veteran country maverick Dwight Yoakam and the Brothers Osborne, a new duo, will open.

This will be the third show of Church’s Outsiders World Tour. He packed Target Center in May 2012 on the strength of such hits as "Drink in My Hand" and "Springsteen."

No word on ticket details besides the fact that there will be early sales through his fan club, the Church Choir. For info, go to http://smarturl.it/churchchoir

Jonny Lang steals the show at Experience Hendrix at the State Theatre

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: April 9, 2014 - 3:53 AM


Jimi Hendrix/ Associated Press


The Experience Hendrix Tour, which has been going on intermittently since 2004, collects guitar stars and singers performing the songs Jimi Hendrix made famous.

The lineup can be a bit fluid as fans found out Tuesday when they arrived at the State Theatre for the last night of this year’s 25-city tour. Taj Mahal and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith were out because of “last-minute personal conflicts” (according to a sign posted at the box office), and Eric Gales was enlisted instead.

No complaints about Gales, a left-handed guitarist (like Jimi) who has a strong spirit and sense of showmanship, befitting the Hendrix tradition.

But too many of other featured stars in the back-loaded, 2 ½-hour, two-set program failed to truly capture the essence of Hendrix. Call this a Band of Pros.

To be sure, there were a lot of terrifically talented guitar players, including Dweezil Zappa, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, but not enough of them exuded the multi-dimensional joys of Jimi.

Jonny Lang, the Minneapolis-launched live-wire sporting a longer hairdo, came the closest because his singing was as passionate as his guitar playing. In fact, he threw his entire body into his performance, with the emotionalism of his guitar organically continuing the feelings of the lyrics he’d just sung.

On “Fire,” his rip-roaring guitar lines just kept rising higher and higher like flames that couldn’t be extinguished.

Probably the highlight of the night was Lang teaming up with Doyle Bramhall II and Rich Robinson, of the Black Crowes, on “Spanish Castle Magic,” which turned into a ferocious guitar battle between Lang and Bramhall.

The fretboard fireworks continued with the ensuing performance by Shepherd, a fast and flashy player. But he’s not a singer. Isn’t that one of Jimi’s legacies – handling guitar and vocals with equal authority?

Instead, Shepherd let Noah Hunt, the singer with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, sing Jimi’s words. Hunt looked like the frontman of a Bob Seger tribute band, toted the microphone stand around like a dork and occasionally played tambourine, looking like he was Will Ferrell in a variation of a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

Shepherd’s closing, crowd-pleasing set of “Gypsy Eyes,” Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)” and “Voodoo Chile”/”Voodoo Child” felt so bar band-like – except the sound system was awesome and Shepherd had a fancy orange metallic guitar (isn’t orange last year’s black?).

Props to drummer Chris Layton who was a steady presence throughout -- on all two-dozen songs. The rest of the backup players revolved throughout the night. Featured on numbers at the beginning and end was bassist Billy Cox, the only surviving member of Hendrix’s three groups.

Like Jimi’s sister, Janie Hendrix, who greeted the fans at the beginning of the concert, Cox came across as a dedicated promoter of Jimi’s legacy. As the crowd filed out at night's end Cox declared, “When you wear a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt, people look at you like you’re someone special.”

Photo of Jimi Hendrix from the Associated Press.



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