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The Best Music Venues in America
1. Norva in Norfolk, VA
2. First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
This downtown Minneapolis club opened in 1937 as a Greyhound depot, but the history of First Avenue as we know it begins with Prince. Throughout the Eighties, he and the Revolution were sort of the house band here – you can see it in all the famous concert scenes in Purple Rain. The club was also a key staging ground for the city’s punk-and-hardcore scene, starring the Replacements, Husker Du and Soul Asylum. Today’s fans still love the no-frills vibe and killer acoustics, even if waiting in line during a Minnesota winter can be a bummer. “Plus,” says hip-hop star Talib Kweli, a regular headliner, “I saw [famous rapper’s name redacted] deck an undercover cop and hop in a cab and get away at the club.”
Fun Fact: Prince reunited with his classic band, the Revolution, including Wendy and Lisa, at First Avenue early last year. Questlove DJed the post-show party.
3. 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
4. Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
5. Metro in Chicago, IL
6. Continental Club in Austin, TX
7. The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA
8. The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA
9. Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA
10. Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
With my friends, I always felt a little out of place. I like sports and stuff, but I never quite. … [trails off] Everybody I knew liked to go swimming and fishing and hunting and to football games. I didn’t fit that. I never remember feeling truly comfortable with any of my friends. There was stuff I wanted to tell them that they would laugh at when I tried to explain it. They’d say, ‘Guys don’t talk that way.’ And I was afraid of girls, which is another thing guys aren’t supposed to talk about. So I wrote songs instead.
via New York Times
Mayor Robert “Bobbie” Tufts is calling the shots in Dorset, Minn., a small community near Park Rapids.
The four-year-old might not have the academic credentials for the job (he hasn’t passed kindergarten). But residents say he’s got the chops–and the mouth–to run the town.
First agenda item? Importing more juice boxes.
Looks like security agents were out in full force during the Vikings-Packers game last week at the Metrodome in Minnesota. Attorney Nathan M. Hansen took photographs of a spy drone and the TSA VIPR agents seen below. Why was a surveillance drone sent up to watch football fans? I am in favor of tight security at sporting events because I think it’s just a matter of time before terrorists successfully strike one. That being said, I think the use of spy drones is a bit creepy.
More on the story here.
It’s a sad day in Minnesota. Officer Tom Decker, age 31, of the Cold Spring, MN police force died late Thursday after being shot in the face by a suicidal dirt bag. Full story here.
Near dawn, a parade of police cars escorted Decker’s body to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office. They rolled with flashing lights down Interstate 35E.