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Sheila E announces benefit show on October 23 at Orchestra Hall

Legendary drummer and Prince collaborator Sheila E visited the Sabanthi Community Center in South Minneapolis this morning (the very same building where Prince attended Central High School in the 1970s) to announce the “Purple Philanthropy Sheila E. Benefit Concert,” happening October 23 at Orchestra Hall. When plans were being solidified for the October 13 Prince […]

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Friday Five: Astronautalis, Lizzo, and more new Minnesota music videos

Astronautalis, “Kurt Cobain” Jacksonville, Florida native Astronautalis delves into his past on “Kurt Cobain,” the opening track from new album Cut The Body Loose. The video is visually arresting, even as the rapper recounts having guns pulled on him (“Gun pulled on me by a cop one time/ Four guns pulled on me in Atlanta last night”), and the shoutouts […]

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Eyedea documentary to be screened October 9 at the Parkway

Minnesota music has not forgotten Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen, the talented rapper who died six years ago at 28 years old. Following its premiere at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival last spring, Brandon Crowson’s documentary The World Has No Eyedea is being shown at the Parkway Theater on October 9, and the members of the local scene […]

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Music News: ‘Stranger Things’ rap mash-ups turn the internet upside down

Stranger Things makes a splash in the music world Just two days after Wiz Khalifa sampled the Stranger Things theme song in a song called, appropriately, “Stranger Things,” YouTuber/internet darling Nathan Zed hopped on the train. “You can really do anything with this BRUH,” he snaps as he shows off his Kanye West, Kendrick, Drake, Beyoncé, and Desiigner mash-ups (all while being infinitely more […]

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At Riot Fest Chicago, Motion City Soundtrack say goodbye

“I’m addicted to words and they are useless, in this department.” Those lyrics plucked from a Motion City Soundtrack song, circa 2005, are apt to describe my emotional state of being. Saying goodbye is hard. For me, Motion City Soundtrack were invented to help cope with loss. So, what happens when I have to say goodbye […]

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Review and photos: Festival Palomino broadens its horizons for a successful third year

This year marked the third anniversary of Festival Palomino, the Americana festival orchestrated by none other than Duluth’s beloved Trampled By Turtles. This year marked several changes for the young festival, which has quickly grown in popularity. Featuring the largest lineup in its history, Festival Palomino once again served as a showcase of the large […]

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