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Music News: Led Zeppelin win ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plagiarism case

A jury has decided that Led Zeppelin did not crib their iconic “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit. The band say they are “grateful” that the court confirmed “what we have known for 45 years,” that the song is in fact an original composition by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Both Page and Plant testified at the trial, which resulted from a […]

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‘He spoke to everybody’: Chanhassen celebrates new Prince mural

Two months and a day after Prince passed away, friends, family, and fans came together to commemorate the music icon’s life once again last night at the unveiling of a mural in honor of the performer in his hometown of Chanhassen. The evening seemed more of a celebration of Prince’s life rather than a night dedicated to mourning. […]

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Music News: HBO pulls plug on ‘Vinyl’

HBO has gone back on its plans to renew Vinyl for a second season. Though the series — a fictional story set in the New York music industry circa the 1970s, produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese — was highly anticipated (and won fans including The Current’s Mary Lucia), it proved to be a ratings disappointment. (Pitchfork) Remembering […]

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Need To Know: Katana Da Don

“I’m kind of soft-spoken,” Katana Da Don told me as I flipped on a tape recorder in a Northeast Minneapolis restaurant. In terms of volume, she was right — silverware and nearby chatter sometimes overwhelmed her voice. But in terms of power, the descriptor is totally wrong. Katana Da Don is a local rapper, and […]

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Music News: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ soundtrack will finally be released, 30 years later

Believe it or not, there’s never actually been an official soundtrack release for the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, an official soundtrack will finally be released later this year (specific date TBA). The surprising reason there never was a soundtrack release: Hughes didn’t think anybody would want […]

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