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First Aid Kit talk travel and music in Minnesota, the Swedish sisters’ almost-home

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, comprising sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, have played to bigger venues and audiences with each visit to the Twin Cities. Their third album, Stay Gold, dropped in June and they are just finishing up another tour of the United States and Canada. Bursting onto the scene in 2008 after posting a cover of Fleet Foxes’ […]

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Music making, body painting, app building: Meet the Band Famous

They make music. They make art. They make apps. The spontaneous formation of their band was livestreamed, and their entire debut EP was improvised. They’re the Band Famous, and they’d like your support. The musicians who perform under the names Norell, Zander, and Terry met in Minnesota in summer 2013. A mutual friend suggested that the […]

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Today’s Music News: Interpol live-tweet Buffalo snowstorm

As you’ve probably heard, there is some extremely intense snow coming down right now in upstate New York. Interpol, who were riding through the area en route to play a show in Toronto, have been stuck in their bus for over two days—and are live-tweeting the whole thing. Fortunately, they tweeted, the bus was well-stocked with “dry goods […]

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What I’ve learned from taking piano lessons as an adult

It was about three years ago now that I decided with absolute certainty that my home would not be complete without the addition of a piano. It had been years since I’d played regularly, and almost a decade had passed since a college music professor had treated me with such disdain that I swore I […]

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Today’s Music News: Bob Marley will be the face of the first global marijuana brand

With the blessing of Bob Marley‘s family, the reggae icon will be the face of Marley Natural, “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy” of the late musician. In addition to loose-packed “heirloom Jamaican” cannabis buds, oil, and concentrate, Marley Natural will sell items including pot-infused creams. “As Daddy would say,” said Marley’s […]

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Hippo Campus, Brian Laidlaw, and more: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Hippo Campus Precocious local band Hippo Campus released Bashful Creatures today. The band have made a splash in the local scene even before their first release—placing second in this year’s City Pages Picked to Click poll. The ingredients that make up Hippo Campus’s brand of indie-pop are uplifting guitar work and danceable drumbeats. The band’s catchy sound doesn’t seem to wash […]

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