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Last-minute holiday gift ideas for music fans

It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when sleigh bells are ringing and in-laws are descending and everyone’s making one last mad dash toward the malls to finish up their shopping in time for the holidays. If you’re like me, you’ve probably waited until right about now to start seriously thinking about what you’re […]

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Today’s Music News: Jack White released a single ten years ago, exclusively inside upholstered furniture

Way back in the day, before the White Stripes blew up, Jack White worked as an upholsterer. Later, White and his fellow upholsterer Brian Muldoon formed a duo who called themselves—wait for it—the Upholsterers and cut a couple of songs. One of those songs, “Apple of My Eye,” was released commercially in 2000. The second, “Your Furniture Was […]

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Join us for holiday magic on the Current and Local Current!

‘Tis the season for holiday music, and of course for us that means holiday music by Minnesota’s many talented artists. There are lots of opportunities for you to listen local this holiday season—including six very special hours this coming Monday, Dec. 22. The seasonal sounds have already begun on Wonderground, where Barb Abney has been curating […]

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Vaski: ‘The scene in the Twin Cities is magical’

At 24 years old, the electronic artist Vaski—born Alex Brouwer in Savage, Minn.—has already been around the world and back, touring on the strength of his accessible, frenetic, and bass-heavy dance music. Brouwer first caught the attention of the writhing masses when he was just 19, and quickly rose to the top of the heap of […]

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Paul Metsa’s memoir ‘Blue Guitar Highway’ to become a stage show

Iron Range singer-songwriter Paul Metsa’s critically acclaimed memoir Blue Guitar Highway will be adapted for the stage. Jim Stowell—an influential Minnesota writer, teacher, and actor—has adapted Metsa’s 2011 book into Blue Guitar Highway—The Musical. The onstage adaptation will star Metsa himself and will include collaborations with renowned artists such as Willie Walker, Mari Harris, and Sonny […]

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Today’s Music News: All-star Carnegie Hall concert to pay tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads

Is the all-star tribute charity concert the new all-star tribute charity album? It seems so, as yet another has just been booked: a March 28 concert at Carnegie Hall will feature the Roots, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Rufus Wainwright, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Beth Orton, Steve Earle, and several other artists paying tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads. It’s the 11th […]

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