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Falling into the well-worn soundtracks of autumn

It’s funny how many routines from our childhood stick with us into adulthood. For me, I don’t know if I’ll ever shake the feeling that fall means it’s time to start a new school year. As soon as Labor Day slides by and the temperatures start to dip under 60 degrees, I start examining my […]

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Today’s Music News: Pink Floyd release new album art, and it’s very Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd have confirmed details and cover art for their new album: The Endless River will be released on Nov. 10. It will be a four-sided instrumental album built on tracks recorded with keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. The current incarnation of Floyd, led by guitarist David Gilmour, does not include founding vocalist/bassist/mastermind Roger Waters. (Rolling Stone) According […]

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Festival Palomino: Trampled By Turtles and friends transcend the rain in Canterbury Park

This spring, Trampled by Turtles finalized plans to host a new music festival, featuring a hand-picked lineup of nine local and national acts, headlined by the Duluth folk-rockers themselves. Months later, on Saturday, Sept. 20, the fledgling Festival Palomino finally saw daylight…and storm clouds and lightning and wind. Despite challenging weather that revealed the venue’s Achilles’s […]

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Minneapolis musician Dan Rodriguez warms seven million hearts with moving PSA featuring a loving Labrador

Twin Cities singer-songwriter Dan Rodriguez is warming YouTube’s heart with a song he wrote for a Budweiser commercial promoting responsible drinking. The advertisement tells the story of a guy with a loving Labrador Retriever waiting for him to come home after a night out drinking with his human pals. Rodriguez lends his introspective, echoey vocals […]

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The Replacements tell Rolling Stone a new album is likely

It’s not much, but for fans who have been waiting with bated breath for the reunited Replacements to release a new album, it’s more than enough to make Monday exciting: “the Replacements say they’ll likely make an album at some point in the future,” writes Rolling Stone‘s Jon Dolan in a profile of the band that […]

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Today’s Music News: Justin Vernon and Win Butler covered Phil Collins (on a basketball court)

On Saturday at the annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game organized by Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Butler and other members of Arcade Fire joined forces with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver—as well as Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes—to perform as “the Pop All Star Band.” They played covers of Phil Collins‘s “In the Air Tonight” and the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation […]

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