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Vocalist Molly Dean takes center stage with Moon and Pollution

“My goal as a human being is to live my life as an authentic person,” Molly Dean says, leaning back in her chair and contemplating her role in the electro-pop band Moon and Pollution. Dean has just spent the previous 45 minutes discussing her musical history, her approach to songwriting, and her appreciation of her […]

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Today’s Music News: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” is the all-time most-liked song on Pandora

Are you one of the people who’s sick of hearing Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’”? Sorry, but you’ve been disagreed with over 20 million times by Pandora users who have made the 34-year-old anthem the single most-liked song on the streaming service. Rounding out the top five most-liked songs are Drake‘s “The Motto,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” Mario‘s “Let Me Love You,” and Goo Goo […]

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Behind First Avenue’s Stars: Hüsker Dü

2015 marks First Avenue’s 45th year of hosting stellar shows in the heart of Minneapolis. We are on a mission to tell the stories of performers whose names decorate the venue’s iconic Wall of Fame. Past features include Babes in Toyland, Har Mar Superstar, and OutKast. In the spirit of milestones, next up are Minnesota natives […]

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‘Morris Day and the HAIM’ to play Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9

2014 was a banner year for Minnesota artists on late-night TV (among them the Replacements, Jeremy Messersmith, Lizzo, and Trampled By Turtles)—and 2015 is starting with a bang, as Morris Day plays Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9. There’s a twist, though: the Minneapolis pop-funk legend will appear as part of a special mash-up series, and he’ll […]

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Watch Courtney Barnett’s new video ‘Pedestrian at Best’

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has been busy at work recording the follow-up to her 2013 Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. We’re pleased to present the video for “Pedestrian at Best,” the first single from Barnett’s new album recorded with producer Burke Reid. The new album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just […]

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Kanye West releases new ‘Only One’ video, directed by Spike Jonze

Kanye West has just released an intimate video for his single “Only One.” The song, a collaboration with Paul McCartney (who plays keyboards on the track), is a tribute both to Kanye’s late mother and to the artist’s young daughter North. North appears in the video, which is directed by Spike Jonze—the director behind such […]

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Today’s Music News: Buddy Holly hologram to go on tour

When the company Hologram USA recently announced a posthumous Liberace hologram tour, they promised that other artists were coming soon. Now, we have the next tour announcement: a Buddy Holly hologram tour, authorized by Holly’s widow, will kick off in 2016 with a show in the rocker’s native state of Texas. “I am so excited that my […]

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Justin Schell’s local music documentary ‘We Rock Long Distance’ to premiere

We Rock Long Distance, the first feature-length documentary by Minneapolis-based director and producer Justin Schell, is set to premiere on Feb. 6. The film follows the stories of three Minnesota hip-hop artists, showing how their roots “far beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes” have influenced their life and music. The documentary film has been a several-year […]

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