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Today’s Music News: Kate Bush plays first show in 35 years

Yesterday in London, reclusive singer-songwriter Kate Bush played her first show in front of a paying audience since 1979—and it was, by all reports, a stunner. The first of 22 shows planned for the Eventim Apollo, it was a multimedia experience devised with the help of musicians, actors, puppeteers, the writer David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), and others. […]

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Taking a trip down the Giant Slide with Sims

It’s a busy week for Sims, who is getting ready to play the State Fair Grandstand this Saturday with the rest of his Doomtree crew (not to mention Brother Ali, Bob Mould, Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult, and the Cactus Blossoms) as part of Minnesota Music-on-a-Stick just a few days before releasing his first album in […]

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Doomtree, Bad Plus, Botzy, and more Minnesota music (and book) releases this week

Doomtree: Every Single Day Doomtree always seem to have their hands in everything—and why shouldn’t they? With seven members working both as a group and solo, it’s hard to keep up with this hard-working hip-hop crew. The crew’s newest endeavor has landed them in publishing. The new release, Every Single Day, is a 500-page full-color Doomtree history book. […]

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Video: Jim McGuinn accepts Jeremy Messersmith’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Sitting in a tub of ice, Minnesota singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith recently nominated the Current’s program director Jim McGuinn to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge—that is, to be doused in ice water to raise money and awareness to fight the disease ALS. (It’s been a busy week for Jeremy—take a behind-the-scenes look at his recent appearance […]

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Bob Dylan to release the “complete” Basement Tapes

The 11th installment in Bob Dylan’s official “Bootleg Series” will be an expanded version of an album that could be described as his first official bootleg release: The Basement Tapes, a 1975 release of recordings made with the Band in 1967. On Nov. 4, Dylan will release The The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a […]

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