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Music News: Fans buy Prince’s purple house site

Two Prince fans have paid $700,000 to purchase the Chanhassen site where Prince lived in a purple house in the first half of the 1980s. Tonia and John Roemer say the main reason for their purchase was the pleasant setting on Lake Riley, but they’re also big Prince fans, so the location is particularly meaningful to […]

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Northside gallery/community space New Rules to host ZULUZULUU on Saturday

“I’m pretty new to the neighborhood,” Nancy Musinguzi says as she walks through Northside Minneapolis space New Rules. But since she moved from New Jersey in 2014, she’s made more connections than many long-term residents, especially in the arts community. Both a hip-hop and documentary photographer and a youth engagement professional, Musinguzi now relies on […]

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Freezer Jam: Minnesota musicians to play for people jumping into an extremely cold lake

The 4onthefloor, the Last Revel, Viva Knievel, and Maiden Dixie will be “breaking the ice” for Minnesotans at this year’s first annual Freezer Jam on March 4. It’s an outdoor music concert hosted at the Minneapolis Polar Plunge, where patrons willingly jump into ice cold water to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. The first Minnesota Polar […]

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Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I […]

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Minnesota musicians playing living-room shows to benefit ACLU

Batteryboy are an eclectic group of Minnesota musicians who mix folk-influenced arrangements with driving rock attitude. Their frontman Cobey Rouse has recently began a project to help bring communities together using what he does best, music. The ComeToUnity Artists & Action Concert Series was created by Rouse in collaboration with Tim Cheesebrow (also a musician) […]

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Target Center shows off early renovations

Although the most dramatic changes are still ahead, an early phase of Target Center’s $150 million renovation is complete. On Wednesday morning, the venue invited reporters to the luxurious Chairman’s Club for a first look. The press conference was primarily intended for the benefit of fans interested in the upcoming Frozen Faceoff NCHC hockey tournament, which will take place […]

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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to enter Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, musicians who grew up in Minneapolis and went on to write and produce massive hits for Janet Jackson and others, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. The institution has just announced its 2017 inductees — who also, notably, include Jay Z as the first […]

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Music News: Frances Bean Cobain on Kurt Cobain’s 50th: ‘You are loved and you are missed’

Monday would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, his daughter Frances Bean Cobain shared a handwritten note to her late father. “You are loved and you are missed,” she wrote. “Thank you for giving me the GIFT of life.” (Pitchfork) February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday. A post shared by Frances Bean Cobain (@space_witch666) on Feb […]

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Review and photos: Are You Local? 2017 Showcase with the Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, and Nick Jordan

Last night, First Avenue played host to the Star Tribune’s eighth annual Are You Local? Showcase — an annual show celebrating the local talent of the Twin Cities. The show boasted two well-established local acts as headliners: the longtime hometown heroes the Suburbs and the quirky post-punk band Gramma’s Boyfriend. The winner of this years Are You […]

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