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P.O.S debuts fire single ‘Wearing a Bear’

P.O.S has just debuted a new song, and it’s fire. “Wearing a Bear” pairs P.O.S’s punchy raps with an forceful-yet-buoyant beat produced by fellow Doomtree member Lazerbeak, mixed by Lizzo and Polica collaborator BJ Burton. “Hashtag #BlackLives,” P.O.S raps, “Some of y’all indifferent / some of y’all don’t give a sh*t / Some of y’all […]

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Friday Five: Finding Novyon + J. KELR, batteryboy, and more new Minnesota music videos

Finding Novyon + J.KELR, “Believe In MPLS” Finding Novyon and J.KELR cross skate ramps, rooftops, and city streets in their new video, which heralds an entire album (also called Believe In MPLS) from the duo. batteryboy, “soil underneath” batteryboy tease their August 5 gig at Icehouse with a black-and-white heart-tugger. SPICE, “Papa Hip Hop” SPICE has some of the tightest […]

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Music News: ‘MTV Classic’ channel to milk millennial nostalgia

The cable channel VH1 Classic will be rebranded MTV Classic, with new programming that focuses on MTV staples from the late ’90s and early 2000s. That will include music videos seen on shows like Total Request Live, as well as cult-favorite programs like Beavis and Butthead and Daria. (AP) Today’s Prince news Prince’s family have announced a date […]

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Music News: Wild may change goal-score song to ‘Let’s Go Crazy’

The Minnesota Wild are considering changing their longtime goal-celebration song: “Crowd Chant” by Joe Satriani. In an e-mail to season ticket holders, the Wild ask whether the song should be changed to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” — or something else. (Star Tribune) Crystal Pepsi coming back, sponsors ’90s stars in concert Crystal Pepsi, one of the most […]

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From garage bands to garage business: Meet MPLS Instrument Company

“When you build guitars, you’re a sander,” says Jake Swogger, co-owner of MPLS Instrument Company. “That’s always the joke.” He’s laughing, but he means it, and he should know; he and his partner, Tony Emanuele, have made more than 30 guitars since starting their business in Swogger’s garage. They’re one of only a few boutique […]

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Music News: 400 vintage boom boxes go on sale for $20K

Craig Kenton, a collector living in New Zealand, is selling his collection of over 400 vintage boom boxes. “I feel like the collection is a piece of ’80s art,” he says, “and I hope they go somewhere they can be seen.” Kenton’s asking price is $20,000 — which he says is a bargain for the 20 […]

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Watch The Murder of Crows perform live at the Kennedy Center

It was just Friday morning that we were enjoying a cozy performance from The Murder of Crows — Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk — live at Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar. Now, they’re in Washington, D.C., where tonight the duo will perform at the Kennedy Center in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The […]

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