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Minneapolis youth release ‘My Generation’ EP

Hip-Hop, History, and the Arts is a Twin-Cities-based arts program founded by Chadwick “Niles” Phillips that seeks to empower youth. It has been taught throughout the city to motivate aspiring musicians to take their careers further. During the summer of 2015, Phillips led a program at FAIR School Downtown — teaching students how to write […]

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Music News: Listen to complete Eaux Claires preview mixtape

Thanks to Kyle Matteson, one of the most assiduous local music fans, you can now stream the mixtape that was mailed to early-bird ticket buyers for this year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. The tape, which is presumed to serve as at least a partial preview of this year’s yet-to-be-announced lineup, includes a new collaboration between Justin Vernon […]

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Music News: Rick Rubin announces Star Wars remix album

Producer Rick Rubin has announced that he’s putting together a Star Wars remix album — featuring sound effects and dialogue from the Star Wars movies, melded with original music. The album will feature electronic music artists including Flying Lotus, Röyskopp, Kaskade, and more. Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who’s also a musician, collaborates with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and A-Trak to cut a track called “Jabba Flow.” Star […]

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Music News: Eaux Claires Festival teases lineup with cassette featuring Bon Iver, James Blake, more

Early-bird ticket holders for this year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival received a cassette that seems to tease the yet-to-be-announced lineup. The tape includes a new song by Fall Creek Boys Choir (Justin Vernon and James Blake), as well as music by members of The National; Bruce Hornsby (!); the recently-reactivated Fog; Taggart and Rosewood; Tickle Torture; Nathaniel Rateliff; and more. […]

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Andrew Broder to release first album as Fog in nine years

Minneapolis experimental rock project Fog have just announced an upcoming album, along with a video (below) for the lead single, “Trying.” Titled For Good, the album will be Fog’s first in nine years. Andrew Broder (also known for his work with the Cloak Ox) tells Brooklyn Vegan that the song is about, among other things, “the universal feelings of clumsy, earnest and […]

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