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Today’s Music News: Jenny Lewis spoofs child-actor days in ‘She’s Not Me’ video

A new video for Jenny Lewis‘s song “She’s Not Me” spoofs Lewis’s roles as a child actor—including appearances in The Golden Girls, Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard. Among Lewis’s celebrity co-stars in the video are Feist, Fred Armisen, and Zosia Mamet. (Billboard) Dennis Sheehan, U2‘s tour manager for over 30 years, has died at age 68. Sheehan also worked with artists […]

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Sisqó lives in Maple Grove: ‘No thongs out here!’

Northwest Community Television has brought to light a little-known local music fact: Sisqó, the Dru Hill singer whose 1999 “Thong Song” hit number three on the U.S. pop charts, currently lives in Maple Grove. “No thongs out here!” laughs the Baltimore native in a televised interview—which doesn’t quite seem right, but there are certainly no undergarments in […]

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Pornonono, William Within, Swimsuit Area, Carbon Handshake, Hhrriisstt: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Pornonono: Yes Pornonono’s new “Mornonono” single from their new Yes EP feels like new wave met electropop and this is what happened. The five-piece has found a way to meld those twitchy electronic sounds into the warbling bass lines and processed guitar work. The wailing pop vocals aren’t just another part of the electronic soup that Pornonono create, […]

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Today’s Music News: Jack White writes a poem

Jack White is a poet, the world discovered over the weekend when the rocker published a 19-line poem titled “Music is Sacred” on his Third Man Books site. “The melody of the human race,” writes White, “is a song that never ends.” (Rolling Stone) Art Garfunkel has lashed out at Paul Simon in a new interview with […]

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St. Paul man records song to celebrate Archbishop Romero

St. Paul business owner Rob Hahn first heard about El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero in a senior theology class at Notre Dame. It was in that class that he learned of the Archbishop’s campaigns to fix social problems and his subsequent assassination. The Archbishop’s story struck a chord with Hahn—literally—and shortly after, he composed a […]

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Remembering B.B. King

Weirdly, the news of B.B. King’s recent passing did not spark in me the immediate sadness or regret I might have expected. It wasn’t just because news reports suggested he had died on his own terms—at home, in hospice care—or because, at age 89, he had lived a life of fullness and success far beyond […]

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