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How I learned to love vinyl (again)

Among the many awkwardnesses of my strange little generation—I was born in 1975, as Generation X was plowing into the deep demographic ditch from which the Millennials would rise—is that it’s been hard for some of us to know how to feel about the vinyl resurgence. People ten years younger than me have no living […]

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Prince makes up with Warner Bros., promises new music

Label-related ups and downs are part of many major artists’ careers, but Prince is an outlier when it comes to record company drama. Two decades ago, he split with Warner Bros. in highly acrimonious fashion, quickly releasing a series of artistically uneven albums to fulfill his contractual obligations. After a series of experiments that have […]

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Local Gig List: April 17-20

Thursday, April 17 Mike Munson 331 Club, Minneapolis 9:30 p.m., free, 21+ Charlie Parr fans would do well to check out Winona songwriter Mike Munson, who relies on fairly simple elements—his booming, soulful voice is only accompanied by a little emotive slide guitar playing—to create an old-school blues sound. He’ll be joined at the 331 […]

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Know your local labels: Learning Curve Records

Minneapolis-based Learning Curve Records (LCR) rocks harder than most labels you’ve heard of, let alone the ones you haven’t. They’ve been steadily putting out noisy local records since 2001, they were part of the ascent of Twin Cities staples like the Hold Steady and the Soviettes, and they’re currently waist-deep in the local rock scene, pushing […]

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Black Diet, Alpha Consumer, Little Man, and more Minnesota record releases this week

Alpha Consumer: Meat On their first release with fearless local powerhouse Totally Gross National Product—home to Lizzo, Poliça, and Marijuana Deathsquads—three-piece rock outfit Alpha Consumer present Meat, a dark, retro-futuristic full-length, out today. The record sounds a bit like 80s art rock for a new generation, with lyrical themes relating to mental health and overmedication. Imagine if […]

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Review: Phantogram amp it up at First Avenue

Last night, New York duo Phantogram played for a sold-out crowd at First Avenue, following the release of their new album Voices. Selling out the Mainroom—and not for the first time—is no small feat for a band with only two studio albums to their credit. Vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel seemed well aware of that, reflecting, “We started […]

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