Local Current Blog

July 2014

Today’s Music News: Beetles vs. a Beatle, and more

All things must pass: in a wince-worthy development, a George Harrison memorial tree planted in Los Angeles in 2004 has been killed by an infestation of—yes, beetles. A city councilmember says that the tree will be replanted. (Los Angeles Times) Dave Eggers, watch your back: Jack White‘s Third Man Records are going into the book […]

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Five highlights from the 2014 Pitchfork Festival

When I departed Minneapolis for Chicago last weekend to attend the three-day Pitchfork Festival, I already knew that I was going to dig seeing Beck headline Friday night’s festivities and have a blast singing along to tUnE-yArDs and St. Vincent, both of whom have played Minneapolis this year. But I was also looking forward to checking out some new […]

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Listen: Low cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’

With Bruce Springsteen’s iconic and top-selling album, Born in the U.S.A., turning 30 this year, a dozen artists have stepped up to record covers of the album’s 12 tracks for a new compilation called Dead Man’s Town. And as we reported earlier this month, two of the artists on the compilation are from Duluth, Minnesota. We’ll have […]

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Today’s Music News: J Dilla’s beatmaking boards go to the Smithsonian, and more

Beat-making equipment used by hip-hop producer J Dilla will join Dorothy’s red slippers, Julia Child’s kitchen, and the Star-Spangled Banner in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. The late musician’s mother will donate her son’s equipment to the National Museum of African American Arts and History, the new Smithsonian museum currently being constructed on the […]

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Haunting, not Haunted: Soap Factory to host Ben Weaver and the Ericksons

Live Letters, the two-year-old concert series known for hosting shows in unconventional Minneapolis spaces, has chosen its next non-concert-venue venue: the Soap Factory. The Ericksons and Ben Weaver will perform there on July 27. Now in its third year, the Live Letters concert series is winning more attention without losing its intimate charm. This collaboration, the […]

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Today’s Music News: Jimi Hendrix masters set free, and more

After decades of litigation, 88 studio recordings made by Jimi Hendrix as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires between 1965 and 1967 have finally been cleared for release and will soon be available for fans of the legendary guitarist to hear. This isn’t all “before he became Jimi” stuff: some of the recordings […]

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