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Watch a 1988 documentary on the Minneapolis Sound

KTCA-TV (the station now known as Twin Cities PBS) aired The Minneapolis Sound in 1988, narrated and produced by Emily Goldberg. The 60-minute documentary spotlighted artists including Prince, the Time, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, the Jets, Alexander O’Neal, and others, and it’s just emerged on YouTube. “Right now, Minneapolis has become one of the major music centers […]

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Go west, Mary Bue! (But please come back.)

Local singer-songwriter Mary Bue has been awarded a residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation to live and work in Taos, N.M. for three months. Before she goes, she’ll play a jubilant sendoff show with Alan Sparhawk (Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) and Molly Maher (of Disbelievers fame) at Icehouse on Saturday, Jan. 14. I caught up with […]

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Get to know First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2016

On Jan. 18, First Avenue will host its annual Best New Bands showcase — hosted, this year, by The Current’s Andrea Swensson along with Miles Anzaldo and Sylvia Jennings. Familiarize yourself with these six talented artists before making your way to the Mainroom. Colin Campbell and the Shackletons Colin Campbell & The Shackletons describe themselves […]

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What do Bob Dylan’s Christmas lights mean?

Humans measure time in unique ways. Some trace time via presidential elections. Many publications run expansive year-in-review features. Emmy-award winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe uses Bob Dylan’s Christmas lights. Markoe has closely followed the spartan holiday decorating patterns of Dylan’s home in Malibu, Calif. since she first noticed Dylan’s decorations in 2008. Since 2014 her detailed explorations of […]

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