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U2 releases new album on iTunes—for free

Music fans who thought they could snooze through today’s überhyped “Apple Event” were caught by surprise when U2 pulled a Beyoncé and dropped an entire new studio album, with no warning, after performing at the Cupertino press frenzy that also saw Apple announce the Apple Watch and iPhone 6. Oh…and it’s free. The new U2 album, Songs […]

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Bob Dylan to release the “complete” Basement Tapes

The 11th installment in Bob Dylan’s official “Bootleg Series” will be an expanded version of an album that could be described as his first official bootleg release: The Basement Tapes, a 1975 release of recordings made with the Band in 1967. On Nov. 4, Dylan will release The The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a […]

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Lizzo and Caroline Smith team up for a hot new summer jam

It’s no secret that Lizzo and Caroline Smith are besties. When Smith launched her new soul-inspired sound last year Lizzo was right beside her on stage, and it’s rare that one of them will perform a solo shows in the Twin Cities without bringing the other out for a cameo. So when the two performers announced that […]

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Doomtree share new track ‘.38 Airweight’

Are you keeping up with all of this? There’s been a burst of activity out of the Doomtree camp this summer and it’s shaping up to be an even busier fall for the crew. Before we get to today’s news, let’s do a quick recap: Dessa just released a new video for her solo song […]

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Premiere: “The Words” by tiny deaths

Tiny deaths is a new project that unites Claire de Lune (The Chalice) with Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords). We’ve been playing tiny deaths’ song “Ocean,” and we’re now pleased to premiere their new track “The Words.” “The heart and soul of this project is [Grant's] moody soundscapes that he is […]

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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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James Brooks of Elite Gymnastics re-emerges with new album as Default Genders

James Brooks, formerly of Minneapolis duo Elite Gymnastics, now under the moniker Default Genders, released a new record Monday—his first proper album since 2011’s Elite Gymnastics release Ruin. The new album, titled Magical Pessimism 2014, includes eight new tracks as well as remastered versions of the four tracks from 2013’s Stop Pretending EP. The album […]

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Frankie Teardrop, Davina and the Vagabonds, JE Sunde, Trampled By Turtles: This week’s Minnesota record releases

Frankie Teardrop: Raiders Frankie Teardrop has built some buzz since the release of Tough Guy nine months ago. The garage rocker and his band continue to justify the hype with the release of their Raiders EP today. Frankie made some odd claims during Dave Campbell’s interview during their recent in-studio, saying he “crawled out of a sewer pipe” and […]

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