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Review: The Blenders rock out with annual holiday show at the Pantages

The Blenders, a Minneapolis-based vocal quartet, returned to the Pantages Theatre on Friday to kick off their Christmas tour. Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, and brothers Allan and Darren Rust are all originally from Fargo and have been singing and touring for 27 years. They launched their career by doing the college circuit, singing a cappella. They […]

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Minnesota meets Manitoba at the 7th Street Entry

“Check it out,” Sean McManus said from the Entry stage — and normally, there’d be nothing special about that. But this phrase had a particular ring to it. When McManus said “out,” the word sounded more flat than the typical Midwest pronunciation. Along with a few of his colleagues and half of the night’s bands, he hails from […]

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Thile and friends throw a spooky “Home Companion”

If I’d known how much A Prairie Home Companion spotlights music, I would’ve made it to the Fitz much sooner. Okay, maybe mandolinist Chris Thile’s upped the dosage in his new role as host. Saturday marked his third show after Garrison Keillor’s official departure. But from what I gathered during my first time at the quirky […]

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