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Lizzo, Poliça, Prince dance party to highlight post-renovation Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration

Aside from the State Fair, the State Capitol Grand Opening Celebration this August may be the most Minnesotan celebration of the summer — featuring a Prince dance party and performances by Lizzo and Poliça. Several dozen government employees, journalists and visitors gathered Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in the Capitol’s lobby, held to announce the celebration. State officials […]

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Friday Five: Jessica Manning, Grant Cutler, and more new Minnesota music videos

Jessica Manning, “Homestead” Jessica Manning‘s first music video, “Homestead,” sounds lush and inviting, even as it plays with chilly desaturated purples. Directed and edited by Cherith Simmons, the video certainly deserves a watch; also, keep an eye out for Manning’s What If I Run release show at Icehouse on Feb. 11. Grant Cutler, “Georgia” Grant Cutler (tiny […]

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Friday Five: Lizzo, Step Rockets, and more new Minnesota music videos

Lizzo, “Lift Every Voice and Sing/Good As Hell” We couldn’t have asked for anything better than this. Lizzo responds to Tuesday’s presidential election with a mighty dose of catharsis. Step Rockets, “Chances” Step Rockets release a kaleidoscopic video by Pat Garrahy, who shares, “The imagery in the video is most definitely meant to represent a psychedelic experience […]

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Minnesota musicians’ message: Vote!

It’s official: election day is upon us. Check out how some local musicians are fulfilling their civic duty and encouraging you to do the same. Jeremy Messersmith It is finished. A photo posted by Jeremy Messersmith (@jeremymessersmith) on Nov 7, 2016 at 6:32am PST Dessa Haaaay, Minneapolis. The wait at the downtown government center was […]

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Friday Five: Bionik feat. Lizzo, Juniper Douglas, and more new Minnesota music videos

Bionik, “Ball Like Beijing (feat. Lizzo)” Producer Bionik and the one and only Lizzo deliver all of the Cartoon Network throwbacks with the new video for “Ball Like Beijing.” The song went slept on all summer, but the video might just launch it into the spotlight. Juniper Douglas, “Wood Rose” This video accompanies the noteworthy first single from Juniper Douglas, […]

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Friday Five: Astronautalis, Lizzo, and more new Minnesota music videos

Astronautalis, “Kurt Cobain” Jacksonville, Florida native Astronautalis delves into his past on “Kurt Cobain,” the opening track from new album Cut The Body Loose. The video is visually arresting, even as the rapper recounts having guns pulled on him (“Gun pulled on me by a cop one time/ Four guns pulled on me in Atlanta last night”), and the shoutouts […]

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Review and photos: Soundset 2016 showcases hip-hop’s great range

On stage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Soundset 2016, Sway Calloway shared some words on hip-hop culture: “It’s multifaceted and multidimensional.” The Sway in the Morning host was introducing legendary hip-hop crew (and Jimmy Fallon house band) the Roots, who proved his point in one neo-soul-to-swing-to-beatboxing set. But all day long, Soundset brought together disparate artists […]

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First Avenue hosts all-night Prince party, plans more celebrations

In the last couple of years, I’ve heard so many touring artists pay tribute to Prince during their Minnesota tour stops that it’s been almost tempting to let the reverence become routine. Nate Ruess of fun. covered “Let’s Go Crazy” last summer; Francesco Yates (of dancefloor earworm “Sugar” fame) made the pilgrimage to First Avenue […]

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