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Want to run Paisley Park?

Ever dreamed of getting paid to work in the space that Prince called home, while helping to ensure his lasting legacy? Well, now’s your chance: just last week, Paisley Park posted a new job opening. The museum is looking for a full-time general operations manager to help coordinate with the Paisley Park corporate staff and oversee the […]

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Toki Wright embraces a new identity as Mamadu

In addition to his regular roles running the multimedia music company Soul Tools Entertainment, hosting KFAI’s Saturday-night show of the same name, writing articles for Insight News, and serving as the department head of the hip-hop program at McNally Smith College of Music, Toki Wright has spent significant time touring the world as an official […]

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Minnesota’s Jesse Larson advances to ‘The Voice’ finale

Last night, Minneapolis singer-guitarist Jesse Larson made the final four on NBC’s The Voice. Larson performed “Tennessee Whiskey,” wowing fans once again with his soulful voice. Fans tweeted with the hashtag #VoiceSaveJesse to get Larson into the finale, the last remaining option for Larson to remain on the show after he failed to advance in the main poll. How […]

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Corey Palmer on his 24-minute single ‘Heartache’

When most people think of an unusually long song, they usually think of something that is around ten minutes, tops. How about one that’s 24 minutes? Minneapolis-based artist Corey Palmer has created just that with his newest release “Heartache.” “Heartache” is described by Palmer, on his Bandcamp page, as “…a 24 minute single about being sad […]

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Minnesota’s Jesse Larson talks ‘The Voice,’ his time with Prince, and living his musical dreams

Minneapolis singer-guitarist-luthier Jesse Larson probably thought his life couldn’t get much more remarkable when, in 2014, his band #MPLS were invited to play a show at Paisley Park. Then, early in 2015, he was invited to audition for Prince, ultimately joining the band of Prince’s protege Judith Hill. All very cool, but even those experiences didn’t […]

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Listen: Surreal Prince medley ‘Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden’ out now from ‘Purple Rain’ deluxe edition

Warner Bros. and NPG Records have released a double whammy for Prince fans today. “Our Destiny/Roadhouse,” two previously unreleased songs blended into one track, is the second track available for streaming from the upcoming Purple Rain album reissue. While the bones of the tracks were recorded at a June 7, 1984 show at First Avenue, Wendy […]

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Mason Jennings and the Pines’ Benson Ramsey turn from music to art

Having released 13 albums and touring the world, Mason Jennings is trying his hand at a new medium. Jennings’s paintings will debut this weekend at Hang It Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, alongside photography by longtime friend Benson Ramsey of the Pines. The opening reception for “Bears and Stuff” starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hawaiian-turned-Minnesotan has been “a […]

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