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Tony Glover archives, including rare Bob Dylan recordings, going up for auction

The widow of Tony Glover, the late Minneapolis folk-blues icon known as one of Bob Dylan’s most intimate early musical associates, is auctioning Glover’s archives in an online sale taking place Nov. 12-19. It’s a collection of extraordinary historical significance, particularly for anyone interested in Dylan’s Dinkytown period and his lifelong Minnesota connections. The items […]

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Behind the Scenes: MaLLy’s balloon-filled ‘WWDI’

Minneapolis rapper MaLLy’s latest video for his pensive track “WWDI,” directed by Victor Rukavina and Stevie Kane of 1Light Films, features a vibrant color scheme and themes of universalism. “WWDI,” short for “Why We Do It,” starts with a child walking hand in hand with an older man and releasing a bright red balloon from […]

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Target Center at 30: Ten musical highlights

30 years ago today, Target Center opened its doors as a basketball arena that moonlights as one of Minnesota’s largest concert spaces. Built to be the home of the fledgling Minnesota Timberwolves and — as of 1999 — the Lynx, the 19,356-seat arena (making it, in size, slightly bigger than the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand […]

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Sale pending on Golden Valley house Prince bought for his mom

Among the copious Twin Cities real estate Prince owned at the time of his death in 2016 was a three-bedroom split-level in Golden Valley. Prince bought the 1985 house for his mother; she and his stepfather lived in it for the better part of two decades, and family members apparently continued to live in the […]

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What counts as a cover song?

Pat Boone’s “Tutti Frutti.” Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion.” The Bangles’ “Manic Monday.” Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer.” Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’s “I’ll Be Missing You.” Which of those are cover songs? On Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on The Current, […]

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My friend, my mentor, Rebecca Marx

On Tuesday, I found out one my favorite people in the Twin Cities passed away the other week, and I want to share her with you. ​ Rebecca Marx was a friend and a mentor in the music scene for several years before I moved to Colorado in 2016, and even then, I saw her […]

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