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Meet Jex Nwalor, Bemidji’s TikTok ukulele sensation

In a biweekly series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: Jex Nwalor, a Bemidji college student blowing up on TikTok with a signature ukulele and an incredible voice. My name is Jesse “Jex” Nwalor. I go by Jex. I grew up in Brampton, Ontario near Toronto. Canada, moved […]

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H.E.R., Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor among Academy Award winners

In an intimate Oscar ceremony like none other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross won Best Original Score for their work on Pixar’s Soul. “God gave us 12 notes,” said Batiste in an acceptance speech. “It’s the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bach had, Nina Simone…I’m just thankful to […]

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Musicians react to verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

This afternoon, a Minneapolis jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. The case drew international attention, sparking months of demonstrations and cries for justice in the music community and beyond. Below is a sampling of artists’ reactions today. For more on […]

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Five years without Prince: A timeline

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Prince’s tragic death, which still feels so fresh and painful for his millions of “fams” around the world. It’s been an eventful five years, though, with a trove of releases from the Vault, the opening of Paisley Park as a museum, countless tribute performances, and more. […]

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Hard Rock Cafe at Mall of America will rock no more

Minnesota’s Hard Rock Cafe has closed (again). After reportedly falling behind on rent, the international burger chain quietly closed its Mall of America location Jan. 15, a company spokesperson confirmed. It still had yet to reopen following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Hard Rock, known for its massive music memorabilia displays and collectors’ shirts […]

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