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Sting and Shaggy recorded part of their new album in Minneapolis

The Super Bowl brought a flurry of activity to Minneapolis in the week leading up to the big game. A slew of celebrities visited the Twin Cities, including big-name musicians, who came to town to perform at pre-game concerts. While in Minneapolis, four of those artists — Sting, Shaggy, Migos, and Gucci Mane — stopped […]

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Red Wing rocks as inaugural Big Turn Music Fest kicks off

Venue. Venue. Venue, venue, venue. With welcoming signs unmissable on sidewalks throughout downtown Red Wing, it seems like every bookstore, wine bar, and Scandinavian gift shop (okay, maybe not the latter) has been deputized as a music venue for the first-ever Big Turn Music Fest. It’s a triumphant homecoming for Sam Brown, who’s had such […]

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BROCKHAMPTON challenge gender and race norms at Music Hall

On Thursday, Feb. 15, BROCKHAMPTON played to a sold-out crowd at Music Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Standing at about six feet, a young fan in an orange jumpsuit moves quickly through the line. It’s 14 degrees outside, but it feels like it could be negative 30. He doesn’t seem to care that with just his […]

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How Prince’s ‘Batman’ pioneered the superhero superstar soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar’s new album is a soundtrack. Black Panther: The Album was curated by Lamar, who performs on five of the 14 tracks. In Ryan Coogler’s movie, which opens Friday, music from Lamar’s album is artfully blended with music by Ludwig Göransson, whose orchestral score incorporates musicians recorded in Senegal and South Africa. The way Lamar’s […]

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