Local Current Blog

May 19, 2014

Barbette’s 2014 Bastille Day Block Party lineup to include GRRRL PRTY, Black Diet, Heiruspecs, more

French restaurant and Uptown watering hole Barbette will host its 12th annual Bastille Day Block Party on July 13, celebrating French National Day in Minnesota style. The event will feature a lineup of local musicians including Hippo Campus, Black Diet, GRRRL PRTY, Nadine Dubois & Les Folies Risque, the Cloak Ox, Heiruspecs, and the Brass Messengers. […]

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Infographic: Music rights 101

How do musicians get paid for their work? It’s a simple question, but the answer is very complicated—and very contentious. Some of the hottest debates in music today—from the value of Spotify to the importance of vinyl to the issue of bands “selling out” by placing their songs in TV ads—revolve around the topic of […]

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R.E.M.’s “Unplugged” sessions: Will they spark a reappraisal?

R.E.M. were a quintessential Unplugged band: compact, sincere, writerly, they got loud enough for the unplugging to matter but never ventured far enough from the beaten path for it to matter that much. Like their friends 10,000 Maniacs, they double-dipped in MTV’s 90s bonanza, recording sets in 1991 and 2001—but unlike 10,000 Maniacs, they’ve never released an Unplugged album. […]

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