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March 3, 2016

Music News: Nina Simone’s family outraged over biopic casting

Relatives of the late music icon Nina Simone are deeply upset over the casting of actress Zoe Saldana as Simone in the forthcoming biopic Nina. A first trailer has been released for the film, which opens on April 22, and many fans were taken aback to see that makeup was applied to darken the skin of Saldana (a black […]

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Photos: Poliça mesmerize at Turf Club

Wednesday night at the Turf Club, Poliça opened a three-night series of shows celebrating the Friday release of their third album, United Crushers. Their set consisted almost exclusively of songs from the new album, making full use of the venue’s relatively new sound system. (Standing near the side of the stage, with his friend Har Mar Superstar, […]

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Music News: Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea wins NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Singer-songwriter Gaelynn Lea, a Duluth artist who plays and teaches fiddle, has won National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Contest with a moving rendition of her song “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun.” Lea prevailed over 6,000-plus other entrants in the contest. “We’re excited to welcome Gaelynn to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C.,” […]

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