Local Current Blog

June 19, 2016

Music News: Prince Be of P.M. Dawn dies at 46

Attrell Cordes, known as Prince Be in the hip-hop group P.M. Dawn, has died at age 46 due to complications from diabetes. “My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long,” wrote Cordes’s bandmate and cousin Doc.G on Facebook. Founded in 1988 by Cordes and his brother Jarett (DJ Minutemix), P.M. Dawn became one of the most […]

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A guide to Twin Cities summer block parties 2016

The Twin Cities are well-known for their summer events calendar. In addition to music festivals like Rock the Garden, the summer is stockpiled with fairs and free (or nearly free) outdoor concerts nearly every weekend in the season. Local block parties combine all these elements to fill the streets with food trucks, art galleries, entertainment and most […]

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Music History Spotlight: Sean Na Na

Not long after graduating high school, Sean Tillmann and Jeremy Allen hit the road in a Honda and began touring as an early version of Sean Na Na. Soon enough, the pair recruited Ben Webster from Austin, Texas, forming the band’s core lineup. From about 1997 to 2006, the trio toured almost continuously, adding musicians from the cities […]

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Ask a Cool Person: Kim Bartmann

Each week on the Local Show, we’ll meet a new person from the Minnesota music community who has some music to share in a feature called “Ask a Cool Person.” These people will come from all corners of the scene, including record store clerks, recording studio engineers and producers, artists, writers, bookers, photographers, and fans. […]

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Rock the Garden 2016: Eight artists, one epic day

14,000 people converged at Rock the Garden on Saturday, prepared for a line-up that bridged genres and age brackets. Some had bought the ticket for veteran party rockers the Flaming Lips; some went for young indie-rock sensations Hippo Campus; many jumped on the opportunity to see the boundary-breaking Chance the Rapper. All day long, fans […]

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