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A Minnesota guide to Record Store Day 2021: Drop one

Independent music shops and supporters are rearing up for Record Store Day, which arrives on June 12 this year with the first of two drops. Record Store Day kicked off in 2008 to support small-scale record stores across the United States and spotlight their role in local music communities. Today, the internationally celebrated holiday draws […]

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How Kiss the Tiger made their new album ‘Vicious Kid’

In a biweekly series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce — or re-introduce — themselves to our audience. Today: Minneapolis rockers Kiss the Tiger. Singer Meghan Kreidler and engineer Jason Orris told Sylvia Jennings about the making of Kiss the Tiger’s new album Vicious Kid, which will be released on June 3 with an […]

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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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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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Bob Stinson’s organ finds new home at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In mid-January, Colin Campbell learned that Tommy Stinson, Minneapolis music legend and former bassist for the Replacements, was giving away an organ that belonged to his late brother and Replacements founding member, Bob Stinson. For free. “All three of us Campbell brothers in the Shackletons are crazy ‘Mats fans,” Campbell said. “[Stinson’s web manager] said […]

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