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Transgender Day of Visibility: Artists you need to know

On March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a reminder to honor and support trans people around the world — a diverse community that encompasses all ages, races, and faith backgrounds.  Below is a list of trans artists to check out, if you haven’t already. As rapper Quay Dash notes, “being pigeon-holed as just […]

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Goodbye, Honey and Ginger Hop

The coronavirus-related shutdown of local nightlife — and day life — will be delivering bad news for a while. We got some on Thursday, when Ginger Hop and Honey, a pair of bars in Northeast Minneapolis that have served up some of the Twin Cities’ most adventurous bookings, particularly of DJs, announced they were shutting […]

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Caitlyn Smith: ‘I’m keeping my eyes on the future’

This week, Jill Riley connected with Caitlyn Smith as we continued to reach out to musicians sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Jill Riley: We feel a special bond with Caitlyn Smith as she grew up just south of the Twin Cities in Cannon Falls. If you’re not familiar with Cannon Falls, that is […]

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Virtual tours, bedroom compilations, and livestreamed concerts: How Minnesota’s musicians are sustaining community in quarantine

On Wednesday, March 25, Gov. Tim Walz called Minnesotans to “stay at home” to slow the spread of COVID-19. The executive order, which began on Friday night, requires us all to stay indoors, except to access essential needs and services. Although we are physically distant from one another, Minnesota’s musicians are finding creative ways to […]

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