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Music History Spotlight: The Clams

In hopes to add another all-female rock band to the Minneapolis music scene, Cindy Lawson took out ads in local magazines in the summer of 1985. Soon enough, the City Pages and now-historic Twin Cities Reader ads caught the attention of drummer Karen Gratz, bassist Patsy Joe and  guitarist Roxie Terry, and The Clams were […]

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Entire inventory of ASI Studios tapes hits eBay

For decades, hundreds of vinyls and tapes sat untouched following the 1979 suicide of Audiotek Systems, Inc. owner Dan Holmes. Now, 260 reel to reel tapes from the Minneapolis record label and studio are on eBay for $19,900. ASI originally operated at 711 W. Broadway Ave. until Holmes moved the business to a studio attached to his […]

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Music History Spotlight: Astronaut Wife

Christian Erickson remembers the moment he realized he was in a band. Gathered in a practice room, Angela Orluck, Amy Turaney and Janey Winterbauer began crafting harmonies for Erickson’s “Cape Canaveral.” Originally, Erickson had just planned for them to sing in some of the different tracks he had written, but he knew he was witnessing something […]

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Music History Spotlight: Las Hermanas Rangel

In the 1940s, Las Hermanas Rangel were a popular Mexican-American music group in St. Paul’s West Side, known for their romantic ballads and fast-paced corridos. The girls started performing after a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church heard them sing in the choir, and offered to pay for the girls’ vocal lessons, said Genevieve Rangel, 83, adding that she […]

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Music History Spotlight: Vixen

This week on the Local Show, we’re paying tribute to Vixen, which is widely regarded as St. Paul’s first all-female rock band. As a high school student in St. Paul, Jan Kuehnemund started an early version of the band in 1973 with three other girls. By 1984, she moved the project to California, where the “classic” ‘80s lineup […]

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Music History Spotlight: The Continental Co-ets

Comprised of high schoolers in the Minnesota small town Fulda, 1960s garage rock group the Continental Co-ets may have been the first all-girl rock and roll group in the country — or at least in the Upper Midwest. Claims to fame aside, the teenagers’ tenaciousness deserves recognition. With a DIY punk spirit, the girls started […]

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