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Women’s History Month: Minnesota’s soul, gospel, and jazz icons

Previously: Women’s History Month: Minnesota’s earliest pioneers Previously: Women’s History Month: Influential ’80s and ’90s rock bands from Minnesota For the third installment of this month’s ongoing Women’s History Month series on Local Current, I wanted to take a closer look at some of the pioneering women from Minnesota’s jazz, gospel, and soul communities. These […]

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Germaine Gemberling reflects on her time in Smut

The year is 1984 and the Minneapolis music scene has officially exploded. I am a St. Paul girl going on 13 years old, growing up by Macalaster College listening to WMCN radio station kick out some serious Twin Cities talent and catching the 94B bus downtown to attend every all-ages show possible at First Avenue. The first […]

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A California desert interview with Babes in Toyland

With a summer of big festival dates ahead of them—including a homecoming gig at Rock the Garden on June 21—the influential Minneapolis trio Babes in Toyland drove up into the hills of the California desert last month to play their first public show in 14 years. It was a small warm-up gig at an intimate and […]

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Women’s History Month: Minnesota’s early musical pioneers

March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate we’re diving deep into the history of the influential women who helped build the Minnesota music scene with a series on Local Current and an all-female edition of The Local Show on Sunday, March 15. For the first hour-long installment on Local Current, I wanted to go back just […]

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Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 turns 25: Talking points

• Rhythm Nation 1814 was Janet Jackson’s fourth solo album, although she was just 23 years old when it came out. • One of the most commercially successful albums ever to come out of Minnesota, Rhythm Nation 1814 was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and all of the tracks were recorded at their Flyte Tyme studio in Minneapolis. […]

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Replacements landmarks in Minneapolis: Check out this incredible map

In honor of the upcoming Replacements show at Midway Stadium, artist Kevin Cannon and writer Pat Ganley have created a remarkable hand-drawn map of ‘Mats landmarks in Minneapolis—from the CC Club to First Ave to the Bob Stinson Memorial Bench—based on Jim Walsh’s book All Over But the Shouting. Here’s a preview; see the full-size map, […]

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10 iconic musical moments at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone at the Minnesota State Fair. That goes for music fans, as well. In addition to plenty of free shows that take place throughout the fairgrounds every year, high profile acts and entertainers have been performing at the Grandstand since 1962. Even though the Grandstand […]

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Minnesota Music Sleuth: The Legend of the Buried Guitar

Local legend has it that when the Cedar Cultural Center was converted from a ​movie theater to a music room, a guitar belonging to West Bank folk star Spider John Koerner was buried in the venue’s foundation. Is the legend true? In the first episode of a new series from the Current, David Campbell takes on the role of the Minnesota […]

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