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Minneapolis post-punks Arcwelder on the 7th St Entry, Grant Hart

Music history is full of surprises. A couple of weeks ago, I was digging through the Minnesota Historical Society’s archive of First Avenue/7th St Entry shows. Along with well-known acts like the Replacements and the Jayhawks, one unfamiliar band name kept popping out at me: Arcwelder (née Tiltawhirl), who’ve played at least 29 shows at […]

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Joan Osborne talks about covering Dylan and meeting Prince

Given how famously idiosyncratic his songs are, it’s remarkable how well Bob Dylan translates to cover versions. That’s been clear since the ’60s, when performances by Joan Baez, the Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Judy Collins, and other artists helped make the mercurial singer-songwriter a household name. The latest artist to put her stamp […]

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Dan Wilson on new album ‘Re-Covered,’ songwriting for Semisonic

Dan Wilson makes many things for many people. He fronts Semisonic, the Minnesota-based band that scored ’90s fandom with “Closing Time.” He has written songs with dozens of musicians, from edgy pop artists (Phantogram, K.Flay) to country greats (Dixie Chicks, Chris Stapleton) to mainstreamers whose albums your mom tracked down at Target (Adele, Taylor Swift). He’s a producer and a […]

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