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‘Dismembered & Unarmed’: All-star group of Minnesota musicians tackle body oppression and white supremacy on collaborative album

Resmaa Menakem, a licensed independent social worker and therapist, released his book My Grandmother’s Hands this past September. The book sought to tackles issues of racism and white supremacy from an unexpected, yet plausible place: how it affects the bodies of the oppressed and oppressors. My Grandmother’s Hands focuses specifically on how Black bodies and […]

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“We like to put things in boxes”: Kimbra on Prince’s spirit, vocals, and constant evolution

Kimbra gets Prince. Since buying Musicology in a New Zealand record store, she’s released three of her own shape-shifting albums, including today’s Primal Heart. But she’s never lost sight of principles she learned from Prince — especially evolution, duality, and joy. You know her from “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the song that sent her and Gotye to […]

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‘I want to be known as a Minnesotan, finally’: John Maus sticks to his roots as his music surges forward

Whenever reporters talk to John Maus, they tend to end up writing a lot about the way John Maus talks. Some phrases and sentences that have been used to describe him in conversation include “maddeningly referential,” “circular,” “nonlinear tangents abound,”  and “It is not easy to talk to John Maus.” The very first sentence of […]

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Talking Prince and drums with the NPG’s Michael Bland

Though Prince’s use of drum machines—in particular, the LM-1, designed by Roger Linn—was a major part of his singular sound, he could also play serious grooves in a wide array behind a real-deal drum kit. Prince began drumming at age 12. “I learned on a big box of newspapers,” he told Modern Drummer in 2001. […]

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