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Donna Grantis releases two tracks featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam

Donna Grantis, the incredible Toronto-born guitarist who’s been based in Minnesota since Prince recruited her to the Gopher State in 2012, has released two new tracks recorded in collaboration with Mike McCready, Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist. “Trashformer” and “Violetta” are out now on digital services and 7″ vinyl; both tracks will appear on Grantis’s solo […]

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Father John Misty performs new single on ‘Live From Here’

Are you eagerly awaiting Father John Misty’s next album, God’s Favorite Customer? Do you prefer your love songs sardonic as all get-out? Does this read like an advertisement — and don’t you think that’s what our Father would want? The point is: we have a video you might like. Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, performed a couple songs […]

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Watch J.S. Ondara perform ‘Mother Christmas’ in a former monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin

Although the artist formerly known as Jay Smart, J.S. Ondara, has self-released a handful of home recordings via Soundcloud — notably, covers of HALEY’s “Kismet Kill” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” both of which received steady airplay on the Current — it wasn’t until this winter that he released his first official single, […]

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Song premiere: Dua nails their ‘First Take’

Some “making of” stories are more significant than the next. On the less captivating side, there are the songs that take steady work, their authors adjusting minute details at every turn. And then there’s “First Take” by local artist Dua, featuring a beat by Ness Nite compatriot Mike Frey. Dua has been creating art for […]

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