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‘Out of the Ashes’: New album benefits black-owned businesses and Native youth in Minneapolis

An album of newly-recorded tracks, compiled by local guitarist Matt Sowell and released via San Francisco’s Tompkins Square record label, is available now with proceeds going to benefit black-owned businesses and Native youth in Minneapolis. Out of the Ashes: A Benefit Album for Minneapolis is available exclusively on Bandcamp. The tracks include Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas […]

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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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