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Five years later, ‘Lizzobangers’ shows Lizzo has always been a boss

These days, Lizzo is all photo shoots and peach emoji, a triumphant star embarking on national tours with Haim and Florence + the Machine. Fans thirst for her next album; outlets such as the New York Times and Teen Vogue afford her coverage. But no matter how high their “Good As Hell” play counts, many could stand to try her debut album, Lizzobangers: a […]

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Review and photos: Four Fists unleash ‘6666’ at Icehouse

P.O.S and Astronautalis have released a handful of singles as Four Fists, but if you’re still unfamiliar with their music, I’d actually steer you toward “Fjortis.” It’s not a “spotlight track,” sitting two-thirds through their album 6666. It’s calmer than any of its neighbors. But it links personal narrative, pyro-punk, and a glinty beat in […]

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Eyedea’s family honors hip-hop hero with new mural in St. Paul

Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen left before us, at the height of his career as a rapper best-known as one half of Eyedea and Abilities. In the nearly eight years since, there have been countless tributes to Eyedea all over the country ranging from huge events like a tribute show at First Ave in 2015 to the documentary about his […]

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Michael Shynes, meet Komodo: How a Minnesota musician ‘standing in a corner’ became an overnight pop star in Poland

Hailing from Little Falls, Minn., Michael Shynes was living a pretty normal life as an artist, creating new music and trying to make a career as a local singer-songwriter work. Then, this past summer, Shynes’s audience grew unexpectedly to extend way beyond the state and across the world. It all started when Shynes recorded music for […]

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VILD; Vansire; and Fauna and Flora: Three Rochester acts to watch

With a growing arts and culture scene, Rochester is making more of a name for itself than just medicine. Nowadays there are more and more up-and-coming artists emerging out of Rochester and growing an audience that extends past city boundaries. Many of those musicians making names for themselves are young people. Here’s a look at […]

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Friday Five: deM atlaS, Elle PF, and more new Minnesota music videos

deM atlas – Bad Loves Company Visual EP deM atlaS plays himself in this five-song visual EP, a taste of his upcoming debut album Bad Actress (out Oct. 19). Directed by Dave Wilson, the video is all absurdism, pleasure, and armadillos — and finally some peace. It includes “Tomorrow Party,” “Bad Loves Company,” “Music Man,” “Gratitude,” and “Can […]

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DeM atlaS releases visual EP, talks about debut album and upcoming tour

DeM atlaS visited Oake and Riley in the studio this week to talk about his two latest projects, one of which just dropped. The young Minneapolis rapper and singer is releasing his debut album, Bad Actress, via Rhymesayers Entertainment on Oct. 19. This week he unveiled a visual EP titled Bad Loves Company, which sets video to five singles from the […]

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