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Nine Minnesota-made albums that are perfect for winter

Low: Ones and Sixes You can’t have a winter albums list without slowcore favorites Low. While almost any of their 16 albums to date could have fit here, it’s Ones and Sixes that stands out — for more than just the simple barren tree on the cover art. The heartbeat of “Gentle” picks up in […]

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Watch Slug, P.O.S, and Prof introduce the Timberwolves’ new logo (with a Prince cameo)

Last night at halftime during their final home game, the Minnesota Timberwolves unveiled their new logo. A video showcasing the rebranding features Minneapolis hip-hop artists Slug (of Atmosphere), P.O.S (of Doomtree), and Prof. “We knew it would have to have this idea of sophisticated simplicity,” said Rodney Richardson, the new logo’s designer, in another video posted by […]

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Review and photos: Atmosphere open the Palace Theatre with a bang

As the first show announcements rolled out, it seemed unclear what the very first public performance at the reopened Palace Theatre would be. It wasn’t a certainty that the first performer would be local, particularly with the room’s 2,800 capacity. Atmosphere, though, were a perfect choice for the first act to headline the stage: their local pedigree can’t […]

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A holiday gift guide for Minnesota music fans

The Lyrics: 1961-2012 by Bob Dylan Just because Bob Dylan didn’t celebrate his Nobel Prize in Literature win, doesn’t mean you can’t. The Lyrics not only showcases classics like Dylan’s 1960s canon and later works like Blood on the Tracks, but continues to record his most recent writings right up through Tempest. Bonus: The Lyrics also includes many of […]

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Friday Five: Mark Mallman, Atmosphere, and more new Minnesota music videos

Mark Mallman, “The End Is Not The End” Following in his creative video-making tradition (see: “Terrified” and “It’s Good To Be Alive”), Mark Mallman plays with images using Prisma, a photo-animating app. The video jumps into the in between, showing people in dreams both individual and somehow shared. It’s split-screen; it’s “both and”; it’s questioning — and it urgently defies any typical narrative arc. As Mallman […]

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Review and photos: Soundset 2016 showcases hip-hop’s great range

On stage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Soundset 2016, Sway Calloway shared some words on hip-hop culture: “It’s multifaceted and multidimensional.” The Sway in the Morning host was introducing legendary hip-hop crew (and Jimmy Fallon house band) the Roots, who proved his point in one neo-soul-to-swing-to-beatboxing set. But all day long, Soundset brought together disparate artists […]

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Atmosphere and Trampled By Turtles join Bonnaroo 2015 lineup

From June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee, Atmosphere will represent for Minneapolis’s Southside and Trampled By Turtles will represent Duluth at Bonnaroo. The annual music festival announced the first wave of its lineup yesterday via an innovative method—fans had to call a phone number to learn who was in the lineup, one artist at a time—that […]

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Atmosphere to open for Imagine Dragons at free Target All-Star Concert

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is an occasion for popular players from disparate teams to come together on the same field, so it’s appropriate that Minneapolis indie hip-hop legends Atmosphere will share a stage with Top 40 rockers Imagine Dragons at a concert associated with the All-Star Game. On July 12 at TCF Bank Stadium, […]

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