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Justin Vernon, the Dessners launch PEOPLE streaming service

Justin Vernon hates giving interviews, but the voice memos he shares on the new PEOPLE streaming service are a good stand-in. Driving around Lowry Hill in Minneapolis, Vernon explains that the music industry and celebrity culture have made him both shy and angry, off and on, since For Emma, Forever Ago. “Granted, I was on […]

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Five contemporary artists cover Bob Dylan

Having released 38 studio albums and dozens of other projects (live albums, singles, box sets, etc.), Bob Dylan doesn’t make it easy on the casual listener. Like Prince and Neil Young, he maintains an oeuvre so dense newcomers hardly know where to start. It’s worth trying to scratch the surface, though, especially if you’d like to […]

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Marijuana Deathsquads and People to soundtrack Dada films at the Walker

Anti-art. Unorthodox. Avant-garde. These words apply to not one but two parties in today’s headline: Dada films and Marijuana Deathsquads, the Twin Cities noise supergroup helmed by Isaac Gale and Ryan Olson. Given their commonalities, Dada and Deathsquads make perfect bedfellows in tonight’s Walker Art Center event, “Sound for Silents: Film & Music on the […]

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Friday Five: Bionik feat. Lizzo, Juniper Douglas, and more new Minnesota music videos

Bionik, “Ball Like Beijing (feat. Lizzo)” Producer Bionik and the one and only Lizzo deliver all of the Cartoon Network throwbacks with the new video for “Ball Like Beijing.” The song went slept on all summer, but the video might just launch it into the spotlight. Juniper Douglas, “Wood Rose” This video accompanies the noteworthy first single from Juniper Douglas, […]

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Here’s how Justin Vernon’s boutique hotel in Eau Claire will look

Justin Vernon, real estate mogul? Not quite, but the Bon Iver leader is one of a quartet of Eau Claire entrepreneurs who are developing the Oxbow Hotel — a property described by its architects as “a boutique hotel property” that “remakes the run-down Green Tree Inn complex on Galloway Street in downtown Eau Claire as a hospitality […]

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