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Friday Five: Student 1, Nikki Jean, and more new Minnesota music videos

Student 1 — “Ready” Rapper Student 1 and creative team CMNCLTR follow up their fantastic “Paint” video with “Ready,” a track from Stu’s forthcoming EP Dork, which drops today. Nikki Jean — “People & Planes” Things get catastrophic in this video from Rhymesayers artist (and native Minnesotan) Nikki Jean, who’ll perform at this year’s official Soundset Before […]

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Minnesota musicians come together to help Puerto Rico

Ever since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island has been struggling with limited power, water, and fuel. Musicians in Minnesota are stepping up to do their part with shows including a Kitty Cat Club fundraiser tomorrow called “Fuerza” — Spanish for “strength” — as well as a Tom Petty tribute tonight at the Turf Club, […]

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Music round-up: Minnesotan artists pay tribute to the Purple One

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, we wanted to round up some of our favorite local tributes to the pop icon. While dozens of others are out there, our list was limited to songs available online. Here’s our top picks for Minnesota-made Prince homages and covers. Tickle Torture, “Full Court Press (feat. Velvet Negroni)” […]

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Tufawon drops “Sagepatch Kid” music video

We in Minnesota should spend more time outside. The weather can make that difficult — as I’m writing this, it’s cold and drizzly — but it’s good for us to ditch our skyways and living rooms, making effort to spend time under the sun. In his music video for “Sagepatch Kid,” off 2016 EP The Homecoming, local rapper Tufawon sets a great […]

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You Need To Know: Tufawon and his love for bomba/rap fusion

“Let us grow,” Tufawon chants near the beginning of The Send Off’s “Freedom Seeker,” starting a conversation with the cosmos. His hungry intonation swoops into a stellar verse from Elay, and soon, Tufawon will return to spit bars and shut down the song. But first, he repeats, “Let us grow” — with a “please” this […]

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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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