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Playlist: Winona LaDuke won’t back down

Winona LaDuke is an author, activist, and past Green Party vice presidential candidate who lives in northwestern Minnesota. She built this playlist using songs by incredible singers (Sissy Goodhouse, Buffy Sainte-Marie); changemakers (Bob Marley, Jackson Browne); and Honor the Earth collaborators (Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt). Some of her picks are part of The Current’s Indigenous […]

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Meet Conrad Oddoye, the bassist everyone wants in their band

In a biweekly series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: multi-instrumentalist Conrad Oddoye, who’s performed as a bassist with Minneapolis artists including Miloe, Papa MBye, and Honeybutter. My family moved to Canada from England when I was seven years old and my parents put my brother and me […]

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‘Britney vs. Spears’ on Netflix: What you need to know

There’s been a flurry of news regarding Britney Spears recently, and now there’s a new Netflix documentary that’s one of the service’s most-viewed programs. Whether or not you plan to watch, here’s what you need to know about this music story with potential ramifications for the rights of over a million Americans living under guardianships […]

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Gaelynn Lea composing original music for new Broadway ‘Macbeth’

Craig. Negga. Lea. The producers of a new Macbeth on Broadway have tapped the best and brightest stars to fill their stage — and to fill the Lyceum Theatre with music. Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea will be composing original music for the production, which will star Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga in the title roles. “Yay!” tweeted […]

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