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Ali Shaheed Muhammad talks about A Tribe Called Quest, scoring for TV, and his new project the Midnight Hour

For a group that recently released their debut album, the Midnight Hour are no novices to writing, recording, or producing music. The Midnight Hour is the collaboration of composer/ arranger/ producer Adrian Younge and rapper/ DJ/ producer/ A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad. After collaborating on various projects for years, the duo released […]

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Longtime experimental jazz series comes to an end

One of the Twin Cities’ longest-running jazz series will be discontinued at the end of this year. In a Facebook post published over the Thanksgiving weekend, drummer JT Bates announced the end of his series, JT’s Jazz Implosion. Held every Monday night at Icehouse in Minneapolis, the series has been working to grow the experimental […]

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Donna Grantis releases two tracks featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam

Donna Grantis, the incredible Toronto-born guitarist who’s been based in Minnesota since Prince recruited her to the Gopher State in 2012, has released two new tracks recorded in collaboration with Mike McCready, Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist. “Trashformer” and “Violetta” are out now on digital services and 7″ vinyl; both tracks will appear on Grantis’s solo […]

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Friday Five: J.S. Ondara, Ness Nite, and more new Minnesota music videos

J.S. Ondara – Lebanon “Oh Lebanon, life is brief don’t sit alone,” J.S. Ondara asks in this single from his upcoming album Tales of America. Artist Woody Ray Tucker hand-drew the illustrations that’d become the video, using a mixture of watercolor, charcoal, ink, and graphite. He says, “The lyrics are very compassionate and rich in historical suggestion, […]

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