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Meet Nunnabove, Minneapolis’s latest and greatest family band

In a regular series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: Nunnabove, a Minneapolis-based family band who describe their sound as “positive alternative pop.” Their debut album, Season 1, was released in 2019; a follow-up is planned for this fall. Cadence (lead vocals, bass): Me and my sister started when […]

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Tracking Twin Cities music venues’ vaccination requirements

With a rapidly-changing public health environment, an increasing number of music venues are requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for entry. Below is a list of the latest expectations at many Twin Cities music venues. We’ll update this post as policies change, but please check venues’ websites to confirm their latest policies before purchasing tickets or heading […]

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New at the Minnesota State Fair: Ten 2021 highlights

No event has as many cherished Minnesota traditions as the State Fair — and yet, every year the first thing fairgoers ask is, “What’s new?” The Fair’s website has a complete rundown of what’s on deck this year, but that’s a lot of information to digest, so here are my personal picks for ten can’t-miss […]

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Music at the Minnesota State Fair 2021: Ten top sets to see

Aside from all the other superlatives, the State Fair is Minnesota’s largest annual music festival — and most of the live performances are free with Fair admission. For the biggest icons (say, Meghan Kreidler and Kevin Costner), Grandstand performances understandably come with an extra ticket charge. If you’re going to the fair this year, be […]

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Review and photos: Water is Life performers rally against Line 3 at Bayfront Festival Park

Water Is Life, the festival held at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth by Honor the Earth (Winona LaDuke’s arts-associated advocacy group), was about more than music. Ten hours of music; Anishinaabe traditional ceremony; teaching; passionate statements from Native artists and non-Native allies; and performance marked the day. The 5,000 participants danced, sweated in the 90-degree […]

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Bob Dylan sued for alleged sexual abuse of 12-year-old in 1965

On Friday, Aug. 13, a plaintiff identified publicly only as “J.C.” filed suit against Bob Dylan in New York. The suit seeks compensatory damages for lasting emotional, physical, and financial injury stemming from sexual abuse that allegedly took place at the Chelsea Hotel in 1965, when the plaintiff was 12 years old and Dylan was […]

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Lizzo releases new single, ‘Rumors,’ featuring Cardi B

“Just wait until the summer when they let me out the house,” sings Lizzo on her new single “Rumors,” a typically unabashed celebration of independence and confidence. The song, a first taste of Lizzo’s “new era,” in her own words, is the first musical collaboration between the Hustlers costars and Lizzo’s first single since 2019. […]

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Meet Maygen and the Birdwatcher, exploring Americana and celebrating community

In a regular series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: folk group Maygen and the Birdwatcher. They’ll be releasing their debut album, Moonshine, with a show at Icehouse on Oct. 10. Maygen Lacey (lead vocals/guitar): I’m pretty much terrified of performing live. So, my Maygen Lacey solo stuff was always studio things and collaborations […]

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