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Watch a 1988 documentary on the Minneapolis Sound

KTCA-TV (the station now known as Twin Cities PBS) aired The Minneapolis Sound in 1988, narrated and produced by Emily Goldberg. The 60-minute documentary spotlighted artists including Prince, the Time, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, the Jets, Alexander O’Neal, and others, and it’s just emerged on YouTube. “Right now, Minneapolis has become one of the major music centers […]

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Paisley Park announces ‘Prince4Ever’ museum tributes for April

Today, Paisley Park announced that it’s adding some new elements to its museum tour experience to highlight Prince’s memory in April, the one-year anniversary of the music icon’s death. A new memorial fence will be built on Paisley Park’s grounds to “display archived fan-donated memorial messages and artifacts originally attached to the exterior perimeter fence […]

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Palace Theatre announces three opening-weekend shows

Today, the Palace Theatre announced three shows that will serve to officially open the downtown St. Paul venue in March. First up: Atmosphere are the first act to headline the newly renovated Palace Theatre on Friday, March 10 as a part of their Welcome to Minnesota 2017 tour. Pre-sale tickets ($25) are on sale now […]

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Go west, Mary Bue! (But please come back.)

Local singer-songwriter Mary Bue has been awarded a residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation to live and work in Taos, N.M. for three months. Before she goes, she’ll play a jubilant sendoff show with Alan Sparhawk (Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) and Molly Maher (of Disbelievers fame) at Icehouse on Saturday, Jan. 14. I caught up with […]

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Friday Five: Tyte Jeff, P.O.S, and more new Minnesota music videos

Tyte Jeff, “1952” Who is the giant figure hulking around Minneapolis, and why isn’t Tyte Jeff frontperson Jeff Allen running away from it instead of striding through alleys? The song title “1952” is a hint. The band bring what looks like the Flatwoods monster to downtown in a video conceived and directed by Paul Danhauser. Tyte Jeff (Jeff […]

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Saturday at Paisley Park: 1998 Prince concert screening

Everyone’s wondering when we’ll hear more music from Prince’s legendary vault, but the late icon’s archives also include a lot of video — and Paisley Park has been using its weekly movie nights to showcase some rare concert footage. Last month the venue screened a 2012 Australia concert, and just last week visitors were able to […]

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You Need To Know: Lady Lark, a pop/soul star-to-be

Taylor Harris is Lady Lark, a pop/soul artist making her Entry debut on Monday. Her music is bouncy, playful, and slinky, cut out for the roller rink or a Mayer Hawthorne fan’s playlist; Harris is playful, too, but as Lady Lark, she ups the ante, becoming a compelling, commanding bandleader. She and her fellow songwriters, […]

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Ness Nite signs with POW Recordings, talks debut album

Many see the turn of the new year as a time to reflect and process, but Ness Nite (whose preferred genre description is “braless”) has had little chance at that. In August, she released Nite Time, her first EP, and headlined at the Entry. She performed at First Avenue’s Mainroom twice in December — once to […]

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