Local Music Yearbook '06

Prince went to Vegas. Smokers went to Maplewood. Tapes 'N Tapes went to the moon. And sometime after the last zombie dance party got busted, we wrote it all down for you.

• Minneapolis rapper Toki Wright plays shows in Uganda, including one in war-torn Gulu, where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has forced children to torture and kill members of their own families for 20 years. The first American hip-hop artist to perform there, Wright helps develop a youth showcase for the HEALS (Health Education Literacy Sports) organization. "I was brought in to facilitate Hip-Hop as Play Therapy," he says. "I wasn't there to pry horrific stories out of them, but to help them develop other methods of play as a way to cope."

R.I.P.: Jim Hill, WCCO Radio personality, who played "Milking Music" in the '50s and '60s. Alice Preves, violist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Rolf Scheurer, former conductor of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.

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• Scribble Jam beatbox champion DJ Snuggles performs between quarters at a Timberwolves game, "scratching" using his mouth alone, cutting the words "Timberwolves," "Kevin Garnett," and "Mike James" into the beat. "He came out and killed it in front of like 10,000 people," says one fan.

• The bestselling local act of 2005, Motion City Soundtrack, appears on the cover of the January "2007 Most Anticipated" issue of the AP: Alternative Press.

R.I.P.: Sister Rose Immacula Brennan, director and voice teacher at St. Joseph's School of Music.

Thanks to all the contributors: G.R. Anderson Jr., Sarah Askari, Paul Demko, Mary O'Regan, Nate Patrin, Molly Priesmeyer, Rod Smith, Chuck Terhark, Lindsey Thomas, Jim Walsh, and Mark Wheat. 

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