Twin Cities Year in Music 2012

From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music

For Doomtree's eighth(!) Blowout series, the hip-hop collective scale back from 2011's seven-night run at the 7th St. Entry to do "only" three straight nights in the First Avenue Mainroom. These shows come not long after the debut of Team the Best Team, a 70-minute tour documentary DVD filmed by Chris Hadland, and cap a touring-heavy year.

The 2013 Grammy Awards nominees include local Americana duo the Okee Dokee Brothers in the Best Children's Album category for Can You Canoe?, detailing their canoe trip down the Mississippi River. Another local looking to grab a trophy is Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs, whose Pecados Y Milagros is up for Best Regional Mexican Music Album.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Steven Cohen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

December tidbits: Nicholas "The Feelin" Mrozinski reaches at least the final four on the third season of NBC singing competition The Voice. Curtiss A astounds with a 100-plus slate of songs for his annual John Lennon Tribute at First Avenue.

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