Without Jon Kirby of Numero Group, there would be no Purple Show: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. For the label's 50th release, Kirby and his associates dug deep into the local history surrounding the amazing funk, soul, and R&B that was bubbling up in the late '70s and early '80s, and assemb ... More >>
Like it or not, Lipps Inc's disco-fueled jam, "Funkytown," is an indelible 80's anthem that will forever be linked with the Twin Cities sound. Now there is a new European TV series named after the song called Funkytown, which highlights and examines the musical culture of six American cities -- and, ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
I attended the Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame for the first time on Friday at the Medina (see previous post), and it was a surprisingly good time. Gypsy (above) rocked and harmonized like they hadn't aged a minute, and openers Art Essery and Mary Jane Alm (below) were equally impressive. Th ... More >>
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time
Jimmy Jam was a DJ. Morris Day was a drummer. Prince was a kid with a huge afro. Before they changed popular music, Mom told them to turn that racket down.
Five local bands go looking for fame and fortune--and the audience gets taken for a ride