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Still don't have plans for Halloween? Have no fear! There's plenty of shows to catch this night of fright. First Avenue will be holding their annual Halloween party and costume contest while the Solid Gold hosts the night at the Turf Club. As for post-Halloween partying, Okkervil River plays the Fir ... More >>
Wits with Tig Notaro and Kathleen Edwards Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Friday, April 19, 2013 With a name like Wits, come expecting to laugh, but also come expecting to be moved by the musical guests. Friday's session of Wits had its guests trading roles with musical guest Kathleen Edwards showing ... More >>
Ben Wendel has earned international success and awards as a performer, composer, producer and even conductor. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated jazz-rock group Kneebody in which he plays saxophone, and he is one of the very few well-known bassoonists outside of the classical realm -- a ... More >>
If you've tuned into the Current at all this week, there's a good chance you've heard about this weekend's back-to-back New Standards Holiday Shows at the Fitzgerald Theater, the group's annual star-studded performances of jazz-inspired covers and holiday sing-alongs. This year, in honor of their ... More >>
The incomparable Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell turns 68 today. And while her own stirring music certainly stands proudly on its own, some of the most famous recordings of her songs have been done by other musicians. The list of artists who have covered Mitchell's songs over the years is a ... More >>
Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>
When experimental electro-dub artist James Blake made his Minneapolis debut at the Entry this past May, he made sure to note how thrilled he was to be at the venue "where Prince played," joking that he was disappointed he wasn't playing in the iconic Mainroom. So when Blake returned just four sho ... More >>
Let's play Charades: Three words, four syllables. Musically talented, has sang in a production with David Byrne, and won multiple awards for her contributions to the music community. The answer? Mary Jane Alm.More than just a respected musician, expressive singer, and accomplished songwrite ... More >>
A Badly Broken Code was also praised by Robert Christgau on NPR.
The melodrama behind her, Cat Power goes on tour with a set of classic cover songs
Like several million other people around my age (I'm 34), I grew up with Carole King's Tapestry album because my parents had it and played it often. As with Joni Mitchell's albums from the early '70s, I associate Tapestry very closely with my mother, and have probably never heard it without either b ... More >>
The wait is over, folks: 1. Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark 2. Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight 3. John Cale, Fear 4. Big Star, Radio City 5. Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic 6. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Natty Dread 8. New York Dolls, In Too Much Too Soon 9. Jackson Brow ... More >>
Haynes fakes it so real, he is beyond fake
A roundtable with five Twin Cities songwriters