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From Neil Diamond to Slayer, Josh Groban to Run-DMC: Six albums that define Rick Rubin

“Oh, I kind of listen to everything” When you ask most people what kind of music they like, you’ll often get this response. The dirty...

The Duluth hill country blues of Black Eyed Snakes at the Hook and Ladder

This show was a Hook Stream from the Hook and Ladder. To find out more, click here. Isn’t music the best? It’s the best cure...

Midwest songwriter Dan Tedesco launches revolutionary new music platform

“In an attempt to bring something new and positive out of the darkness surrounding the music world these last few months, I finally got my...

Five best Creedence Clearwater Revival songs you’ve never heard

Even 50 years after their heyday, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s radio hits are still as catchy and recognizable as ever. Tracks like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,”...

10 Best Beatles Songs, 1963-1966

Twin Cities songwriter and Music in Minnesota editor Erik Ritland releases a new article every Friday. Ranging from fun lists to serious music commentary, they...

Is it worth having arguments online? Plus new single “Promises” (Erik Ritland isn’t so Bad podcast #3)

If you’re a creative type who loves music, songwriting, big ideas, and having a lot of fun, Erik Ritland isn’t so Bad is your kind...

Best Bob Dylan songs from Time Out of Mind to Rough and Rowdy Ways

Our hometown hero has done it again. With his latest album Rough and Rowdy Ways, Bob Dylan is the first artist to have a top 40...

Seven Questions with Ryan and Pony: Musical foundations, the Melismatics, famous friends, and more

Seven Questions features deep dive interviews with local bands, songwriters, and personalities. Their music, their influences, what makes them tick, their earliest memories, what books they’re reading, what...

Seven Questions with Low’s Alan Sparhawk: Inspirations, first gigs, Low’s catalog, more

Seven Questions features deep dive interviews with local bands, songwriters, and personalities. Their music, their influences, what makes them tick, their earliest memories, what books they’re reading, what...

Seven Questions with Dan Israel: First gigs, favorite books, being Bob Dylan, much more

Seven Questions features deep dive interviews with local bands, songwriters, and personalities. Their music, their influences, what makes them tick, their earliest memories, what books they’re reading, what...