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    Twin Cities artists unite to discuss hopes for 2023

    The music community in the Twin Cities has been a source of strength, growth, and opportunity for many artists over the years. From Prince to Soul Asylum, to Babes In Toyland and The Replacements, the long list are examples of bands this Midwest haven have developed. As we move farther from the pause in 2020, […] More

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    Matt Costa and David Ramirez at Turf Club [Photo Gallery]

    Two celebrated songwriters landed at Turf Club last night, delivering intimate solo sets to a captivated audience. David Ramirez opened the evening with a set that delivered extremely quiet moments and spouts of dynamic bliss, playing a large collection of his catalogue. Matt Costa followed with a softer set that rewarded the crowd with stripped-down […] More

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    S3:1 The Treasury Starts a Wealth of All-Ages Opportunities

    The Payne-Phalen neighborhood is the largest of Saint Paul’s 17 designated neighborhoods.The Payne Avenue corridors is filled with rich architectural history, unique dinner destinations, and a growing arts community that is slowly transforming the area. Catalyst Music’s brand new music venue, The Treasury, is aimed at becoming the 7th Street Entry version of The Garage, […] More

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    Studio Shorts: Defhaus Studios and Hot Dad Labs

    One thing the corona-virus hasn’t affected is the desire for musicians to create. We’ve seen online concerts, live streaming performances to demo new songs, and creative ways for collaboration to happen during these unique times. This insurgence of expression is promising and continues to keep us connected.   Recording studios have continued to be a […] More

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    Studio Shorts: Studio 65 and Carpet Booth Studios

    Recording studios operate unlike almost any other business. Their reputation and sustainability are directly based on the music they touch. You won’t see any advertisements in newspapers for recording studios. Word of mouth is key and musicians sharing their experiences. Referring other artists is crucial. This week we take a look at two studios that […] More

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    Studio Shorts: The Hideaway Studios and The Garage Studio

    Recording studios hold an important role in our community. These magical places are the cornerstones for developing bands and finding a desired sound for their music. Studios are tucked away in corners of our neighborhoods, in buildings often without signs, and removed from any advertisements. “If you had a sign above every studio door saying […] More

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    Mortimer’s Rebuilds A Neighborhood Music Scene

    Mortimer’s Bar and Restaurant has been a conduit for music and community since 1976. The corner of Lyndale and Franklin is a busy hub for businesses. It has seen a greasy spoon, a pharmacy, a butcher shop, a convenience store, and a steak house throughout the years. Mortimer’s expanded its business by adding a music […] More

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    Pony Rug Helps Artists Rein in Success

    The past two years have been busy for a group of friends recording live music videos. Pony Rug is approaching 100 high definition videos showcasing Minneapolis artists and music. There’s an unquantifiable style with which every video is stamped. Every video carries traits of professionally warm lighting and the glow of the musicians, all stationed […] More

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    Sacred Heart Music Center Echos High and Low in Duluth

    When you first walk through the doors of Sacred Heart Music Center, the enormity of the venue is felt by the immediate echo of your voice. Sitting high upon the Duluth skyline, Sacred Heart Cathedral is a historic landmark that opened its doors in 1896 and installed a renowned Felgemaker organ in 1898. It was […] More

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    Sorry, We’re Open: Palmer’s Bar

    Palmer’s Bar has been a West Bank institution since 1906. It has survived prohibition, bootlegging, two World Wars, the smoking ban, cathouse raids due to an upstairs brothel, and various urban renewal projects. A core trait of Palmer’s has been that everyone is welcome. You see that in a collage of regulars including professors, cabbies, […] More

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