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    Dressed In Roses, Barbaro Blooms at The Cedar

    Celebrating the release of a new album is no small event. For Barbaro, it’s been a long time coming. Two weeks ago saw the official drop of their album, Dressed in Roses. The Cedar Cultural Center proved to be a worthy venue for the evening of acoustic music, the stage was even done up with […] More

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    A Conversation and Album Review with Barbaro

    Like a racehorse out of the gate, Barbaro is starting off 2020 with a surge. Their first full-length album, Dressed In Roses, will be released tomorrow, and on January 24th they will celebrate that release at The Cedar with Chicken Wire Empire and local darling Humbird. An electric blend of bluegrass, country, jazz, and chamber […] More

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    Song-Telling Tuesday: The Twins of Franklin and the Symmetry of Harmony

    Time has a way of developing and revealing insights into how people influence your life. For Becky Shaheen and Laura Lou, a decade of singing together has meant the pair can do “some pretty neat things.” The Twins of Franklin are built around tight, delicate harmonies that seem very effortless.They’ve established themselves in the Twin […] More

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    Shut Down Third Street Brings A Crowd To Winona

    Shut Down Third Street is a music and art festival put on by Treedom creative studios & record store. In its second year, Shut Down Third promotes people coming together on the streets of downtown Winona to experience music, art, and local businesses. Third street is closed to cars so people can freely move about, […] More

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    Noah Gundersen Kicks Off LOVER Tour With A Clean Slate

    “There’s so many personal stories (on the album) and people are not relating to my personal story. They’re relating to their own personal story that they hear in the music, which makes them feel less alone, which is such a cool thing to be able to share with people.” ~Noah Gundersen Noah Gundersen has been […] More

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    Dodie Inspires A Thankful Varsity Crowd

    There was a moment, standing in the photo pit as Dodie walked on stage at the Varsity theater, that my ears experienced something new. The audience of mostly young women was screaming with joy. The sheer volume was quite the rattle and an instant validation of just how impactful Dodie’s music has been to young […] More

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    Song-Telling Tuesday: Erik Ritland and the Knowledge of Knowing

    “”One of the funnest parts about creating is trying to do something but not being able to do it. And then you get into this weird place where it’s you and it’s creating something different. That’s the fun place to be with creativity.” ~Erik Ritland Songwriting Five albums, eight EPs, multiple podcasts, writing, copy editing— […] More

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    Song-Telling Tuesday: Haley and the Poetry of a Patriot

    “Anyone can do ambient sounds, but it’s all about the feelings. Anybody can throw paint on a huge canvas and call it Jackson Pollock, but there’s a reason why things like that happen.” ~Haley Songwriting Since her first full album release in 2003, Haley McCallum has continued to evolve as a prominent songwriter in Minnesota. […] More

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    Shakey Graves Brings the South to Surly.

    Week after week, Surly Brewing Co. continues to sell out their concerts this summer. This weekend added onto that streak with Caroline Rose opening for Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves to make for a perfect Summer Saturday. Caroline Rose got the party rocking early on, and it only picked up from there! She brought that […] More

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    Yam Haus Trade Synths for Acoustic Guitars with Surprising Results

    There’s a lot of well-deserved hype surrounding Hudson’s Yam Haus.   Their melodic, dreamy pop has been streamed nearly a million times on Spotify, they impressed at the 2018 Best New Bands showcase at First Ave, and the fresh synth-pop of their debut album Stargazer legitimized the hype.  Their most recent release, The Stargazer Sessions, takes a completely different approach. The layers of synths and big pop sound of Stargazer is replaced with acoustic guitars and sparse […] More

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    William Fitzsimmons Interview on “Pittsburgh”

    Fitzsimmons was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a home where sound – particularly music – was integral to communication. Both of his parents were blind, yet were extremely talented in the subject of music. They owned an assortment of guitars, pianos and other instruments. They introduced young William to artists like James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and […] More

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