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    Katie Toupin Shares Her Digits and Life On The Road

    Sitting across from Katie Toupin at The Depot Tavern, it’s easy to see the appreciation and accessibility she has to her fans. I mean, the front page of her website lists a cell phone number stating, “You can text me. I respond. Say hi. Let’s be friends.” As a former member of Houndmouth, Toupin has […] More

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    [Photo Gallery] Blue Ox Music Festival 2021

    There’s simply no way to see everything that takes place over the three days at Blue Ox Music Festival. There are 3 stages with music, another stage with family activities, music workshops, fire dancers, neon hoops, bubbles, art installations, and the brand new Soul Sanctuary. Needless to say, Blue Ox is a very meaty Ox. […] More

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    Stories from Backstage at Blue Ox Music Festival

    Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin returned for its 6th reiteration this past weekend. The family run festival had some last minute cancellations but the depth of the lineup shone through with special double sets and last minute additions. Music in Minnesota wanted to share stories from unique perspectives on what the festival […] More

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    Behind the Blue Ox Festival 2021

    In just 20 days, Minnesotans will be embarking to Eau Claire Wisconsin for the return of Blue Ox Music Festival. Now in it’s six year, and first one fully back from the scaled down 2020 rendition, Blue Ox is primed to once again deliver an intimate Bluegrass and Americana music experience all geared with a […] More

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    Michael Gay Writes To “Make It Right”

    Sometime into the fourth song into Michael Gay‘s new album Make It Right, there’s a feeling and a calm that settles over you. It’s a realization that everything is going to be alright. After navigating for more than year through a global pandemic, it’s easy to forget to take a deep breath. Michael’s more stripped-down […] More

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    The Listening Room Shines with Barbaro and MoeDeLL

    60 miles North of the Twin Cities sits the small town of Braham. A city of roughly 1,800 residents, it’s easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. One block off Main Street, across from the Fire Station, sits Happy Productions, an online radio station with an intimate little gem. The Listening Room sits around […] More

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    One-On-One: Sarah Morris and Kimberly Brady

    Kimberly Brady understands the science behind the importance of music. As a psychologist she encourages people to use music in their healing. She teaches that just therapy and executive functioning only fosters the left side of your brain. Music and the arts engage the right side and incorporate interactive functions. When you have two sides […] More

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    One-On-One: Gabriel Douglas and Carol Roth

    For Carol Roth, live music is a relatively new passion for her. In 2016, when the world was going crazy, her brain was looking for some kind of outlet to create an escape from reality, to help soothe her nerves. Prior to then she was in a lull where she didn’t really need music. This […] More

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    Turning the right direction at the Icehouse

    Since the pause of live music, there have been valiant efforts to have live-streaming fill that gap. Some artists have recorded individual parts to combine with their bandmates, others have gone solo. Even virtual festivals have popped up. No matter the attempt, we all repeat the same words: it’s not the same. There are now […] More

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    New Music Friday: Wilco (Ode to Joy), John Coltrane (Blue World), Dan Tedesco (“Adventureland”)

    Wilco – Ode to Joy (Indie Rock/Alternative) Wilco is not an easy band to pin down. Their debut album, 1994’s A.M., is fairly straightforward country rock (owing to Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy’s time in Uncle Tupelo). Follow-up Being There is a classic rock and Americana hodgepodge, Summerteeth a strange combination of power pop and folk, […] More

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