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    Coffee Shops Collaborate for a Special Benefit Release

    Five Watt Coffee and Caydence Records & Coffee have joined forces to curate a special compilation of songs to help benefit our music community. This is a chance for any artist to be considered for the collaborate that will be released on CD and limited edition vinyl. All original music and any genre can submit […] More

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    The Von Tramps Ease Into “Summer Nights”

    Summer is right around the corner as we ease into a radically revised world. Images of what summer involves, how it feels, and all the childhood activities come rushing back every June. This year will certainly look and feel much different but The Von Tramps just released a time capsule with their new music video […] More

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    Behind the Glass with Brandon Buttner (Part Three)

    Behind every career are the intangibles that keep us going. We have peers that influence us, internal desires that motivate us, and private goals that drive us forward. For the people behind the glass at studios, there is a completely different set of dreams that the artists have on the other side. It’s not about […] More

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    Behind the Glass with Brandon Buttner (Part Two)

    “All of my big connections today have stemmed back to one or two relationships early on. It’s trickled down from working with this one person, then get introduced to this person and working with them for three years, and so on.” Brandon Buttner Being a producer and engineer requires many hats to wear. For Brandon, […] More

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    Behind the Glass with Brandon Buttner (Part One)

    “I actually still have Minnesota plates on my car and a Minnesota license in my wallet,” claims Brandon Buttner. A resident of Los Angeles for close to 8 years, engineer and vocal producer Brandon Buttner still has some heavy Minnesota ties. When I called his Midwest area-coded phone, we spoke about his strong ties to […] More

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    Minneapolis Quarantine Mixtape Project

    2020 so far has been a tough year for everyone in Minneapolis. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected every clique, group and subculture this city has to offer, including but not limited to the Minneapolis Hip Hop scene. All plans for the future have officially been cancelled, leaving rappers and singers wondering what’s next for their […] More

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    “Stay at Home” Musicians Open New Doors

    On March 27th, Governor Tim Walz enacted the “Stay at Home” order, which shut down our music venues and record stores. In the month since that order, music has transformed dramatically. Bands have been split apart, tours cancelled, new albums delayed, and festivals snuffed out. Our creative spaces have had their doors closed. Tickets to […] 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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    How Social Distancing is Impacting our Music Community

    There are many stories to tell in our current COVID-19 world of music. Music venues are shutting down, photographers are relying on nightly shows to sustain them, artists are cancelling full tours, and everyone in the service industry surrounding these activities are taking a huge hit.  Music has always been the bond that unites people. […] More

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