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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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    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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    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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    “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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    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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