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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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    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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    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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    5 Trademarks of a Chastity Brown Show

    The sold out Parkway Theater hosted Chastity Brown for an evening of stories and music last night. At just under 2 hours, it was a long short set of music— only 13 songs were performed. At the same time, it was an impactful night of music due to Chastity’s stories and experiences. The show exemplified […] More

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    Julia Michaels Closes The Gap at First Avenue

    Before Julia Michaels took the stage at First Avenue, a sign appeared on stage stating it was a judgment-free zone. It encouraged dancing, singing, jumping, feeling and laughing. The sign was a huge hint into the vibe and energy that Michaels would bring to the show. As her first headlining show in Minneapolis, the backdrop […] 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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