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Rochester works to cultivate music scene in buttoned-up culture

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Despite Rochester's reputation as something of a cultural backwater, the entrepreneurs are finding a strong music scene to spotlight.(image)

Los Lobos took 'La Bamba' to the top of the charts

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:57:00 -0500

It's the title track from a 1987 bio pic about Ritchie Valens, who died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.(image)

Target flips on the background music. Will shoppers turn up the volume?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

For years, the Minneapolis-based retail giant kept overhead background music out of most of its stores. But that's changing as it moves ahead with a massive store remodeling project and tries to revive flagging sales.(image)

90th anniversary of Royal Artillery Band at the Minnesota State Fair

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:02:51 -0500

John Phillip Sousa debuted the piece in front of 12,000 spectators.(image)

Lil Yachty plays Thursday night at the Myth

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:03:48 -0500

Since he started concentrating on music, Lil Yachty has collaborated with artists like Kayne West, Chance the Rapper and Macklemore. He describes his musical style as "bubblegum rap."(image)

Mixed Precipitation brings opera, and food, to the garden

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The group makes a tasting menu part of the story, and brings bones for the dogs who may be part of the audience.(image)

Prince gets his own purple

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:40:18 -0500

Handlers for the estate of Prince have struck their newest deal.(image)

Irv Williams plays Dakota Jazz Club for 98th birthday

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:14:18 -0500

Williams grew up in Arkansas and Ohio, but moved to the Twin Cities after World War II. He taught in the St. Paul Public Schools for many years.(image)

Alex Williams' first album debuts Friday

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:59:21 -0500

Williams, 26 says his father was an '80s hair band fan. It was his grandfather who introduced him to the outlaw country music that became his musical inspiration.(image)

Glen Campbell's doctor reflects on singer's contribution to Alzheimer's awareness

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:29:28 -0500

The singer was diagnoses with the disease in late 2010.(image)

Pat Benatar to play at Minnesota Zoo

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:57:52 -0500

Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform what she calls the "Holy 14" songs that her fans expect to hear at every concert.(image)

Sylvan Esso records with a full band

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:16:38 -0500

Sylvan Esso will play the second of two sold out shows Monday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis.(image)

Manilow's 'Looks Like We Made It' topped charts 40 years ago

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:55:11 -0500

The song was used in a TV ad during the 2012 Super Bowl. That was the year that some people believed the Mayans predicted the world would end.(image)

An orchestra fantasy comes true

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

For "accomplished amateurs," the chance to play with the Minnesota Orchestra is a treat, as well as a challenge.(image)

Spotify is accused of creating fake artists -- but what is a fake artist?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:40:02 -0500

The streaming service has been at the center of a controversy regarding songs made by artists who don't appear to exist anywhere else on the web. If a song exists, can it be fake?(image)

Chance The Rapper: Tiny Desk concert

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:41:03 -0500

Chance The Rapper, fresh from a 23,000-strong, sold-out show the night before, brought a thoughtful and fresh take to his Tiny Desk concert.(image)

Jaedyn James takes on Basilica Block Party this weekend

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:32:05 -0500

James and her band The Hunger are making the most of their chance to play on a big stage.(image)

'Thunder thighs': The summer anthem that celebrates every woman

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:13:05 -0500

The song and its irrepressible video are the handiwork of Brooklyn multimedia artist Miss Eaves, who says she wanted to show women of all body types, races, sexualities and ages.(image)

Remembering soul singer Sonny Knight

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:51:47 -0500

Sonny Knight passed away on June 17 at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. His family moved to St. Paul when Knight was seven. He recorded his first single "Tears on My Pillow" as a teenager in the 1960s.(image)

U2 adds Minnesota date to 'Joshua Tree' tour

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:47:27 -0500

The band will play at U.S. Bank stadium Sept. 8. U2 is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its landmark album.(image)

Using music and rhythm to help kids with grammar and language

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:42:11 -0500

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying how music and rhythm activities could help children who struggle with grammar and language development.(image)

Chastity Brown gave her new album the time it needed

Tue, 30 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Much of "Silhouette of Sirens" was recorded three years ago, but it didn't feel right. Now it does.(image)

In a tower 300 feet above Rochester, a new carillonneur plays songs for all to hear

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Mayo Clinic has one of the rare full-time positions for a carillonneur, some who plays the bells in a bell tower. Twenty-four-year-old Austin Ferguson just took the position and now takes requests via Twitter.(image)

Justin Townes Earle's modern roots music

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:58:41 -0500

A new album by Justin Townes Earle called "Kids in the Street" comes out later this week. On the track called "Champagne Corolla" he admires a woman who is driving by because of the fuel efficiency of her car.(image)

Judge: Sound engineer can't publish unreleased Prince tracks

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:21:15 -0500

A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar's work.(image)

Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:49:20 -0500

The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved.(image)

Death of Chris Cornell, powerhouse voice of Soundgarden, ruled a suicide

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:53:07 -0500

A medical examiner has determined the cause of Cornell's death Wednesday night to be suicide by hanging. The powerhouse frontman helped forge not just a distinctive sound, but an entire genre.(image)

When Frank and Nancy Sinatra topped the charts

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:55:49 -0500

"Somethin' Stupid" was the first and only duet by a father and daughter to top the charts.(image)

A music festival for 'when words end'

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:44:11 -0500

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto will perform this weekend at a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra event named for the Finnish composer Sibelius.(image)

In Beer Choir, strangers find a new harmony

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:10:11 -0500

The Twin Cities chapter of the Beer Choir movement just launched in January, and already it's the flagship.(image)

'Purple Rain' re-issue to feature unreleased Prince songs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:13:48 -0500

Among the unreleased tracks are a solo version of the song "Possessed" and a studio version of "Electric Intercourse."(image)

Documents highlight Prince's struggle with opioid addiction

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:59:23 -0500

Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death, investigators still don't know how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.(image)

Affidavit: Doctor prescribed meds for Prince in another name

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:13:58 -0500

Search warrants made public Monday offer a rare glimpse into the end of Prince's secretive life and more details on his death. It still doesn't detail where Prince may have obtained the narcotic that killed him.(image)

ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' topped charts 40 years ago

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It's the only ABBA song to ever top the charts in the United States.(image)

Classical rap: Dessa meets the MN Orchestra

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The hip-hop artist says the transition feels like moving from a wakeboard to a destroyer.(image)

Prince contained multitudes, new book confirms

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:28:44 -0500

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."(image)

Music legend Spider John Koerner contemplates his legacy

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

A concert on Sunday will give young and old players the chance to pay their respects to, and play with, their musical hero.(image)

Mayte Garcia knew she would marry Prince, but could never have predicted how

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:46:30 -0500

In her new book, "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince," Garcia explains how an unlikely meeting at one of the pop icon's concerts sparked a relationship full of love, surprises and, ultimately, heartbreak.(image)

The first singer/songwriter to top the charts

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:47:48 -0500

The singer/songwriter has been a fixture in popular music for a long time, but it wasn't always that way.(image)

What do Hanson and Madonna have in common? Hits ideal for saving a life

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:54:30 -0500

A New York City hospital has created a playlist of songs with the ideal tempo for CPR, although previous research suggests there is more to good chest compressions than just the right tempo.(image)

Where Bob Dylan was while keeping silent about his Nobel Prize

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:33:19 -0500

Dylan received criticism last fall after greeting the announcement of his Nobel Prize for Literature with silence. It turns out he was just busy revisiting his artistic development.(image)

Bob Dylan to receive his Nobel Prize this weekend

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:59:31 -0500

Dylan declined an invitation last year to the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on Dec. 10, pleading other commitments.(image)

First episode off 'All Things Considered' headed to Library of Congress

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:31:58 -0500

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow."(image)

Hundreds gather at Orchestra Hall to remember Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:18:34 -0500

Skrowaczewski was remembered as music director at the Minnesota Orchestra for 19 years in the 1960s and '70s, and for leading the effort to build Orchestra Hall.(image)

Aaron Copland didn't like his famous nickname

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0500

He was known as the Dean of American Composers. "That's just a name that somebody pinned up," Copland said. "It doesn't mean a thing."(image)

Why 'Ruby Tuesday' was the hit side in the U.S.

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:56:55 -0600

The song was actually released as the B-side of the single. The A-side "Let's Spend the Night Together" was a top five hit in Great Britain, but many American radio stations thought the song was too risque to play on the air.(image)

Drone out: 'The revolution will be asleep'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Doctors Without Borders got a donation of some $4,000 from a strange source: a 28-hour drone.(image)

Hippo Campus releases first album

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:31:24 -0600

The Twin Cities-based band Hippo Campus released its first full-length album today.(image)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis enter Songwriters Hall of Fame

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:57:29 -0600

Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis got their start writing and producing for the S.O.S. Band and that's what got them fired from The Time.(image)

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:27 -0600

Skrowaczewski changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.(image)

Parting thoughts: Fine-tuned to the little things in life

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:05:00 -0600

Amy Tobin's musical career took her to Miami and Jamaica, where she played reggae with the likes of Ziggy Marley. She served as concertmaster of the St. Paul Civic Symphony from 2008 until her death in January.(image)

At MN Orchestra this week, a young conductor reaches a milestone

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Roderick Cox will take the podium this week in the orchestra's subscription series.(image)

Highlights of our 2016 music shows

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Let's listen to some music to start off 2017.(image)

Fellow artists mourn George Michael

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:31:10 -0600

Wham! co-founder George Michael died of heart failure on Christmas Day at the age of 53.(image)

Bob Dylan's hometown of Hibbing struggles with how to honor its most famous son

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600

In the music legend and Nobel Prize winner's hometown of Hibbing, there's little more than a street sign in his honor. That could soon change.(image)

How the songs you love most were really made

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Marc Myers's new book, "Anatomy of a Song," reveals how 45 milestone songs in modern music history came together.(image)

Prince's estate is worth $200 million, court filings suggest

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:32:50 -0600

Since he left no known will, the rock superstar's sister and five half-siblings are in line to inherit equal shares of the estate -- after taxes gobble up about half of it.(image)

Aspen Ideas Festival: Do We Need to Rescue the Humanities?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Many college students will be returning to their homes this weekend to share a meal with those who might be helping pay for that education, their parents. Both might be asking themselves, what makes a good education?(image)

Academy: Dylan not coming to Stockholm to pick up his Nobel

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:45:29 -0600

The Academy says Dylan told them that "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible."(image)

Endgame near for those claiming family ties to Prince

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:36:17 -0500

Prince's legal family portrait is coming into focus as the process to establish his estate's heirs moves toward a conclusion. Millions of dollars are at stake.(image)

MPR documentary 'Boy from the North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A Minnesota Public Radio documentary celebrates Bob Dylan's life and music. It's called "Boy from the North Country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota."(image)

Prince death investigation focusing on doctors, black market

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:01:00 -0500

Authorities have revealed little publicly about their investigation, saying only that the probe is ongoing.(image)

A possible fence at Paisley Park has some Prince fans worried

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:38:41 -0500

A fence around Paisley Park "may be opaque and will limit visibility of the building," reads a rezoning report.(image)

Springsteen releases songs from the early days

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:44:13 -0500

Five previously unreleased tracks from the beginning of his career are part of a new Bruce Springsteen compilation "Chapter and Verse" which comes out today.(image)

Dwight Yoakam looks to the past -- and Prince

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:15:36 -0500

Yoakam's latest album, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..., is composed almost entirely of songs from his catalog. The only exception? A cover of "Purple Rain."(image)

Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan top Prince tribute show lineup

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:55:28 -0500

Organizers announced Thursday that it will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets go on sale Monday morning.(image)

Vikings halftime offers MN Orchestra its largest live audience

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:22:17 -0500

Seventy musicians will perform, but the selection they'll play remains a secret.(image)

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra announces European tour

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The orchestra will visit five cities in its first trip to Europe since 2008.(image)

Frozen Graceland? Prince's Paisley Park opens to public in October

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:27:31 -0500

Prince's former home and studio in Chanhassen will open as a museum and be run by a firm with ties to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion. Here's how to get tickets.(image)

Counterfeit drugs found in Prince's home growing more common in MN

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:12:01 -0500

An official close to the investigation of Prince's death has told the Associated Press that investigators found counterfeit drugs including synthetic opioids in the musician's home, and officials say the risky drugs are becoming more common.(image)

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: 2016-17 season free for students

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500

SPCO officials believe the offer, part of their long-term audience development strategy, will hook young people into becoming future subscribers. "We want you here," the chamber orchestra's president says.(image)

Songwriter finds inspiration in MPR series on Bruce Kramer

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:08:49 -0500

Anna Schulze was so touched by Cathy Wurzer's "Living While Dying" series that she wrote "Don't You Fade Away," featured on her new album.(image)

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:46 -0500

The trustee for Randy Wolfe had claimed that Jimmy Page pulled the beginning of "Stairway to Heaven" from an obscure instrumental tune written by Wolfe.(image)

Source: DNA test shows Colorado inmate not Prince's son

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:01:01 -0500

The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million.(image)

Concert series takes root under a tree in St. Paul

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:37:16 -0500

A St. Paul family has created its own backyard music series, and is drawing new people to the neighborhood in the process.(image)

'We were there': Joy Harjo on the forgotten origins of jazz

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Author Joy Harjo's new play, which is still in progress, explores the origins of American music and how Native Americans have been left out of the story.(image)

The first No. 1 hit to feature a sitar

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:10:56 -0500

In the mid-60s, bands like the Rolling Stones were looking to expand their musical horizons with new instruments. For "Paint it Black," Brian Jones learned to play the sitar.(image)

Anniversary of Beatles album cover controversy

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:19:29 -0500

When the "Yesterday and Today" album cover was criticized, Capitol Records decided to paste a different image of the band gathered around a steamer trunk over the controversial cover. Copies of the unaltered original album are rare and very valuable.(image)

Norwegian gives Lutheran hymns an Afghan twist

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen wanted to reinterpret the sacred music of his youth. He did that, and more.(image)

In guitarist's music, Mississippi flows out of the Congo

Tue, 31 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500

His new album "Rivers" honors the journey from his African home to Minnesota.(image)

For Concertmaster Erin Keefe, listening is key

Tue, 24 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Preparing for solo performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, she says a concertmaster must "keep your ears open to everything that's going on."(image)

Claim Prince as father? Be ready to give some blood

Wed, 18 May 2016 18:48:27 -0500

It's still possible that an unknown heir may emerge.(image)

Remembering Guy Clark, an iconic songwriter

Wed, 18 May 2016 09:31:12 -0500

The legendary Texas singer-songwriter died Tuesday at the age of 74 after a lengthy illness.(image)

How James Bond became Pet Sounds

Mon, 16 May 2016 11:02:12 -0500

The Beach Boys acclaimed album "Pet Sounds" was released 50 years ago today.(image)

Here's what we could learn from Prince's autopsy

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:57:04 -0500

Prince's autopsy and toxicology tests may resolve uncertainties in how he died. Here's what we know and what we might find out.(image)

Prince bill racing through Legislature despite concerns

Tue, 10 May 2016 17:57:04 -0500

Prince's name, likeness, voice and even that unpronounceable symbol could be afforded special protection under legislation speeding through the Minnesota Legislature. Some, though, worry the hasty consideration could pose problems.(image)

Warrant: Minnesota doctor saw Prince, prescribed drugs

Tue, 10 May 2016 17:41:31 -0500

Investigators interviewed the doctor and searched a suburban Minneapolis hospital where he worked. The warrant did not specify what medications were prescribed for Prince or whether he took them.(image)

Interviews offer clues to treatment Prince may have been considering

Tue, 10 May 2016 17:10:55 -0500

The California doctor who was planning to help treat Prince isn't talking. But he has spoken in the past about his drug and pain treatment program, including a pioneering use of a synthetic opioid.(image)

11 very different opinions on the new Radiohead album

Tue, 10 May 2016 15:27:14 -0500

NPR Music's staff really doesn't agree about the band's recently released ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Not at all.(image)

Colorado inmate claims Prince is his father, seeks DNA test

Tue, 10 May 2016 13:53:11 -0500

In an affidavit, the man's mother, Marsha Henson, contends that she met Prince in the lobby of a Kansas City hotel in July of 1976 and that they drank wine together, checked into another hotel and had unprotected sex there.(image)

At MN Opera's 'The Shining,' have a Redrum and try to relax

Mon, 09 May 2016 14:00:47 -0500

On Saturday, the Minnesota Opera premiered an original work: an adaptation of Stephen King's novel, "The Shining."(image)

U.S. attorney, DEA joining probe into Prince's death

Wed, 04 May 2016 15:35:14 -0500

The U.S. attorney for Minnesota and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration say they are joining the investigation into the death of Prince and will bring expertise about "prescription drug diversion."(image)

They keep low profiles, but Prince's siblings stand to make millions

Mon, 02 May 2016 18:05:14 -0500

Two sought to follow in their brother's musical footsteps. One is a military veteran. Most have kept low public profiles. Two other siblings who sued the superstar have died. Here's a look at what's known about the family.(image)

Still a mystery, Prince's wealth may be the superstar in death

Mon, 02 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Some details of Prince's net worth may be disclosed later today in the first court hearing on his estate. Whatever its value, the superstar may end up worth more in death than in life.(image)

AP: Investigators looking at drug overdose in Prince's death

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:12:15 -0500

Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.(image)

For this fiddler, a tiny concert led to big things

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:12:01 -0500

When Gaelynn Lea entered NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, she had no idea she'd win. Now she's using the spotlight to build her career and advocate for people with disabilities.(image)

Ex-Prince employees hope Paisley Park becomes museum

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:12:21 -0500

What to do with Prince's famous motorcycle, his guitars, and purple suits? Former Prince employees say they want Paisley Park to be a "living" museum.(image)

Prince's wealth likely to remain a mystery in death

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:05:52 -0500

Media reports often put Prince's worth at as much as $300 million. Experts, however, say it's unlikely the public will completely know the extent of his wealth or who'll get it now that he's gone.(image)

Sheriff: Prince died alone; no signs of trauma, suicide

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:03:26 -0500

Prince was alone at his Paisley Park studios when he died Thursday and there were no signs of violence or suicide, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Friday. Autopsy results may take weeks.(image)

The road that led Prince Rogers Nelson to stardom

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:49 -0500

Those who grew up with Prince and worked with him say the artist always had his own sense of style - and genius.(image)