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'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)

'His music does the talking': Manager Owen Husney on Prince's legacy

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:16:49 -0500

"I saw who he was, and there was a mystery about him even then," says Owen Husney, who managed Prince at the very beginning of his career. The iconic musician died Thursday at 57.(image)

Photos: Prince's fans mourn the loss of a hometown legend

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:05:56 -0500

After the news came out that Prince had died, mourners flocked to Paisley Park and First Avenue to say goodbye.(image)

The 6 CDs Prince bought on his last trip to the Electric Fetus

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:03:58 -0500

Prince made his last purchases at iconic Minneapolis record store the Electric Fetus on Saturday.(image)

Bruce Springsteen cancels show in North Carolina to protest "bathroom bill"

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 14:55:00 -0500

The Boss is standing with opponents of the law that says transgender people must only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth. The musician says he is supporting "freedom fighters."(image)

When the concert stage is in your living room

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500

Photojournalist Jackson Forderer spent two nights in the Mankato living room of Colin Scharf and Laura Schultz, documenting the thriving house show culture and community they're building.(image)

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra unveils its coming season

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500

The orchestra also will admit children free of charge.(image)

Film about Michael Jackson from chimp's point of view in the works

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:26:04 -0500

Bubbles lived with Jackson at Neverland Ranch starting in 1983. He was also in the studio during the production of the pop singer's 1987 album "Bad."(image)

'My Fair Lady' began its record run 60 years ago

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:56:59 -0500

On opening night, Rex Harrison was so unnerved by the prospect of singing with a live orchestra that he refused to come out of his dressing room and the performance was nearly called off.(image)

Mr. Mister's hit 'Kyrie' has a spiritual message

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:09:06 -0500

The refrain "kyrie elesion" is Greek for "lord have mercy" and is used frequently in early Christian liturgies.(image)

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra adds a new artistic partner

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Jonathan Cohen, who specializes in Baroque music, will take up the position next season.(image)

Phil Spector's 'wall of sound' masterpiece

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:39:17 -0600

He assembled a 21-piece orchestra and a 21-voice choir, and also paid Ike Turner $20,000 to stay away from the studio so he wouldn't interfere with his wife's performance.(image)

Meet Duluth's Gaelynn Lea, the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest winner

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:10:09 -0600

"Any kind of performance is really valuable, because every person is valuable," the Minnesota musician says. Her haunting melodies and unique playing style made her stand out to the judges.(image)

Carrie Rodriguez releases first bilingual album

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 08:58:08 -0600

"Lola" is a modern take on traditional Mexican ranchera music.(image)

60 years ago, Little Richard records 'Long Tall Sally'

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:03:41 -0600

The song was a follow up to his breakthrough hit "Tutti Frutti."(image)

Whether made by a computer or a cello, to composer Daniel Wohl it's all sound

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:53:31 -0600

Daniel Wohl's performance of his album "Holographic," part of SPCO's Liquid Music Series, grew out of unusual collaborations.(image)

At Prairie Home, Chris Thile stands on the edge of something exciting

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:50:04 -0600

Having grown up with (and on) the show, Chris Thile says he understands his role as Garrison Keillor's designated successor.(image)

40 years ago, 'Love Rollercoaster' rides to top of pop chart

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:07:03 -0600

An urban legend help fuel record sales for the Ohio Players.(image)

Orchestra lets young composers hear their own work, played large

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600

Composer Institute program helps solve a key problem: How to prove one's compositions are fit for an orchestra.(image)

MN Opera announces a season of both standards and premieres

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:11:55 -0600

The 2016-2017 season includes the opera's eighth production of "La Boheme" and the world's first production of William Bolcom's "Dinner at Eight."(image)

40 years ago, C.W. McCall's 'Convoy' taps CB radio fad

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:48:17 -0600

The 1976 song sold more than two million copies.(image)

MN Orchestra gets back to Beethoven basics

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:26:36 -0600

Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse tells Tom Crann that Osmo Vanska has taken the "radical" step of going back to Beethoven's scores.(image)

David Bowie also left his mark on Wall Street

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:39 -0600

He was the first musician to package his future royalties into a bond and sell them to investors.(image)

The first country record made in Nashville

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:10:25 -0600

Sheb Wooley's "Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl" did not draw much attention at the time.(image)

Radiohead releases rejected 'Spectre' theme

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:58:18 -0600

Instead, producers chose a song recorded by Sam Smith.(image)

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:55:14 -0600

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, meteorologist Paul Huttner says it looks like you'll get your wish if you live in the northwestern two-thirds of the state where they already have a few inches of snow.(image)

Art Hounds: Climbing Bedlam's 'Monkey Bar'

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600

This week on Art Hounds we check out a fusion of Asian dance, ROCK4LOVE's battle of the bands for musicians of color, and "Monkey Bar" at Bedlam Lowertown.(image)

The Christmas message in a non-Christmas song

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 14:38:32 -0600

The vocal ensemble Cantus offers a piece that has little to do with Christmas but is perfect for the times.(image)

'Magic Flute' is inventive fun, even if it doesn't make sense

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:32:09 -0600

The Minnesota Opera production mashes Mozart up with animation and a silent-film motif.(image)

Eagles of Death Metal cancels European tour

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:41:38 -0600

Eagles of Death Metal was playing at the Bataclan music hall in Paris when it was attacked by terrorists Friday.(image)

Superstar, refugee, legend: Singer Maryan Mursal's voice endures

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:00:00 -0600

Before Somalia descended into chaos, it was easy to hear Maryan Mursal, whose melodious voice could pierce your soul. Chased from her homeland, she continues to perform, including Saturday in Minneapolis.(image)