Cole Premo

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Cole Premo has been a web producer at WCCO since 2009. He joined WCCO as an Emma L. Bowen mentorship student in the summer of 2005. After four summers of working hard and learning an amazing amount about how TV news works, Cole was hired full-time.

Cole went to the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) where he graduated with an English literature and New Media studies degree.

Cole’s passion — other than journalism — is music. He plays lead guitar and lead vocals in his solo band. So, it only makes sense that he now interviews musicians of various levels of success who are playing shows in Minnesota.

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Local Music Tap: ‘Music In Mears’ Lineup Announced

The ever-growing Music in Mears concert series is back for its 11th year of free local music rocking Lowertown in St. Paul.

06/02/2014

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Local Music Tap: Mayda’s ‘Busy Signals’ Album Release @ Turf Club

Electro pop performer Mayda is celebrating her brand new album, Busy Signals 1, at the Turf Club this Saturday.

05/29/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Rock The Garden’ Lineup Announced

There once was one. Now, there are two … days … of Rock the Garden! And now we know who’ll be performing at the Walker Art Center event. On Saturday, June 21, the weekend festival opens up with De La Soul, Matt and Kim, Best Coast, Jeremy Messersmith and Lizzo.

05/26/2014

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Local Music Tap: Pizza Luce’s Block Party Lineup Announced

Pizza Luce has just finished the lineup selection for their 11th annual block party – and local hip-hop bands dominate the bill this year. The pizza-local music extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 12 p.m.

05/22/2014

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Local Music Tap: State Fair’s Free Music Lineup Announced

The Minnesota State Fair announced its free entertainment lineup Tuesday – featuring more than 900 shows for the price of walking through the fair gates. Here’s a little taste of what to expect: Leinie Lodge […]

05/20/2014

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Local Music Tap: Vaudeville CD Release @ First Ave

Minneapolis-based Vaudeville, an alternative rock band on the rise, is celebrating the release of its newest album with a performance at First Avenue’s Mainroom this weekend. Just like its name implies, Vaudeville is a band […]

05/15/2014

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Local Music Tap: Motion City Soundtrack Movie, Acoustic Performance Of 1st Album

To celebrate the release of their new video documentary, Minneapolis-born Motion City Soundtrack is set to perform the album I Am The Movie acoustic in its entirety Wednesday in St. Paul. Last year, after sorting through video footage and photographs of their experience making I Am The Movie in the early-2000s and liking what they saw, the band asked their friend Melissa Kraemer to lead and edit the project.

05/11/2014

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Local Music Tap: Sonny Knight & The Lakers CD Party @ First Ave

With an album freshly printed, local R&B/soul group Sonny Knight and The Lakers are going to celebrate the release at the iconic First Avenue mainroom Saturday night. Earlier this week, the album, appropriately entitled “I’m Still Here”, was released by the band’s record label, Secret Stash Records, on LP, CD and digital media.

05/01/2014

Record Stores

Local Music Tap: Record Store Day @ Electric Fetus

The Electric Fetus says it’s “going to be a bigger line-up of in-store performances than ever” when the store celebrates Record Store Day Saturday. In its seventh year, Record Store Day features exclusive releases only available at indie record stores, in-store performances from many local artists, giveaways, local food trucks and more.

04/17/2014

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Local Music Tap: Como Zoo’s ‘Groovin’ In The Park’ Lineup Announced

Starting in mid-June, you can dance like an animal – for free – to local music at Como Zoo’s Groovin’ In The Park weekly concert series.

04/13/2014

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Local Music Tap: Howler Album Release @ Triple Rock

Minneapolis-born Howler is set to release its second LP, “World Of Joy,” with a release show at the Triple Rock Thursday night.

03/19/2014

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Local Music Tap: Doomtree’s P.O.S. Receives New Kidney

Local rapper P.O.S. is doing well and feels like a “new dude” after a recent kidney transplant, according to Doomtree’s Lazerbeak. About a year and half ago, P.O.S. – or Stefon Alexander – went public with his need for a new kidney.

03/11/2014

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Local Music Tap: Michael Shynes’ CD Release @ Dakota

Twin Cities-based, small town-raised Michael Shynes will be releasing his second full-length album with a performance at the Dakota Jazz Club Friday night.

03/06/2014

Minnesota State Fair

Music Tap: 3 Shows Confirmed For 2014 Grandstand Concerts

It’s been one of the most miserable winters in history, so it doesn’t hurt to look ahead to the hot days of the Minnesota State Fair. Now, three shows for the 2014 Grandstand Concert Series have been announced — and one band includes a recent Academy Award winner.

03/04/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘A Tribe Called Red,’ ‘Tall Paul’ & ‘Rez Rap’ @ Triple Rock

This Saturday night, the Triple Rock Social Club will be filled with electronic music, hip hop and rap inspired by culture and tradition of Native American music.

02/13/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘The Last Revel’ Album Release @ Turf Club

Local three-piece vocal and folk ensemble, The Last Revel, is set to release its debut album, “UPROOTED,” this Saturday at the Turf Club.

02/06/2014

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Local Music Tap: Bobby Vee Records Final Album After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Albums are more than just song collections by musicians, they’re memories recorded in time. These recordings are memories for history, cultures, fans, friends and families. Bobby Vee just completed his last collection of musical memories.

01/30/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Live At Orchestra Hall’ Concerts Announced

The Minnesota Orchestra announced plans Tuesday for “Live at Orchestra Hall,” featuring a showcase of Broadway and television singers and actors, jazz and pop icons, world music, animated film scores and a beloved comedian – Bill Cosby.

01/28/2014

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Music Tap: GRAMMYs Predictions!

Because it’s fun and will most likely result in some creative comments/arguments, I thought I’d give it a shot at some Grammy predictions!

01/23/2014

Minnesota Vivaldi Festival

Local Music Tap: Minn. Vivaldi Festival

As many of us know, Scandinavian culture is engrained in Minnesota culture. Soon, you can hear the sounds of Scandinavia’s Vivaldi and other performances – without having to travel outside the country or state.

01/15/2014

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Local Music Tap: Musicians Of MN Orchestra To Begin 10-Concert Run

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra aren’t letting a seemingly never-ending lockout stop them from performing. Starting Friday, the musicians will begin a 10-concert run for the Winter-Spring season, called “Music For Minnesota: A Season of Shining Stars!”

01/09/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Winter Jazz Blast’ Festival For H.S. Jazz Bands

Escape the cold with some hot jazz performed by some of Minnesota’s best high school bands at the 2nd Annual Winter Jazz Blast.

01/08/2014

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Local Music Tap: ‘Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience’ Album Review

According to Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Shaun Terrance Johnson, he was seemingly destined for music from the beginning.

12/09/2013

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Local Music Tap: ‘Chastity Brown’

When I first met Chastity Brown, late afternoon traffic was just reaching its peak outside WCCO-TV’s front door. After walking inside and quick introductions, Chastity immediately said with a smile something to the tune of, “Man, it’s way too busy down here…” That approach to life — that urge to relax-and-take-your-time — is engrained in Chastity’s music.

11/14/2013

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Local Music Tap: Mpls.’ Poliça Releases 2nd Album ‘Shulamith’

The Minneapolis-born electro pop ensemble, Poliça, is ready to embark on a packed U.S. tour later this month shortly after releasing their second album, “Shulamith.”

10/28/2013

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