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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Sherwin Linton

Local Music Tap: ‘Sherwin Linton — Forever On The Stage’

A retrospective documentary is capturing the life and times of a respected Midwest country musician who plays more than 200 gigs a year — and more amazingly — hasn’t missed one in 59 years.


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Local Music Tap: Mpls. Country Musician Named ‘Most Promising Young Artist’

Minneapolis country musician Devon Worley says she’s humbled after being named the “Most Promising Young Artist” by the Independent Country Music Association. The award was announced last Saturday during an episode of the nationally syndicated […]


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Local Music Tap: Lizzo-Caroline Smith Duo @ First Ave. To Benefit Women’s Group

Indie-R&B artist Caroline Smith and alternative hip-hopper Lizzo are teaming up for a couple of special shows at First Avenue this weekend – with proceeds benefiting a women’s equality group. Recently, the pair released a […]


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Local Music Tap: P.O.S. To Headline Downtown Mpls. Block Party

Minneapolis-based Rapper P.O.S. is celebrating his return from a kidney disease and transplant by headlining “The Best F—ing Show Ever” block party in downtown Minneapolis this Saturday.


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Local Music Tap: The Replacements’ Documentary Screening, Reunion Show

In what’s being called “All Replacements’ Eve,” the special director’s cut of the documentary on the legendary Minneapolis band is set to screen in mid-September – the day before The Replacements return to the Twin […]


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Learn To Age Successfully @ State Fair’s Wiser Living Exhibit

Try as we might to fight the inevitable, we all get old. So, we should be wiser when it comes to dealing with the aging process in order to stay independent as long as possible. At the Minnesota State Fair, the Wiser Living 2014 exhibit aims to help us do just that.


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Local Music Tap: Record Stores Respond To Vinyl’s Popularity

Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that vinyl sales rose a semi-staggering 40 percent over 2013 to 4 million in the first half of this year. At the same time, digital tracks and album (CDs) sales […]


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Local Music Tap: Minne Fest Returns For 2nd Year

Minne Fest is returning for its second year this weekend in Minneapolis. Now, it features two days of music and a new location. The event – hosted by MJG Productions — is meant to promote local music, art, businesses and projects all while raising money for Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.



Local Music Tap: Lowertown Guitar Fest Returns For 2nd Year

The Lowertown Guitar Festival is returning to St. Paul’s Mears Park after last year’s inaugural event that attracted nearly 2,000 people. This year, the host of the event — McNally Smith College of Music — promises that the Saturday, Aug. 9 event will be even bigger and better.


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Local Music Tap: Twin Cities Jazz Fest Begins

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year in downtown St. Paul and is bringing in great talent from all around the world — and it’s totally free for concert-goers.


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Local Music Tap: Summer Beer Dabbler Lineup Revealed

The eight-piece, rising Sonny Knight & The Lakers will be headlining the 6th annual The Summer Beer Dabbler later this summer, event organizers announced earlier this week.


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Local Music Tap: Basilica Block Party Lineup Finalized

The Basilica Block Party has just added its 21st and final band to its 2014 lineup, making it the biggest group of performers in its 20-year history. On Thursday, the Las Vegas rockers Panic! At The Disco was added to the lineup and will play on the event’s first day.


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Local Music Tap: Target Field’s Skyline Festival Lineup Released

Pop rocker Melissa Etheridge is set to headline Target Field’s second annual Skyline Festival in early August. Other performers include O.A.R., The Rembrandts and local acts Gear Daddies and The Honeydogs.


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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.



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.


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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.


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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.


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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.


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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.


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.


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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.



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.



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.




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