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Lady Gaga and David Letterman

What David Letterman & His ‘Late Show’ Meant To Music

David Letterman was your taste-maker older brother who shared his favorite music nightly like a perfectly curated mixtape.

05/19/2015

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Art-A-Whirl Twirls Into NE Minneapolis For Its 20th Year

The music and art worlds merge for the 20th year in a row at the Art-A-Whirl festival. It spans northeast Minneapolis, and ranges from avant-garde to fine art. There are more than 50 locations that are hosting events, including art studios, galleries, homes, businesses and restaurants.

05/16/2015

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Son Pens Song About His Mother’s Struggle With Cancer

Jack Ohmes wrote a song about his mom’s experience with colon cancer, and he’s hoping his music will help other families heal.

“I spent a lot of time up in my room, just writing words on the yellow legal pad,” he said.

05/07/2015

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Basilica Block Party 2015 Lineup Announced

Minnesota music lovers, get excited! Organizers of Basilica Block Party announced the full 2015 lineup Thursday evening.

04/24/2015

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Twin Cities Music Lovers Celebrate Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day all across the country and in the Twin Cities. For the 8th year, stores are celebrating with live music, giveaways, limited vinyl releases and food.

04/18/2015

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Get Ready To Celebrate ‘National Record Store Day’

Saturday will be a special day — a day to appreciate something old that is new once again. It’s National Record Store Day across the country. “As a long-term record buyer, I can tell you it’s the funnest day of the year.”

04/17/2015

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New Album (And Lawsuit) Puts Prince Protege In Spotlight

Judith Hill is used to false starts in her career. She was set to have a major platform as Michael Jackson’s backup singer for his “This Is It” comeback concerts when he died before they could begin; she was also a leading contender on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013 before getting voted off before the finals.

04/07/2015

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4 Things To Know: Missing UMN Student, Controversial Indiana Legislation & More

These are the four things you need to know for Monday, March 30.

03/30/2015

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Likely To Alter Music Business

A jury’s verdict that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied Marvin Gaye’s music to create their hit song “Blurred Lines” won’t just be felt by the singer’s pocketbooks — it has the potential to change how musicians work and could open the door to new copyright claims.

03/11/2015

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Survey: Daft Punk Is Minnesota’s Favorite Artist

Apparently, Minnesota’s up all night to get lucky … and listen to “Get Lucky.” A lot. As reported by our sister station 104.1 JACK-FM, Minnesota’s favorite musical act during the last year was none other than the French house duo Daft Punk.

02/13/2015

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Prince’s Grammy Shade Face Stole The Show

A few Grammy nominees with Minnesota connections won golden gramophones on Sunday night, but the biggest Minnesota winner of all was presenter Prince, according to the reception on Twitter. Prince was on hand to present the album of the year award, which many expected to go to either Beyonce or Sam Smith.

02/09/2015

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Iconic Minnesota Studio To Still Make Music After Owner’s Death

There is a place down an old Minnesota country road where musicians from all over the world come to make music. There is a mystique about Pachyderm Studio, where rock legends have made a name for themselves and everyone who walks through the door finds focus, instead of intimidation.

02/08/2015

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Chorus Of Lawmakers Want Money For Minnesota’s State Band

Minnesota’s state band rehearses in a basement cafeteria, stores its music in a hard-to-reach closet and can’t afford a marimba. But it could get some official appreciation if a pair of state House bills quietly introduced Thursday become law. A group of DFL lawmakers wants to throw the band $50,000 over the next two years and guarantee free rehearsal space.

01/10/2015

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SPCO To Hold First Rehearsal In New Concert Hall

Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are about to play their first official notes in their new downtown home. The orchestra will hold its first working rehearsal Wednesday in the new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

01/03/2015

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Former TE Ben Utecht Delivers Musical Message

Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago. He fears that the effects from the hits he took as a tight end for four NFL seasons, and for four years before that at the University of Minnesota, will have a significant impact on his future health. Now a singer-songwriter and in-demand speaker, Utecht wanted to ensure that his family will always remember him as a bright, clever and insightful person. What better way than through a song?

12/25/2014

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Daisy Dillman Band Reunites After Long Absence

A Minnesota country rock band is getting back together after a three-decade absence. The Daisy Dillman Band plans to release its first album in 34 years. The band was popular in the 1970s and ’80s and recorded for major labels United Artists and RCA. But except for some one-off concerts in the early 2000s, the group has been on hiatus.

12/20/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 12-4-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Thursday highlights…..Click the link above to listen back to Dave Lee!

12/04/2014

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Minnesota Singing Group Celebrates 25 Years

The Minnesota group, The Blenders, has been together now for 25 years, touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal harmony based music. Now, they’ve released a new album in honor of it.

11/22/2014

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Taylor Swift Adds 3rd Show In St. Paul

1989 just got another day longer. Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift announced that she will be extending her concert stint at the Xcel Energy Center for one more performance.

11/21/2014

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Taylor Swift Bringing ‘1989’ To St. Paul In 2015

Here’s some news you won’t want to shake off, and try not to look too surprised. Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift is bringing some “1989” realness to the Xcel Energy Center in 2015.

11/03/2014

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Noted Twin Cities Composer Stephen Paulus Dies

Acclaimed Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus has died at 65. Family members say he passed away Sunday from complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Paulus wrote over 500 works, which received premieres and performances throughout the world.

10/22/2014

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Kesha, Producer Dr. Luke Trade Lawsuits Over Abuse Claims

Kesha and her mentor and producer filed dueling lawsuits Tuesday over the pop singer’s claims she was subjected to nearly a decade of sexual and emotional abuse.

10/15/2014

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The Who Announce Target Center Show In 2015

This time next year, Twin Cities fans of The Who will have something to hoot about. The Who will be coming to the Target Center on Oct. 10, 2015, as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour.

10/10/2014

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Minnesotan To Meet: Music Scientist Roger Dumas

Our connection to music is a strong one. It can put you in a better mood or help you go to sleep. But one scientist is now making music by using brain waves.

09/30/2014

Turf Club

Turf Club In St. Paul Reopens With New Features

The Turf Club in St. Paul is back in business after 3 months of renovations. The well-known hole in the wall has a new owner — the same people who own First Avenue in Minneapolis.

08/29/2014

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