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From the coolest venues to the latest album release of any current artist, Southern Minn Scene keeps a finger on the pulse of all things related to your favorite music.

Bad Bad Hats is making some Good Good Music

April 18, 2018

  The members of Bad Bad Hats may not hail from the mean streets of Minnesota, but make no mistake; the band’s story starts and continues here. Formed at Macalester College in 2012, the group has made this state its home, frequenting the 7th St Entry and sometimes even posting up at First Avenue, in…Read More

Little Red Wing Goes Big with Downtown Music Festival

April 11, 2018

When Red Wing resident and frontman for the Double Down Daredevils, Tom Peschges, heard that there was going to be a music festival downtown in February, he was skeptical. “They do know we are in Minnesota, right?” he thought. But now Tom is a believer in Big Turn Music Fest. And who wouldn’t be after…Read More

Minnesota Music SCENE: Analyzing Dessa

April 9, 2018

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was longboarding the streets of my hometown with a group of people I barely knew, and I first heard of this month’s spotlight artist: Dessa, a 30-something, female, Minnesotan rapper amidst a largely male-based genre. I was taken with her rhymes, the sound of her voice, and the…Read More

Album Review: Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods

March 28, 2018

JT relies on years of professional show business experience to deliver a heartfelt glimpse into his personal life on a fun and joyously funky release. Album Grade: B Despite the title, Man of the Woods is neither rustic nor gritty. It is a fun and deeply personal album by Justin Timberlake certain to please his…Read More

The Tigger SCENE: Minnesota Music Break

March 22, 2018

If you’ve ever been flipping through radio stations on a Sunday evening in Southern Minnesota, you might have gotten an unusual surprise as KOWZ 100.9 crossed your dial. Right around 7 p.m., the station that plays “hits from the 70s to today,” takes a timeout from Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, and Prince, for “Minnesota Music…Read More

Mankato Symphony Orchestra turns music inside out

March 22, 2018

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra has been dazzling Southern Minnesota since 1950. With annual programs that cover everything from classical composers to cabaret-style jazz to even rock and roll, there is something for every music lover. And now, for the first time, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra is taking musical immersion to a new level by offering…Read More

A New Age in Music

March 7, 2018

A message to everyone: utter disaster has struck Effective July 1, you’ll no longer be able to buy CDs from Best Buy. You may now all engage in a collective shrug and go back to Spotify. It wouldn’t surprise me if you missed this tiny piece of news that rolled out somewhere between the Grammys…Read More

Minnesota Music Scene: An Atmospheric Upbringing

March 7, 2018

My teen years flew nightmarishly by in a flurry of “Who am I?” I was constantly trying on a different outward portrayal of that, and subsequently, my taste in music followed suit. I wanted to stand out, but in a ‘fit in’ sort of way. A huge contradiction, much like those starburst commercials from a…Read More

The Daniel G. Moir 2017 Music Awards

March 1, 2018

2017 was a year of remarkable re-inventions for artists of all genres. Much like society, the music we listened to spun in a variety of interesting directions. We saw the arrival of new artists on the scene, each with their own vision and intriguing future possibilities. For all these new voices, like Khalid, Marlon Craft,…Read More

Roe Family Singers: husband-wife duo turns full-time band

February 14, 2018

After they began dating in 2001, Kim Roe had a suggestion for Quillan Roe. “Hey, we should start a band,” she said to her now husband, who was already part of a rock-a-billy outfit at the time. With a passion for singing and music, Kim wanted to share those pursuits with Quillan, but he wasn’t…Read More

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