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Minnesota Music Scene: Minnesota transgender glam rock icon Venus de Mars

June 12, 2018

“Often faced with prejudice, hostility, physical abuse and even occasional death threats, Venus [de Mars] came back from the brink of suicide to front artistic dark glam band All The Pretty Horses.” –Power Play Magazine U.K. After hearing about Venus de Mars only just recently, I was shocked to find I’d never heard about her…Read More

Little Houston County plays host to national artists

June 12, 2018

Cimarron Corpé quickly caught the attention of coffee-enthusiasts and Houston County residents during his weeklong visit to the southeastern Minnesota community in September. He generally sat at a table with giant fuzzy headphones on, often sparking interest. “It’s always exciting to travel to a new region and see everything as exotic, but when you travel…Read More

Red Wing man with 21,000 Albums Shares Music with Seniors

June 7, 2018

If there’s one thing Bob Knutson knows for sure, it’s that a higher power has had a hand in his work. I’ve got so many God stories, it’s unbelievable,” he said. There was the time when one of the two dozen or so albums he brought to a senior center from his 21,000-piece collection had…Read More

2018 Scene Summer (Mostly Music) Festivals Preview

June 1, 2018

If you don’t “festival,” are you even Minnesotan? It’s a question that has plagued mankind for centuries. Festivals bring all things great: great grub, great music, great people/people watching, great beer, and likely, great memories. So even if you did have one too many soft pretzels or the rain threatened to wash you out of…Read More

Album Review: Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

May 24, 2018

On her third album, singer Janelle Monáe delivers an innovatively inspired release that is honest and funky. Album Grade: A Released shortly after the second anniversary of Prince’s death, Janelle Monáe takes up the purple one’s mantle to deliver a daring, tuneful collection of songs that is both commercial and challenging. Lyrically direct, Monáe drops…Read More

College Radio stations in Southern Minnesota defy the norm

May 14, 2018

College students do not generally shy away from societal norms. Whether it’s food, fashion or their radio, they recognize the acceptable and try to flip it on its head. It only makes sense that college radio stations would reflect a similar attitude as they defy the norms of commercial radio stations and craft content that…Read More

PunKato: How Mankato became a paradise for punk in the 90s

May 2, 2018

For a period of time in the early 1990’s, the most reliable place in Minnesota to see touring punk bands — some on the brink of arena stardom — wasn’t the Twin Cities, but Mankato. How and why did our 22nd largest city become ground zero for underground music? I sought out some of the…Read More

Album Review: Judas Priest – Firepower

May 2, 2018

Judas Priest delivers a spotty, uneven release that generates sparks but fails to truly ignite. Album Grade: C On the verge of their 50th anniversary, venerable British Metallers Judas Priest defiantly attempt to throw off notions of age on their 18th studio release. While their performance is muscular, the songs show a tendency to fall…Read More

Minnesota Music SCENE: Summer Festivals

April 26, 2018

People like to talk about the weather, and perhaps this is due to ‘weather’ being the one thing we are all experiencing at the same degree … Fahrenheit. Bad puns aside, I’ll admit that I share in the opinion that this winter, in its entirety, has sucked a metric **** ton. One could simply dwell…Read More

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