Music News

This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Monday, August 5: Part I
Wednesday, August 7: Part II

She’s been featured on many local music shows, “Almanac” on TPT, and has even been a guest on a folk music program about spirituality out East, and now Mother Banjo has seen the release of a full length gospel album with her band. Join Pam on “Pam Without Boundaries” Monday, February 18th, 11am, to hear Mother Banjo—aka Ellen Stanley—talk about creating original gospel songs, crediting the new album to the Mother Banjo Band, and what’s next for a songwriter who’s seemingly done it all in the folk music world.

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Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy welcome Mr. Zero to the Pop Shop on Tuesday, Oct 9, from midnight to 2am. The retail king of pop culture, Mr Zero’s shop in Roseville offers vinyl LPs and 45s, CDs, turntables, toys, games, posters and collectables. Tune into the Pop Shop each week to hear powerpop, bubblegum, psychedelic, garage, rock and more! Hits, misses and ephemera, every Monday night into Tuesday morning from midnight to 2am.

Have you listened to JAZZED UP AND BONKERS yet? Its part of KFAI’s new Web Exclusive programming.

Sir Paul McCartney dropped by Minneapolis on Saturday for a stop on his Out There tour, and everyone within Target Field that night witnessed what could be considered a concert that may very well have been pulled straight from a fan’s wildest dream. The weather was perfect, free of humidity or rain, and the ever-present Minneapolis skyline provided a serene backdrop for the legendary performance taking place.

The Liverpudlian performed a monster three-hour set, which included two encores, as energetically as ever, hopping between his signature bass guitar, a piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and a ukulele. The setlist contained a multitude of Beatles classics, including Paperback Writer, We Can Work It Out, Lady Madonna, Blackbird, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and Let It Be, as well as several numbers from Wings and McCartney’s solo career, such as Listen To What The Man Said, Band On The Run, Maybe I’m Amazed, and Live and Let Die. Sir Paul even played a few songs off of his most recent release, New, including Save Us, New, and Queenie Eye.

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Local musical legend PaviElle has announced the upcoming release of her first album, Fear Not, which promises to be her most prominent and groundbreaking musical contribution to date. In a video from February of earlier this year, PaviElle described the importance of the album, stating that the project has been in the works for quite some time and that she and the band are finally ready to release their collection of soulful songs to her eagerly-awaiting fan base.

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The Lennie Chism Show will be knocking the chill off tonight.. Minnesota’s own Ray Covington joins the airwaves live in studio, showcasing his talents http://www.reverbnation.com/raycovington

SONGS OF FREEDOM to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the MARCH ON WASHINGTON, ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM and BOPSTREET will be devoting the entire four hours to Songs of Freedom with The Staple Singers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Pete Seeger, James Carr, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr and many, many more…

It’s the return of the Singing Tigers!

Please join us on Friday, December 13, 2013, 4pm, as the South High Pop Singers fill the studio with exuberance and song. There’s nothing like a room full of singing tigers to brighten up a dark December Friday afternoon, and we’re letting them loose on The Sugar Shop for all to hear. Wear your orange and black and get ready for a great bunch of kids to delight you with their best.

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The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at kfai.org.

This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at kfai.org.

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