Each member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band could tell you how Hurricane Katrina has affected their lives, but as a group they continue to tour and share the musical traditions and culture of New Orleans.
Twin Cities vocalist Connie Evingson already had a "hot club" jazz record out so she was ready to move on to her next project. But then she met the Hot Club of Sweden on a winter trip to Stockholm. The result is a new CD, "Stockholm Sweetnin'," that was released this summer in Minnesota.
M. Ward doesn't like to discuss the meanings of the songs he writes; he prefers the songs to speak for themselves. Luckily, the Portland-based singer's songs have a lot to say about subjects from love to the state of America.
Anyone who knows anything about "Old School Hip Hop" has probably compared Jurassic 5 to the Cold Crush Brothers, The Crash Crew, or the Furious Five. Don't be confused, as J5 has their own signature style that is like nothing else on the Hip Hop scene today.
Remember Bowser and Sha-Na-Na? Well, there's a Twin Cities group that thinks it is high time for another revival. The [Gosh Darn] Doo Wop Band features three female singers who sing about heartbroken girls and the bad boys they love.
Thomas Turner and Aaron Behrens are the duo that makes up Ghostland Observatory. With their blend of electronics, drums, guitar and vocals, they have emerged with a sound that is the culmination of past influence and present inspiration.