Friday Five: J.S. Ondara, Ness Nite, and more new Minnesota music videos

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J.S. Ondara – Lebanon “Oh Lebanon, life is brief don’t sit alone,” J.S. Ondara asks in this single from his upcoming album Tales of America. Artist Woody Ray Tucker hand-drew the illustrations that’d become the video, using a mixture of watercolor, charcoal, ink, and graphite. He says, “The lyrics are very compassionate and rich in historical suggestion,…

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Coffee Break: Moments from Rock the Garden

Flaming Lips

If you're a member of MPR or the Walker Art Center, get your member numbers ready as Rock the Garden is back on June 29, 2019 and members have their first shot at getting tickets today at 10 am. For today's Coffee Break, sit back and relax as we bring you some of our favorite moments from Rock the Gardens past. And share your favorite moments in the comments below!

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Music News: 40,000 sign petition begging Maroon 5 not to play Super Bowl halftime show

Adam Levine performs with Maroon 5 in 2017.

Even before Maroon 5 have officially confirmed their booking to play the Super Bowl halftime show, tens of thousands are asking them not to. In other news today: Roy Clark dies at 85, Kacey Musgraves wins big at CMAs, Beyonce takes control of her own clothing line, Billy Idol becomes an American citizen, and Elton John stars in a tear-jerking new holiday ad.

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Mugison performs at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison has been recording and releasing music since 2003, and he also operates his own music festival in Iceland. Busy though he his, Mugison stopped at the Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik to play some songs and to share some very entertaining stories with host Mark Wheat and the audience.

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Iceland Airwaves

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Iceland Airwaves Festival

Join host Mark Wheat as he broadcasts from Reykjavik, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Mark will have interviews, live performances and a few cultural insights as well.

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Music News: 40,000 sign petition begging Maroon 5 not to play Super Bowl halftime show

Adam Levine performs with Maroon 5 in 2017.

Even before Maroon 5 have officially confirmed their booking to play the Super Bowl halftime show, tens of thousands are asking them not to. In other news today: Roy Clark dies at 85, Kacey Musgraves wins big at CMAs, Beyonce takes control of her own clothing line, Billy Idol becomes an American citizen, and Elton John stars in a tear-jerking new holiday ad.

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Mugison performs at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison has been recording and releasing music since 2003, and he also operates his own music festival in Iceland. Busy though he his, Mugison stopped at the Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik to play some songs and to share some very entertaining stories with host Mark Wheat and the audience.

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Stella Donnelly performs at Iceland Airwaves

Stella Donnelly at Iceland Airwaves

Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly joins host Mark Wheat at the Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves to play a couple songs from her forthcoming album, expected in March 2019 on the Secretly Canadian label.

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Hildur performs at Iceland Airwaves

Mark Wheat with Hildur (Hildur Kristin Stefansdottir)

Although she hasn't yet released a full-length studio album, Hildur's singles have been instant hits, including 2016's 'I'll Walk With You' and her newest single, 'Picture Perfect.' Hildur plays both of these songs and more, and she converses with Mark Wheat as part of The Current's sessions at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.

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Soccer Mommy performs at Iceland Airwaves

Mark Wheat with Soccer Mommy

Nashville-based indie-pop artist Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison) joins Mark Wheat at Iceland Airwaves to play a live set and to talk about her budding career, including what it was like to meet and tour with one of her heroes, Liz Phair.

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Coffee Break: Give it away, give it away, give it away now

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

It's Give to the Max day! It's your chance to donate to your favorite nonprofits and schools and share your generosity to support the community around you. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention giving, or the spirit of generosity?

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