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Today’s Music News: Elvis Costello, Johnny Marr prep memoirs

You get a memoir! And you get a memoir! Everybody gets a memoir among indie rock notables this year…including, now, Elvis Costello and Johnny Marr. Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink will be published on Oct. 13; Smiths guitarist Marr’s as-yet-untitled memoir will hit shelves about a year later, in fall 2016. Woodbury’s Hippo Campus will make their national TV debut…

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First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Kintsugi'

If Death Cab For Cutie's 17-year career has focused on a single overarching theme, it's the process of growing up and fumbling for connection. Get a first listen to their forthcoming album, 'Kintsugi', which comes out March 31.

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Rock and roll through the rain: SXSW dispatch, Day Four

I started my day on Friday like I do most days: by waking up. I quickly realized that I had been kissed by a cold; I rolled out of bed, and blew my nose with the feeling of defeat. I checked my e-mail, and there was a message from SXSW with a notification that “if you watch…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Harmonica Songs

As part of Member Appreciation Week, today's 9:30 Coffee Break idea comes from MPR member Deb Baker of Grand Rapids, Minn., who suggests: What songs featuring prominent harmonica parts do you want to hear? Send your requests.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota

Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Coffee Break: Sky full of song

Double rainbow in Bayfield

If you were able to look up into the sky you saw something spectacular after last night's storm - a double rainbow and gorgeous, colorful skies. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention the sky, clouds, rainbows, etc.?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Kitty Wells

Kitty Wells passed away; Desmond Dekker was born; the Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records; Sean Cassidy had his one and only No. 1 hit; and the White Stripes played their shortest concert ever, Today in Music History.

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