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Friday Five: Nick Jordan, Lena Elizabeth, and more perform on Pony Rug

Happy Friday on this crisp, sunny day! If you’ve been following this feature throughout the past year, you’ll have seen a Pony Rug video pop up about every week or two. But this week, I wanted to highlight a whole stack of work from this series, which really seems to have come into its own lately.…

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tUnE-yArDs, 'I can feel you creep into my private life'

Album of the Week: tUnE-yArDs, 'I can feel you creep into my private life'

If Merrill Garbus is a painter she's a surrealist like Dali, with sounds dripping, warping and in places that shouldn't fit, but somehow tell a more interesting story because of the strange juxtaposition. And if she's a baker, she's making croissants; a painstaking process of bending, folding, and layering - over and over.

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Paul Westerberg creates art for Juliana Hatfield’s Olivia Newton-John covers project

Juliana Hatfield will be releasing a new album of Olivia Newton-John covers this spring. The album, entitled Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, will be available in several different forms from cassettes to CDs and variously colored vinyl. A separate 7-inch vinyl, Bonus 7 with two extra songs, will also be available, its cover art created by Minnesota’s…

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Listen: Mark Mallman serves up a new jingle for Taco John’s

Minneapolis musician Mark Mallman is no stranger to composing for TV and film. He recently tackled his first taco jingle in an advertisement for Taco John’s. The ad is currently airing online and on TV, and many fans heard it during last week’s NFL playoff games. In the 30-second jingle, Mallman details the new Taco Taco…

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First Aid Kit, 'Ruins'

Album of the Week: First Aid Kit, 'Ruins'

All 10 songs on "Ruins" stay true to the formula that Johanna and Klara first charmed listeners with - lush vocal harmonies and infectious melodies. With some added instrumentation from Peter Buck and Wilco's Glen Kotche, the album is some their finest work yet.

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Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Coffee Break: MPLS vs. Philly

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This Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will go against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game that could send the Vikings to the Superbowl if they win (have you heard?). In the spirit of brotherhood and moving karma in the right direction leading up to Sunday, what songs do you want to hear from Philadelphia AND local musicians?

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