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Today’s Music News: Vanilla Ice and Afroman arrested for bad behavior


In separate incidents, two of pop music’s most infamous one-hit wonders have been put behind bars. “Ice Ice Baby” rapper Vanilla Ice was taken into custody in Lantana, Florida after allegedly swiping stuff from a home next door to a house he’s renovating for his HGTV show. The allegedly burglarized house was foreclosed and empty of people—but still…

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S. Carey, Riley Iris, and more: This week’s local record releases


S. Carey: Supermoon S. Carey of Bon Iver released his Supermoon EP Tuesday. The six-track EP—consisting of reimagined songs he’s previously released—is an introspective look into S. Carey’s life, family, and spirituality. Carey talks about his time spent in nature and the relationship he has with the Earth in an introduction to the album. You can…

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Hamline University’s Winter WonderJam returns for a second year with Smallpools, Step Rockets, Yonas


On Saturday, Hamline University is hosting their second annual Winter WonderJam concert, after long preparations. Although for some it may just be a concert, for those involved in the planning, it is a labor of love. Last February marked the first-ever Winter WonderJam, at which both Konstant Movement and Brother Ali performed. What became the biggest campus concert…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Musicians who have written kids' books


Pharrell Williams has signed an agreement to write a series of children's books, but it turns out he's not the first musician to venture into authorship for kids. So for today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs would you like to hear by musicians who have written books for children?

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Eating and Drinking with Heavy Table's James Norton: Ethical Eating


Trying to define such concepts as 'fair trade', 'living wages' and 'sustainability' is always an interesting conversation in the context of local food. Heavy Table Editor James Norton joins Jill Riley to talk about the relaunched Atlas of of Ethical Eating and Drinking, a resource that starts the discussion about the values that businesses and consumers care about.

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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

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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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