News and Interviews

(Sandy) Alex G: 'I don't feel like a brand yet, I still feel like a person'


(Sandy) Alex G

On 'House of Sugar,' the lo-fi pop musician's third full-length release on Domino, his often warped voice swarms and lingers over warm walls of stringed instruments and looped synths. The album's themes are murky: memory runs backwards, sugar is spooned, and answers are buried with sand.

'Sound the Bells': where Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra meet


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The live hip-hop album features a selection of Dessa's hip hop work with a group of vocalists and the full Minnesota Orchestra behind her. This years-long collaboration and cross-genre learning results in 'Sound the Bells' and some interesting marketing challenges.

Rex Orange County doesn't care what you call him (anymore)


Rex Orange County performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Alexander O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County, shares insights into his career thus far. 'You are something and you make a choice in your life, like, 'This is going to be great' -- and then it happens, and you're kind of like, 'This is more stressful than I imagined.'

Max Weinberg talks with Jill Riley ahead of Red Wing show


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Drummer and TV personality Max Weinberg will be at Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre for an eclectic show appropriately titled 'Max Weinberg's Jukebox,' as it is centered on the concept of the old-fashioned music-playing coin machine.

R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter: 'That's a band that made people happy'


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Mitch Easter is a musician and producer, perhaps best known for his work producing R.E.M.'s debut EP 'Chronic Town' and first two albums, 'Murmur' and 'Reckoning.' On Thursday, Oct. 17, Easter, along with four other luminaries, will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Mary Lucia recently spoke to Mitch Easter about his work with R.E.M.