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Trampled by Turtles singer Dave Simonett releases his first solo album under his own name


Musician Dave Simonett in the control room.

After almost 20 years leading the Duluth-based bluegrass rock band Trampled by Turtles, singer and guitarist Dave Simonett just released what could be -- depending on how you look at it -- his first or his third solo album. Simonett's latest collection 'Red Tail' is much lighter and more open to interpretation than two he issued as Dead Man Winter.

DJ J. Blase on the art of mixing


DJ J. Blase and Friends

Once a corporate banker, DJ J. Blase has risen in the ranks of Twin Cities DJs. In this interview with Jeffrey Bissoy, DJ J. Blase talks about how he got into the field, about how he prepares for gigs, about why Blase N Friends does it better, the importance of getting the vibe right, and his pride in donating time to DJ for school-age kids.

Nashville's music community bands together for benefit concert


Nashville benefit concert artist collage

In the wake of the devastating tornado that ripped through Middle Tennessee, Nashville musicians and artists are rallying to provide relief to survivors. A benefit concert featuring Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Dan Auerbach, Yola and other luminaries will be held Monday, March 9 in Nashville.

Austin cancels SXSW because of coronavirus


Marquee from conclusion of SXSW 2019

'We are devastated to share this news with you,' organizers said in a statement. 'The show must go on is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place.'