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Open Mike Eagle makes himself a mixtape

Component System is a record that makes a case for the past as a continuously changing and evolving presence, not a trapped-in-amber escape route.
The referential artist discusses hip-hop's repurposing spirit, reconciling zonal versions of himself, making sense of rap's "golden era" and his new album, Component System with the Auto Reverse. Read more

Minnesota musician Douglas Ewart wins recognition

Douglas R. Ewart poses for a portrait
The McKnight Foundation honored Ewart’s years of community engagement and artistry with this year’s Distinguished Artist Award, which carries with it a $100,000 prize. He’s known for his support of young artists in Minneapolis. Read more

The two sides of Glitteratti

Four people stand smiling with arms around each other
Duluth-based Glitteratti, featuring members of Trampled by Turtles, released two EPs this year. The differences between Rectify!, released in July, and A Delicate Ballast, released in September, are day and night. Read more

Kentucky park to be named for John Prine

John Prine In Concert - Los Angeles, October 2019
Located in Muhlenberg County — which Prine sings about in his song, ‘Paradise’ — the park will be dedicated as John Prine Memorial Park during an official ceremony on Saturday. Read more

Minnesotan Oscar Pettiford changed American music

A man plays a bass
Jazz pioneer Oscar Pettiford got his start on the stages of the Twin Cities, helping create a ‘Minneapolis sound’ long before Prince. His innovations made him one of the most influential bass players of the bebop era. A century after his birth, that legacy endures. Read more

The rapper Coolio has died at 59

Coolio performing onstage
The artist, one of hip-hop's biggest names of the 1990s with hits including "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantastic Voyage," died Wednesday at age 59, his manager said. Read more

Lizzo played James Madison's crystal flute

Lizzo plays President James Madison's crystal flute
The Library of Congress had invited Lizzo to check out its flute collection during her tour stop. On Tuesday, she played a few notes on the historic instrument, twerked and declared history cool. Read more

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