Minnesota bands and recording artists have played a significant role in shaping popular music in the last 50 years. Bob Dylan, Prince, the Replacements, Soul Asylum and The Jayhawks are just a few of the influential artists from Minnesota. In recent years Mason Jennings, Motion City Soundtrack, Low, Atmosphere and Cloud Cult have found national audiences. And some of the latest to emerge include Howler and Polica.
Minnesota also has many and varied venues for experiencing live music, from coffee shops to stadiums and lots in between. In summer a wide assortment of outdoor music concerts and festivals representing all genres of music are happening.
To get a taste of Minnesota music check out the link below and listen to Local Current, an online stream of Minnesota music from our partner 89.3 The Current, from Minnesota Public Radio.
Watch music videos of Minnesota bands and singer/songwriters featured on MN Original, Twin Cities Public Television's award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota's creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures. For more information about MN Original, visit: mnoriginal.org
Minnesota Music News & Notes:
Top 5 Minnesota albums, voted by the listeners of 89.3 The Current the week of 12/31- 1/6:
Minnesota Beatle Project (Various Artists)
Mason Jennings, Always Been
Songs for Slim (Various Artists)
Actual Wolf, Actual Wolf
Har Mar Superstar, Bye Bye
Local Current Blog
Andrea Swensson writes about the Minnesota music scene for the Local Current Blog for MPR's 89.3 The Current. Check out her daily updates: http://blog.thecurrent.org/
Songs for Slim
When guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a debilitating stroke last year, the music community rallied around him and came to his aid. His former band The Replacements reformed and headed into the studio in support of their old friend. The resulting session, the Songs For Slim EP was released in January 2013. Since then other notable musicians like Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Frank Black, Craig Finn and John Doe put out a 7 song cover EP of Slim's solo work. In November, 2013 Songs For Slim – Rock 'in Here Tonight: A Benefit Compilation For Slim Dunlap was released with more musicians joining in on two disc album. http://songsforslim.com/pages/news
Locusic: Local music website
Locusic is an internet radio service that lets you discover local music and gives bands free airplay in their community. It recently started in the Twin Cities and features many music genres: locusic.com
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