Cathy Wurzer Feature Archive

Andre Cymone, who was the bass player in Prince's first touring band, has released a new solo album. It's called "The Stone." He will be playing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday. This is his first solo recording in 27 years, and we have a clip you can hear. (03/13/2014)
Today's music is from violinist David Garrett and his take on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Garrett will be performing tonight at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Born in Germany, Garrett was a child prodigy who first played with the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra at the age of 10. He studied with Itzhak Perlmann and at Julliard. Lately, Garrett has been committed to making classical music more accessible to young people. The music performed during his current "Crossover" tour combines classical elements with pop, rock and rhythm and blues. (03/12/2014)
The authors of a bill which will get a hearing today at the Legislature say that if it doesn't pass, your auto insurance rates could go up. (03/12/2014)
Today's music is from 40 years ago this week when "Seasons in the Sun" by Canadian singer Terry Jacks was the number one song on the U.S. pop charts. It is a translation of the French song "Le Moribond" by the popular Belgian-born singer Jacques Brel. The original French version about the laments of a dying man included verses about his unfaithful wife. The Terry Jacks version left that part out. (03/11/2014)
Fifty years ago today, Simon and Garfunkel recorded "The Sound of Silence." The acoustic version of the song was included on their first album "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." (03/10/2014)
The Minnesota Wild lost to St. Louis in a shootout Sunday night by a score of 3-2. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost at home to Toronto 111-104. And the University of Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team beat Penn State 81-63. The Gopher women's basketball team won just one game in its conference tournament. As the regular seasons wind down, our local hockey and basketball teams are all looking to secure a spot in the post season. Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune. (03/10/2014)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's Friday deadline for a tax cut bill is fast approaching, and lawmakers are not expected to meet it. (03/10/2014)
On this date in 1965, an English group known as The Mannish Boys released their version of "I Pity the Fool." Neither the song nor the group amounted to much, but members of the band did. The singer is David Bowie who was calling himself Davie Jones at that time. And the solo guitar licks were provided by Jimmy Page, who was a prolific studio musician before his time with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. (03/05/2014)
Today's music is from the lead single off a new album by Beck, his first original album in six years. He calls "Morning Phase" a sequel to his 2002 hit record, "Sea Change." We played the "Blue Moon" track this morning, which Beck says is inspired by a biography of Elvis Presley that he'd been meaning to read for years. (02/24/2014)
The Minnesota Wild return to action along with the rest of the National Hockey League this week. The NHL took a break to allow many of its players to go to Sochi for the Olympics which just ended yesterday -- the Wild resumes its season against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, about the impact of the Sochi games on the league. (02/24/2014)
Southbound Northstar commuter rail trains are apparently running again after a difficult morning. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Metro Transit spokesperson Drew Kerr about the matter. (02/24/2014)
Gov. Mark Dayton looks ahead to the 2014 legislative session with MPR's Cathy Wurzer, talking about his stand on the "unsession," taxes, marijuana and other issues that are sure to come before lawmakers this year. (02/24/2014)
Seventy years ago this week, the first bebop recordings were made. They were performed by a band featuring Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespe, Max Roach and bassist Oscar Pettiford who grew up in the Twin Cities. (02/20/2014)
If you listen carefully, you'll discover that you're bombarded by noises of all kinds. The constant drone of traffic, technology, talking, and television is the background buzz of our lives. But while the rest of the world is getting louder, Bruce Kramer, who has ALS, is becoming quieter. (02/20/2014)
Today's music is based on some sad news this week for fans of the innovative art-rock band Devo. Guitarist Bob Casale died on Monday from heart failure. He was 61 years old. Bob and his brother Gerald were founding members of the band which started on the campus of Kent State University in reaction to the shooting of students by the National Guard in 1970. Casale's guitar playing was a key element of the distinctive Devo sound. (02/19/2014)