At the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas Lady Gaga will deliver the keynote address today. She is the youngest person and first woman to have that honor. MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with Jim McGuinn, the program director for our sister station 89.3 The Current, about the festival with a focus on Minnesota acts.
MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms.
It was a wild day at the Minnesota Boy's High School tournament yesterday with several of the games going to multiple overtimes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune.
There is yet another new proposal on the table to solve one of the trickiest questions about the proposed Southwest light rail line: "the deeper shallow tunnel." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, who represents the Kennilworth area, about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's Friday deadline for a tax cut bill is fast approaching, and lawmakers are not expected to meet it.
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.
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.
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.
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.