• Gay rights issue ends Lady Gaga, Target romance
    Representatives for pop musician Lady Gaga say the artist has ended Target's exclusive deal to sell a special edition of her new album due out later this year.March 9, 2011
  • Patti Austin in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Grammy-award winner Patti Austin stops by to talk about her 53 year musical career, a career that began at age 4 on the stage of the famed Apollo Theater.Midmorning, March 7, 2011
  • Dancers explore the darker side of the Carpenters' story
    For people of a certain age, the prospect of an evening of Carpenters music probably raises some mixed emotions. The brother-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter pumped out hit after hit in the 1970s. However behind the scenes the Carpenters were troubled. Karen struggled with an eating disorder which was to claim her life in 1983. That facade of pop music happiness covering a real life tragedy forms the basis of a new dance presentation in Minneapolis this weekend.March 4, 2011
  • Red Wing: carving a violin
    Scrapes and cuts help fine tune the violin.March 4, 2011
  • Rodney Crowell in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio
    What do you get when you grow up poor, as an only child of a drunk father and a holy-rolling mother? How about an acclaimed musician, songwriter and now author of the book "Chinaberry Sidewalks." Hear Rodney share his story, through words and songs.Midmorning, March 1, 2011
  • Faith and suffering in song
    Conductor and composer Andre Thomas says that when choirs perform spirituals, they need to understand both the joy and the pain of the slave experience. He joins Midmorning to discuss the legacy of spirituals and their meaning for modern-day audiences.Midmorning, February 28, 2011
  • Anthology of rap and hip-hop
    Over the past 30 years rap and hip-hop have emerged as a powerful and influential cultural force. Midmorning examines the power and the poetry of rap music, from the "old school" to the present day.Midmorning, February 24, 2011
  • South Africa's musical ambassadors: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    For over forty years, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been the voice of South African musical tradition around the world. Rock audiences were first introduced to the group when they collaborated with Paul Simon on his 1987 album, "Graceland." Ladysmith Black Mambazo's new album, "Songs from a Zulu Farm" celebrates their rich musical and cultural heritage. They join host Kerri Miller for a live in-studio performance.Midmorning, February 16, 2011
  • Minn. Orchestra seeks micro-financing for new work
    The Minnesota Orchestra will pay for its latest commission by soliciting small donations from patrons of the "Inside the Classics" series.February 11, 2011
  • Veteran Minneapolis rapper tells his own story
    On his new CD, "Worth the Wait," Minneapolis emcee 'Carnage the Executioner' repeatedly asserts his superiority. But based on the hardships he's overcome in his personal life and his sheer vocal prowess, he has earned those bragging rights.February 7, 2011
  • 1989: the Trashmen
    More than a surfin' bird.February 6, 2011
  • Magraw and Wise still make music together after 30 years
    Two Minnesota musicians will celebrate 30 years of collaboration and a new album at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend. Guitarist Dean Magraw and tabla player Marcus Wise talked recently with MPR's Euan Kerr about their new album, "How the Light Gets in."February 4, 2011
  • A career in the theater as a composer
    It's preview week for the Guthrie Theater's new production of Shakespeare's "The Winters Tale," and one of the people scrambling to get things ready is composer Adam Wernick. Just as the actors are honing their performances Wernick will refine the music right up to Friday's opening night.February 1, 2011
  • The Jayhawks perform 'She Walks in So Many Ways'
    The Jayhawks performed "She Walks in So Many Ways" live on Midmorning with Kerri Miller Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. It's a new song the band is including on its upcoming album, which will be released in June.January 31, 2011
  • The return of the Jayhawks
    After more than a decade apart, the original members of the Jayhawks have reunited. They joined Midmorning to talk about what brought them back together, and what's to come. The band also performed several songs, including a new song that will be part of its upcoming album.Midmorning, January 31, 2011

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