Can Twin Cities music venues survive a shaky economy? Panic spread through the Twin Cities music scene a few weeks ago when two highly regarded nightspots -- the 501 Club in Minneapolis and the Turf Club on University Avenue in St. Paul -- closed their doors.January 19, 2011
Bookers pick the best local music of 2010 The 'Best of' lists of local music critics are abundant this time of year, but MPR News asked the people who choose which acts to present at Minnesota venues what they thought was the best local music of 2010.December 31, 2010
Grammar rocks If music is a language, its lyrics are flying in the face of the rules of English grammar. Midmorning explores the grammatical slip-ups that make popular music great, but still irk the experts.Midmorning, December 31, 2010
Opera for a modern audience The incoming director of the Minnesota Opera is an accomplished musician in his own right, with compositions performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. He joins Midmorning to talk about the challenge of bringing opera to 21st century audiences.Midmorning, December 16, 2010
Chris Osgood on First Avenue's 40th anniversary The Twin Cities landmark music venue First Avenue is 40 years old.
Since opening its doors in December 1970, the former downtown Minneapolis bus depot has hosted some of the biggest names in rock and roll.December 15, 2010
Inside college admissions Many college applications are due at the end of the year, and most students have saved the dreaded essay and resume of activities for last. Midmorning discusses the undergraduate application process: how to navigate it, and whether the current admissions criteria can tell you if a student is worthy of attending a college.Midmorning, December 14, 2010
Cantus: Sky Pesher What does the inside of a sculpture sound like? Close your eyes and let Cantus lead the way.December 9, 2010
A painful history retold through jazz music Growing up, jazz guitarist David Becker heard stories of how the Japanese captured his Dutch grandparents during the invasion of Indonesia in World War II. On his new album "Batavia," he retells his family's adventures through music.November 26, 2010
Ike Reilly's Thanksgiving tradition means Minneapolis rock and roll Whether it's food, family, or the four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is about traditions. One musical tradition that has come to mark the holiday in the Twin Cities is Ike Reilly at First Avenue.
The fiery Chicago rocker and singer songwriter has made his Thanksgiving eve show in the mainroom an annual event. Reilly told Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit that he and his Minnesota fans have a lot in common.November 24, 2010
Cantus: Under the bridge The men of Cantus take their voices out of the concert hall and under a bridge.November 18, 2010
Cloud Cult chases time The Minneapolis indie rock band Cloud Cult brings its orchestral flair, tribal energy, and a new album, to First Avenue's Mainroom for the next two nights.November 17, 2010