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  • 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
  • The Current's David Campbell on the year in music
    Tonight starting at 5:00 on our sister station, 89.3 The Current you can hear the listener picks for the top 89 songs 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
  • Cantus - MPR stairwell
    Cantus performs in a not so likely MPR space.December 17, 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
  • Cantus: Wabasha Street Caves
    Gangsters, mushrooms, and Cantus. Singing in the cavesNovember 30, 2010
  • The forgettable songs of Christmas
    Philip Brunelle and members of VocalEssence give their annual Midmorning performance of ridiculous, ill-conceived, and nearly unsingable Christmas carols.Midmorning, November 30, 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

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