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  • 40 years on, 'Free to Be' still resonates
    The children's album 'Free To Be... You and Me' was the brainchild of Emmy-winning actress Marlo Thomas and a bevy of celebrity friends, from Michael Jackson to Rosey Grier, all the way to Carol Channing and Harry Belafonte.December 9, 2012
  • Neil Young to play benefit for Sandy relief
    Neil Young says he couldn't see performing in the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy without doing something to help people who were affected by it.December 2, 2012
  • Rolling Stones mark 50th year with concert
    The Rolling Stones are marking their 50th anniversary with a concert in London. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will also be joined by former Stones members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who will perform again with the band for the first time in more than 20 years.November 25, 2012
  • Pa. man finds rare Robert Johnson record
    A Pittsburgh record store owner says he discovered a copy of the second song ever recorded by Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson, "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom."November 17, 2012
  • Random Vinyl: The Youngbloods - The Youngbloods (1967)
    The Youngbloods are best known for their hit version of "Get Together" (c'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.) If you dig a little deeper into this record, past the hit single, you'll hear more of a sound reminiscent of The Byrds and The Lovin' Spoonful. We played the side one, track one, Youngbloods original "Grizzely Bear."November 15, 2012
  • Random Vinyl: Jefferson Starship - Red Octopus (1975)
    This record represents that mid-point between the era of Jefferson Airplane and the band's evolution (or devolution) to Starship. This record still had some of the original members of Jefferson Airplane; Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick) and had the big hit "Miracles." Jill can guarantee at least 5 copies are available in each and every record across the country.November 14, 2012
  • Random Vinyl: Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Rocks On (1972)
    Jerry Lee Lewis scored his biggest hits in the 50's with song like "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" and "Great Balls of Fire." The scandal surrounding his marriage to his teenage cousin almost destroyed his music career, but he was able to reinvent himself in the later 60's and 70's as a country act.November 13, 2012
  • Springsteen set to rock at Xcel Center
    Madonna and Bob Dylan have come and gone. Now it's Bruce Springsteen's turn to play in St. Paul.November 11, 2012
  • David Byrne invites Minnesotans to 'play a building'
    Musical innovator and Talking Heads founder David Byrne has wired the former Theater de La Jeune Lune building in the Minneapolis warehouse district to make it into a musical instrument. The musical installation called "Playing the Building" allows visitors to use the keyboard of an old pump organ to rattle girders, blast air and make other sounds through attachments to the instrument.November 6, 2012
  • Madonna kicks off big shows at Xcel Center
    Madonna is the first of three big stars who will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul over the next nine days.November 3, 2012
  • Minn. Music Hall of Fame inducts new members
    The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame has inducted a new class.November 3, 2012
  • At 93, Pete Seeger keeps the fire burning low
    Over the years, Pete Seeger has been singing for anyone who'll listen.October 28, 2012
  • SPCO management locks out musicians
    After months of negotiations failed to find a contract agreement, the management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra locked out its musicians on Sunday evening.October 22, 2012
  • U of M concert to showcase Argento's music
    The University of Minnesota's School of Music will feature the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento on Saturday night.October 20, 2012
  • Neil Young says 1st book came 'off the top of my head'
    Neil Young's fans have come to expect wild swings if they've followed his music career since the 1960s. There's the near-violent guitar solos and throbbing rock of his collaborations with Crazy Horse. Lilting acoustic melodies like "Harvest Moon." Electronic experiments. Moments of genius and ill-advised detours.October 7, 2012

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