• 'Funkytown' songwriter leads copyright fight against music industry
    An obscure provision in American copyright law could stir up a massive legal battle between the music industry and some of its biggest stars, and Minnesota's "Funkytown" songwriter Steven Greenberg and his attorney are leading the charge.December 6, 2011
  • Christmas Carols that didn't make the cut
    Philip Brunelle and the members of VocalEssence join Kerri Miller in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio for a celebration of Christmas carols odd and obscure.Midmorning, December 1, 2011
  • Musician Patty Larkin celebrates 25 years in the business
    Patty Larkin has been called both a "contemplative songwriter" and a "whoop-ass guitarist." To celebrate 25 years in the music business, she's put out an album of 25 of her most requested songs, recorded with 25 of her favorite artists. Recorded on March 28, 2011.Midmorning, November 18, 2011
  • The smooth sounds of Al Jarreau
    Jazz singer Al Jarreau has been in the music buiness for 40 years, but music was not always a major force in his life. He joins Midmorning to discuss his career, and explain when he decided that he would make singing his life.Midmorning, November 15, 2011
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon: Song leader and scholar
    Singer, scholar and civil rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon knows from personal experience the powerful connection between music and protest. She joins Midmorning to talk about the music of the civil rights movement and the power of collective singing.Midmorning, November 11, 2011
  • Slideshow: Polica at the Turf Club
    Still in its infancy, the new band Polica -- fronted by Channy Casselle formerly of Roma di Luna, and featuring additional members from Marijuana Deathsquads, Vampire Hands and Digitata -- performed to a packed Turf Club on Monday night.November 8, 2011
  • Ray Davies rebooted
    Ray Davies has written some of the most memorable songs in the rock 'n' roll canon. On his new album, Davies opens up a few of these songs to reinterpretation with the help of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and a host of others. He joins Midmorning to discuss his music, his career and why he felt it was time to revisit some of his greatest hits.Midmorning, November 8, 2011
  • Magos Herrera taps Mexico's African roots
    When jazz singer Magos Herrera takes the stage tonight at the Ordway, she won't be trying to channel any of the great voices of her genre's majestic tradition, as much as she admires them.October 28, 2011
  • Dessa's new direction
    Hip hop artist Dessa joined Kerri Miller last week in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio to discuss how she started rapping, her song writing process, and why the she felt compelled to rework earlier songs for her new album "Castor, the Twin." She also performed three songs from the album.Midmorning, October 26, 2011
  • Mary Jane Alm In Studio
    Mary Jane Alm and friends perform music on Radio Heartland from her new record, "Me and the Wild Blue."October 20, 2011
  • The sounds of the Twin Cities
    From Prince to Husker Du to Brother Ali, the Twin Cities music scene has been fluorishing now for more than three decades. Midmorning looks at the elements that have made the Twin Cities a musical hotbed.Midmorning, October 18, 2011
  • Musical highlights from the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio
    Excerpts of recent Midmorning conversations with local musicians Chan Poling, the Jayhawks, Adam Levy, Dessa and Chris Koza.Midmorning, October 18, 2011
  • Cactus Blossoms keep vintage country music alive
    The "alt country" music scene isn't as big as it used to be, but there's still a lot of vintage twang in the Twin Cities, courtesy of the Cactus Blossoms. The Minneapolis group, fronted by a pair of brothers, harkens back to the roots of country with their earnest songs and pristine harmonizing.October 7, 2011
  • Esperanza Spalding makes light of serious talent
    Jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding rolls into St. Paul Tuesday night for a concert at St. Catherine's University. Spalding, an upright bassist and singer, is one of the hottest performers on the jazz scene right now.October 4, 2011
  • A little bit of this, a little bit of that in Minn. Orchestra's 'TimePiece'
    The Minnesota Orchestra's first program of the new season includes something a little different.September 28, 2011

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