• A fanatic's ode to rock and roll
    Writer Steve Almond is obsessed with music, a self-proclaimed "drooling fanatic" of rock and roll. He chronicles that obsession and it's many forms in his new memoir.Midmorning, May 13, 2010
  • Duluth indie rockers Low reach for 'Heaven' with dance
    Duluth indie band Low is trying something very new about a very old subject as band members are collaborating with Minneapolis choreographer Morgan Thorson on "Heaven," a dance exploring religious ritual.March 4, 2010
  • Life in Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow'
    St Paul writer Peter Bognanni combines geodesic domes and punk rock in his new novel. "The House of Tomorrow" is an off-kilter coming of age story set in small town Iowa. Bognanni, who teaches at Macalester College, says the book came about from a chance encounter.March 3, 2010
  • Director says themes in Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter' remain timeless
    It's been 70 years since Noel Coward's movie "Brief Encounter" became an international sensation, but the director of an acclaimed new theatrical adaptation says the story has lost none of its emotional punch. The production by the British Kneehigh Theater opens at the Guthrie in Minneapolis this weekend.February 10, 2010
  • The Current Music Blog: Posts by Peter Valelly (RSS Feed)
    RSS Feed of Peter Valelly's posts to The Current Music Blog.February 2, 2010
  • Grammy winners on Midmorning
    The 52nd annual Grammy Awards are on Sunday, with Beyonce, Lady, Gaga, and Taylor Swift among the nominees. Midmorning replays Grammy winners interviewed by Kerri Miller in 2009: Dave Pirner, Bela Fleck, and Roger McGuinn.Midmorning, January 29, 2010
  • Ordway Center celebrates 25th year
    This week the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an open house on Sunday that takes a look back at the effort it took to build, and what it has meant to the community.January 13, 2010
  • The Red Pens make their mark on local music scene
    A local indie rock duo is riding a wave of fuzzed-out guitar distortion into the hearts of critics and fans.January 8, 2010
  • Radio Heartland Live Holiday Concerts
    Radio Heartland celebrated the 2009 holiday season with the help of some friends.December 23, 2009
  • Works Progress Administration on Radio Heartland
    Three members of Works Progress Administration perform on Radio Heartland.December 19, 2009
  • Minnesota artists cover the Beatles
    "Minnesota Beatle Project" is a new CD that features 16 Minnesota-based artists interpreting Beatles songs. One of the more intriguing tracks in the collection is a version of "Norwegian Wood" by Jeremy Messersmith and Zach Coulter. This is the first time they have recorded music together. Messersmith is a solo artist and Coulter is a member of the band Solid Gold. They spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the creation of their unique version of the song.December 16, 2009
  • Sarah Hicks, Minnesota Orchestra pops conductor
    Classical orchestras have long featured popular music or pops to broaden their audiences. The recently appointed pops conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra talks about how she sells new music to audiences young and old.Midmorning, December 14, 2009
  • Minnesota blues brought home
    Local singer Paul Metsa has performed and worked in music for nearly 30 years. He credits his upbringing in the Iron Range and his love of folk for inspiring his songwriting and his bluesman ethos.Midmorning, November 20, 2009
  • U of M confirms date with U2 next summer
    U2 will perform at the University of Minnesota's new TCF Bank Stadium on June 27, 2010.November 16, 2009
  • Minneapolis' Solid Gold poised to take band to the next level
    Following the release of its latest cd, "Bodies of Water," Minneapolis buzz band Solid Gold has spent the year mesmerizing critics and fans with its electronic pop. The band will cap off a breakthrough year tonight with a show at First Avenue.November 13, 2009

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