Sacred Sounds: How One Restoration Expert is Preserving the World’s Pipe Organs

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Photos by Aaron Davidson Pipe organs are the most complex instruments in the world. Born of wood, metal, fabric, wire, glue, and finish, they contain many moving parts, some as sensitive and fragile as eggshells. They can include massive pipes three stories tall that weigh more than a ton, all the way down to small […]

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Jazz & Funk & Soul, Oh My!

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After years of simmering on the backburner of the Twin Cities music scene, jazz-inspired funk bands are back—and they’re bigger, louder, and groovier than ever On a snowy day in late 1978, just a week before Thanksgiving, jazz saxophonist Morris Wilson staged a rally for working musicians on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Fed up with […]

Craft Culture: Tim Reede’s Custom Guitars and Basses

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Photos by Kristine Erickson Tim Reede sits on the edge of a green loveseat with a handmade Sitka spruce acoustic guitar in his lap. He’s in the attic above his custom guitar workshop, which looks from the outside like any other garage next to any other home in the Corcoran neighborhood of Minneapolis. Rock gods Jimi, […]

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612Brew Summer Concert Series to Feature Eclectic Mix of Local Musicians

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Minneapolis’ 612Brew announced its Summer Concert Series today, which will take place on five Saturdays throughout the summer at the brewery’s outdoor amphitheater. Kicking things off on June 13 will be hip-hop trio Glow Mechanics, singer/songwriter Dustin Hatzenbuhler, electronic artist CSL, self-explanatory Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, and blues/soul singer Justin Halverson. On July 18, the concert […]

Remembering Jeff Hanson

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An Interview with the late-musician’s brother, Ryan Hanson This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s non-commercial, member-supported radio station playing the best authentic, new music alongside the music that inspired it. Find this article and more great music content at thecurrent.org. “Jeff is the single […]

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The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

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Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would […]

Rock ‘N’ Roll: Meeting Joan Jett, and the Harsh Reality of Life Backstage

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Editor’s note: This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s non-commercial, member-supported radio station playing the best authentic, new music alongside the music that inspired it. Find this article and more great music content at thecurrent.org. The snow was falling hard and fast in fat, sloppy flakes […]

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10 Questions for The Current at 10 Years

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Photos by Aaron Davidson When 89.3 The Current hit the airwaves at 9:01am on Jan. 24, 2005 to the beat of Atmosphere’s “Say Shh,” nothing was a sure thing. Alternative stations come and go, and will continue to, but with the backing of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current is not just another station. It has […]

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Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Makes Waves, Tickets on Sale

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Last year, Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir announced they would collaborate on a project new for each of the accomplished artists—organizing a music festival. Dessner and Vernon connected while recording Dark Was the Night, a compilation album benefitting HIV / AIDS research, and quickly became friends after writing the song “Big Red Machine” by […]

Surly Doomtree Day Bar Crawl details announced

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It’s no wonder how Surly and Doomtree decided to collaborate on a special beer. Surly Brewing and the hip-hop collective, Doomtree, are both crusaders of quality. Their missions are to provide an alternative to the bland dross filling our beer glasses and our headphones, and both have gained a fervent following along the way. Now, after nine successful Doomtree Blowout concerts, […]

3rd Annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale This Weekend

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  Minneapolis’ preeminent record retailer will hold its third annual garage sale this weekend. Stop by the Electric Fetus at Franklin and 4th Avenue, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Search through thousands of CDs, LPs and DVDs (new & used) at huge discounts, and up to 75% off gift department items. Garage sale items […]

Q & A: Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone

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Tomorrow, Minneapolis modern bluegrass favorites Pert Near Sandstone will take the stage at On Tap @ Mystic. You can still get tickets to the festival, which will pair over 30 breweries with music from Pert Near and The Dan Band. We spoke with Pert Near banjoist Kevin Kniebel about their new album and craft beer […]

Mike Munson Played 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 5 Days

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From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson traversed the Mississippi River Valley and followed Highway 61 up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different brewery taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders explored the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for trends and differences […]

What you need to know about Record Store Day 2014 in Minnesota

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By Brian Kaufenberg For music lovers who obsessively leaf through stacks and stacks of records and discs to find that one diamond in the rough—I’m still searching for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One—Record Store Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Record Store Day was formed […]

Rock the Garden 2014 Lineup Announced

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The Current’s Rock the Garden show at Walker Art Center has become a perennial symbol of summer in the Twin Cities. Craft beer, locally made food, sunshine, fresh air, and not to mention great indie artists giving memorable performances—parking garage dance party from Dan Deacon and Low’s drone song, anybody?—all in the backyard of the […]

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