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    When the local label Shifting Paradigm was founded, it felt more like a consortium or movement  rather than a business enterprise. Founder and guitarist Zacc Harris was a pup by local establishment standards at the time. Most of his cohorts were too. Not to be dismissive, these were seriously innovative and bold young...
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    There’s no hip way to say this: High Note Records, the brainchild of the late impresario, Joe Fields is the tomato bisque and grilled cheese of record labels. You know? Comfort food. There’s absolutely no shame in that whatsoever. Sometimes you want Escargot, and sometimes a P. B. and J with the crusts...
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  If we lived in a perfectly just artistic world, the cult band of cult bands, The National Rhythm and Blues Quartet, (NRBQ) would have been one of the earliest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And bands like The Go-Go’s would have had to wait for the umpteenth 80’s nostalgia wave...
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  If you missed KO’s interview with Twin Cities singer Leslie Vincent, here it is in it’s entirety. She’s at Crooners this Saturday June 5th, if there are still tickets.  
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  Full disclosure: As I age, and even beforehand, I’m not always the fastest on the take. When the first volume of  the “Jazz Is Dead” series was released last year, I struggled with the billing and nomenclature. In my defense, it arrived at the peak of stay at home, and precious little was offered...
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Supporting your student during times of stress and change Health Services > School Based Clinics > Supporting your student during times of stress and change From Minneapolis Public Schools Health resources Reflections from Superintendent Ed Graff On the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, and as our community struggles with the trauma of children taken by gun violence,...
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What seems like decades ago but was only a few years, producer and pop craftsman Don Was, of Detroit, seized the reins at the House Of Blue Note records. For anybody who showed consternation at the time, and there were a few pundits, Was immediately showed himself to be both reverent steward and a bold...
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    “Transformation is the highest expression of change.” Apt words from composer, reed man and Jazz At Lincoln Center mainstay Ted Nash when he was asked to distill his new release for Tiger Turn records. Indeed, transformation has been the bye-word for the past year  for reasons I need not explain. As it applies...
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  Anoka-based singer/songwriter Betty Danger released her fist full length cd “Enigma” this week. Recorded completely at home, it’s self-produced and entirely original material. Betty describes herself as “Outlaw Folk.” She breaks it down better than I can, and she plays live as well.     Expect to hear Betty Danger and many other local...
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  If you are a regular listener to KBEM, hopefully you’ve heard Phil Nusbaum’s informative and entertaining feature Twin Cities This Week/Twin Cities Weekend. On a recent playback, I was intrigued by a new band, Sprig Of That, who discussed in-depth a new recording, Eight Threads.Like Phil’s featurette, the group had received an endowment from...
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