MN music

Violinist and Iron Range native, Jillian Rae talked with us during New Music this week in anticipation of our first CenterStage MN Concert of 2020.

We talk about her new album, I Can't Be the One You Want Me To Be, how she joined Two Many Banjos ('Hey, you have a violin!'), getting weird, cold medicine, and everything in between. Listen below.

Jillian Rae will be at the Mary Ives Studio Theater with her band on Thursday, January 16th. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm. Tickets here.

The ever popular CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series will be back this fall for its fourth season! So far, this collaboration between KAXE/KBXE and The Reif Center has brought some seriously incredible acts to Grand Rapids in a one of a kind listening room; The Lowest Pair, jeremy messersmith, The Pines, Bad Bad Hats, Pert Near Sandstone, Erik Koskinen, The Cactus Blossoms, Actual Wolf, Gaelynn Lea...maybe I should just list all of the bands that have come because honestly, every show offers stunning talents from around Minnesota. 

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On Northern Voices this week Leah Lemm profiles Iron Range Native and Finnish-American musician Sara Pajunen. She is a violinist, composer and sound artist who lives in Duluth. Sara tells us about her Finnish ancestry, and the traditional music that she plays and writes, plus about a project of hers that incorporates family history, landscape and sound.   Northern Voices is made possible with funding from the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Over the past few years, Minnesota indie-rock band Hippo Campus, has made it to the top of 'Bands to Watch' lists around the world. These guys came out of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and have a very educated knowledge of music. And they know how to write a hook.

jeremy messersmith has been out and about throughout Grand Rapids all week long. If you've missed him, you weren't looking! Listen to our conversation with jeremy when he stopped by New Music earlier this week. He talks about longing for his music to find it's way into listeners hearts, rewriting hymns for amusement in his youth, and outer space real estate agents.

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Lakeland Public Television revived the program Backroads last year.  Featuring northern Minnesota musicians, the show tapes an array of musical acts in blitz fashion over the course of one week and then becomes individual television segments later in the year.  This week LPTV is taping their upcoming Backroads season at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji.

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This morning we talked with MN singer songwriter Reina del Cid.  She's in concert at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm and also teaching a songwriting class at 1pm.  She's a frequent guest on the Great Northern Radio Show and will be part of our CenterStage MN concert series next year at the Reif Center.  Listen in! 

Duluth musician, Teague Alexy (of Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank) is stopping by New Music today to debut a new song from the Circuit Sessions EP on KAXE/KBXE! Look for his new EP to be released 4/4/17.

Teague will be playing a live version of this brand new song (below) during the 2pm hour today. Tune in!

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The latest installment of Centerstage Minnesota features host Brett Carter talking with Rachael Kilgour, a Minneapolis-based musician originally from Duluth whose new album Rabbit in the Road releases on March 3rd. The album features a strong deliberation on the grief, rebuilding, and resiliency that comes from struggling through her divorce. Ultimately, the message is one of forgiveness and moving forward, but there's some real pain along the way.

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In 2014 The city of Duluth was named the best town in America by Outside magazine.  Their mayor, Don Ness, had a lot to do with that.  Elected to the Duluth city council when he was 25, he was mayor of Duluth beginning in 2008.

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