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Quarantunes: A&E’s top ten albums from the first half of 2020

Nina Raemont
July 29, 2020

10. “La Vita Nuova” by Christine and the Queens (EP)  If your semester abroad in Paris got canceled, perhaps this French pop EP can fill the void. “La Vita Nuova,” Christine and the Queens’...

By Luis Mendoza

Review: Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Punisher’

Nina Raemont
June 29, 2020

There are few pieces of music that feel so intimate, so softly spoken, that the listener feels as though they are the voyeur of a private conversation. But Phoebe Bridgers, in her sophomore album, "Punisher,"...

Q&A: Remo Drive talks music, memes and quarantine

Q&A: Remo Drive talks music, memes and quarantine

Meg Bishop
June 8, 2020

Conceived in 2013 by brothers Stephen and Erik Paulson, Twin Cities-based band Remo Drive has done multiple cross-country tours, playing with fellow local music staples including Hippo Campus and Beach...

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Keeping music alive: Musicians turn to streaming to stay connected

Meg Bishop
April 6, 2020

For students at the University of Minnesota, going to see a band or DJ perform live was a staple of a regular weekend just a few weeks ago. When COVID-19 put a halt to all large gatherings, musicians and...

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Review: Childish Gambino awakens more than just love on new album

Alex Strangman
April 1, 2020

When Donald Glover is involved, nothing can be ordinary. And when he dons the persona of Childish Gambino, things get even stranger. On March 15, a new album appeared on Glover’s website,

The exterior of Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on April 26, 2017.

Twin Cities live music venues will stay closed until at least April

Alex Strangman
March 23, 2020

As industries across the globe take hits due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the live music industry is feeling the heat as well. After Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency, discouraging gatherings...

From left, Karen Townsend, Jeffrey Skemp and James Everest. Courtesy of Jeffrey Skemp.

Skemp & Weather album debut provides solace, comfort in time of crisis

Ksenia Gorinshteyn
March 19, 2020

Minneapolis band Skemp & Weather is almost like an embodiment of the Twin Cities arts community. Its blend of poetry, tunes, natural imagery and visual art feels familiar as individual aspects, but...

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Q&A: Mod Sun talks music, sobriety and positivity

Alex Strangman
February 27, 2020

Mod Sun has had a hell of a year. He’s been in and out of the public eye, gotten sober and returned to his musical roots. The Bloomington, Minnesota native sat down with A&E to talk about this new...

Dua Saleh poses for a portrait in Northrop Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Finding identity, Dua Saleh morphs poetry into lyricism

Ksenia Gorinshteyn
February 3, 2020

The first time Dua Saleh performed at an open mic, they were terrified. Saleh stood shaking on stage, having finally summoned up the courage to participate rather than just observe. It was their senior...

Morgan La Casse

A&E’s top 5 albums of 2019

Alex Strangman
January 19, 2020

5. Denzel Curry: ZUU Denzel Curry has made great strides as an artist since his days in Raider Klan. His newest project “ZUU” is a testament to just how far the Florida MC has come. "ZUU" is his fourth...