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Twin Cities band Little Disasters bring pop punk into new era

Little Disasters is a group of young musicians from the Twin Cities who are bringing the pop-punk fever that dominated the decade of the ’00s into the 2020s. Though only halfway through high school, the trio of Mick Lynch, AJ Hermann and Finn Perry have a high-energy and super polished sound with the help of Isaac Levy. Host Will Moore talks to Mick about their sound, their latest singles, balancing teen life with making music, and future aspirations.


Spinning Voices gets noisy with Ductworks

Spinning Voices is the moniker of St. Louis Park based electronic music producer David Boeser, who for his latest album Ductworks decided to try something radically different than his past projects. The album is an exploration of both nostalgic memories and the harsh and constant noises from metal ducts, vents, furnaces, and other machines found within everyday homes. He joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about how the album came to be and process for creating the complex songs.


Revisit performances from First Stirrings of Spring membership drive

WTIP’s First Stirrings of Spring Membership Drive concluded earlier this week as a massive success thanks to all our generous listener-members and volunteers. During that time WTIP aired several different programs celebrating the spring holidays of Holi and the Persian New Year with musical guests sharing their talents and favorite songs for the season. You can find them archived below. They are:

– Dan Rein of Minneapolis playing traditional Iranian instruments
– Matthew Rahaim of the University of Minnesota sharing songs of Holi
– Aida Shaghasemi, Persian contemporary singer based in Minneapolis, performing with Nima Hafezieh
– Dr. Pooja Gaswami Pavan, Hindustani singer and composer, with Allalaghatta Pavan on tabla


Jerry Vandiver chats about new Special Limited Edition EP

Longtime Boundary Waters adventurer and Nashville songwriter Jerry Vandiver has a new EP with fiddler Caitlin Evanson called Special Limited Edition – a set of five songs about paddling, camping, and the outdoors made specifically for the Canoecopia exhibition in Wisconsin. Jerry tells us about the new songs, the expo, and life in the Music City.


Steve Noonan talks “Dreamland” and time with Prince

Steve Noonan is a Twin Cities based songwriter and musician who released his second full-length release Dreamland in January. A guitarist with a penchant for playing 12-strings, he began his time in the Minnesota music scene as an engineer at Paisley Park, working on two albums for Prince and New Power Generation. He talks about his time in the fabled studio and stories behind this latest batch of songs in a unique outdoor interview with Will Moore.


Centerstage Minnesota, April 29, 2022

Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music including Hattie Peterson, Annie Mack, Kind Country, Christopher David Hanson Band, Superior Siren, Mary Cutrufello and more.


Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo perform live from US Virgin Islands

Lake County musicians Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo catch up with Will Moore on The Scenic Route with a performance from their vacation spot of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, featuring original songs and great travel stories.

Note: This performance originally aired on 2/25/22 on Scenic Route


Moors & McCumber return to Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s

James Moors and Kort McCumber have been a longtime musical duo hailing from the Twin Ports as well as the mountains of Colorado, making musical dreams work across the country and around the world as they travel with their fans. They return this week to Papa Charlie’s for the return of the Wednesday Night Songwriter Series and catch up with Will Moore on what they’ve been up to since their 2021 release Survival.


Northwest MN Foundation: ISO Landlords with Heart

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation seeks landlords to take part in their Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund initiative that aims to help homeless youth in their transition to becoming successful renters. Northwest Minnesota Foundation serves Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties as well as the Red Lake and the White Earth Nations. Margaret Krueger, Program Officer with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation was joined by participating landlord Kyle Baril to discuss the goals and benefits of the program in this conversation with All Thing Considered host Katie Carter.


Call for Artists: Umbrellas of Unity

Umbrellas of Unity is a collaborative installation that will fill the ceiling of the Kaul Gallery at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji this August. Painter Mary Therese thought of the idea as a means of salve and healing in times of societal unrest. Artists interested in contributing to this unique exhibit are invited to submit their design concepts to the Watermark by May 6th. Selected artists will receive necessary paints, markers, and the umbrella that will ultimately become part of this thematic show!


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