New Music

Monday - Thursday 2pm-4pm & 10pm-mid

New Music specializes in recordings released within the previous three months, bringing listeners "the best of the new" as chosen by Northern Community Radio's music director. Rock, folk, blues, jazz and world beat are all represented in the mix.

Jamey Guy

Monroe Crossing has been making bluegrass and mograss (motown and bluegrass) for the past 17 years. In this week's Centerstage Minnesota, I talk to Matt Thompson, who plays mandolin for the band and has been a bluegrass fan since childhood. Hear the interview as part of the whole show by clicking here. There is always a great mix of music on Centerstage Minnesota.

During this week's Centerstage Minnesota, I saw that Baby Shel overslept, so I played a song by Grand Rapids native Actual Wolf to help him wake up. Each week I feature Minnesota artists playing folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Whether it's to wake you up at home, or keep you cruising at work, join me every Friday at 2 and 10 for the only show featuring all Minnesota musicians in the area.

Giving Music to Kids

Feb 25, 2017

My 10 year old nephew, is starting to discover music. Just went to his first concert, is playing an instrument, and is always asking for iTunes gift cards to purchase music. There are some albums (see pictures above) that stick out as integral in my music growth, starting around that age. And I want to expose him to those! But it's not as simple as going out and buying him a CD (no CD player) or vinyl (no record player). And I don't suppose I can give him a gift card with the caveat that he must buy a specific album, right?

I had lots of fun putting together this week's Centerstage Minnesota show. You can hear a cut from the new album by Hippo Campus, and go back in time with Jonathan Rundman's cover of Come Sail Away. Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Tune in every week from 2-4 to hear the awesome talents of local musicians.

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