Minneapolis Watched the Rise and Fall of an Opioid Rock Star

Janis Joplin grew up in Port Arthur Texas, a small town with a fading downtown right out of the Last Picture Show and a skyline of smoking oil refinery and petrochemical plants. Janis was bullied throughout high school. One clique named her the “best looking man” at Thomas Jefferson High — according to Texas Monthly, others threw pennies at her or called her a whore.

Joplin endured the harassment but never forgot it, while seeking solace in art classes. After graduation, she drifted and hitchhiked between short stints at local colleges and road trips to San Francisco to experience its emerging psychedelic rock scene. Janis had cultivated a love of music from an early age. She honed her talents joining impromptu folk-singing gatherings or performing guest spots with local bands.

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The Dark Edge of ‘Tiny Deaths’ is Rooted in Lead Singer Claire de Lune

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Local Minneapolis band Tiny Deaths’ dark and dreamy pop sound with catchy beats that’ll compel you to dance has not gone unnoticed. Several of their songs, including their single “Ocean”, have played on 89.3 The Current and Radio K, and with the recent release of their second EP Night Flowers, Tiny Deaths will be playing a show in Duluth at The Current’s Launch Party with Babes in Toyland, Astronautalis, and more.

But, Tiny Deaths isn’t another electro-pop group without substance. Lead singer and songwriter Claire de Lune injects thoughtful and deeply emotional lyrics to the mix, giving a slice of her life and smoothly guiding you along with her ethereal vocals.

I had a chance to sit down with Claire over coffee and talk about her journey as an artist, what her struggles are, and where she is taking Tiny Deaths in the future.

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Twin Cities Guitarist Found Dead After Disappearance

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Twin Cities metal guitarist Justin Lowe was found dead last Tuesday after a fall from the Arcola High Bridge near Arcola, Minnesota and Somerset, Wisconsin.

Lowe, 32, had gone missing a few days prior, and his car was found soon after. His disappearance proceeded a large Facebook post in late June detailing why he was leaving After the Burial, the band the Vadnais Heights native co-founded. The post alleged that nearly all people in his life were in on a conspiracy against him.

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