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  • Job Opening: Artistic Director at the Cedar Cultural Center

    published May 13, 2008

    Ever since seeing my first show at the Cedar Cultural Center on the West Bank, I have held it in high regard as one of my favorite non-rock venues in the Twin Cities. In addition to providing audienc... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: May 9-11, 2008

    published May 11, 2008

    Talib Kweli Epic Nightclub, May 9 By Jeff Shaw Publicity photo of Talib Kweli. Thoughtful MC Talib Kweli once reflected on wax how difficult it was to write songs to boom in the club while remainin... More >>

  • Rawr: Erin Roof reviews Kitten Forever and friends at the Triple Rock

    published May 08, 2008

    Kitten Forever and friends Triple Rock, May 7 By Erin Roof Photos by Tony Nelson “Woah, that bacon does a number on your throat. Blow It Out Your Ass Fest is coooool!” The lead singer of Hangun M... More >>

  • Once and Again: The Swell Season at the Orpheum

    published May 08, 2008

    The Swell Season Orpheum Theater, May 7 There aren't many performers more adorable than the Swell Season's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Still glowing from their Oscar win and the unexpected succ... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: City on the Make

    published May 07, 2008

    Our favorite flyer this week is for a City on the Make show this Saturday at the Hexagon, with experimental hip-hop groups Face Candy (featuring Eyedea) and Abzorbr, the Chinch Bugs and Mr. Dufaux. ... More >>

  • Unearthed: Lovelines by the Replacements

    published May 06, 2008

    In honor of the recent Replacements reissues on Rhino (Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out The Trash, Stink, Hootenanny and Let It Be), we dug out the issue of City Pages that Paul Westerberg famously quoted... More >>

  • Return of the Weirdos

    published May 7, 2008

    I think I found a way to stump Polara frontman and local-music connoisseur Ed Ackerson. Having recently heard a few varying descriptions of... More >>

  • Going Underground

    published May 7, 2008

    I pull up in front of a house in Minneapolis, which could be any house in Minneapolis, and park the car. It appears no one is home: All the... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: May 2-4, 2008

    published May 05, 2008

    Kate Nash, The Cops, Dosh, and more -- here's a rundown of the shows we saw this weekend. Now with 33% more pictures! Kate Nash First Avenue, May 2 By Jeff Shaw Photos by Daniel Corrigan Charles Bu... More >>

  • Hot damn: Wilco at the Mayo Civic Center

    published May 02, 2008

    Wilco Mayo Civic Center, April 30 Words and photos by Andrea Myers There is an undeniable mystique surrounding Jeff Tweedy. Critics adore him, fans idolize him, and his musical peers regard him as ... More >>

  • Atmosphere Paints that Billboard Shit Gold

    published May 01, 2008

    Atmosphere's latest album, When Life Gives You Lemons..., has debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. In its first week, Lemons clocked in at an impressive 36,526 copies sold, behind Mariah Ca... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: All the Way Rider

    published Apr 29, 2008

    Our favorite flyer this week comes courtesy of All the Way Rider, who is releasing an album this Friday at the Triple Rock. This show was also a Critics' Pick in this week's City Pages. ... More >>

  • Prince at Coachella: Wow

    published Apr 29, 2008

    On the off chance that you don't read any other blogs or just recently discovered the internet -- boy do we have news for you! Prince wowed Coachella attendees Saturday night with a nearly two-hour ... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: April 25-27, 2008

    published Apr 28, 2008

    It was another huge weekend for local music. Both the Cloud Cult CD release show and the Afternoon Records 5th Anniversary party filled the First Avenue Main Room with local music fans, while the Deat... More >>

  • Local songwriter Dan Israel reviewed in Uncut

    published Apr 24, 2008

    Longtime local troubadour Dan Israel has received his first major international press with a 4-star review of his most recent album, Turning, in the May issue of UK music mag Uncut. After nine studi... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: Hey There Cowboy

    published Apr 23, 2008

    Our favorite flyer found floating on the interwebs this week, from the Hey There Cowboy MySpace page: ... More >>

  • Minnesota music kicks ass, takes names in April

    published Apr 23, 2008

    It's a good time to be a band from the Twin Cities. This month, some of our heaviest hitters have released albums nationally to an onslaught of mixed reviews, including Tapes 'n Tapes, Cloud Cult, T... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: April 18-20, 2008

    published Apr 21, 2008

    Welcome to the first issue of Over the Weekend, a new weekly post that will wrap up the weekend's best concerts, compiled by your new fearless music leader and her band of freelance and staff writer... More >>

  • Will B-Girl Be? Not in 2008

    published Apr 18, 2008

    Where have all the b-girls gone? The annual B-Girl Be summit for women in hip-hop will not be taking place this year, as the organizers have decided to go on a one-year hiatus. Hosted by Intermedia Ar... More >>

  • Rock n' runway stroll at Voltage: Fashion Amplified

    published Apr 17, 2008

    Voltage: Fashion Amplified First Avenue, April 16 Review by Andrea Myers Photos by Daniel Corrigan Minneapolis is no epicenter for cosmopolitanism—for the most part, we leave the posh fashion deci... More >>

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