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  • New Year's Eve 2010 concert guide

    New Year's Eve 2010 concert guide

    published Dec 30, 2009

    New Year's Eve is traditionally a huge night for live music, and a quick glance at the music calendar for Thursday evening is a bit overwhelming. Don't freak out just yet! To help, we've organized a l... More >>

  • Estate release new song and video
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    Estate release new song and video

    published Dec 30, 2009

    This just in from our pals in Estate, who are playing a New Year's Eve party tomorrow night with Lookbook, Mystery Palace, and Beatrix*JAR at Sauce Spirits and Soundbar. Just in time for the party, th... More >>

  • Kind Beats dance nights featured in this week's City Pages
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    Kind Beats dance nights featured in this week's City Pages

    published Dec 30, 2009

    ​In this week's print edition of City Pages (also known as Gimme Noise: The Dead Tree Edition), freelancer Ty Forve wrote an in-depth profile of dance party promotors Kind Beats, led by Hmong DJs Vi... More >>

  • Free Ticket Tuesday: Win tickets to New Year's Eve at Sauce

    published Dec 29, 2009

    ​New Year's Eve is only two days away, have you made your plans for how to ring in 2010? If not, rest assured that we've got you covered -- check out our New Year's Eve concert guide for a complete ... More >>

  • Mason Jennings, P.O.S., Solid Gold to play Current 5-year anniversary

    published Dec 29, 2009

    ​It's hard to believe it's already been five years since MPR first debuted the Current on 89.3 FM, but time flies when you're playing commercial-free music and spinning indie-rock tunes. To celebrat... More >>

  • Spirits of the Red City

    published December 30, 2009

    Criminally underrated folk group Spirits of the Red City will return to the close-quarters cabaret theater in the Bryant-Lake Bowl for another... More >>

  • Lookbook, Mystery Palace, Estate & Beatrix*JAR

    published December 30, 2009

    If you prefer your dance jams dialed down a notch and infused with throwback hooks and funk, look no further than tonight's stellar bill of local... More >>

  • Kristoff Krane

    published December 30, 2009

    As far as underground improvisational hip hop goes, tonight's lineup at the Turf features some of the best in the scene. In addition to headlining... More >>

  • DEMO New Year's Day Showcase

    published December 30, 2009

    Former First Ave manager Steve McClellan has been a longtime champion of up-and-coming local music, and when he parted ways with the club in 2005... More >>

  • Felt 3 video, filmed at Fifth Element, released

    published Dec 28, 2009

    ​Some of you may remember the in-store appearance that the Felt 3 cast (Slug, Murs, and Aesop Rock) made at Fifth Element last month in support of their latest release. Maybe you were even there -- ... More >>

  • Franz Diego offers free mp3
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    Franz Diego offers free mp3

    published Dec 28, 2009

    ​"Here's a lil Christmas present for you and yours," writes local rapper Franz Diego, who just sent us an mp3 of him rapping over the outro to the Cool Kids' "Hammer Bros." As Diego raps during the ... More >>

  • Best Albums of '09: Pazz & Jop ballot

    published Dec 28, 2009

    ​People can't seem to get enough of these year-end lists, so I thought I'd post my Pazz & Jop ballot for all to see. For the uninitiated, Pazz & Jop is a critics' poll conducted by The Villa... More >>

  • Tay Zonday sings the Grinch theme

    published Dec 22, 2009

    You know what? I think Tay Zonday has finally found the perfect song for his unique, low-register voice. Just in time for the holidays, here's Tay covering "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch." Amazing. [vi... More >>

  • P.O.S. announces headlining tour with Dessa

    published Dec 22, 2009

    ​Just yesterday, P.O.S. was twittering about how happy he was to finally be home from his tour and in his own bed. This morning, his publicity team has sent out a release announcing yet another tour... More >>

  • Lifter Puller footage streaming on Pitchfork

    published Dec 22, 2009

    ​Have you heard about the Lifter Puller reissues, but aren't quite sure what all the fuss is about? Do you want to know what the band was really like, maybe with some footage of them playing on a lo... More >>

  • Free Energy named "band to watch" by SPIN

    published Dec 22, 2009

    ​First things first: Have you guys been reading this new LOL/OMG blog? As you can probably guess by the name, it's a fairly lighthearted approach to local gossip, and it's run by a few of my favorit... More >>

  • Roma di Luna Holiday Special

    published December 23, 2009

    If their new Christmas EP is any indication, Roma di Luna's Holiday Special at the Cedar will be overflowing with delicate tributes to... More >>

  • The Bethany Larson Band

    published December 23, 2009

    Fans of country-folk take note: There's a new up-and-comer in town, and her name is Bethany Larson. On her debut EP, Sticks and Stones,... More >>

  • Mark Mallman releases Cure cover for New Year's Eve show

    published Dec 21, 2009

    ​What happens when you combine two man-sized rats, a pair of dance-rap nerds, the singer from a psych-rock band, a hip indie rock dude, local piano man Mark Mallman, and the Cure? Well, it turns out... More >>

  • 10,000 Lakes Festival put on hiatus for 2010

    published Dec 21, 2009

    ​The Star Tribune is reporting that the 10,000 Lakes Festival, a popular annual jam band gathering, will not occur in 2010 and may be done for good. Though a crowd of 15,000 flocked to Detroit Lakes... More >>

  • Solid Gold announce new EP

    published Dec 21, 2009

    ​Aside from a couple of singles released via Green Label Sound, it's been over a year since locals Solid Gold have released any new material, so fans will be happy to hear that the band quietly anno... More >>

  • The Roots and Brother Ali collaborate on "The Trap"

    published Dec 17, 2009

    We've been waiting for footage to surface from Brother Ali's collaboration with the Roots on Tuesday night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and now there are a few places to check out what h... More >>

  • Romantica to release a new full-length record this spring

    published Dec 16, 2009

    ​Local alt-country group Romantica are preparing to release their EP, Control Alt Country Delete, this Sunday at the Cedar Cultural Center. And while the news of this jangly little country EP was ex... More >>

  • The Year in Music hits stands today
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    The Year in Music hits stands today

    published Dec 16, 2009

    ​There are only a few rules that every music journalist must follow, and we're doing our best to keep up with the most strictly enforced tenet of music writing: At the end of each calendar year, tho... More >>

  • Flyer of the Week: The Great Holiday Cover-Up

    published Dec 16, 2009

    ​God save the queen. This Friday's show at First Avenue is going to be ridiculously fun. The lineup features three of the Twin Cities' finest cover bands: Van Morrison lovers the Belfast Cowboys, wi... More >>

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