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    Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

    published Apr 18, 2014

    The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 17, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The potent new video from Buildings kicks off this week. It's their first... More >>

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    Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

    published Apr 17, 2014

    Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vi... More >>

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    80/35 Festival reveals 2014 lineup

    published Apr 15, 2014

    Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assem... More >>

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    Phantogram at First Avenue, 4/13/14

    published Apr 14, 2014

    Phantogram With Teen First Avenue, Minneapolis April 13, 2014 Phantogram's textured synth-rock's power has grown steadily over the years. And they have never sounded -- and looked -- as massive as th... More >>

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    Grading Nirvana's Hall of Fame lead singers: Lorde, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Kim Gordon

    published Apr 11, 2014

    Ahead of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, rumors swirled about the band's frontman for the ceremony. Any vocalist they chose would inevitably -- and unfairly -- face... More >>

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    The Jayhawks reform Sound of Lies lineup and reissue classic albums

    published Apr 11, 2014

    Following a successful -- and lengthy -- reunion tour in support of 2009's Music From the North Country compilation and 2011's elegant return to form, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are reissuing thei... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 10, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their ... More >>

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    Como Park Zoo announces Groovin' In the Garden music series

    published Apr 10, 2014

    Among the many pleasures of living in the Twin Cities are the live music performances that take place in unexpected locations. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been hosting a number of these mem... More >>

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    Trampled By Turtles to host Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park

    published Apr 08, 2014

    Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled By Turtles are set for their most ambitious musical venture yet. After releasing a live album commemorating last year's 10th anniversary shows, their next step was a ... More >>

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    Cultivate Minneapolis festival 2014 music lineup

    published Apr 04, 2014

    Burrito chain Chipotle is bringing their Cultivate Food, Ideas, and Music Festival to Loring Park this summer. After starting in Chicago in 2011, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival is now in its fourth y... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 03, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week features the premiere of a new video from France Camp, for "Bab... More >>

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    U of M's Spring Jam announces 2014 music lineup

    published Apr 01, 2014

    In recent years, the University of Minnesota's Spring Jam has steadily expanded in both size and scope. And this year's schedule of activities and robust music lineup are their most ambitious yet. S... More >>

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    Warpaint at First Avenue, 3/29/14

    published Mar 31, 2014

    Warpaint With Cate Le Bon First Avenue, Minneapolis March 29, 2014 Warpaint took nearly four years to release their second album, so it wasn't surprising that they took a while to heat up at First Av... More >>

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    Warpaint's Theresa Wayman: I was worried this album would sound like a patchwork quilt

    published Mar 28, 2014

    Warpaint captivated the indie-rock world upon the release of their intoxicating debut album, The Fool. The Los Angeles quartet capitalized on that attention by touring tirelessly in support of their s... More >>

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    Real Estate at Fine Line, 3/26/14

    published Mar 27, 2014

    Real Estate With Pure X Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis March 26, 2014 If any band can usher in the first throes of spring, it's Real Estate. The Brooklyn-based indie-rock quintet sold out the Fine... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Mar 27, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Let's begin with an ethereal new video from Is/Is, which was directed by ... More >>

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    Two new record stores open in St. Paul on Saturday

    published Mar 21, 2014

    With so much bad news coming out about the struggling music industry, it's gratifying to get some good tidings every once in a while to confirm that there is indeed still hope for musicians and their ... More >>

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    Howler at Triple Rock, 3/20/14

    published Mar 21, 2014

    Howler With Frankie Teardrop and Whatever Forever Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis March 20, 2014 Those wondering where all the guitars have gone in the modern Twin Cities music scene would have ... More >>

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    Minnesotans love buying sappy Christian music

    published Mar 21, 2014

    Amidst the recent flurry of lists documenting the popularity of bands and songs by each respective state, comes an odd but distinctive list that breaks down the most favored songs of each state based ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Mar 20, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things rocking this week with a new video from Howler, who are cel... More >>

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    Prissy Clerks' Clara Salyer gets louder and faster with Whatever Forever

    published Mar 20, 2014

    Clara Salyer and Howard Hamilton have injected a raucous edge to the Twin Cities music scene for years. Their last group, Prissy Clerks, placed high in our 2012 Picked to Click poll and won Best Rock ... More >>

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    KISS and Def Leppard's U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in August

    published Mar 18, 2014

    Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August. A... More >>

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    331 Club announces music lineup for Art-A-Whirl 2014

    published Mar 18, 2014

    It's somewhat difficult to envision an outdoor music festival in the Twin Cities while there is still substantial snow on the ground (and more in the forecast), that didn't stop the fine folks at the ... More >>

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    Prince joins Instagram, releases new song featuring Zooey Deschanel

    published Mar 17, 2014

    With all of Prince's high-profile promotional activity as of late, it's easy to forget that the Purple One was once rather media shy and reclusive. And now, Prince is planning on sharing a bit more of... More >>

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