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  • FEATURED STORY

    Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival announces 2014 lineup

    published Aug 29, 2014

    With fall on the horizon, Minnesotans should do all they can to enjoy as many outdoor music events that the area has to offer before the weather eventually turns. And next weekend, the eighth annual C... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Aug 28, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A seductive new (and slightly NSFW) video from Tickle Torture emphaticall... More >>

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    Erik Koskinen: Playing music for a living is a highlight, so nothing gets taken for granted

    published Aug 28, 2014

    Erik Koskinen | Turf Club | Thursday, August 28On any given day of the week, Erik Koskinen is either leading his own top-notch band through a set in town, or lending his skills to a friend's performan... More >>

  • Totally Gross National Party 2014

    published August 20, 2014

    Totally Gross National Product can throw one hell of a get-together. For the past five years, they have thrown an annual celebration of their... More >>

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    Turf Club finalizes grand reopening weekend lineup

    published Aug 27, 2014

    As most local music fans are well aware, the Turf Club has undergone significant renovations over the past few months. During extensive upgrades to the bathrooms, a new kitchen, and more improvements... More >>

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    Bob Dylan's 2014 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in November

    published Aug 27, 2014

    Following Bob Dylan's successful run of AmericanaramA shows last summer -- which brought him to Midway Stadium for a memorable night last July -- Dylan's never-ending tour rolls on with a series of fa... More >>

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    Hardcore vets Hammerhead return with welcome aggression

    published August 27, 2014

    Storm clouds form over Minneapolis during City Pages' recent meeting with Hammerhead. The darkening sky aptly mirrors an approaching hardcore... More >>

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    What it's actually like to perform on David Letterman

    published Aug 26, 2014

    When Jeremy Messersmith was invited to play Late Show with David Letterman recently, he brought his 10-piece band along with him to perform Heart Murmurs standout "Bubblin'" to its largest audience ye... More >>

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    Totally Gross National Party at Icehouse, 8/23/14

    published Aug 25, 2014

    Totally Gross National Party with Allan Kingdom, Leisure Birds, Tender Meat, Stolyette, Pony Bwoy, Fog, Votel, Alpha Consumer, Roniia, Warey, Aero Flynn, Marijuana Deathsquads, Taggert & Rosewood,... More >>

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    Wits 2014 fall season lineup announced

    published Aug 21, 2014

    MPR's hugely successful music and sketch-comedy show, Wits, has held the attention of Twin Cities fans for years now. But instead of staying put in the familiar confines of St. Paul's cozy Fitzgerald ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Aug 21, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Mark Mallman's brand new video emphatically launches this week. We've als... More >>

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    New Century Sessions announces fall music lineup

    published Aug 20, 2014

    Beginning with a series of intimate shows late last year, the Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Sessions helped usher in a new music venue to downtown Minneapolis. The New Century Theatre is a mode... More >>

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    KISS and Def Leppard at Target Center, 8/17/14

    published Aug 18, 2014

    KISS and Def Leppard with the Dead Daisies Target Center, Minneapolis Sunday, August 17, 2014 KISS brought their 40th anniversary victory lap tour through the sold-out Target Center on Sunday night. ... More >>

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    Bob Dylan-themed restaurant in Hibbing seeks public support

    published Aug 15, 2014

    For 30 years, Zimmy's bar and restaurant in Bob Dylan's old hometown of Hibbing has served as a makeshift museum for fans and an important cultural landmark. Sadly, Zimmy's closed recently, but they h... More >>

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    Apollo Cobra expand meaning of Motherland for benefit concert

    published Aug 14, 2014

    Motherland: A Benefit for Bobbie and Jeannie| Icehouse| Friday, August 22Synth-rockers Apollo Cobra are donating their time -- and the name of their 2012 album, Motherland -- to the cause of a pair of... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Aug 14, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Hollow Boys get things started this week, with the second video from thei... More >>

  • Skyline Music Festival

    published August 6, 2014

    After packing the third-base side of Target Field last summer with fans of Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Soul Asylum, the Skyline Music... More >>

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    Enter the dream-like world of Coastal Cabins

    published Aug 13, 2014

    Coastal Cabins are a young indie rock group out of Minneapolis composed of Jack Ross and Robert Marston. The duo just released their self-titled debut EP last week. Its delicate arrangements and rich ... More >>

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    Tilia reveals Augtoberfest 2014 music lineup

    published Aug 12, 2014

    Block Party season is definitely in full swing here in the Twin Cities, as music/food/beer lovers all look to capitalize on the glorious summer weather before fall eventually settles in. The good folk... More >>

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    Why David Bowie needs to tour again

    published Aug 08, 2014

    We all have that one musician we have never seen live, and it eats at us. I'm not talking about some new U.K. buzz band. I'm talking about someone influential and essential -- someone on David Bowie's... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Aug 07, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A premiere of Van Stee's brand new music video launches this week. We've ... More >>

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    Lost Bob Dylan lyrics get the Mermaid Avenue treatment on new album

    published Aug 06, 2014

    An artist as prolific as Bob Dylan must have countless stacks of half-formed songs and scribbled lyrics -- and hundreds of abandoned acetates -- forming a dusty creative trail all the way back to the ... More >>

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    Sims' new solo album is Field Notes

    published Aug 06, 2014

    The rest of 2014 is shaping up to be dominated by the Doomtree crew. In addition to the rap collective's highly anticipated new album, the behind-the-scenes coffee-table book coming this month, and to... More >>

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    Lowertown Line reveals 2014 fall schedule

    published Aug 05, 2014

    The Lowertown Line certainly made quite a distinctive splash in its first season. Twin Cities Public Television's live music series recorded five pilot episodes that all featured local bands performin... More >>

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    St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Amsterdam, 7/31/14

    published Aug 01, 2014

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Ryan Holweger Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Thursday, July 31, 2014 Ahead of St. Paul and the Broken Bones' sold-out show at Amsterdam on Thursday night, Mayor C... More >>

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