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    Sound Unseen Reveals 2014 Film Festival Lineup

    published Oct 17, 2014

    The festivities for Sound Unseen's 15th annual Film+Music+Art Festival kick off in grand -- if a bit bittersweet -- fashion this year. Leading the impressive slate of films just announced is the Minne... More >>

  • Stereo Confession

    published October 8, 2014

    Stereo Confession are a prodigious garage-rock quintet hailing from Southwest High School. Following up beach-punk singles "Video Games" and "Hang... More >>

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    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    published Oct 16, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Southside Desire are back with a new video for a single appearing on thei... More >>

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    Why Pearl Jam Should NOT Call It Quits

    published Oct 15, 2014

    I first saw Pearl Jam live in 1992. It was a free show at a small theater at Milwaukee's Marquette University. Out of the 1,000+ shows I have witnessed, the tempestuous energy of the night made it one... More >>

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    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    published Oct 09, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The week begins a wild new video from the new local hip-hop supergroup of... More >>

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    The Kids Are All Right: Stereo Confession

    published Oct 08, 2014

    Stereo Confession | 7th St. Entry | Sunday, October 12 Burgeoning Minneapolis garage-rock band Stereo Confession caught our attention with their infectiously catchy single "Video Games." The group has... More >>

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    Lily Allen at Skyway Theatre, 10/1/14

    published Oct 02, 2014

    Lily Allen with Lolawolf Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Lily Allen is in on the joke. Trust me. No matter what you say about her, she's heard all of it before. And she's used ... More >>

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    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    published Oct 02, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A raucous new video from Frankie Teardrop gets things going full throttle... More >>

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    Fleetwood Mac at Target Center, 9/30/14

    published Oct 01, 2014

    Fleetwood Mac Target Center, Minneapolis September 30, 2014 Nostalgia played a tremendous part in Fleetwood Mac's sell-out U.S. tour kickoff show at Target Center on Tuesday night. With the additio... More >>

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    The Ericksons craft the album of their career on Bring Me Home

    published Oct 01, 2014

    The Ericksons | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, October 3 "How beautiful do you want this song to be?" Jenny Kapernick -- one half of the folk-rock duo the Ericksons, along with her sister Bethany Va... More >>

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    Doomtree Blowout X is the Last Ever

    published Sep 30, 2014

    Doomtree's annual Blowouts have become a rite of passage for area music fans who want to combat the cold sting of winter in Minnesota by getting down with their friends and the local rap collective. N... More >>

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    Prince Hosting Online Listening Party from Paisley Park Tonight

    published Sep 30, 2014

    The release of one new Prince album is enough to make major waves throughout the music industry. But when the Purple One decides to release two records on the same day, you know he's going to official... More >>

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    Claire de Lune Breaks Down Tiny Deaths' Debut EP

    published Sep 30, 2014

    For nearly two years, Claire de Lune has poured her creative energy into her new musical project with Grant Cutler, Tiny Deaths. Today, their self-titled new EP has finally been released to the music ... More >>

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    Lykke Li at First Avenue, 9/28/14

    published Sep 29, 2014

    Lykke Li with Mapei First Avenue, Minneapolis September 28, 2014 "It's our time to heal. Tonight we're going to heal," Lykee Li announced reassuringly toward the end of her enthralling 75-minute show... More >>

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    Future Islands at Skyway Theatre, 9/27/14

    published Sep 29, 2014

    Downtown Festival with Future Islands, Bear Hands, Hippo Campus, Nosaj Thing, and Moon Boots Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis September 27, 2014 With all the adversity and anguish that has served as inspi... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Sep 25, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A rollicking live clip from Jack Klatt kicks off Local Frames this week. ... More >>

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    Kill Kancer Reveals Music Lineup for Benefit Show

    published Sep 23, 2014

    The benevolent folks behind the local nonprofit Kill Kancer -- founded by Mary Beth Mueller, the widow of Soul Asylum's Karl Mueller -- have once again put together a terrific benefit show to raise aw... More >>

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    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    published Sep 18, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A striking new video from Tiny Deaths begins Local Frames this week. We'v... More >>

  • The Fucking Best Show Ever

    published September 10, 2014

    P.O.S. was about to tour to support his scathing hip-hop and electronica masterpiece We Don't Even Live Here a couple of years ago, but his... More >>

  • The Persian Leaps

    published September 10, 2014

    St. Paul noise-pop trio the Persian Leaps have a guitar-driven new EP, Drive Drive Delay, a catchy and crisp follow-up to 2013's Praise... More >>

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    Amphetamine Reptile Records Documentary Hitting Theaters

    published Sep 15, 2014

    The local and international footprint of Amphetamine Reptile Records is undeniable. After fostering a progressive, hardcore sound in the '80s and '90s that left hair metal in the dust, the label has d... More >>

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    Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival Music Lineup

    published Sep 12, 2014

    Music fans seeking deep discounts on their CDs, LPs, and DVDs -- along with some free live performances, Glam Doll Donuts, and other delights and giveaways -- would be wise to hit up the third annual ... More >>

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    Inside the Persian Leaps' Divine Noise

    published Sep 12, 2014

    The Persian Leaps | 331 Club | Friday, September 12Building on their catchy 2013 debut EP, Praise Elephants, the Persian Leaps return with another collection of radio-ready tunes, Drive Drive Delay. T... More >>

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    Paul Weller at Varsity Theater, 9/10/14

    published Sep 11, 2014

    Paul Weller with DJ Jake Rudh Varsity Theater, Minneapolis September 10, 2014 After more than a 20-year absence from local stages, U.K. rocker Paul Weller triumphantly returned to Minneapolis last ni... More >>

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    Top 10 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos This Week

    published Sep 11, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A new video from Bob Mould gets things going this week at Local Frames. W... More >>

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