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  • 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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    Praise Mod: Catching Up With Paul Weller

    published Sep 10, 2014

    Paul Weller | Varsity Theater | Wednesday, September 10 The U.K. music scene over the past four decades would be a mundane imitation of itself without the influence of Paul Weller. Whether he was writ... More >>

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    Hymie's Vintage Records is now a record label too

    published Sep 09, 2014

    Already one of the best record shops in Minneapolis, Hymie's Vintage Records is about to become one of your favorite local record labels as well. Owners Laura and Dave Hoenack have just announced that... More >>

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    The Jayhawks at First Avenue, 9/5/14

    published Sep 08, 2014

    The Jayhawks with Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, September 5, 2014 "I just like to surround myself with beautiful people, and good things tend to happen," Gary Louris proclaimed affect... More >>

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    The Southern Theater Sessions: A dream DIY experience

    published Sep 04, 2014

    Batteryboy frontman Cobey Rouse has been a busy man as of late. In addition to getting his kids ready for the start of the school year, Rouse organized the second installment of the Southern Theater S... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Sep 04, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A rousing new video from the Persian Leaps launches Local Frames this wee... More >>

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    Caravan du Nord's 2014 lineup revealed

    published Sep 03, 2014

    The lineups and locations have just been announced for the Minnesota Music Coalition's 2014 Caravan du Nord. The fourth annual Caravan is setting out to foster and strengthen connections between Minne... More >>

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    Inside the ornate chamber folk of LOTT

    published Sep 03, 2014

    Leah Ottman has made her mark on the Twin Cities scene as part of We Are the Willows, Better Bones, and batteryboy. Now, the talented violinist/vocalist is ready to take more of the spotlight on herse... More >>

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    The first taste of electro-rockers Tired Tongues

    published Sep 02, 2014

    After the sudden dissolution of Twin Cities electro-rock duo Wiping Out Thousands, guitarist/beatmaker/producer Taylor Nelson didn't remain idle for long. He has partnered up with drummer Adam Szczepa... More >>

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    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 marks the eighth ann... 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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