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  • The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars at the Triple Rock, 09/30/2010

    published Oct 01, 2010

    ​The Thermals and Cymbals Eat GuitarsSeptember 30, 2010Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisIt was a fun night to be at the Triple Rock on Thursday, as both the Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars deli... More >>

  • Caribou at First Avenue, 9/27/10

    Caribou at First Avenue, 9/27/10

    published Sep 28, 2010

    ​CaribouSeptember 27, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisCaribou mastermind Dan Snaith brought a tight three-piece backing band along with him to First Avenue on Monday night, and they proceeded to ligh... More >>

  • Craig Finn's ode to the Twins

    Craig Finn's ode to the Twins

    published Sep 24, 2010

    ​Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate ... More >>

  • Rogue Wave, Midlake, and Peter Wolf Crier at First Avenue, 9/20/10

    published Sep 21, 2010

    ​Rogue Wave/Midlake/Peter Wolf CrierSeptember 20, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisThree varied but passionate bands played to a small but devoted crowd at First Avenue on Monday night, and each group t... More >>

  • Aimee Mann at the Dakota Jazz Club, 09/13/2010

    published Sep 14, 2010

    ​Aimee MannSeptember 13, 2010Dakota Jazz Club The first night of a tour is always a precarious occasion for a fan. There are shows where the group hits the stage like a well-oiled machine, completel... More >>

  • Pavement at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 9/12/2010

    Pavement at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 9/12/2010

    published Sep 13, 2010

    ​PavementSeptember 12, 2010Roy Wilkins AuditoriumIn the end, it was only the coordinated light show that didn't make much sense during Pavement's splendidly shambolic set at Roy Wilkins, as the band... More >>

  • Billy Bragg at the Cedar Cultural Center, 9/8/2010

    published Sep 09, 2010

    ​Billy BraggSeptember 8, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterWednesday night proved to be the perfect time for Billy Bragg to come rolling through Minneapolis (when isn't it, really), with the political wind... More >>

  • Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th Anniversary Bash at Grumpy's, 08/28/10

    Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th Anniversary Bash at Grumpy's, 08/28/10

    published Aug 30, 2010

    ​Amphetamine Reptile Records 25th Anniversary BashAugust 28, 2010Grumpy's Downtown On what was a perfect day to celebrate anyone's anniversary, a sold-out crowd gathered at Grumpy's in downtown Minn... More >>

  • Lou Barlow and the Missingmen at the 400 Bar, 8/25/10

    published Aug 26, 2010

    ​Lou Barlow and the Missingmen400 BarAugust 25, 2010Lou Barlow brought his merry band of Missingmen (guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales) with him to the 400 Bar Wednesday night, deliverin... More >>

  • Phosphorescent & J. Tillman at the Cedar, 08/03/10

    Phosphorescent & J. Tillman at the Cedar, 08/03/10

    published Aug 04, 2010

    ​Phosphorescent & J. TillmanAugust 3, 2010Cedar Cultural CenterTwo bands drove all the way from Seattle just to play for us at the Cedar Cultural Center on Tuesday night, as both Phosphorescent ... More >>

  • The Dead Weather at First Avenue, 07/28/2010

    published Jul 29, 2010

    ​The Dead WeatherJuly 28, 2010First AvenueThe Dead Weather will always be viewed as Jack White and Alison Mosshart's sultry little side-project, and for good reason, since those two are clearly th... More >>

  • The Swell Season at First Avenue, 07/25/10

    published Jul 26, 2010

    ​The Swell SeasonJuly 25, 2010First AvenueThe Swell Season, still buoyed by their Oscar win for Best Original Song in 2008 and the success of their recent album Strict Joy, have played the Hollywood... More >>

  • Built to Spill at First Avenue, 07/22/10

    published Jul 23, 2010

    ​Built to SpillJuly 22, 2010First AvenueHaving seen Built to Spill about a dozen times since the mid-'90s, it's become quite easy for me to spot when they are truly on during a performance, and wh... More >>

  • The Faint at First Avenue, 07/21/10

    The Faint at First Avenue, 07/21/10

    published Jul 22, 2010

    ​The FaintJuly 21, 2010First AvenueWith everything that the Faint brought with them on stage Wednesday night at First Avenue, it's possible that the crowd would've been entertained even if the ban... More >>

  • Band of Horses at State Theatre, 07/17/10

    published Jul 19, 2010

    Band of HorsesJuly 17, 2010State TheatreWhen Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell took to the stage Saturday night at the State Theatre and announced "my voice is a bit shot tonight," I was worried th... More >>

  • Hole at First Avenue, 07/16/10

    Hole at First Avenue, 07/16/10

    published Jul 19, 2010

    ​HoleJuly 16, 2010First AvenueThere were a lot of people speculating as to how Hole's show at First Avenue was going to go down on Friday night, from the die-hard fans convinced Courtney Love was go... More >>

  • The Hold Steady at the Cabooze, 07/03/10

    published Jul 06, 2010

    ​All the pieces were certainly in place for a memorable show from the Hold Steady on Saturday night, with a sold-out crowd awaiting the band at the outdoor stage at the Cabooze on a steamy but glori... More >>

  • WHY? & Deerhoof at First Avenue, 06/26/10

    published Jun 28, 2010

    ​WHY?/Deerhoof June 26, 2010 First Avenue Two Bay-area bands with tight ties (so much so that they even work each others merch table) but disparate sounds rolled through Minneapolis along with the ... More >>

  • Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Xcel, 6/21/10

    Sting and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Xcel, 6/21/10

    published Jun 22, 2010

    ​Sting brought the biggest, and clearly the most accomplished, backing band of his storied career along with him to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday night, with England's Royal Philhar... More >>

  • Lookbook leads a strong contingent of local bands into First Avenue

    published Jun 21, 2010

    Lookbook at First Ave. w/ Zoo Animal, BIGHT CLUB, & Slapping Purses from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.A diverse array of local bands descended upon First Avenue on Friday night, with Lookbook leading the way ... More >>

  • HEALTH sonically assaults the 7th Street Entry

    published Jun 16, 2010

    ​Two minutes into HEALTH's stirring set at the 7th Street Entry, the two girls directly in front of me fled immediately for the exit, the band's sonic assault ultimately proving to be too much for t... More >>

  • She & Him subtly charm at First Avenue

    published Jun 07, 2010

    ​Throughout She & Him's jaunty sold out show at First Avenue on Saturday it seemed much more like a she and them show - the focus was consistently on frontwoman Zooey Deschanel, while Matt Ward ... More >>

  • Midlake deliver a stirring set at the Cedar

    published May 26, 2010

    ​ It seemed rather fitting that it started to storm just before the Midlake show at the Cedar on Tuesday night, for their serene, tranquil songs (and those of opener Jason Lytle) just sound better ... More >>

  • The Twilight Sad bring tumultuous sounds to Triple Rock

    published May 20, 2010

    ​The Twilight Sad have one ultimate request for their sound man: "Above all else, make us loud." I found that out while chatting with the band after their stellar but far too short set at the Triple... More >>

  • The Tallest Man on Earth

    published May 19, 2010

    Let's get the silly stuff out of the way first: Kristian Mattson (a.k.a. the Tallest Man on Earth) isn't really all that tall. But his majestic... More >>

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