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2010 Stories by Erik Thompson

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  • Midlake

    published May 19, 2010

    Midlake have never been a band in a big hurry to get where they're going, with their hushed, leisurely songs often taking a while to fully sink in... More >>

  • Frightened Rabbit run wild at the Varsity

    published May 11, 2010

    ​Glaswegian quintet Frightened Rabbit felt quite at home at the sold-out Varsity Theater on Monday night, not only due to the blustery Scottish weather blowing through Minneapolis that day, but also... More >>

  • Frightened Rabbit

    published May 5, 2010

    Glasgow's Frightened Rabbit made music fans everywhere swoon over their stellar debut, Sing the Greys, and the equally impressive... More >>

  • Shout Out Louds

    published May 5, 2010

    Stockholm's Shout Out Louds made every effort to be huge in Minneapolis, stopping here four times in 2005 while on tour for their excellent debut,... More >>

  • The Besnard Lakes lay waste to the Entry

    published Apr 28, 2010

    ​Midway through the Besnard Lakes' thrilling set in the Entry last night, the band joked that "you're all just here because Yeasayer sold out" -- which might have been true for some people in the au... More >>

  • The Antlers and Phantogram transfix the Varsity

    published Apr 21, 2010

    ​Two New York bands with wildly contrasting but no less affecting sounds came through the Varsity Theater last evening, as both the Antlers and Phantogram delivered stirring sets packed with passion... More >>

  • Plants & Animals

    published April 21, 2010

    There clearly is something in the water in Montreal that keeps producing such inventive, inspired bands. You can add the expressive three-piece... More >>

  • Japandroids redeem themselves with incendiary Entry set
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    Japandroids redeem themselves with incendiary Entry set

    published Apr 12, 2010

    ​Japandroids stormed the sold-out 7th St. Entry Saturday night as if they had a point to prove, or more specifically, something to atone for. The Vancouver duo played an infamous show at the Turf Cl... More >>

  • Shearwater set sail at the 400 Bar

    published Apr 07, 2010

    ​Austin, Texas five-piece (and then some) Shearwater took all of us lucky enough to be in attendance last night at the 400 Bar on a journey into the heart of music and the uplifting, invigorating po... More >>

  • Vampire Weekend play crowd-pleasing set to a packed First Avenue

    published Mar 23, 2010

    ​You know a band has to be quite confident in their material when the drummer is sporting a jersey of the worst team in pro basketball. And, if you're Vampire Weekend, why not be self-assured; your ... More >>

  • Tapes 'n Tapes slay songs both new and old at the 7th St. Entry

    published Mar 22, 2010

    ​Tapes 'n Tapes had one last party to throw before heading into the Terrarium on Monday to begin working on their third LP. In a sociable but sold-out Seventh St. Entry, Tapes tore through a 17-song... More >>

  • The Big Pink experiment with sound and style at First Avenue
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    The Big Pink experiment with sound and style at First Avenue

    published Mar 19, 2010

    ​On their second full U.S. tour, London's The Big Pink filled yet another room at First Avenue on Thursday after selling out the 7th Street Entry back in November. This time the quartet was able to ... More >>

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks soar at the Varsity

    published Mar 10, 2010

    ​Glasgow's We Were Promised Jetpacks delivered a taut, combustible set at the Varsity Theater on Tuesday night, mixing in plenty of good-natured interaction with the crowd amidst their highly charge... More >>

  • The Avett Brothers connect with adoring First Avenue crowd
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    The Avett Brothers connect with adoring First Avenue crowd

    published Mar 08, 2010

    ​It didn't take very long for the Avett Brothers to thoroughly connect with the sold-out First Avenue crowd on Friday night. "Shame," the second song of their set, turned into a rousing, responsive ... More >>

  • The Avett Brothers

    published March 3, 2010

    It's been a slow but steady climb for North Carolina's the Avett Brothers, who rose from relative obscurity in recent years to attract quite a... More >>

  • Retribution Gospel Choir get intense at the Triple Rock
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    Retribution Gospel Choir get intense at the Triple Rock

    published Feb 22, 2010

    ​A sharply dressed and intensely focused Retribution Gospel Choir stormed into the Triple Rock Social Club and delivered a blistering 75-minute set that astounded the large Saturday night crowd. Pla... More >>

  • Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles are in Big Trouble

    published February 10, 2010

    No matter what your thoughts are about Valentine's Day, it's pretty hard to argue that affairs of the heart have spawned some great songs over the... More >>

  • Gimme Shelter unites local talent to raise money for Haiti
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    Gimme Shelter unites local talent to raise money for Haiti

    published Feb 08, 2010

    ​There was more than just music on people's minds Saturday night at First Avenue, as they filled the club for Gimme Shelter: A Benefit for Haiti. Not only were there plenty of great local bands and ... More >>

  • The Current rings in five years of public radio with the help of local royalty
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    The Current rings in five years of public radio with the help of local royalty

    published Feb 01, 2010

    ​It was a birthday party fit for a king, as a sold-out First Avenue was jam packed with a lively crowd gathered to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of local radio station the Current. But with an all M... More >>

  • Bowerbirds give heartfelt performance at the Varsity
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    Bowerbirds give heartfelt performance at the Varsity

    published Jan 20, 2010

    ​Raleigh, North Carolina's Bowerbirds certainly couldn't have been any more pleased with their surroundings at the Varsity Theater on Tuesday night, with a large contingent of friends and family of ... More >>

  • Rural Alberta Advantage draw in admirers at the Cedar
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    Rural Alberta Advantage draw in admirers at the Cedar

    published Jan 18, 2010

    ​There was a generous amount of mutual admiration on display Friday night at the sold out Cedar Cultural Center. A large, supportive crowd turned out for the Rural Alberta Advantage, and the band se... More >>

  • The Rural Alberta Advantage

    published January 13, 2010

    Toronto (by way of—you guessed it!—rural Alberta) three-piece the Rural Alberta Advantage generated enough hype with their... More >>

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