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  • Bill Callahan at the Cedar Cultural Center, 07/01/11

    published Jul 05, 2011

    ​Bill CallahanJuly 1, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterAs storms raged outside the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday night, Bill Callahan settled everyone's nerves inside the venue with a deeply moving, 100... More >>

  • The Black Keys

    published June 29, 2011

    The Black Keys have blown up. They have gone from a band that had trouble filling up the Entry back in the day, to consistently packing First... More >>

  • Eddie Vedder

    published June 29, 2011

    The year 2011 is shaping up to be quite a memorable one for Pearl Jam. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary in the music biz with a... More >>

  • Dan Israel (CD-release)

    published June 29, 2011

    Dan Israel has quietly made quite a music career for himself, one filled with honest, affecting songwriting that equally captures both the... More >>

  • Florence + the Machine at the Minnesota Zoo, 06/17/2011

    published Jun 20, 2011

    ​Florence + the MachineJune 17, 2011Minnesota ZooIt turned out that Florence + the Machine were well worth the wait. Nearly two years after the release of her highly acclaimed debut, Lungs, Florence... More >>

  • Florence & the Machine

    published June 15, 2011

    Florence and the Machine finally make their long-awaited live debut in Minnesota at the comfortable outdoor confines of the Minnesota Zoo. While... More >>

  • Les Paul would be 96 today, and his legacy lives on

    published Jun 09, 2011

    ​True music fans should take a moment today to celebrate the birthday of Les Paul. The pioneering guitar virtuoso would have been 96 years old today, and without his forward thinking and technical e... More >>

  • Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl at the Triple Rock, 6/8/11

    published Jun 09, 2011

    ​Gruff Rhys and Y NiwlJune 8, 2011Triple Rock Social ClubWith all of the forlorn, self-seriousness pervading much of the modern music landscape these days, it was truly a treat to witness the jocula... More >>

  • Gruff Rhys

    published June 8, 2011

    Charismatic Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys has made a career out of keeping people guessing. Just when critics and fans alike think that... More >>

  • James 'Jimmy Jam' Harris turns 52 today

    published Jun 06, 2011

    ​Happy 52nd birthday to one of the true luminaries of the Minneapolis music scene, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris. He, along with his high-school friend Terry Lewis, helped shape the sound of the Twin Cit... More >>

  • Raphael Saadiq at the Cabooze, 06/04/11

    published Jun 06, 2011

    ​Raphael SaadiqJune 4, 2011The CaboozeOn an absolutely gorgeous Saturday night in Minneapolis, I'm sure there were quite a few concertgoers disappointed that Raphael Saadiq's show at the Cabooze was... More >>

  • Glasvegas at the Fine Line, 6/1/2011

    published Jun 02, 2011

    ​GlasvegasJune 1, 2011Fine Line Music CafeNear the end of Glasvegas' stirring performance at the Fine Line Wednesday night, frontman James Allan somewhat jokingly stated, "Thanks for your patience w... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys and the Vaccines at First Avenue, 5/28/2011

    published May 31, 2011

    ​Arctic Monkeys and the VaccinesMay 28, 2011First AvenueTouring for an album that hasn't been released yet is typically quite a challenge for a band. They run the risk of the crowd standing there ob... More >>

  • Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit and Caitlin Rose at the Entry, 05/24/2011

    published May 25, 2011

    ​Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit and Caitlin RoseMay 24, 20117th St. EntryWhat a difference nearly three years have made on Johnny Flynn's popularity in Minneapolis. After his first local headlini... More >>

  • The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Twin Shadow at the Triple Rock, 4/25/11

    published Apr 26, 2011

    ​The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart/Twin ShadowApril 25, 2011Triple Rock Social ClubTwo hotly tipped young bands both made their Minneapolis debuts at the sold-out Triple Rock on Monday night, as the ... More >>

  • Duran Duran at Epic, 04/22/11

    Duran Duran at Epic, 04/22/11

    published Apr 25, 2011

    ​Duran DuranApril 22, 2011Epic, MinneapolisDuran Duran turned the sold-out Epic nightclub into a decidedly retro '80s party palace on Friday night, delighting their maturing but still passionate fan... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published April 20, 2011

    TV on the Radio have put a positive spin on our dark times on their splendid new record, Nine Types of Light, and their current U.S. tour... More >>

  • Low at First Avenue, 4/16/11

    published Apr 18, 2011

    ​LowApril 16, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAfter seeing Retribution Gospel Choir perform a handful of times over the last couple of years, I was quite excited for Alan Sparhawk's return to the First... More >>

  • Low

    published April 13, 2011

    Even as larger and larger audiences embrace Low, they will always be a beloved Minnesota band—and no matter how far they travel, the... More >>

  • String Theory Music Festival

    published April 6, 2011

    Here's where the strings come in, indeed. With eight concerts spread over six different venues, the expansive String Theory Music Festival rolls... More >>

  • The Raveonettes at the Fine Line, 04/07/11

    published Apr 08, 2011

    ​The Raveonettes and TamarynApril 7, 2011Fine Line, MinneapolisGoing into the Raveonettes set at the Fine Line on Thursday night, I was concerned that the show would be overshadowed by the incendia... More >>

  • Bright Eyes and Titus Andronicus at First Avenue, 4/4/11

    published Apr 05, 2011

    ​Bright Eyes and Titus AndronicusApril 4, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisConor Oberst has always seemed quite comfortable on the First Avenue stage. Monday night proved to be no exception, as Oberst, ... More >>

  • Toro Y Moi and Braids at the Entry, 04/03/11

    published Apr 04, 2011

    ​Toro Y Moi and BraidsApril 3, 20117th Street EntryThe 7th St. Entry was again filled to capacity on Sunday night, as the appeal of a double-bill featuring Toro Y Moi and Braids proved to be too muc... More >>

  • J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the Violators at the Entry, 4/2/11

    published Apr 04, 2011

    ​J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the ViolatorsApril 2, 20117th Street EntryTwo guitar virtuosos descended upon the sold-out 7th Street Entry on Saturday night, as both J Mascis and Kurt Vile delivered st... More >>

  • Volcano Choir at the Cedar Cultural Center, 3/25/11

    published Mar 28, 2011

    ​Volcano ChoirMarch 25, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIn the occasionally hyper-competitive climate of the indie rock world, claiming that you were the first of your friends to discover a band, or that y... More >>

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