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  • Chapel Club at the Entry, 03/24/11

    published Mar 25, 2011

    ​Chapel ClubMarch 24, 20117th Street Entry, MinneapolisThere is something exhilarating about seeing a young English band on their first proper tour of the U.S. They are playing small rooms again, ... More >>

  • Chapel Club

    published March 23, 2011

    The young London quintet Chapel Club make their highly anticipated Twin Cities live debut in a venue that has launched many buzz bands on to... More >>

  • The Greenhornes

    published March 23, 2011

    Now that Jack White has freed up his Raconteurs/Dead Weather bandmates Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler for the moment, they were both able to... More >>

  • Volcano Choir

    published March 23, 2011

    Volcano Choir is the artfully poignant collaboration between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Collection of Colonies of Bees, an unlikely alliance... More >>

  • The Foo Fighters choose local filmmakers to create their next music video, will play live in your garage

    published Mar 18, 2011

    ​Three talented and fortunate Minnesota filmmakers have been chosen to create a new music video for the Foo Fighters. Director Justin Staggs and producers Ben Katz and Shane Nelson are currently in ... More >>

  • MEN

    published March 16, 2011

    The Brooklyn-based trio MEN already have quite the indie pedigree, with Le Tigre's JD Samson fronting the performance art collective, and Ladybug... More >>

  • The Constellations

    published March 16, 2011

    The sordid, psychedelic rock 'n' roll of the Atlanta septet the Constellations has been garnering quite a growing buzz ever since they dropped... More >>

  • Farewell Milwaukee

    published March 16, 2011

    If you wanted to keep your St. Patrick's Day party rolling straight through Saturday, the Turf Club would be the perfect place to carry on with... More >>

  • Mark Kozelek at the Cedar, 03/14/11

    published Mar 15, 2011

    ​Mark KozelekMarch 14, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisComing off the electro-clash insanity of the Crystal Castles show on Friday night, it was great to step into the Cedar on Monday evenin... More >>

  • Ron Sexsmith

    published March 16, 2011

    Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith returns to Minneapolis in support of his new record, Long Player Late Bloomer, the 12th full-length of his... More >>

  • Mark Kozelek

    published March 9, 2011

    Mark Kozelek has consistently delivered deeply moving, intricately textured songs throughout his distinguished career, whether he's performing... More >>

  • Crystal Castles

    published March 9, 2011

    The explosive Toronto duo Crystal Castles craft an experimental maelstrom that is as engaging as it is sonically abrasive. But if you give in to... More >>

  • Telekinesis, The Love Language and Red Pens at the Entry, 3/2/11

    published Mar 03, 2011

    ​Telekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's... More >>

  • Akron/Family at the Cedar Cultural Center, 02/25/11

    published Feb 28, 2011

    ​Akron/FamilyFebruary 25, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThe psych-folk trio Akron/Family sure has a devoted (some would say cult-like) following. That was made completely apparent during their uneven hou... More >>

  • Best Coast, Wavves, and No Joy at the Varsity, 02/11/11

    published Feb 14, 2011

    ​Best Coast, Wavves, and No JoyFebruary 11, 2011Varsity TheaterIt's not often that an opening band steals the spotlight from two far more prominent headliners, especially by playing what amounted to... More >>

  • The Radio Dept.

    published February 9, 2011

    The enigmatic Swedish dream-pop trio the Radio Dept. have been garnering plenty of well-deserved accolades both overseas and in the States for... More >>

  • Gang of Four

    published February 9, 2011

    Seminal Leeds post-punk outfit Gang of Four have been consistently rattling the cages of convention ever since their formation over 30 years ago.... More >>

  • Justin Townes Earle

    published February 9, 2011

    After canceling his previously scheduled U.S. tour to deal with his addiction issues, Justin Townes Earle is finally rolling through Minneapolis... More >>

  • Best Coast, Wavves

    published February 9, 2011

    Sun-drenched SoCal noise-poppers Best Coast and Wavves have teamed up on a joint tour they've dubbed "Summer Is Forever." It's a pretty bold move,... More >>

  • The Decemberists at the State Theater, 02/06/11

    published Feb 07, 2011

    ​The DecemberistsFebruary 6, 2011State TheaterIn the end, there was something for everyone on offer at the State Theater on Sunday evening. For fans of the Decemberists recent #1 record, The King Is... More >>

  • Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir at the Cedar, 02/03/11

    published Feb 04, 2011

    ​Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel ChoirFebruary 2, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterThings were so comfortable on stage for both Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir on Thursday night at th... More >>

  • Lil Wayne's ode to the Packers, 'Green and Yellow'

    published Feb 03, 2011

    ​Leading up to the Super Bowl, it's expected (especially for Vikings fans, who seem doomed to never make it back to the big game) that everyone chooses a side to cheer for while we all make our big ... More >>

  • Peter Wolf Crier, Retribution Gospel Choir

    published January 26, 2011

    Last year proved to be quite a good one for both Retribution Gospel Choir and Peter Wolf Crier (pictured), as each put out records that received... More >>

  • The Decemberists

    published January 26, 2011

    The last two times that the Decemberists have come through Minneapolis, it was in support of their elaborate prog-rock opera The Hazards of... More >>

  • Best New Bands Of 2010 Showcase at First Avenue, 01/26/2011

    Best New Bands Of 2010 Showcase at First Avenue, 01/26/2011

    published Jan 27, 2011

    ​Best New Bands of 2010 Showcase (The Goondas, The Jahhawks, Pink Mink, Hastings 3000, BNLX, Phantom Tails, BadNraD, and Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords)January 26, 2011First Avenue Judging by t... More >>

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