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  • Heiruspecs Holiday Classic

    published December 19, 2012

    Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs plan to unwrap new material with a cast of local cameos at their seventh annual Holiday Classic. The... More >>

  • Rock the Cause 5th Anniversary Bash

    published December 19, 2012

    Nonprofit Rock the Cause is celebrating five years of volunteer activism, community engagement, and social change by throwing a celebratory... More >>

  • Best Twin Cities music videos of 2012
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    Best Twin Cities music videos of 2012

    published Dec 20, 2012

    Whether or not Minnesota music is in a new golden age or not is a debate for another day further down the road, but there should be little question that local bands recorded and released some truly am... More >>

  • Five underrated records of 2012
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    Five underrated records of 2012

    published Dec 20, 2012

    New music came at us from all angles in 2012, to the point where we give something a cursory listen, hastily tweet out our opinion about it, then quickly move on to the next hot song/band of the momen... More >>

  • Japandroids at the Triple Rock, 12/14/12
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    Japandroids at the Triple Rock, 12/14/12

    published Dec 17, 2012

    Japandroids With Birthday Suits Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Friday, December 14, 2012 Heading into the first of two sold-out shows by the Japandroids at the Triple Rock, it was uncertain jus... More >>

  • How To Dress Well at 7th Street Entry, 12/13/12
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    How To Dress Well at 7th Street Entry, 12/13/12

    published Dec 14, 2012

    How To Dress Well With Beacon and Seyah & Katy Morley 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis December 13, 2012 At the start of How To Dress Well's stirring show at the Entry on Thursday night, the band's ... More >>

  • <em>Local Frames</em>: New videos from STNNNG, The Chalice, Dirty Baby, and more
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    Local Frames: New videos from STNNNG, The Chalice, Dirty Baby, and more

    published Dec 13, 2012

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of... More >>

  • Kool Keith at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, 12/12/12
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    Kool Keith at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, 12/12/12

    published Dec 13, 2012

    Kool Keith With Marijuana Deathsquads The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, Minneapolis December 12, 2012 Mid-week shows in winter are typically where good gigs go to die in Minneapolis. It takes a special ... More >>

  • Solid Gold at First Avenue, 12/7/12
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    Solid Gold at First Avenue, 12/7/12

    published Dec 10, 2012

    Solid Gold With Wild Belle and Moonstone Continuum First Avenue, Minneapolis December 7, 2012 A wintry snowfall couldn't keep local music fans from celebrating Solid Gold's record release or their g... More >>

  • Solid Gold share MN Original video ahead of record release show tonight
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    Solid Gold share MN Original video ahead of record release show tonight

    published Dec 07, 2012

    Not only did the guys in Solid Gold recently sit down with us for a feature piece on the band ahead of their big record release show for Eat Your Young at First Avenue tonight, but the guys also dropp... More >>

  • The World/Inferno Friendship Society/O'Death

    published November 28, 2012

    The spirited orchestral punk-cabaret of Brooklyn's the World/Inferno Friendship Society and the rousing Americana-rock of O'Death come together... More >>

  • Dave Brubeck passes away at the age of 91
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    Dave Brubeck passes away at the age of 91

    published Dec 05, 2012

    Legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck passed away earlier today in Norwalk, Connecticut at the age of 91, just a day shy of his 92nd birthday. Brubeck wrote and played on numerous indelible... More >>

  • Kevin Kling and Mason Jennings

    published November 21, 2012

    On Thanksgiving weekend, Minnesota Public Radio has the perfect event planned to examine the emotion and sentiment of what heading home truly... More >>

  • <em>Local Frames</em>: New videos from Night Moves, Leisure Birds, Caroline Smith, and more
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    Local Frames: New videos from Night Moves, Leisure Birds, Caroline Smith, and more

    published Nov 29, 2012

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of... More >>

  • The King Khan & BBQ Show

    published November 21, 2012

    Despite a tumultuous history that led to their breakup in 2010, the King Khan & BBQ Show have reformed, and the subversive garage-rockers are... More >>

  • The Hold Steady at First Avenue, 11/24/12
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    The Hold Steady at First Avenue, 11/24/12

    published Nov 26, 2012

    The Hold Steady With Murder By Death First Avenue, Minneapolis November 24, 2012 In addition to his surprising vocal contribution to the Tribute to the Replacements show on Friday night, Craig Finn a... More >>

  • A Tribute to the Replacements at First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, 11/23/12
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    A Tribute to the Replacements at First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, 11/23/12

    published Nov 26, 2012

    A Tribute to the Replacements First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis November 23, 2012 This year's 5th annual tribute to the Replacements took on an added level of importance as the fun-fille... More >>

  • Paul Banks on <em>Turn On The Bright Lights</em>' 10th anniversary
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    Paul Banks on Turn On The Bright Lights' 10th anniversary

    published Nov 23, 2012

    Paul Banks has been performing and recording under the Julian Plenti moniker since before his main band, Interpol, even formed. And, after releasing a full-length album and an EP as Julian Plenti over... More >>

  • Twin Cities Black Friday 2012 record store roundup
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    Twin Cities Black Friday 2012 record store roundup

    published Nov 20, 2012

    As Record Store Day continues to gain momentum across the country, the cause is looking for new ways to expand their magnanimous efforts to get people to support local record shops during the rest of ... More >>

  • BNLXFest Night Two at Cause, 11/17/12
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    BNLXFest Night Two at Cause, 11/17/12

    published Nov 19, 2012

    BNLXFest Night Two With Pink Mink, BNLX, Me And My Arrow, Wiping Out Thousands, and Gloss Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis November 17, 2012 Twin Cities music fans packed into Cause on Saturd... More >>

  • The Monkees at the State Theatre, 11/15/12
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    The Monkees at the State Theatre, 11/15/12

    published Nov 16, 2012

    The Monkees State Theatre, Minneapolis November 15, 2012 The Monkees were determined to make their sold-out performance at the State Theatre on Thursday night a sunny, psychedelic affair, despite the... More >>

  • <em>Local Frames</em>: New videos from Solid Gold, Father John Misty, Wiping Out Thousands, and more
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    Local Frames: New videos from Solid Gold, Father John Misty, Wiping Out Thousands, and more

    published Nov 15, 2012

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of... More >>

  • BNLX streaming new LP ahead of BNLXFest this weekend
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    BNLX streaming new LP ahead of BNLXFest this weekend

    published Nov 15, 2012

    BNLX are definitely in the midst of a great week. Not only did their debut LP hit the stores and the internet on Tuesday, but they are also excitedly getting everything in order for this weekend's BNL... More >>

  • The Magnetic Fields at First Avenue, 11/13/12
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    The Magnetic Fields at First Avenue, 11/13/12

    published Nov 14, 2012

    The Magnetic Fields With Gal Musette First Avenue, Minneapolis November 13, 2012 Anyone who goes to a performance by the Magnetic Fields should be prepared to have their heart broken a time or two du... More >>

  • Bob Mould funding <em>See a Little Light</em> documentary via Kickstarter
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    Bob Mould funding See a Little Light documentary via Kickstarter

    published Nov 13, 2012

    Last November, a talented array of modern musicians (including Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler) gathered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to celebrate and... More >>

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