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  • Dessa books largest headlining gig ever at O'Shaughnessy
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    Dessa books largest headlining gig ever at O'Shaughnessy

    published Mar 22, 2012

    ​Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to ... More >>

  • The Joy Formidable at the Fine Line, 03/19/12
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    The Joy Formidable at the Fine Line, 03/19/12

    published Mar 20, 2012

    ​The Joy Formidable With A Place To Bury Strangers and ExitmusicFine Line, MinneapolisMarch 19, 2012It seems inconceivable that a young band like the Joy Formidable would already have two legendary... More >>

  • The Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan says their delivery is still sincere
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    The Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan says their delivery is still sincere

    published Mar 19, 2012

    ​Those of us who were lucky enough to witness the Joy Formidable's incendiary show at the Entry last April agree that the North Wales trio's raucous performance was clearly one of the best live sh... More >>

  • Bob Dylan's debut album released 50 years ago today
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    Bob Dylan's debut album released 50 years ago today

    published Mar 19, 2012

    ​For all of the profound mythologizing that is done over the illustrious music career of Bob Dylan, he began the process just like any other musician with the bold but tentative first steps of a d... More >>

  • Wiping Out Thousands drop new video for Mass Nerve
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    Wiping Out Thousands drop new video for "Mass Nerve"

    published Mar 16, 2012

    ​Local electroclash duo Wiping Out Thousands have been creating quite a stir within the Twin Cities music scene as of late. In addition to blowing everyone away with their recent opening set for Y... More >>

  • Greg Norton jams with Husker Du tribute band in Chicago
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    Greg Norton jams with Husker Du tribute band in Chicago

    published Mar 15, 2012

    ​Every city seems to have their share of them--tribute cover bands who tackle the prodigious back catalogs of classic (and not so classic) rock bands who have long since fizzled out, or arena acts... More >>

  • Very Small Animal CD-Release Show

    published March 7, 2012

    The local roots-folk quartet Very Small Animal are finally set to give their fans something tangible to connect with at the record-release show... More >>

  • Girls Got Rhythm Fest announces full lineup and ticket information
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    Girls Got Rhythm Fest announces full lineup and ticket information

    published Mar 14, 2012

    ​Two weeks ago, we told you about the first ever Girls Got Rhythm Fest taking place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul on May 11-12. The two-day, female-focused music festival is headlined by... More >>

  • Low and Zoo Animal set to play the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery this summer
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    Low and Zoo Animal set to play the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery this summer

    published Mar 14, 2012

    ​After serving as the inspiration for Jeremy Messersmith's most recent album, The Reluctant Graveyard, and playing host to a truly unique benefit concert by Messersmith and Lucy Michelle & the V... More >>

  • Radiohead at Sprint Center in Kansas City, 3/11/12
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    Radiohead at Sprint Center in Kansas City, 3/11/12

    published Mar 13, 2012

    ​RadioheadSprint Center, Kansas CitySunday, March 11, 2012With Radiohead continuing to ignore the Twin Cities for some unknown, annoying reason (14+ years and counting), Kansas City was the closest... More >>

  • EMA

    published March 7, 2012

    Erika M. Anderson has successfully shed her innocuous South Dakota upbringing and managed to make quite a name for herself in the indie-music... More >>

  • Marijuana Deathsquads unleash Boston Massacre at Turf Club on 4/20
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    Marijuana Deathsquads unleash Boston Massacre at Turf Club on 4/20

    published Mar 08, 2012

    ​Leave it to the Turf Club to have something this audacious planned for 4/20. The evening is hilariously billed as 'Wade Boggs Wicked Boston Baked Bash,' and will feature a merry band of local cha... More >>

  • Mark Mallman makes YouTube video of his entire discography
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    Mark Mallman makes YouTube video of his entire discography

    published Mar 07, 2012

    ​Say what you want about Mark Mallman, but the guy consistently keeps his approach to music interesting and fresh. Whether it's Mallman's legendary, marathon sets at the Turf Club, his annual New Ye... More >>

  • Dream Crusher leads Concert to Defeat the Marriage Amendment lineup
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    Dream Crusher leads Concert to Defeat the Marriage Amendment lineup

    published Mar 06, 2012

    ​A stellar group of local musicians have put together a show at Hell's Kitchen on March 30 to help raise money and awareness for Minnesotans United For All Families, a wide-ranging alliance of co... More >>

  • Emeli Sandé at the Dakota Jazz Club, 3/05/12
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    Emeli Sandé at the Dakota Jazz Club, 3/05/12

    published Mar 06, 2012

    ​Emeli SandéDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisMarch 5, 2012It's not too often that an artist on an inaugural four city U.S. publicity tour makes a stop in Minneapolis. Typically, they just stick to th... More >>

  • Dessa's Nobel Peace Prize Forum presentation at Augsburg College, 03/02/12
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    Dessa's Nobel Peace Prize Forum presentation at Augsburg College, 03/02/12

    published Mar 05, 2012

    ​DessaNobel Peace Prize Forum, Kennedy Center at Augsburg College, MinneapolisMarch 2, 2012It seemed that both Dessa and the nearly 800 fans who packed Augsburg's Kennedy Center on Friday night wer... More >>

  • Now, Now's record release party, Triple Rock, 3/02/12
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    Now, Now's record release party, Triple Rock, 3/02/12

    published Mar 05, 2012

    ​Now, Now's Record Release Party for ThreadsTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisMarch 3, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.After years (and thousands of miles) in the making, Now, Now final... More >>

  • Crocodiles

    published February 22, 2012

    San Diego's Crocodiles have a gritty, feedback-laden sound that contains blissful elements of their sunny hometown layered within their melodies.... More >>

  • Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup
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    Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup

    published Mar 02, 2012

    ​As excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertainment plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is... More >>

  • Total Fucking Blood laying total fucking waste to Turf Club at CD release show
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    Total Fucking Blood laying total fucking waste to Turf Club at CD release show

    published Mar 02, 2012

    ​After finishing up a brief tour in support of local buzz band Poliça and Marijuana Deathsquads (which surely must have exhausted omnipresent drummer Ben Ivascu), Total Fucking Blood return home ... More >>

  • Bombay Bicycle Club

    published February 22, 2012

    Bombay Bicycle Club was formed by four friends who were still in school in London when the band won a competition to play the prestigious V... More >>

  • Dropkick Murphys

    published February 22, 2012

    The Dropkick Murphys tread a fine line between celebratory, boozy anthems and inflammable punk songs. No matter which side of the fence their fans... More >>

  • Howler's cranky <em>America Give Up</em> viral marketing guy debuts
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    Howler's cranky America Give Up viral marketing guy debuts

    published Feb 29, 2012

    ​Our Year In Music cover stars Howler are back with a hilariously subversive marketing campaign for their raucous debut full-length, America Give Up, which was created by the Minneapolis-based ad ag... More >>

  • Crocodiles at the Entry, 2/28/12
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    Crocodiles at the Entry, 2/28/12

    published Feb 29, 2012

    ​Crocodiles7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 28, 2012San Diego's Crocodiles probably picked the least Californian night to roll through Minneapolis, as the strange snow/sleet/rain mix had even th... More >>

  • Dessa to perform and present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
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    Dessa to perform and present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

    published Feb 29, 2012

    ​The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is set to take place in Minneapolis on March 1-3, bringing together an impressive group of leaders in the worlds of politics, education, and music. One of ... More >>

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