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  • Trampled by Turtles, Polica on free Record Store Day LP
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    Trampled by Turtles, Polica on free Record Store Day LP

    published Feb 24, 2012

    ​In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that Minnesotans love Record Store Day. The turnout to local independent record shops has been massive throughout the state, especially in the ... More >>

  • Atmosphere unveil video, Current session & Rhymesayers scholarship before homecoming
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    Atmosphere unveil video, Current session & Rhymesayers scholarship before homecoming

    published Feb 22, 2012

    ​Eleven years after selling out First Avenue for the very first time, Atmosphere make a triumphant return to the Mainroom tonight as part of their second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour. The circ... More >>

  • Dr. Dog

    published February 15, 2012

    Philadelphia-bred Dr. Dog have been on a steady rise into higher-fidelity rock over the past decade. Their latest collection, Be the Void,... More >>

  • YACHT

    published February 15, 2012

    YACHT's blissed-out dance party is one-of-a-kind. Mystical founder Jona Bechtolt and semi-recent vocal addition Claire L. Evans have worked hard... More >>

  • Sharon Van Etten & Shearwater at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/18/12
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    Sharon Van Etten & Shearwater at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/18/12

    published Feb 20, 2012

    ​Sharon Van Etten and ShearwaterThe Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisSaturday, February 18, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.It's a rare and wonderful thing to have a double-bill featurin... More >>

  • Dr. Dog at First Avenue, 2/17/12
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    Dr. Dog at First Avenue, 2/17/12

    published Feb 20, 2012

    ​Dr. DogFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFebruary 17, 2012Dr. Dog turned the Mainroom stage into their own cozy living room Friday night at a sold-out First Avenue. They decorated their immediate surround... More >>

  • Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg: I came back before I got frostbite
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    Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg: I came back before I got frostbite

    published Feb 17, 2012

    ​Jonathan Meiburg started Shearwater as a side project with his then-bandmate in Okkervil River,  Will Sheff, as an outlet for material that wouldn't quite fit the sound of their primary band... More >>

  • The Darkness

    published February 8, 2012

    The Darkness stormed onto the music scene in 2003 with histrionic hair-metal that we'd confidently thought was left behind in the '80s. But the... More >>

  • Poliça's Album Release Show at First Avenue, 02/14/12
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    Poliça's Album Release Show at First Avenue, 02/14/12

    published Feb 15, 2012

    ​Poliça and Brute HeartFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, February 14, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.If Twin Cities music fans hadn't completely fallen for Poliça before their sold-ou... More >>

  • Heartless Bastards

    published February 8, 2012

    The 7th St. Entry proved to be too small a venue for the swelling fan base of Austin, Texas, garage rockers Heartless Bastards, and the show was... More >>

  • Jack White's "Love Interruption" video premieres

    published Feb 14, 2012

    ​Throughout his celebrated music career, Jack White has never stayed quiet for very long. And while he's been busy as of late producing and recording various acts for his Third Man Records label, ... More >>

  • Other Lives

    published February 8, 2012

    Between dates with the Vaccines in Europe and opening for Radiohead in the U.S., Oklahoma folk-rock quintet Other Lives bring their rich,... More >>

  • Lenny Kravitz

    published February 1, 2012

    Lenny Kravitz's current fan base is far different from those who followed him when he broke onto the music scene in the late '80s. He traded in... More >>

  • Other Lives and Halloween, Alaska at the Entry, 02/09/12
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    Other Lives and Halloween, Alaska at the Entry, 02/09/12

    published Feb 10, 2012

    ​Other Lives and Halloween, Alaska7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 9, 2012The music of Other Lives has such a classic, timeless quality to it that even the band's new songs sound instantly famili... More >>

  • Now, Now drop Dead Oaks video, Triple Rock hosts local release show
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    Now, Now drop "Dead Oaks" video, Triple Rock hosts local release show

    published Feb 10, 2012

    ​As the excitement continues to build over Now, Now's upcoming sophomore record, Threads, we get the first video taken from the new batch of songs, the snappy but all-too-fleeting "Dead Oaks." Tha... More >>

  • Ice Rod Chatroulette show set to entertain the Turf Club once again

    published Feb 09, 2012

    ​There are plenty of sappy, romantic things to do in the Twin Cities over the weekend before Valentine's Day, but more than likely there isn't anything as interesting and decidedly off-the-wall ha... More >>

  • City and Colour/ the Low Anthem

    published February 1, 2012

    Canadian songwriter Dallas Green has gradually captured the music world's attention while recording and performing as City and Colour. His third... More >>

  • Halloween, Alaska remixed by Lazerbeak, Bon Iver's S. Carey
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    Halloween, Alaska remixed by Lazerbeak, Bon Iver's S. Carey

    published Feb 08, 2012

    ​The sonic experimentalism of Halloween, Alaska has always lent itself well to potential remixes. And while the latest effort from the Minneapolis quartet, All Night The Calls Came In, is a more ... More >>

  • Cass McCombs Band

    published February 1, 2012

    Frequently, when a musician decides to release two or more albums within the same year, you find yourself wishing they just combined the best of... More >>

  • The Supersuckers

    published January 25, 2012

    The Supersuckers are a guaranteed good time live. Their untamed (and awesomely named) frontman Eddie Spaghetti will see to that. While the group's... More >>

  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

    published January 25, 2012

    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra have undergone many shifts in sound (and names) over their decade-plus career. The Canadian band's... More >>

  • Los Campesinos!

    published January 25, 2012

    The transformation of Los Campesinos! from a sprightly indie-pop group into something far more wicked and weird has been a gradual one, but... More >>

  • Ice Damage Inc. benefits Tasha Pruitt at the Turf Club Friday
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    Ice Damage Inc. benefits Tasha Pruitt at the Turf Club Friday

    published Feb 02, 2012

    ​No matter how accustomed to Minnesota winters that you are, they eventually take their toll on everyone. The shortened days, the bitter cold, the treacherous roads all wear on all of us to varyi... More >>

  • Supersuckers at the Entry, 01/31/12
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    Supersuckers at the Entry, 01/31/12

    published Feb 01, 2012

    ​The Supersuckers7th St. Entry, MinneapolisJanuary 31, 2012In less capable hands, this would have been just another aging, veteran rock band rolling through Minneapolis, looking to get paid for no... More >>

  • Electric Six taping live album at First Avenue, plus five requests
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    Electric Six taping live album at First Avenue, plus five requests

    published Jan 31, 2012

    ​The exuberant Detroit party band Electric Six returns First Avenue, a room that they claim is one of their "favorite venues in the world," on May 11. And to prove just how special the legendary l... More >>

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