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  • <em>Local Frames</em>: Videos from the Tallest Man On Earth, Wiping Out Thousands, Toki Wright, and more
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    Local Frames: Videos from the Tallest Man On Earth, Wiping Out Thousands, Toki Wright, and more

    published Sep 27, 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 >>

  • Mark McGee on new Father You See Queen album and Ronia collaboration with Nona Marie Invie
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    Mark McGee on new Father You See Queen album and Ronia collaboration with Nona Marie Invie

    published Sep 26, 2012

    If you regularly attend local shows in the Twin Cities, chances are you've seen Mark McGee perform at one time or another. Whether he's bringing the noise with Marijuana Deathsquads, giving an electro... More >>

  • Minnesota Public Radio's Wits announces fall lineup
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    Minnesota Public Radio's Wits announces fall lineup

    published Sep 25, 2012

    The increasingly popular Minnesota Public Radio show Wits has just announced that they will be putting on their first ever fall season of the highly enjoyable comedy-music-conversation program. The we... More >>

  • Mark Mallman's CD release show highlights Sound Unseen's music lineup
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    Mark Mallman's CD release show highlights Sound Unseen's music lineup

    published Sep 24, 2012

    In addition to the terrific slate of music-related films and documentaries that Sound Unseen has scheduled for their 2012 festival, organizers have also just released their eclectic music lineup for t... More >>

  • Swans at Fine Line, 9/21/12
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    Swans at Fine Line, 9/21/12

    published Sep 24, 2012

    Swans with Xiu Xiu Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis September 21, 2012 Michael Gira and his decidedly mercurial band of Swans rolled through the Fine Line on Friday night intent on testing out the l... More >>

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain

    published September 12, 2012

    Celebrated Scottish noise-poppers the Jesus and Mary Chain finally make a Minneapolis stop on their recent reunion tour after playing sporadic... More >>

  • Paul Westerberg shares brand new track My Road Now
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    Paul Westerberg shares brand new track "My Road Now"

    published Sep 21, 2012

    There really hasn't been anything conventional about the music or the means of Paul Westerberg's recent creative output. Whether it's surprising the music world by making a collection of his lo-fi hom... More >>

  • Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls

    published September 12, 2012

    English singer-songwriter Frank Turner has consistently captivated the Twin Cities with impassioned live shows, as well as a string of stirring... More >>

  • Built to Spill at First Avenue, 9/19/12
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    Built to Spill at First Avenue, 9/19/12

    published Sep 20, 2012

    Built to Spill First Avenue, Minneapolis September 19, 2012 With no new record to promote and no ulterior motive or musical agenda, Idaho indie stalwarts Built to Spill rolled through First Avenue i... More >>

  • The Bad Plus record songs by Duke students, announce Dakota Christmas shows
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    The Bad Plus record songs by Duke students, announce Dakota Christmas shows

    published Sep 20, 2012

    The Bad Plus have consistently been interested in pushing the boundaries of typical modern jazz music, reflected by their playful pop covers as well as their boundless experimental nature. Their new c... More >>

  • Hip Hop Harambee

    published September 12, 2012

    The name of the festival might be unfamiliar, but for local hip-hop fans the stellar lineup — led by Talib Kweli (pictured) and his live... More >>

  • Purity Ring

    published September 12, 2012

    Canadian dream-pop duo Purity Ring's ethereal debut album, Shrines, was released this summer on legendary indie label 4AD, and critics... More >>

  • Alison Scott set to tour Minnesota on state's arts funding
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    Alison Scott set to tour Minnesota on state's arts funding

    published Sep 18, 2012

    A tremendous amount of creativity and talent has been fostered by the funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board's arts and cultural heritage fund since it was passed by the state's voters in 2008. C... More >>

  • Bob Mould at First Avenue, 9/15/12
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    Bob Mould at First Avenue, 9/15/12

    published Sep 17, 2012

    See Also: Bob Mould is rock-solid Sugar back catalogue to be re-issued on Merge Records Bob Mould with All Eyes West First Avenue, Minneapolis September 15, 2012 There was a moment at the end of Bob... More >>

  • Purity Ring at First Avenue, 9/14/12
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    Purity Ring at First Avenue, 9/14/12

    published Sep 17, 2012

    See Also: Purity Ring's Megan James on macabre lyrics, fairy tales, and not having a favorite band Purity Ring with Evian Christ and Headaches First Avenue, Minneapolis September 14, 2012 Purity Rin... More >>

  • NOFX's show at the Cabooze tonight has been postponed
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    NOFX's show at the Cabooze tonight has been postponed

    published Sep 14, 2012

    Due to the 102° fever of singer Fat Mike, tonight's NOFX show at the Cabooze has been postponed. The celebrated Los Angeles punk band were set to play the West Bank club this evening along with local... More >>

  • Totally Gross National Party

    published September 5, 2012

    Not only do the fine creative folks behind Totally Gross National Product consistently put out stellar records from emerging Twin Cities bands... More >>

  • <em>Local Frames</em>: New videos from Brother Ali, Howler, Communist Daughter, Cloud Cult, and more
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    Local Frames: New videos from Brother Ali, Howler, Communist Daughter, Cloud Cult, and more

    published Sep 13, 2012

    See Also: Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, the Chalice, Beat Detectives, and more Local Frames: New videos from Bon Iver, P.O.S., Craig Finn, the Blind Shake, and more As the Twin Cities musi... More >>

  • Summit Backyard Bash

    published September 5, 2012

    The Summit Backyard Bash celebrates the 26th anniversary of the venerable St. Paul brewery with a day filled with music from a superb all-local... More >>

  • Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival

    published September 5, 2012

    The sixth annual Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival has planned three days of free music in lovely Mears Park. The festival marks the... More >>

  • Antibalas at First Avenue, 9/11/12
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    Antibalas at First Avenue, 9/11/12

    published Sep 12, 2012

    See Also: Antibalas: Who Is This America? Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12 Antibalas with Malamanya First Avenue, Minneapolis September 11, 2012 With the dark anniversary of ... More >>

  • Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival 2012 lineup
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    Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival 2012 lineup

    published Sep 12, 2012

    See Also: John Mark Nelson CD release at 7th St. Entry, 8/12/12 Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops open With all of the great local and national albums that have been released... More >>

  • Prince look-alike contests were so much better in 1985
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    Prince look-alike contests were so much better in 1985

    published Sep 11, 2012

    See Also: Prince's rumored St. Paul concert isn't happening Prince adds Welcome 2 Chicago show supporting ex-Obama staffer Van Jones For those of you who are still bummed out that Prince's rumored St... More >>

  • Update: The Weeknd cancel last-minute Skyway Theater show
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    Update: The Weeknd cancel last-minute Skyway Theater show

    published Sep 10, 2012

    After easily selling-out First Avenue back in June, it's quite apparent that the atmospheric R&B of the Weeknd clearly has an audience here in Minneapolis. And that passionate bond is only going... More >>

  • Mount Eerie

    published September 5, 2012

    In 2004, Phil Elvrum decided to start making music as Mount Eerie while retiring his old band moniker, the Microphones. And while there is sense... More >>

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