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    R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis

    published Dec 31, 2013

    This past Sunday, Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist for School of Seven Bells and onetime member of Secret Machines, died at the age of 35 after a year-long battle with cancer. Curtis was an inventive, o... More >>

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    Astronautalis and Sims re-team for Bridge Foundation benefit

    published Dec 31, 2013

    Anyone who saw Astronautalis and Sims' rousing co-headlining show at First Avenue back in June has been waiting for the two MCs to announce another show together. Now fans have their chance to see the... More >>

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    The Metrodome's musical history: A look back

    published Dec 27, 2013

    On Sunday, the final Vikings' game will take place at the Metrodome, their indoor football home since 1982. And beginning shortly afterward, the Dome will be demolished in order to build the new Vikin... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Dec 26, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We're still in the holiday spirit here at Local Frames, so we kick things... More >>

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    Minneapolis group Home Free wins NBC's The Sing-Off

    published Dec 26, 2013

    The Minneapolis-based a capella group Home Free won NBC's The Sing-Off on Monday night, taking home the grand prize in the highly rated singing competition show. Home Free, who formed in Man... More >>

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    First Avenue announces Best New Bands of 2013 lineup

    published Dec 23, 2013

    Our annual Picked to Click poll isn't the only way the local music community shines a spotlight on emerging Minnesota bands and musicians. Another exciting event that celebrates the next era in local ... More >>

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    Charlie Parr records with Alan Sparhawk on his new album, Hollandale

    published Dec 20, 2013

    The venerable Duluth folk musician Charlie Parr is set to release a distinctive new album on January 28, Hollandale, filled with unvarnished instrumental songs inspired by early 20th Century folk blue... More >>

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    Sufjan Stevens' new project commissioned by the Walker and SPCO

    published Dec 20, 2013

    Sufjan Stevens has shared plenty of musical gifts with his fans around the holidays. And this year is no different, other than the fact that there is a distinct Twin Cities connection with his new rel... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Dec 19, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a brand new video from Allan Kingdom, ... More >>

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    The best Twin Cities concerts of 2013, part two

    published Dec 19, 2013

    As 2013 winds down with a wintry bang, the unforgettable live music moments from the second half of the year are enough to still keep us warm. While some of the bands who were included in our best con... More >>

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    Inside Llewyn Davis: A near-perfect mix of music and message

    published Dec 17, 2013

    Any time Oscar-winning St. Louis Park filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen announce that they are releasing a new film, there is going to be plenty of local interest. When they decided to set their new one,... More >>

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    The 10 best Minnesota music videos of 2013

    published Dec 13, 2013

    In addition to all of the great songs and albums released by Minnesota musicians throughout 2013, it has also been a wonderful year for local music videos. Each week, there are no shortage of original... More >>

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    Twin Cities artists pay tribute to the Clash's Joe Strummer in February

    published Dec 12, 2013

    It has been nearly 11 years since the world lost Joe Strummer. But his lingering influence around the world hasn't diminished in the least. Here in Minnesota, we keep Strummer's restless spirit alive ... More >>

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    The 10 best Minnesota singles of 2013

    published Dec 12, 2013

    On both national and local levels, 2013 has been a great year for music. Plenty of talented artists and acts have produced memorable songs and and albums that have kept the area scene buzzing for 12 t... More >>

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    Haley Bonar releases Wntr Snds EP

    published Dec 11, 2013

    While we all wait patiently for Haley Bonar's forthcoming full-length due out this spring, she has given her fans an unexpected musical gift for the holidays to help ease everyone through the winter m... More >>

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    The Best Love is Free announces 2014 lineup

    published Dec 10, 2013

    The Best Love is Free is certainly going out with a bang. The annual musical event is coming to an end with their fifth and final showcase, this time out moving to the friendly confines of First Avenu... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Dec 05, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with an enthralling live performance from W... More >>

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    The Cedar unveils seven 416 Club recipients for 2014

    published Dec 04, 2013

    The Cedar Cultural Center consistently delivers compelling, original performances on their intimate stage, in addition to the celebrated national and international acts who frequently perform there. I... More >>

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    The Replacements: 2013 in review

    published Dec 04, 2013

    For fans of the Replacements, 2013 provided one memorable moment after another from a band that no one was sure they would hear from ever again. The 'Mats not only released a new EP to benefit their a... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Nov 27, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get Local Frames going with a striking new video from Red Mo... More >>

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    Korda Records on their Kompilation 2 featuring the Owls, the Hang Ups, & more

    published Nov 26, 2013

    Korda Records has already made quite the impression on the Twin Cities. The burgeoning cooperative record label was founded in Minneapolis in late 2012 by longtime friends and musical collaborators Al... More >>

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    Gary Clark Jr. at First Avenue, 11/20/13

    published Nov 21, 2013

    Gary Clark Jr. With the Wild Feathers and Max Frost First Avenue, Minneapolis November 20, 2013 There is a palpable electricity any time a big name band or musician makes their first Twin Cities live... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Nov 21, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we launch our sixtieth installment of Local Frames with a video... More >>

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    Inside Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5

    published Nov 21, 2013

    For each of the past five years, the Minnesota Beatle Project put together by Vega Productions has consistently been one of the best local compilations. And Volume 5, out December 3, is no exception, ... More >>

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    BNLXFest II at Cause, 11/15-16/13

    published Nov 18, 2013

    BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Sou... More >>

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