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    Picked to Click 2013: #3. GRRRL PRTY

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #3. GRRRL PRTY: 65 points The three entertaining ladies of GRRRL PRTY are captivating enough to host their own hip-hop version of The View. Instead, these friends' in-jokes and convivial banter color... More >>

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    Picked to Click 2013: #8. Southwire

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #8. Southwire: 43 points Southwire have emerged out of the fertile music scene in Duluth with a blend of plaintive folk and a vibrant backbeat rooted in hip-hop. Songs that were born modestly around ... More >>

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    Picked to Click 2013: #9. Fury Things

    published Oct 15, 2013

    #9. Fury Things: 42 pointsA DIY streak sure can speed up the recording process -- just ask Fury Things. In one productive day last fall, the Minneapolis garage-rock three-piece recorded the five raw, ... More >>

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    Lee Ranaldo: The music industry got big and bloated in the '90s

    published Oct 15, 2013

    Lee Ranaldo's inventive guitar work with Sonic Youth brazenly took music in an imaginative new direction. But the talented musician has also proven to be a skilled writer, visual artist, and composer,... More >>

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    BNLX announce BNLXFest II lineup, premiere brand new track

    published Oct 11, 2013

    Following years of strict dedication to the easily digestible EP format, BNLX dove headfirst into the full-length for the first time last year when they put out their fantastic debut LP, and celebrate... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Oct 10, 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 the striking new video from Poli├ža fr... More >>

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    Franz Ferdinand at Skyway Theatre, 10/9/13

    published Oct 10, 2013

    Franz Ferdinand With Frankie Rose Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis October 9, 2013 Of course Franz Ferdinand felt right at home in an old, revamped movie theatre. The ultra-charming Glaswegian quartet ret... More >>

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    P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release at Triple Rock, 10/08/13

    published Oct 09, 2013

    P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release with GRRRL PRTY and Allan Kingdom Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, October 8, 2013"Happy fucking Tuesday," P.O.S. exclaimed halfway thro... More >>

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    Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thomson: Four-on-the-floor is never going to die

    published Oct 09, 2013

    With retro-tinged singles like "Take Me Out," Franz Ferdinand got the indie kids dancing 10 years ago. After winning the Mercury Prize for their self-titled debut, the Glaswegian quartet quickly capit... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Oct 03, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week emphatically kicks off with a new video from the Cloak Ox, draw... More >>

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    Arcade Fire are music's most unserious serious band

    published Oct 02, 2013

    If you thought that Arcade Fire would play it safe in order to win over the "Who the fuck are Arcade Fire" crowd that sprung up after The Suburbs won a 2010 Grammy for Album of the Year, you were mist... More >>

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    Black Joe Lewis at First Avenue, 10/01/13

    published Oct 02, 2013

    Black Joe Lewis With Pickwick First Avenue, Minneapolis October 1, 2013 Black Joe Lewis brought his Texas-sized, soul-infused rock boogie to First Avenue last night, and enlivened a good portion of t... More >>

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    Caroline Smith at First Avenue, 9/27/13

    published Sep 30, 2013

    Caroline Smith With Solid Gold and Toki Wright & Big Cats First Avenue, Minneapolis September 27, 2013 As the screen in front of the First Avenue stage lifted to reveal Caroline Smith and her spr... More >>

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    Indeed Brewing announces 2013 Hullabaloo Fest music lineup

    published Sep 27, 2013

    As fall slowly settles over Minnesota, breweries from all over the state typically get adventurous with their seasonal brews. Northeast Minneapolis's Indeed Brewing are leading the way, with new autum... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Sep 26, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We've got a bunch of fantastic new videos in this week's installment of L... More >>

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    Bob Dylan is releasing his entire catalog on a harmonica-shaped USB

    published Sep 25, 2013

    How many different copies of Blood On the Tracks can a person rightfully own? Bob Dylan is betting on at least one more with the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One. This is the big one.Sure,... More >>

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    The story of my Pearl Jam tattoo, and why I still love it

    published Sep 25, 2013

    When is listening to and loving music just not enough? At what point does a song or a band speak to their fans so directly that they feel the need to form a deeper, more permanent connection with the... More >>

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    Top 10 best record labels in Minnesota

    published Sep 24, 2013

    One of the main reasons that the Minnesota music scene continues to flourish -- in addition to the plethora of talented bands, of course -- is the abundance of forward-thinking, well-organized record ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Sep 19, 2013

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kick things off with a brand new video from the burgeoning l... More >>

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    Savages at First Avenue, 9/17/13

    published Sep 18, 2013

    Savages With Duke Garwood First Avenue, Minneapolis September 17, 2013 Savages' name only hints at their musical intensity. The London-based quartet rolled through Minneapolis on a dreary, drizzly ni... More >>

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    Radio K up for four CMJ College Radio awards, including Station of the Year

    published Sep 17, 2013

    Music fans in the Twin Cities area are blessed with a plethora of great radio stations to choose from. No matter what your tastes or preferences are, you can typically find a spot on the local dial th... More >>

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    Savages' Jehnny Beth: John Cassavetes is one of my biggest influences

    published Sep 17, 2013

    Savages are currently in the process of kicking -- some would even go so far as to say saving -- rock 'n' roll's ass. The London-based post-punk quartet steamrolled the music world with a blistering i... More >>

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    FLAG at First Avenue, 9/13/13

    published Sep 16, 2013

    FLAG With T.S.O.L., Cerebral Ballzy, and Off With Their Heads First Avenue, Minneapolis September 13, 2013 For decades-old punks FLAG (original members of Black Flag who are prevented from using the... More >>

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    Washed Out at First Avenue, 9/12/13

    published Sep 13, 2013

    Washed Out With Haerts First Avenue, Minneapolis September 12, 2013 A troubling trend amongst many of the breakout stars of the modern chillwave scene is that the textured songs they meticulously cra... More >>

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    Animal Collective at First Avenue, 9/11/13

    published Sep 12, 2013

    Animal Collective With White Magic and Matthew St-Germain First Avenue, Minneapolis September 11, 2013 Animal Collective brought their neon-drenched electro-psych pop to a packed First Avenue last ni... More >>

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