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  • FEATURED STORY

    Idina Menzel knocks All-Star Game Dylan cover out of the park

    published Jul 16, 2014

    When it was announced that Idina Menzel would be singing "Forever Young" before the All-Star Game at Target Field on Tuesday night, I was a bit trepidatious. On the one hand, it was a nice gesture by ... More >>

  • Tiny Deaths

    published July 9, 2014

    After enrapturing the local music scene as part of the 2012 Picked to Click winners the Chalice, Claire de Lune has switched gears for her new... More >>

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    Why I gave up on the Flaming Lips

    published Jul 15, 2014

    The majority of the music world was first introduced to the Flaming Lips in 1993. That year, their abstract anthem "She Don't Use Jelly" became an unlikely hit on MTV. Even the most distant observer c... More >>

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    Turf Club is hiring, re-opening in August

    published Jul 15, 2014

    When the Turf Club triumphantly reopens later this year, the place will need a much larger staff to handle St. Paul's favorite hole-in-the-wall music venue's new kitchen. Hiring is now underway. Clo... More >>

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    Basilica Block Party Day Two, 7/12/14

    published Jul 14, 2014

    Basilica Block Party, Day Two with Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, the Wild Feathers, Caroline Smith, Frankie Lee, BBGUN, and Jillian Rae Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis Saturday, July 12, 2014 D... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jul 10, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a stylish 3D video from Father You See Queen. We've... More >>

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    Totally Gross National Party unveils 2014 lineup

    published Jul 10, 2014

    Totally Gross National Product can throw one hell of a get-together. For the past five years, they have thrown an annual celebration of their roster of musicians, while teaming with other imaginative ... More >>

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    Five artists cashing in on Bon Iver's popularity

    published Jul 10, 2014

    When Bon Iver took home the Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album in 2012, you knew that it would only be a matter of time before other acts and musicians started capitalizing o... More >>

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    Claire de Lune on Tiny Deaths: I made songs I would listen to

    published Jul 09, 2014

    Claire de Lune first showed up on the local music radar as a vocalist in the soulful hip-hop trio the Chalice. Those vibrant ladies caught Twin Cities listeners' rapt attention as well as the top spot... More >>

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    Top 10 best Minnesota music videos of 2014 (so far)

    published Jul 03, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. At the year's halfway point, we take a look back at some of the most artf... More >>

  • John Mark Nelson (album release)

    published June 25, 2014

    As a teen, John Mark Nelson wrote impassioned acoustic pop gems that showed far more maturity than what the birthdate on his driver's license... More >>

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    Ten best Minnesota albums of 2014 (so far)

    published Jul 02, 2014

    A whole lot of stellar albums have crossed our desk in 2014 so far. Across the spectrum of rock, hip-hop, R&B, and more-experimental recordings created by Minnesota talent, several have immediatel... More >>

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    Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

    published Jul 01, 2014

    Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the ... More >>

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    Cut Copy at First Avenue, 6/25/14

    published Jun 26, 2014

    Cut Copy with Classixx and Nile Delta First Avenue, Minneapolis Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Feeling alive is feeling a pulsating bassline deep in your chest. Australian electro-rock outfit Cut Copy brou... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jun 26, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A brand new video from Lizzo starts us off strongly this week. We've also... More >>

  • Two Harbors

    published June 18, 2014

    Two Harbors' new album, The Natural Order of Things, distills the massive guitar riffs and soaring choruses of early-'90s Britpop and... More >>

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    Leisure Birds craft a record you have to hear to believe

    published June 25, 2014

    Leisure Birds aren't spelling it out for you. If their astral, futuristic sounds beg the question of whether sentient earth creatures are even... More >>

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    Mac DeMarco at 7th St. Entry, 6/23/14

    published Jun 24, 2014

    Mac DeMarco with Calvin Love and Meatbodies 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Early on, Mac DeMarco promised the sold-out Entry that he would make up for the show he had to cancel he... More >>

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    Skyline Music Festival 2014 adds Indie Night lineup

    published Jun 24, 2014

    The first two iterations of the Skyline Music Festival have catered to a more mature musical audience with lineups featuring veteran classic-rock leaning acts. But the Minnesota Twins and K-TWIN just ... More >>

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    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at State Theatre, 6/21/14

    published Jun 23, 2014

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with Warpaint State Theatre, Minneapolis Saturday, June 21 "I'm transforming. Look at me now!" Nick Cave proselytized near the beginning of his sold-out show with his trus... More >>

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    Nick Cave: Songs are memory machines

    published Jun 20, 2014

    Over nearly four decades, Nick Cave has been far from a typical rock star. His ever-changing artistic whims have colored music -- from the Birthday Party, to Grinderman, to his work backed by the Bad ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jun 19, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A premiere of the new Web of Sunsets video gets things going this week. W... More >>

  • Two Harbors

    published June 11, 2014

    Two Harbors' new album, The Natural Order of Things, distills the massive guitar riffs and soaring choruses of early-'90s Britpop and... More >>

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    Kurt Vile: Sometimes our shows are charming train wrecks

    published Jun 18, 2014

    Kurt Vile is finally rolling through the Twin Cities in support of his terrific 2013 record, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. The record is a psychedelic exploration with an emotional foundation rooted deeper ... More >>

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    Andrew Broder announces first Fog album since 2008

    published Jun 17, 2014

    Minneapolis musician Andrew Broder plays shows and records with some of the most talented artists in the area (most notably with 2011 Picked to Click winners, the Cloak Ox), but his experimental proje... More >>

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