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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 >>

  • Lizzo's next gig is on a Toronto streetcar
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    Lizzo's next gig is on a Toronto streetcar

    published Jun 17, 2014

    After Lizzo led her GRRRL PRTY crew through a hot live set at Northern Spark on the same weekend that the Green Line opened between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the talented breakout MC has public transp... More >>

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    Cause celebrating 5th anniversary in July

    published Jun 13, 2014

    Since it opened, Cause Spirits & Soundbar has consistently welcomed local acts in various stages of development onto its intimate stage. From new bands and artists making their debut club performance ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jun 12, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Launching this week is a brand-new video from our 10 Thousand Sounds head... More >>

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    The Summer Beer Dabbler announces music lineup

    published Jun 11, 2014

    The Replacements won't be the only band rocking the Midway Stadium this September. The Beer Dabbler has just revealed their plans for the 6th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler event, which will be held at Mi... More >>

  • Dan Wilson

    published June 4, 2014

    Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Dan Wilson has had plenty of commercial success since his Semisonic days. After penning smash hits for... More >>

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    Lyn Lake Street Festival, 6/8/14

    published Jun 09, 2014

    Lyn Lake Street Festival With Secret Stash Soul Revue, Rogue Valley, Dosh, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Ginkgo, and Ashley Gold LynLake, Minneapolis June 8, 2014 The Lyn Lake Street Festival had a suc... More >>

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    Music lineups for Green Line launch at Union Depot and Target Field

    published Jun 06, 2014

    As excitement continues to build regarding the opening of the Green Line Light Rail linking Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Current and Target Field have just given music and public transportation lover... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jun 05, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Maria Isa gets things started this week with a fresh new video. New clips... More >>

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    Skyline Music Festival reveals 2014 lineup

    published Jun 04, 2014

    Following the sold-out success of the inaugural Skyline Music Festival last summer, K-TWIN and the Minnesota Twins have just announced the date and lineup for this year's festival. While last year's i... More >>

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    Six worst words in music: Top tweets

    published Jun 03, 2014

    Nothing like a good Twitter meme to help pass the time on a Tuesday morning. Inspired by (or perhaps as an alternative to) our post on the six worst music words in the dictionary, imaginative Twitter ... More >>

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    Alpha Consumer get boisterous on Meat

    published June 4, 2014

    Jokes come early and often in the presence of Alpha Consumer. Over midday Sunday brunch at Icehouse, the three longtime friends and musical... More >>

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    Music in Mears announces 2014 lineup

    published Jun 02, 2014

    With the Turf Club closed for renovations over the next few months, the more events that can pick up the musical slack in St. Paul, the better. The Music in Mears series returns for its 11th season of... More >>

  • Soundset

    published May 21, 2014

    Rhymesayers Entertainment's seventh annual Soundset festival will be the local introduction to their flagship artist Atmosphere's newest album.... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published May 29, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A debut video from Prairie Fire Lady Choir gets things going for us this ... More >>

  • All the Pretty Horses

    published May 21, 2014

    The legendary Minneapolis glam-punk band All the Pretty Horses have a rather tumultuous but storied past, with many different members coming and... More >>

  • 73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan
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    73 things you might not know about Bob Dylan

    published May 23, 2014

    Bob Dylan has spent well over 50 years in the public spotlight, with his every move, lyric, and career transformation scrutinized by obsessive fans and social scientists alike. The activities of the B... More >>

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