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    Enter the dream-like world of Coastal Cabins

    published Aug 13, 2014

    Coastal Cabins are a young indie rock group out of Minneapolis composed of Jack Ross and Robert Marston. The duo just released their self-titled debut EP last week. Its delicate arrangements and rich ... More >>

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    Tilia reveals Augtoberfest 2014 music lineup

    published Aug 12, 2014

    Block Party season is definitely in full swing here in the Twin Cities, as music/food/beer lovers all look to capitalize on the glorious summer weather before fall eventually settles in. The good folk... More >>

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    Why David Bowie needs to tour again

    published Aug 08, 2014

    We all have that one musician we have never seen live, and it eats at us. I'm not talking about some new U.K. buzz band. I'm talking about someone influential and essential -- someone on David Bowie's... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Aug 07, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A premiere of Van Stee's brand new music video launches this week. We've ... More >>

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    Lost Bob Dylan lyrics get the Mermaid Avenue treatment on new album

    published Aug 06, 2014

    An artist as prolific as Bob Dylan must have countless stacks of half-formed songs and scribbled lyrics -- and hundreds of abandoned acetates -- forming a dusty creative trail all the way back to the ... More >>

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    Sims' new solo album is Field Notes

    published Aug 06, 2014

    The rest of 2014 is shaping up to be dominated by the Doomtree crew. In addition to the rap collective's highly anticipated new album, the behind-the-scenes coffee-table book coming this month, and to... More >>

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    Lowertown Line reveals 2014 fall schedule

    published Aug 05, 2014

    The Lowertown Line certainly made quite a distinctive splash in its first season. Twin Cities Public Television's live music series recorded five pilot episodes that all featured local bands performin... More >>

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    St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Amsterdam, 7/31/14

    published Aug 01, 2014

    St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Ryan Holweger Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul Thursday, July 31, 2014 Ahead of St. Paul and the Broken Bones' sold-out show at Amsterdam on Thursday night, Mayor C... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jul 31, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Tickle Torture is getting national attention with a stylish new video fro... More >>

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    13 songs Paul McCartney should play at Target Field, but probably won't

    published Jul 31, 2014

    Plenty of musicians have impressive back catalogs and prestigious songbooks to their credit. But the exalted 50-plus-year oeuvre of Sir Paul McCartney is something else. He's bringing a fraction of th... More >>

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    The 10 best "Bear" bands in rock 'n' roll

    published Jul 30, 2014

    Enough with all of the endless chatter about the best hair bands of all-time. What about the best "Bear" bands? While listening to Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, I was struck by... More >>

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    10 Thousand Sounds Festival 2014 rocked downtown Minneapolis

    published Jul 28, 2014

    City Pages 10 Thousand Sounds Festival Featuring Poli├ža, Sylvan Esso, Allan Kingdom, Carroll, Frankie Teardrop, and Tree Blood Downtown Minneapolis Saturday, July 26, 2014 On a day that started out ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jul 24, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The Cactus Blossoms start us off this week with a new installment in the ... More >>

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    Replacements roadie Bill Sullivan writing '80s tour diary

    published Jul 22, 2014

    The reunited Replacements are hotter now than they were in their prime. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson -- along with hired guns Josh Freese, Dave Minehan, and, for the time being, Billie Joe Armstr... More >>

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    P.O.S. announces first solo show since his kidney transplant

    published Jul 17, 2014

    As P.O.S. continues to get his strength back while recovering from his recent kidney transplant, the dynamic MC has been making occasional live appearances, both with the Marijuana Deathsquads and his... More >>

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    Sharon Van Etten at First Avenue, 7/16/14

    published Jul 17, 2014

    Sharon Van Etten with Jana Hunter First Avenue, Minneapolis July 16, 2014 Sharon Van Etten set the tone for her First Avenue show long before she took the stage on Wednesday night. With the release o... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Jul 17, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We start things off this week with Trampled By Turtles performance on the... More >>

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    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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