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  • FEATURED STORY

    Dodi Phy memorial benefit planned at Nomad

    published May 06, 2014

    The sad passing of emerging local rapper, Mohamed Turay -- aka Dodi Phy -- devastated the Twin Cities hip hop community back in February. Now, local artists and musicians have announced an event, Dodi... More >>

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    Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival launches Indiegogo fundraising campaign

    published May 06, 2014

    The Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival is such a good time that we just named it our Best Rock Festival of the past year. This year, event organizer Patrick's Cabaret has created an Indiegogo fundra... More >>

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    Art-A-Whirl music: Anchor Fish & Chips and Grumpy's NE lineups

    published May 05, 2014

    The sheer amount of outdoor music (and art, naturally) during Art-A-Whirl weekend in Minneapolis is already quite staggering. With 331 Club, 612Brew, Indeed Brewing Co. already announced, more stellar... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published May 01, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Allan Kingdom's smooth new jam "Evergreens" kicks off this week's edition... More >>

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    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart at Triple Rock, 4/29/14

    published Apr 30, 2014

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart With Fear of Men and Ablebody Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Kip Berman really must have wanted to take his new songs on the road. On a ... More >>

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    Sonny Knight and the Lakers' debut album captures a life in music

    published April 30, 2014

    As Sonny Knight and his eight-piece band, the Lakers, relax at Secret Stash Records headquarters, their thoughts turn to the music they love.... More >>

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    Minnesota celebrates Pete Seeger Day on May 3

    published Apr 25, 2014

    The world lost a true paragon of song and social activism when Pete Seeger passed away in January. In celebration of his life and legacy, Governor Dayton has declared Saturday, May 3, to be Pete Seege... More >>

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    Temples at First Avenue, 4/24/14

    published Apr 25, 2014

    Temples With Drowners and Two Harbors First Avenue, Minneapolis April 24, 2014 It's both a blessing and a bit of a curse for a band's show to move to a bigger room in order to accommodate demand. Sur... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 24, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. A lovely new video from Cloud Cult, shot within the intimate confines of ... More >>

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    Girl Germs unveils Live Tribute to Women in Rock lineup

    published Apr 22, 2014

    Over the past few years, the Girls Got Rhythm Fest has rightfully focused on ladies who rock, as well as carrying on the lasting legacy of women in music. While Girls Got Rhythm is taking a break thi... More >>

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    Grand Old Day announces 2014 music lineup

    published Apr 21, 2014

    Saint Paul's Grand Old Day gets the Twin Cities into summer festival season mood. And the largest one-day festival in the Midwest typically brings in enough sights, sounds, food, and refreshments to s... More >>

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    Record Store Day 2014: Twin Cities events guide

    published Apr 18, 2014

    The exclusive, limited-edition releases aren't the only things that get music fans to come out in droves on Record Store Day. Many local, independent record shops go all out for the big day, bringing ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 17, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. The potent new video from Buildings kicks off this week. It's their first... More >>

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    Record Store Day 2014: 10 must-have releases

    published Apr 17, 2014

    Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vi... More >>

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    80/35 Festival reveals 2014 lineup

    published Apr 15, 2014

    Each summer for seven years now, our music-loving neighbors in Iowa set their sights on the 80/35 Festival, which routinely assembles one of the better lineups of bands in the area. The inspired assem... More >>

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    Phantogram at First Avenue, 4/13/14

    published Apr 14, 2014

    Phantogram With Teen First Avenue, Minneapolis April 13, 2014 Phantogram's textured synth-rock's power has grown steadily over the years. And they have never sounded -- and looked -- as massive as th... More >>

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    Grading Nirvana's Hall of Fame lead singers: Lorde, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Kim Gordon

    published Apr 11, 2014

    Ahead of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night, rumors swirled about the band's frontman for the ceremony. Any vocalist they chose would inevitably -- and unfairly -- face... More >>

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    The Jayhawks reform Sound of Lies lineup and reissue classic albums

    published Apr 11, 2014

    Following a successful -- and lengthy -- reunion tour in support of 2009's Music From the North Country compilation and 2011's elegant return to form, Mockingbird Time, the Jayhawks are reissuing thei... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 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 brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their ... More >>

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    Como Park Zoo announces Groovin' In the Garden music series

    published Apr 10, 2014

    Among the many pleasures of living in the Twin Cities are the live music performances that take place in unexpected locations. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been hosting a number of these mem... More >>

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    Trampled By Turtles to host Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park

    published Apr 08, 2014

    Duluth bluegrass quintet Trampled By Turtles are set for their most ambitious musical venture yet. After releasing a live album commemorating last year's 10th anniversary shows, their next step was a ... More >>

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    Cultivate Minneapolis festival 2014 music lineup

    published Apr 04, 2014

    Burrito chain Chipotle is bringing their Cultivate Food, Ideas, and Music Festival to Loring Park this summer. After starting in Chicago in 2011, the Chipotle Cultivate Festival is now in its fourth y... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Apr 03, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week features the premiere of a new video from France Camp, for "Bab... More >>

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    U of M's Spring Jam announces 2014 music lineup

    published Apr 01, 2014

    In recent years, the University of Minnesota's Spring Jam has steadily expanded in both size and scope. And this year's schedule of activities and robust music lineup are their most ambitious yet. S... More >>

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    Warpaint at First Avenue, 3/29/14

    published Mar 31, 2014

    Warpaint With Cate Le Bon First Avenue, Minneapolis March 29, 2014 Warpaint took nearly four years to release their second album, so it wasn't surprising that they took a while to heat up at First Av... More >>

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