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    Top 10 best albums recorded at Pachyderm Studio

    published Mar 11, 2014

    The secluded Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls has seen some of the most celebrated groups of the past 30 years roll into town and bash out some of the best records of the modern rock era. As... More >>

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    Are You Local? at First Avenue, 3/6/14

    published Mar 07, 2014

    Are You Local? 2014 Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minne... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Mar 06, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things started this week with a video from BNLX, shot while the gr... More >>

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    Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy has died

    published Mar 05, 2014

    The Twin Cities hip-hop community is mourning the loss of rapper Dodi Phy (given name Mohamed Turay), who died at the age of 31 on February 21. The Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider, in a poignant ... More >>

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    Soundset announces 2014 lineup

    published Mar 05, 2014

    Rhymesayers just gave area hip-hop fans a big reason to look forward to the warmer months, as they released the lineup for the seventh annual Soundset festival. In addition to Atmosphere's standard he... More >>

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    Broken Bells at First Avenue, 2/28/14

    published Mar 03, 2014

    Broken Bells With Au Revoir Simone First Avenue, Minneapolis February 28, 2014 When Broken Bells initially came together, the group had the sound and the feel of a one-off side project for the Shins'... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Feb 27, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a new video from the Sudden Lovelys, a... More >>

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    Jeremy Messersmith at First Avenue, 2/22/14

    published Feb 24, 2014

    Jeremy Messersmith With Carroll First Avenue, Minneapolis February 22, 2014 Jeremy Messersmith's grandiose Heart Murmurs record release show at First Avenue is something he's been building towards fo... More >>

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    The Federales: This group has basically been a crash-course in country history

    published Feb 21, 2014

    Like any good alt-country rock band, the Federales came together over their shared love of Townes Van Zandt and Old Overholt. Six veterans of the Twin Cities music scene formed a new creative outlet i... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Feb 20, 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 the powerful new video from No Bird Si... More >>

  • Walker After Hours: Sisyphus

    published February 12, 2014

    Sufjan Stevens's music of late has expanded pop's borders with idiosyncratic modern sounds that care little for trends or conventions. Sisyphus,... More >>

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    New Century Sessions announces 2014 music lineup

    published Feb 18, 2014

    The New Century Theatre has proven to be yet another strong addition to downtown Minneapolis's thriving live music scene. In 2014, the venue will continue to play host to the intimate New Century Sess... More >>

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    Arctic Monkeys at First Avenue, 2/14/14

    published Feb 17, 2014

    Arctic Monkeys With Saint Motel First Avenue, Minneapolis February 14, 2014 It would seem that Arctic Monkeys have put as much creative distance as they can between themselves and the firebrand sound... More >>

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    Stephen Malkmus: My "jammy" guitar parts are actually pruned down like a French garden

    published Feb 17, 2014

    As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-s... More >>

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    Arctic Monkeys: Next one to tell us Purple Rain was filmed at First Avenue gets punched

    published Feb 14, 2014

    On the strength of their live energy and polished rock chops, Arctic Monkeys have grown into one of the biggest bands in the world. They're now regular festival headliners on both sides of the Atlanti... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Feb 13, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going at Local Frames this week with an intimate Spaces Ses... More >>

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    Neutral Milk Hotel at First Avenue, 2/10/14

    published Feb 11, 2014

    Neutral Milk Hotel With Elf Power First Avenue, Minneapolis February 10, 2014 Neutral Milk Hotel spent their entire career flying comfortably under the pop culture radar. But in the 15 years since th... More >>

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    MN Music Summit 2014 music lineup

    published Feb 06, 2014

    The Minnesota Music Coalition has something planned for all types of music lovers during its three-day MN Music Summit in St. Paul this April. The third annual festival celebrating all aspects of the ... More >>

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    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    published Feb 06, 2014

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with new videos from Allan Kingdom and As... More >>

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    Trey Anastasio Band at First Avenue, 2/4/14

    published Feb 05, 2014

    Trey Anastasio BandFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, February 4, 2014Trey Anastasio last performed on the First Avenue stage 21 years ago. The Phish frontman returned with a six-piece backing band to ... More >>

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    28-Hour party people: Drone Not Drones staging a day-long live event

    published Feb 05, 2014

    Duluth rock experimenters Low performed a drone-fueled version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?" at Rock the Garden last year, and simultaneously sparked a new discussion about peace-minded thinking with... More >>

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    The Black Angels and Roky Erickson at First Avenue, 2/3/14

    published Feb 04, 2014

    The Black Angels With Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville and the Golden Animals First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, February 3, 2014 Two generations of Texas psych-rockers brought their own ... More >>

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    Bob Dylan's Super Bowl ad: Selling out, or sign of the times?

    published Feb 03, 2014

    The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, ... More >>

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    Bobby Vee covers Bob Dylan on new album, The Adobe Sessions

    published Jan 31, 2014

    When Bob Dylan praised Bobby Vee during his performance this summer at Midway Stadium -- right before covering Vee's first hit single, "Suzie Baby" -- it was significant for a couple of reasons. First... More >>

  • Johnny Flynn

    published January 22, 2014

    English indie-folk rocker Johnny Flynn is back for a rare solo show without his backing band, the Sussex Wit. The classically trained... More >>

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