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  • Quietdrive Holiday Show

    published December 23, 2009

    Twin Cities rockers Quietdrive have been saddled with the pop-punk tag, but that label is usually little more than lazy shorthand wherein "pop"... More >>

  • Trey Songz

    published December 16, 2009

    If you went purely by his lyrics, you might guess that whenever Trey Songz isn't singing in that syrupy tenor he's either 1) constantly glued to... More >>

  • Hatebreed

    published December 9, 2009

    The joke's on you, Norway. American metalheads don't have to burn down churches to prove they're tough—you don't have to manufacture... More >>

  • The Big Pink

    published November 25, 2009

    It's important to note that breaking London band the Big Pink worship at the altar of Jesus...or rather the Jesus and Mary Chain. But unlike other... More >>

  • Nitzer Ebb

    published November 25, 2009

    If New Order are the lovelorn elders of the British synth-rock hierarchy and Depeche Mode are their politically inclined fraternal twins, then... More >>

  • Frankie Bones

    published November 18, 2009

    When local techno mastermind Woody McBride had a hand in throwing massive all-night parties in the Twin Cities, he called some of them "dance... More >>

  • Girls sprint to the finish line at the 7th St. Entry

    Girls sprint to the finish line at the 7th St. Entry

    published Nov 16, 2009

    ​ Girls' debut single, "Lust for Life" (no relation to Iggy Pop's ode to recklessness), has been in heavy rotation on The Current for the past few weeks, but there's a good chance that the song migh... More >>

  • Digable Planets

    published November 11, 2009

    Digable Planets are well acquainted with how fickle the music business can be. After a spike in popularity and a Grammy award in 1993, the jazzy... More >>

  • Future of the Left

    published November 4, 2009

    When noisy Welsh rockers Future of the Left visited the Twin Cities this past July, attendees were treated to a grinding, squelching rendition of... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published November 4, 2009

    If you need an argument against the idea that smoking marijuana will rob you of your ambition, you only need look as far as Snoop Dogg. The... More >>

  • Me & My Arrow (CD-Release)

    published October 28, 2009

    There's been a lot of talk about the size of local band Me & My Arrow, but it's warranted, since there are only a small handful of Minneapolis... More >>

  • David Bazan

    published October 28, 2009

    Some artists cloak their every move in carefully manufactured mystery, but ex-Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan has a refreshing transparency to... More >>

  • Shonen Knife

    published October 21, 2009

    The members of Shonen Knife are deeply in love with the Ramones. The Japanese trio's sound is a mirror image of the short three-chord assaults... More >>

  • The Dodos

    published October 14, 2009

    For a buzz band with mountains of hype surrounding them, the Dodos have a sound that is mysteriously lacking in certain areas. No distortion. No... More >>

  • Amy Millan

    published October 14, 2009

    As a part of modern supergroup Broken Social Scene and the female lead in pop heartbreakers Stars, Amy Millan has plenty to do, so it's all the... More >>

  • Ghostland Observatory

    published October 14, 2009

    As a band, hailing from Austin, Texas, means coming up in a hotbed of musical activity that makes artistic evolution possible in the same way that... More >>

  • The Weakerthans

    published September 23, 2009

    Given the tender folk-rock leanings of the Weakerthans, it's a little hard to imagine that founder and lead singer John K. Samson spent years as a... More >>

  • Sea Wolf

    published September 23, 2009

    Despite what a new crop of musical pranksters may have you believe, earnestness in indie rock has not been beaten dead by a troop of day-glo... More >>

  • Sondre Lerche

    published September 16, 2009

    When Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche dropped onto the scene in 2002, he was something of a wunderkind, releasing an accomplished album... More >>

  • Street Sounds Swirlin' Through My Mind

    published September 9, 2009

    In a town almost overrun with DJs, it's worth noting that Attitude City (veteran vinyl hounds Karl Frankowski and Jeff Dubois) have kept slinging... More >>

  • Reflection Eternal to appear at First Ave Saturday

    published Aug 21, 2009

    ​As far as hip hop goes, radio still pushes the club bangers and anything that mentions Bentleys, and the indie scene has had so much coke-rap dropped in its lap that, by now, it should have had a m... More >>

  • 5 Questions: Backstage with Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns

    published Jul 31, 2009

    ​ Alcohol is a hell of a drug.  Last night, Twin Cities party people turned up in droves to the Fine Line for Amstel Light's Amsterdam Live showcase, thirsty for the gallons of free beer and an... More >>

  • Shiny Toy Guns to play free show at the Fine Line tonight

    published Jul 30, 2009

    ​In this age of viral marketing, you can get a lot of free stuff. If you pick the right street at the right time, you could walk down the sidewalk with your arms outstretched and your hands open, an... More >>

  • Jacques Renault to headline Too Much Love's summer bash

    published Jul 24, 2009

    By now, unless you've been living in a cave (or you're permanently stranded in St. Paul), you already know about Too Much Love. The current cross-pollination between the indie and electronic music sce... More >>

  • Future of the Left to hammer eardrums at the Turf Club

    published Jul 22, 2009

    As a fan of rock music, you rarely get second chances. If you missed a life-changing concert because you were too hungover or doing your laundry, it's not happening again, and you'll have to si... More >>

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