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2014 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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    Why I Will Not Miss Nye's Polonaise Room

    published Dec 05, 2014

    Earlier this week, news broke that Nye's Polonaise Room would be closing next year. Not long after, it came to light that the owners would be partnering with a development company to build apartment... More >>


    How Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty Shaped and Saved My Life

    published Nov 18, 2014

    Mike Doughty | Dakota Jazz Club | Saturday, November 22 Soul Coughing were the first band that made me feel dumb. During the mid- to late-'90s, the weird, jazz and hip-hop-infused band from Brooklyn ... More >>


    Why I Won't Go Back to Hard Rock Cafe at Mall of America

    published Oct 30, 2014

    A few months ago, I pseudo-eulogized/celebrated the demise of the downtown location of the Hard Rock Café. It was an eyesore, it was ridiculous and it arrived at least a decade too late to be conside... More >>


    10 Things We Love About the New Turf Club

    published Oct 28, 2014

    After letting the new Turf Club sink back into the grand scheme of the music scene here, we decided to take a look at what really is great about the new space. Yes, everything, still, kind of, but som... More >>


    The War on Drugs at First Avenue, 9/22/14

    published Sep 23, 2014

    The War on Drugs with Califone First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, September 22, 2014 It's still not completely clear what the War on Drugs are trying to accomplish on a grand scale, but it sure is a h... More >>


    Echo & the Bunnymen at First Avenue, 8/9/14

    published Aug 11, 2014

    Echo & the Bunnymen with John Swardson First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, August 9, 2014 Saturday night at First Avenue, Echo & the Bunnymen made what could have been a fantastic, flawless pass thr... More >>


    Why the Pixies are no longer my favorite band

    published Aug 04, 2014

    On April 13, 2004, I stood in the balcony overlooking the stage at the Fine Line. Two friends from college flanked me, and we smoked cigarettes at a frantic pace. A life goal, one we thought would nev... More >>


    Veruca Salt at Varsity Theater, 7/9/14

    published Jul 10, 2014

    Veruca Salt Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Veruca Salt were one of those '90s bands that seemed, on paper at least, like they could have only existed between January 1, 1990 and... More >>


    Neon Trees at First Avenue, 6/23/14

    published Jun 24, 2014

    Neon Trees with Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat First Avenue, Minneapolis Monday, June 23, 2014 Neon Trees assembled behind a massive white sheet placed across the front of the stage as the ope... More >>


    Failure at Varsity Theater, 5/21/14

    published May 22, 2014

    Failure Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Wednesday, May 21, 2014 After a ten-minute film intro (there was no opening band) that included clips from, among other things, the 1975 Russian art-house film T... More >>


    Cloud Nothings at Turf Club, 5/1/14

    published May 02, 2014

    Cloud Nothings with Protomartyr Turf Club St. Paul, MN Thursday, May 1, 2014 For many bands, danger and unpredictability are their stock-in-trade. However, there are a slight few that actually seem t... More >>


    Kurt Cobain's suicide: Why it's time to move on

    published Apr 03, 2014

    Twenty years ago, in the chilly, early twilight hours of the Pacific Northwest, Kurt Donald Cobain sat alone in a room on the property he shared with his wife and 20-month old daughter. He was arguabl... More >>


    Bob Mould at the Woman's Club Assembly, 3/4/14

    published Mar 05, 2014

    Bob Mould with Paul Metzger Woman's Club Assembly, Minneapolis Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Most albums don't age well. It's just a fact. Even if it's an album you love, it likely still sounds dated. Tuesd... More >>


    Lucius at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/20/14

    published Feb 21, 2014

    Lucius With You Won't February 20, 2014 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis While Thursday night might have been nothing short of harrowing outside, inside the cavernous Cedar Cultural Center, Brookly... More >>


    Do the Twin Cities really need a new Hard Rock Cafe?

    published Feb 12, 2014

    For a good while now, the Hard Rock Cafe has been a dinosaur that isn't aware that it's already extinct. This summer, the international eatery chain will open a new location at the Mall of America, bu... More >>

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