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2010 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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  • Arcwelder

    published December 1, 2010

    While grunge was taking over everything in the mid-'90s, Minneapolis's Arcwelder chose a slightly different path. Less pop-friendly, more... More >>

  • Dawes

    published November 10, 2010

    There's value in moving forward by stepping backward. In this age of all things digital, Auto-Tune, and any other gadgets you can think of, Dawes... More >>

  • Danzig

    published November 3, 2010

    Just hearing the name probably immediately makes you want to start singing "Mother" like you were watching MTV in your basement in 1993, but... More >>

  • Red Pens (EP-release)

    published November 3, 2010

    There is really no other way to describe Red Pens' music other than as a deafening squall. Like the Pixies fed into a blender or My Bloody... More >>

  • The Vaselines

    published October 27, 2010

    Pulled single-handedly from obscurity by Kurt Cobain during the heyday of the grunge era, Glaswegian band the Vaselines became famous roughly... More >>

  • The Black Angels

    published October 13, 2010

    The Black Angels have always resembled the stoners who other stoners fear, and maybe that's the truth. Their riffs sound like heavy metal being... More >>

  • The Boxer Rebellion

    published September 22, 2010

    When self-financed albums are released, many of the accolades often end up being backhanded; everyone respects the drive and moxie to get the... More >>

  • S. Carey (CD-release)

    published August 18, 2010

    >"What's the last thing a drummer says in a band?" "Hey guys, we should play this song I wrote!" We've all heard the joke, and while it's not very... More >>

  • Cheap Trick, Blondie

    published August 11, 2010

    Nostalgia tours are always an odd undertaking. The fans are older, the musicians are older (or, in some cases, replaced entirely), and the songs... More >>

  • Mos Def

    published August 11, 2010

    There isn't much that Mos Def can't do. Grammy-nominated albums? Check. Appearing in socially conscious films? Check. Appearing in big-budget... More >>

  • Halloween, Alaska, Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps

    published August 11, 2010

    There are plenty of bands that claim not to fit comfortably into one given genre, and most of those bands are mistaken. For their part, Halloween,... More >>

  • Autolux

    published August 11, 2010

    Rising from the ashes of the now-legendary Failure, Autolux has taken a virtual eternity between album releases. Prior to the brand new... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club

    published August 11, 2010

    After playing the Montreal Pop festival mere months after forming, several members of Tokyo Police Club quit school to become full-time... More >>

  • Kristoff Krane

    published July 28, 2010

    Kristoff Krane is the latest Minnesota MC to miss the hip-hop memo and wear his heart on his sleeve while dealing with his unresolved issues... More >>

  • The Psychedelic Furs

    published June 3, 2010

    The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new-wave underground for years before finding success as... More >>

  • Frog Eyes

    published June 3, 2010

    If Tom Waits and Neil Young were in their late 20s or early 30s in 2010, they would without a doubt be doing what Frog Eyes are doing: volatile,... More >>

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    published May 26, 2010

    Bands from Los Angeles are usually anything but subtle. Maybe it's the Hollywood culture or maybe it's just something in the water, but now we... More >>

  • Beatrix*JAR

    published May 19, 2010

    As we move further along technologically, more and more people feel left out in the cold. People's iPods and cell phones may well turn on them one... More >>

  • Buzzcocks

    published May 19, 2010

    There are people of a certain age who still hold tight to the "Manchester Scene": the Smiths, the Fall, Oasis, the list goes on and on. But there... More >>

  • Sage Francis

    published May 19, 2010

    No one MC defines indie hip hop better than Sage Francis. The unlikeliest of natives from Providence, Rhode Island, he owns his own label (Strange... More >>

  • Art-a-Whirl at the 331

    published May 12, 2010

    This all-day local music extravaganza should not be missed. The Rockford Mules' (pictured) Pigpen-filthy, whiskey-splattered blues-rock is a thing... More >>

  • Beatrix*JAR

    published April 21, 2010

    As we move further along technologically, more and more people feel left out in the cold. People's iPods and cell phones may well turn on them one... More >>

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