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2012 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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  • Gear Daddies

    published December 26, 2012

    They've "officially" been broken up since 1992, but the Gear Daddies find a way to get back together for a trip down Nostalgia Lane every couple... More >>

  • Arcwelder

    published December 19, 2012

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

  • August Music & Movies: S. Carey

    published August 22, 2012

    "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 >>

  • Armin Van Buuren

    published May 30, 2012

    Armin Van Buuren's brand of dance music is not in the usual vein. He has carved out a space in which he functions as an electronic folk singer of... More >>

  • Ramona Falls

    published May 30, 2012

    When the recording of Menomena's Mines came to loggerheads, Brent Knopf bid the band adieu and embarked on this solo project that is now a... More >>

  • The Joy Formidable

    published March 14, 2012

    On last year's The Big Roar, the Joy Formidable operate inside a lush, overcast (yet hopeful) world. At times, it resembles a dream from... More >>

  • Red Pens

    published February 22, 2012

    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 >>

  • Mally, Sexcat top Best New Bands showcase

    published January 25, 2012

    First Avenue's annual Best New Bands showcase provides a thrilling, eclectic way to sum up last year's finest in local music. With artists for... More >>

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