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  • Hip-Hop Night at the Roxy

    published December 24, 2008

    Actually, it's at the Dinkytowner: The title is a tribute to the legendary Manhattan club that closed last year and was immortalized in the 1984... More >>

  • Tia Lessin, Carl Deal, and Kimberly Rivers Roberts

    published December 24, 2008

    Is New Orleans still there? You had to wonder this year. By late summer, Barack Obama had made it clear he would not run on the question of... More >>

  • Prince's sister Tyka Nelson steps out of her brother's shadow

    published December 10, 2008

    Anyone wondering if there's still a "Minneapolis sound"—a line of continuity between the Time and Big Jess, Mint Condition and... More >>

  • Mint Condition

    published November 26, 2008

    Like all Mint Condition albums, E-Life (Image) starts and ends strong, with a gooey center—the authors of 1991's "Breakin' My... More >>

  • AC/DC

    published November 19, 2008

    Having mined their one square inch of aesthetic territory straight through the earth, AC/DC pop out the other side (in Sydney? Glasgow? Sarasota?)... More >>

  • Heartless Bastards

    published November 12, 2008

    Like Corin Tucker or Jolie Holland, Erika Wennerstrom has the kind of "great voice" that can overwhelm her songs. Yet when sound and song lock, as... More >>

  • Dub Colossus: Dub Colossus in a Town Called Addis

    published October 29, 2008

    The concept behind Dub Colossus is the stuff of music-head dreams: Recruit some of the more stunning voices out of Ethiopian popular and... More >>

  • Atmosphere

    published October 29, 2008

    Figures that Atmosphere would deliver their best album in time to become a self-contained phenomenon. Despite festivals, late-night appearances,... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published October 22, 2008

    Jolie Holland's whippoorwill voice sounds even more striking and unusual in the relatively conventional setting of an alt-country rock album, her... More >>

  • Set the Smith

    published October 15, 2008

    Set the Smith's voice is all relaxed, resonant edge, which made him a credible old-schooler on 2004's The Example Part One (Chill Records)... More >>

  • Stereolab

    published October 8, 2008

    A tremendous live band with a songbook to match, London's Stereolab draw crowds even as their albums feel less like the cultural events they once... More >>

  • The Wedding Present

    published September 24, 2008

    Fans who go to the Clean or the Go-Betweens for love might go to the Wedding Present for infidelity: Singer-songwriter David Gedge is the Robert... More >>

  • Impaler's 25-Year Anniversary Show

    published September 17, 2008

    Hard to imagine now, but when fake-blood-spurting Impaler debuted in full makeup at Goofy's Upper Deck in 1983, punk-metal crossover was still... More >>

  • Muja Messiah lists his favorites

    published September 10, 2008

    "I ain't asking you to be in a relationship/Nah, it's more like a situationship," raps Muja Messiah, pleading for play on his latest album. But... More >>

  • GZA

    published September 3, 2008

    Let it stew in the subconscious, where the real Wu-Tang decoding begins, but to my ears GZA's new Pro Tools (Babygrande) sounds like one of... More >>

  • Nas

    published September 3, 2008

    That crucifixion video was a bit much, and "One Mic" couldn't save Stillmatic from the doldrums, so if you've tuned out Nas since around... More >>

  • Black Keys

    published August 27, 2008

    Always a spine-throttling live act, Akron power duo the Black Keys are touring behind the album of their careers: a multi-hued blues-rock-based... More >>

  • The Unconvention: Liberty Parade

    published August 27, 2008

    At first this parade for "freedom of expression" down Nicollet Mall, followed by a musical freakfest in Loring Park, sounds decadent in the... More >>

  • Juliana Hatfield: How to Walk Away

    published August 20, 2008

    I'd mostly tuned out Juliana Hatfield since 1990, though I bought and still play the first couple of Blake Babies albums. Solo or with one of... More >>

  • Yo! the Movement 7th Annual Celebration of Hip Hop

    published August 20, 2008

    After six annual Twin Cities Celebrations of Hip Hop, the three most recent of which took over First Avenue for a weekend, sponsors Yo! The... More >>

  • Afrifest Closing Celebration Gala & Talent Show

    published August 13, 2008

    Like immigrants from any other continent, Africans tend to party among fellow countrymen, usually at events that might as well be secret to the... More >>

  • Afrifest 2008 Gala

    published August 13, 2008

    Like immigrants from any other continent, Africans tend to party among fellow countrymen, usually at events that might as well be secret to the... More >>

  • Afrifest: Pan African Family Day

    published August 13, 2008

    Like immigrants from any other continent, Africans tend to party among fellow countrymen, usually at events that might as well be secret to the... More >>

  • Afrifest: Grooves & Jazz

    published August 13, 2008

    Like immigrants from any other continent, Africans tend to party among fellow countrymen, usually at events that might as well be secret to the... More >>

  • Afrifest: Pan African Business Expo 2008

    published August 13, 2008

    Like immigrants from any other continent, Africans tend to party among fellow countrymen, usually at events that might as well be secret to the... More >>

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