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  • All Inclusive New Year's Eve with Tina & the B-Sides

    published December 29, 2010

    Though based in Santa Barbara, soul-rocker Tina Schlieske has kept the home fires burning in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where she's returned more... More >>

  • Daryl Hall & John Oates

    published December 8, 2010

    Where so much big-'80s pop now seems cute but harmless—still robo-anonymous, but quaintly so—time has revealed something deeper in the... More >>

  • Trailer Trash: Trashy Little Xmas Family Matinee

    published December 8, 2010

    The only downside of having a world-class honky-tonk band in your hometown do an annual weekly holiday residency at a vintage bar is this: It's in... More >>

  • The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy

    published December 8, 2010

    The Sounds of Blackness are by now so synonymous with soul music and the holidays that the film Precious placed their 1992 hit "Soul... More >>

  • Doomtree Blowout VI

    published December 8, 2010

    Timed to coincide with a season that keeps locals in town and out-of-towners away, the Doomtree hip-hop crew's annual Blowout at First Avenue is... More >>

  • Dosh

    published December 8, 2010

    For nearly a decade, Martin Dosh has spun gorgeous, zestfully percussive music out of loops created live with a few instruments and a couple of... More >>

  • A Benefit for Michael 'Eyedea' Larsen

    published December 1, 2010

    It took a large wake in St. Paul and a memorial concert at First Avenue for many fans of Michael "Eyedea" Larsen to realize they would be grieving... More >>

  • KDWB Jingle Ball

    published December 1, 2010

    Even without the star sass of, say, Katy Perry, this annual Top-40 revue from Clear Channel taps new hit-makers—Atlanta rapper B.o.B.... More >>

  • Clinic

    published November 10, 2010

    A distinct yet ever-shifting blend of electronic pulse and psychedelic attitude, snake-charming melodica and post-punk guitar, Liverpool's Clinic... More >>

  • Azure Ray

    published November 3, 2010

    With a sound balanced delicately between straight-up acoustic radio pop and a range of indie-rock sonics, from electronic beats to chamber music,... More >>

  • David Sedaris

    published October 13, 2010

    Comedians' and comic writers' lives aren't any funnier than ours, of course; the humor lies in what they choose to notice and exaggerate. Yet... More >>

  • Nomeansno

    published October 6, 2010

    With their Minutemen bass lyricism, Zappa attitude, and Fugazi sense of lockstep rhythm, Vancouver's Nomeansno are a post-hardcore cult-prog dream... More >>

  • Bobby Bare Jr.

    published September 29, 2010

    With a drawling quaver that's part Paul Westerberg, part Jolie Holland, Bobby Bare, Jr., is an arresting enough vocal presence to let clever,... More >>

  • Guided By Voices

    published September 29, 2010

    From their '90s breakthrough to their 2004 breakup, Dayton, Ohio's Guided by Voices were one of the great perennial live bands to play First... More >>

  • Those Darlins

    published September 15, 2010

    Cowpunk rather than alternative country, rowdy rather than merely hard-bitten, this singing trio (plus drummer) breathes the same blissful mix of... More >>

  • Gucci Mane

    published September 15, 2010

    Atlanta's Gucci Mane is proof that a certain kind of mindlessness—not having much to say about life as people live it, for... More >>

  • Janelle Monae

    published September 15, 2010

    Janelle Monáe's Eraserhead hairdo and gracefully peppy retro-soul hit "Tightrope" (with Big Boi) turned out to be mere tickets to... More >>

  • Mark Olson

    published September 8, 2010

    Maybe the recent spate of Jayhawks reunions/reissues had an effect, but Mark Olson is rocking again. The Minneapolitan Californian's first solo... More >>

  • Titus Andronicus

    published September 8, 2010

    Concept-album schomcept-album: Titus Andronicus's sophomore long-player with fiddle and readings from Walt Whitman and William Lloyd Garrison, the... More >>

  • School of Seven Bells

    published September 8, 2010

    School of Seven Bells' cool dance beats, interweaving Euro-folkie harmonies, and wall of electronically-processed guitars are some kind of new... More >>

  • Muja Messiah Mixtape Release Party

    published September 1, 2010

    Has the era of no money and free music liberated something in local rap? Muja Messiah has never sounded funnier, looser, or more sandpapery-clear... More >>

  • Ludacris

    published September 1, 2010

    Atlanta's Chris "Ludacris" Hedges had the eyes of a natural movie star in 2005's Crash, but it was as narrator of the basketball... More >>

  • B-Girl Be Carnival! Block Party

    published August 25, 2010

    Part park-party revival by females, part bring-your-daughter-to-hip-hop day, this recurring, one-of-a-kind celebration of women in rap, graffiti,... More >>

  • Excision

    published August 25, 2010

    The windshield-rattling bass lines of most Excision tracks sound like Bernie Worrell's bottomed-out Minimoog from Parliament pumped through the... More >>

  • Nas & Damian Marley

    published August 25, 2010

    Whether it's Busy Signal absorbing Chalie Boy or M.I.A. absorbing both, fertility along the rap-reggae border is eternal and very 2010. Yet nobody... More >>

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